1. ODYSSEUS’ CAVE – MLJET ISLAND
The story told by the people of Mljet is thousands of years old, and it begins with a man named Odysseus. Odysseus was a hero in Greek mythology, who led his men on many adventures.
One day, he set out to sea for one of his journeys, but was caught in a storm and crashed against Ogiran – a sharp rock in the Adriatic Sea.
He had to swim to land to survive. As he made his way toward land, he saw something strange: A hole opened up in front of him and he swam into it.
It was an entrance to a cave where he found shelter from the storm. Although he grieved for his beloved wife Penelope during the day, each night Calypso would bewitch him, promising him immortality if he stayed with her. He was set free only after Zeus intervened.
This is where the legend ends, and Odysseus’ cave subsequently became home to an unusual creature: A Mediterranean Monk Seal! For years it was their natural habitat – until humans started taking care of them instead!
2. BLUE CAVE – KALAMOTA ISLAND
The Koločep Blue Cave is a cave where we’ll see how the sun plays a fundamental role. Its rays are reflected on the walls creating beautiful flashes of light.
The color of the water varies from blue to green depending on the weather and this is why it’s called Koločep Blue Cave.
The experience of swimming in the Blue Cave is unlike anything you’ve ever felt. Once you leave the cameras behind and dive under what seems like a very narrow entrance, you’ll find yourself in a large cave pierced with sunlight – and that’s when the magic happens.
The sunlight turns the water a turquoise blue, and all those who swim in it are transformed into living mermaids. It’s an amazing experience!
3. BETINA CAVE
Betina cave is a pebble beach located in a cave between the picturesque Šeherezada villa and Gjivovići beach.
The beach got its name from the nickname Bete, as they called the great Dubrovnik scientist Marin Getaldić, who conducted various optical experiments and research in the cave.
Hidden in the rocks and bordered by greenery, it is characterized by its unusual shape and clear sea, which will be etched in your memory forever.
This tiny secret beach is located directly in the rock and you can reach it only from the sea by boat or kayak. It’s unusual, beautiful, and tranquil.
The most beautiful thing about this place is that it has no public access. You will just see some boats anchored near it if you go there during summer days however if you want to spend some peaceful time alone with yourself or with someone special – there is no better place than Betina Cave
4. PIGEON CAVE – LOKRUM ISLAND
If you’re looking for an adventure, look no further than Pigeons cave on Lokrum island. As you approach the cave, you’ll be struck by its magnificence.
Entering the cave, you’ll pass through a turquoise sea vestibule surrounded by centuries-old rocks. The cave is located on an island off the coast of Dubrovnik and was named after its resident family of pigeons.
The cave is full of stalagmites, stalactites, and columns that were formed over thousands of years due to water dripping from the ceiling and seeping through the floor.
5. THREE CAVES – KALAMOTA ISLAND
If you’re looking for a snorkeling experience unlike any other, look no further than these three caves on Kalamota Island.
These caves are connected, so you can move from one to the next. And when you’re done snorkeling in the turquoise waters of the sea, there’s plenty more to do on this island.
Explore the nature trails and see where they lead, learn about local history or just relax on the beach and watch the sunset over the water.