On our second day in Croatia, Clay and I began our island hopping adventures starting with Lokrum island. After enjoying a nice English breakfast in Dubrovnik Old Town, we took a 10am ferry to this beautiful nature reserve that was just a 15-minute boat ride away. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by peacocks, the island's only inhabitants!
Right away, we explored the island by trail and found our way to the Dead Sea, a small semi-caved pond that was connected to the sea. We also found some fluffy wild bunnies hopping around nearby. Then we walked to one edge of the island and found lots of ladders built on rocky edges that went straight into the sea (definitely not a swim for the faint of heart). We continued our walk through the Gardens of Maximilian, sat on the Iron Throne at Game of Thrones Center, and checked out Lokrum's botanical garden (where GoT city of Qarth was filmed). Overall, the island wasn't too big, and we were able to see everything that we wanted, including the Path of Paradise, which lead up to Fort Royal.
The highlight of our trip out to Lokrum was the remainder of our afternoon, which we spent swimming in the beautiful Adriatic Sea at the Bay of Portoc, located right next to the island's main dock (bottom right photo). There were lots of people jumping in the water and sunbathing on the rocks that afternoon. After our swim, we got a bite to eat at Lacroma Snack Bar and then took the 2:30pm ferry back to Old Town Harbor, which left us with plenty more of the day to spend in Dubrovnik.
Just capturing as I go.