Veli Rat Pantera: Sunsets with Caribean flair
If translated, Dugi Otok means something like Ólong island? a name that is hardly surprising considering the islandÔs length of about 43 kilometres. To the west, the coast is falling away sharply, and most of the villages (Sali, Bozava, Brbinj, Luka, Zaglav, Zman) are located on the eastern side, facing the mainland. The way to two of the islandÔs most beautiful pebble beaches is indicated by the lighthouse Veli Rat dating from 1849, even though it was then built for another purpose. Nowadays, the lighthouse Veli Rat offers a temporary domicile to holidaymakers as two holiday apartments are for rent. Nevertheless, in 1984, the lighthouse was not able to prevent an Italian cargo vessel to run onto ground on the Lagnici reef and sink. Nobody bothered to recover the wreck and today this witness of the past is serving as a special sea mark, warning against the reef and regularly attracting tourists to visit the remains swimming and snorkelling.
Important for skippers: Mooring at the anchor bouys in Pantera bay follows a very simple system: At each bouy a line with a big Óeye? is fixed which will just be put around the belaying cleas. Cristal clear, turquoise blue water invites for a swim. In the evening hours, you are well adviesd to look for a cosy place along the road to the Veli Rat lighthouse as the terrific sunsets will give you a real Caribean flair feeling.
The restaurant at the Kargita des camping site invites for dinner.