As you approach Mali Lošinj, don’t be tempted to pass through Boka Falsa, between Čikat and the south side of Koludarac islet. Boka Falsa literally translates as “the wrong way”, as it’s only suitable for the shallowest of boats. Instead, head around the north coast of Koludarac. Look out for dolphins as there is a relatively healthy community around the island under the watchful eye of The Blue World Institute, based in Veli Lošinj.
The island of Lošinj is one of Croatia’s most up and coming and has a long history of tourism, based on a location and microclimate that’s extremely conducive to good health. Mali Lošinj (Small Lošinj) is the capital of the island and, just to confuse the issue, is much larger than Veli Lošinj (Big Lošinj), further south. There are two berthing opportunities in Mali Lošinj’s deep bay: the town port, at the head of the bay, and Marina Lošinj near the entrance to the bay, which is probably a better choice if you visit in the height of summer and want a quiet night.
It’s a lovely town, buzzing with cafes, bars and restaurants, around a busy harbour. Perhaps its most unique feature, though, is The Museum of Apoxyomenos, dedicated to the bronze statue of a young athlete. Dating to the 1st or 2nd century BCE, but almost entirely intact after careful restoration over six years, the statue was discovered in 1997, 45m (148ft) under the sea, by a Belgian tourist. Before arriving at its permanent home in Mali Lošinj, it toured many celebrated international institutions such as the Louvre, the British Museum and the J.P. Getty Museum.
Another unusual attraction is the Garden of Fine Scents, which features over 250 species of wild aromatic herbs enclosed by traditional dry-stone walls, from where, on a clear day, you have great views over the bays of Lošinj, all the way to Mount Velebit. A professional guide will explain the medicinal properties and diversity of the island’s flora and herbs, and how this has contributed to Lošinj’s reputation as the island of wellness.