Fact: There are naked breasts and bare bums all over Croatia. They do not glow in the dark like mine would if exposed to the outside air. No, these body parts are the same golden colour as shoulders, arms and knees that have repeatedly been exposed to the rays of the sun.
It’s abundantly clear that these people spend a lot of time on Croatia’s nude beaches… and I’d find out exactly why on Badija Island.
NUDE BEACHES IN CROATIA
Prior to arriving in Croatia, I’d read that the people were quite liberal and to expect a lot of nudity by the sea. Despite the advance warning, I admit to being pretty shocked by the sight of everyone’s wobbly pieces so wantonly exposed on the most public of beaches!
Couldn’t these men and women see the small children running around oblivious to the exposed flesh around them? What about the taxi drivers passing by, without so much as a second glance? Or at the very least, the shocked faces of the tourists attempting to be nonchalant about the whole tawdry scene??
During our 4 days on Korcula’s beaches, a 2.5 hour catamaran ride away from Dubrovnik, we were treated to all manner of birthday suits. Skinny ones. Wrinkled ones. Ones with giant bellies. Even perfectly sculpted, muscular ones (though these sightings were sadly, quite rare). Humans are nothing if not adaptable, so after a time, all the naked bodies on the nude beaches in Croatia began to blend into one. We rarely noticed them at all.
NUDISTS FOR A DAY ON BADIJA ISLAND
And yet, deep within our souls, a curiosity was growing. A curiosity that would eventually have to be satisfied. What would it be like to be butt naked in public? Did we really need the tan lines we wore like badges of honour of our time in the Mediterranean sun? Would our butts glow in the dark?
All of these questions would be answered on Badija, a 15 minute water taxi ride away from Korcula.
We hadn’t planned on being nudists for the day. It’s just that the water was so breathtakingly clean and blue, that we couldn’t help but wonder, what it would feel like to swim totally naked in that perfect stillness? As we explored Badija further, we could see that it was practically deserted. It had a number of nooks and crannies by the water where one could easily hide from any preying eyes.
The idea began to take deeper root.
Why not have the ‘full’ Croatian experience?
Before we could lose our nerve, we pinky swore that we would be nudists for the day and searched for an appropriate nook to call our own. Fifteen minutes later, we staked our claim to a shielded hole in the rocks by the Adriatic and stripped down to the buff.
Diving into the gorgeous water around Badija in this state, was total bliss. With the sun smiling down on us, the water caressed our skin silkily and I felt as though I was truly one with the sea. I bobbed easily in the refreshing salt water and felt like I could stay under the cover of that beautiful water for eternity.
But exit we eventually did, and even this process of drying out in the sun was beautiful. No sticky, wet bathing suit marred the connection between our bodies and the life giving rays of the sun. I felt at peace and a part of all of nature around me.
The experience was so lovely, we almost decided to join the nudist camp permanently. But alas, we are not that brave.
Maybe just on the nude beaches in Croatia… 😉
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