Scuba Diving in Croatia

Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Republika Hrvatska) is located in the south of Central Europe and partly in the west of the Balkan Peninsula (Croatian: Balkanski poluotok). The country is awashed by waters of the Adriatic Sea (Italian: mare Adriatico). Visibility is down to 50 metres and the seafloor is clearly visible. Exceptional transparency plays an important role for divers.
Divers will be amazed by the richness of the local flora and fauna. Wreck diving- exploring crashed ship-wrecks is available here. Almost all of suncken ships are perfectly preserved due to the favorable temperature and undercurrents.
At the foot of the Alps there is the most beautiful bay of the Adriatic Sea (Italian: mare Adriatico) — The Kvarner Bay (Croatian: Kvarnerski zaljev).
Diving in Croatia is quite well-developed. There are diving clubs where training with professionally certified instructors is provided.

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The underwater world is full of fish, lobsters, octopuses, crabs. These waters a home to several marine predators — swordfish, tuna, fox shark. Mackerel and sardines became permanent inhabitants of the depths. Corals and algae are nestled on steep walls and rocks. Red corals, shellfish, cuttlefish, oysters and mussels occupy the depths.
Plic Tenki Reef — is a wall that reaches is under water for 22 meters. At a depth of 15 m lays a cliff — one of the most fascinating places in Croatia. It has picturesque surface cracks with colourful algae thickets inhabited by black scorpionfish and breams. When diving to 25–40 meters you could see the deep-water part of the reef, which is covered with red gorgonians.
Wreck "Numidia" located off the coast of Croatia is popular among divers. The 130-meter vessel of the World War II period is the longest sunken vessel in the Adriatic Sea. It rests at a depth of 35-40 meters. As for underwater inhabitants you can find sea breams and eels, as well as colored algae. Only experienced divers are allowed to dive into the ship and they must be accompanied by instructors.
The Elaphiti Islands (Croatian: Elafitski otoci) — are another magnet for divers in Croatia. The depth of diving here may range from 3 to 78 m. Both skilled divers and beginners dive here. The external wall of the island which is covered with picturesque corals and algae is a place of a special interest. There are also many beautiful fish here, and red corals grow further in the depth. At a depth of 26 m lays an underwater cave.
The underwater landscape near Croatia can amaze even the most experienced diver. On the floor of the Adriatic Sea many underwater caves, tunnels, canyons, crevices, columns and arches, carved out by centuries of erosion, could be found. In the depths of the caves you can find several little studied species of shellfish and fish, that can be distinguished by the primitively developed bodies, since the organs that are not in use eroded during their evolution. For example, it is quite possible to meet fish without eyes.

Diving Destinations in Croatia

Cres Island (Croatian: Cres). The depth of diving here may range from 22 to 55 m. Here lies the sunken cargo ship “Lina”. The vessel remains perfectly preserved, and it is possible to get inside the hull.
Kornati islands (Croatian: Kornati). You can dive to a depth from 3 up to 65 m. Both experienced divers and beginners can dive here. There is an underwater cliff on the island. Water is crystal clear and visibility is over 40 m. The sides are covered with corals, sponges and algae, and beautiful fish also live here.

Memo Notes
Currency HRK - Croatian Kuna
Languages Croatian
Timezone UTC +2
Phone code 385
Emergency Help 94
Electricity

Type C - 230 V, 50 Hz

Type F - 230 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Croatia

Dive shops and diving clubs are located in small towns and tourist villages along the entire coastline of Croatia. Certified divers can dive to coral reefs, sunken ships and caves choosing adventures of various difficulty levels.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

In March, the air temperature is +12 °C, and in April it may vary depending on the city. In May it is quite warm already, the air warms up to +25 ˚С, and the water in the Adriatic Sea up to + 17-20 ˚С.

Summer

In June the air warms up to +25-27 ˚С during the day, water temperature is around +21-22 ˚С. The rain is scarce. In July, the air temperature goes up to +30 ˚С, and the water off the coast heats up to +26 ˚С. In August, short rains begin, but the weather is still quite warm.

Autumn

In September, you can still dive and sunbathe. The average air and sea water temperature is +25 ˚С. While in October the air cools down to +20 ˚С, consequently, water also gets colder, to around +17 ˚С. In November the air temperature remains at +18 ˚С.

Winter

In winter, daytime temperature varies from +3˚С to +11˚С, depending on the location. The warmest weather is in Dubrovnik (Croatian: Dubrovnik) — +12 ˚С. In February the nights could become frosty. Meanwhile spring comes to continental Croatia.

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The Best Dive Sites

The sunken ship "Teti" is off the coast of the Island Barzhak. It is 70 meters in length. Eels are swimming around.
The cathedral is situated near Zadar (Croatian: Zadar) off the coast of Premuda Island (Croatian: Premuda). This is a chain of caves where sunlight seeps in from the water surface. This view is exceptionally breathtaking! Spider crabs and octopuses live here.

Health & Safety

Croatia is considered to be a safe country. Severe crime is rare here, although watch your belongings when traveling by bus to avoid being pocket pickers.
The quality of health care seems satisfactory but it is quite expensive. Medical tourism is a growing trend here. In order not to spend money on private clinic services, you should purchase international medical insurance and update the necessary vaccinations: hepatitis, MMR, rabies, typhoid fever, influenza and DPT. If you are planning on hiking through the forest, you should also get vaccinated against encephalitis.
Locals tend to drink tap water. It is pure, rich in calcium and magnesium.

Dangerous Marine Life

Tourists are advised to enter the water in special slippers to protect themselves against injuries caused by sharp coral fragments. Watch your step carefully to avoid sea urchins. Sea urchin stings are not lethal, but very painful.

Eat & Drinks

Seaside restaurants specialize in seafood, however in the central part of the country meat dishes are more popular. Croatian cuisine was strongly influenced by their neighborhood to Italy: restaurants often offer pasta, pizza or Italian sweets.
The most noteworthy national dishes are: Brudet – spicy fish platter with red wine; Burek puff pie with meat and cheese; exquisite dish of tender lamb meat with sour milk; Pašticada – a hearty homemade baked dish withmeat originally from Dalmatia.
Locals say: "A day without wine is like a day without sun". It is not surprising that Croatia has developed winemaking. Recognized leaders are varieties of white and red wine.
Croatia is not in the list of countries with a high level of environmental hazards. To this day, clean drinking water is supplied to residents through public water supply channels. You can drink this water without fear.