Scuba Diving in Montenegro

Montenegro (Montenegrin: Црна Гора, Crna Gora) is a European country located in the west of the Balkan Peninsula. It consists of the mainland part and 14 islands. The southwest coast overlooks the Adriatic Sea.
Montenegro's water zone is vast. It includes coast of the Adriatic Sea, many lakes and rivers with canyons.
The country attracts divers with quiet and cozy beach resorts, transparent water and diverse marine life. They swim around corals and reefs, explore caves and historic wrecks and enjoy the unforgettable experience of night diving.
There's enough time to explore everything because the diving season is long and lasts from May to October. And the list of diving sites will excite any diver.

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Water in the Adriatic sea is so clear that the visibility reaches 35 meters. That is why it's easy to see all the underwater inhabitants very clearly, for example sea bass, moray eels, mugil, rockfish and barracudas. You can also meet deep-sea anglers, octopuses and cuttlefish. Photographers will surely enjoy the abundance of marine life as they would make great photographs.
Here is a list of some diving sites with caves and caverns. One of the most memorable sites is Poseidon City cave maze (Posejdonov Grad). It rests at a depth of 7 meters between the Veslo Bay (Uvala Veslo) and Fort Arza. And experienced divers may try Grotto The Source, a black hole that goes deep down near the Veslo Bay.
Any experienced diver should definitely visit historic wrecks in Montenegro's water zone. There is a British World War II fighter aircraft that rests at a depth of 32 meters in the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) and a XVI century sailing ship. Also, there is a torpedo boat, a steamship of the early XXth century and antique amphorae scattered on the seabed in Bigovica Bay (Uvala Bigovica). And you can come to the coastal town of Petrovac to see the wreck of Zenta light cruiser, drowned in the World War I.
Freshwater diving is also popular in Montenegro. For freshwater diving, divers usually choose Lake Skadar (Skadarsko jezero), Black Lake (Crno jezero), Lake Piva (Pivsko jezero) and Lake Biograd (Biogradsko jezero). Underwater visibility reaches 5 metres. When diving, you will find carps, pomfrets and tenches.
You can also try night diving in Montenegro. This is an interesting experience for those looking for new adventures. Diving to see wrecks and caves can be arranged both from the coast and from a boat. Divers will see sleeping underwater dwellers, crown-of-thorns starfish and glowing jellyfish. The beautiful jellyfish are fascinating, but stay away from its tentacles because they leave painful burns.
Memo Notes
Currency EUR - European euro
Timezone UTC +2
Phone code 382
Emergency Help 112
Electricity

Type C - 230 V, 50 Hz

Type F - 230 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Montenegro

There are dive shops for any needs and any budget in Montenegro. All of them have experienced trainers that teach diving and certify their trainees. You can rent diving equipment, and rent a vehicle. These services are available in most dive shops in Montenegro.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

March is warm, and the air temperature reaches +22 °C. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, the swimming season starts in May, when the water warms up to +19 °C. It rarely rains.

Summer

June is the first month of summer in Montenegro. Rain stops. The average air temperature is around 30 °C. The water slowly warms up to +23 °C. Visibility is 38-56 meters deep. Wave height reaches 0,5 meters. It's diving time.

Autumn

September and October are sunny and warm. The average air and water temperatures are to 21 °C and 23 °C, respectively. It's still diving season. November is rather cold (+17 °C), with light rains and first snow in the mountains.

Winter

Winters in Montenegro are mild but aren't suitable for diving. The coldest month is January. It snows in mountain areas, and the weather in the coastal area is rainy and windy. The air warms up to +9 ° C during the day. The sea water temperature is around +15 °C.

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The Best Dive Sites

The most popular diving sites in Montenegro are Tunnels reefs, Galiola and Donkova Seka, as well as Krekavica and Poseidon City sea caves.
Those who like to investigate mysteries should dive to ship wrecks, such as Patrolac wreck. And Sirena Hole is for those who like diving deep.

Health & Safety

Despite high European healthcare standards, Montenegro lacks modern equipment and qualified personnel. The ambulance arrives quickly, but it is better to postpone your visit to doctor until you come home. The following vaccinations are required for Montenegro: hepatitis B, encephalitis and tetanus.
The crime rate is low, but be careful in crowds. Also, you should be aware of the possibility of petty thefts at markets and in public transport.

Dangerous Marine Life

Stay away from sea urchins and molluscs when you get inside the caves. Beware of weeverfish that hide in the seabed. Avoid jellyfish with violet backs. Don't come close to moray eels, stingrays, marine eels, bearded fireworms and berried anemones.

Eat & Drinks

National cuisine is based on meat dishes accompanied with vegetables. You should definitely try Pršut, dry-cured beef or pork ham. There are some other tasty dishes: Pljeskavica, which is a large grilled patty, Ćevapčići (also meat patties), and Mešano meso (meat platter). Local dry wines also deserve attention. Tap water is chlorinated and thus can be considered safe. However, it is better to drink bottled water here.