SCUBA DIVING IN CROATIA
With more than 5800 km coastline and about 1180 islands, Croatian coast is among
the most beautiful in the world and provide idyllic settings for scuba diving.
Croatian islands have been proclaimed as the most beautiful islands in the world.
Croatian coast of the Adriatic sea lies on karst and is full of underwater caves,
archaeological sites and wrecks ranging from Roman galleys to an Austro-Hungarian
liner and second world war shipping.
Biggest treasure for attracting all kinds of divers is rich flora and fauna.
Croatian waters are rumored to be among the clearest in the world.
They offer scuba divers a wide range of excellent diving opportunities.
On the best days, you might have about 25 meters of visibility under water, which is an exceptional distance.
The oldest localities containing the remains of sunken ships date from the
times of Antiquity, and are to be found on the ancient trading routes leading from
Greece towards northern Italy, and all the colonies founded along that route on the
shores of the Adriatic: Cavtat (Epidaurus), Mljet (Meleda), Korcula ( Korkira), Hvar
( Pharos), Vis (Issa), Split (Asphalatos / Spalatum), Solin (Salona), Trogir (Tragurium),
Rogoznica (Heracleia), anchorage sites in the Kornati archipelago (Žirje, Lavsa, Murter),
the wider area of Šibenik and Zadar (Liburnia / Jadera), Pula (Pola), Roman villas on
the Brijuni islands, and many other micro-locations once used by ancient mariners as refuges and anchorages.
The best diving opportunities are mostly found along the southern parts of the
coast, and on the many Croatian islands' sea-facing sides.
These areas are also the parts that offer the most diverse diving opportunities,
because the southern part of the coast are closer to deeper waters, which makes
fish types more varied and plentiful.
Split is the main centre for flight and ferry connections.
Nearest dive location is Bol on the island of Brac.
The more remote island of Vis is another good introduction to Croatian diving.
The town of Komiza on the western tip has a good selection of wrecks ranging from Roman
galleys to an Austro-Hungarian liner and second world war shipping.
Another versatile location is Vela Luka on the Island of Korcula.
Underwater world of Vela Luka is the most complex and the most interesting in the Mediterranean.
In the central part of croatian Adriatic Sea, about 15 Nm to the west from Sibenik town,
7 Nm to the southwest from Murter, or 15 Nm to the south from Zadar town,
there is amazing group of islands named Kornati archipelago.
The Kornati area is virtually inexhaustible in its variety of
locations offering quite specific types of underwater relief: steep
walls teeming with life, underwater caves, crevices and passages covering a large area of northern Dalmatia.
Shallows Tenki, in last few years, became one of the most favored diving spots on northern side of
island Krk, and just because it offers varieties of flora and fauna from its top to its deepest
point of about 40 meters.
Northern Adriatic is more attended by scuba divers because
of its shallow waters and rich sea vegetation, and especially because along
Istrian coast there are few old wrecks.
But in the northern Adriatic sea is more blur than in other parts of Adriatic,
so there you can expect little bit lower diving visibility.
There are numerous diving centers and clubs along the coast of Croatia.
They organize diving courses for both, the beginners and experienced divers
and snorkeling courses for children. All courses are very affordable and highly professional.
They also hire equipment and offer excursions in the most beautiful locations.
Here you can find some offer for scuba diving and scuba diving equipment.