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Scuba Diving in Croatia

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There are many reasons for visiting Croatia: spectacularly beautiful unspoiled nature, rich history and diverse colorful culture, UNESCO World Heritage sites, Roman architecture, easygoing people and the majestic Adriatic Sea with its 5,835 kilometer-long splendid coast, featuring over a thousand islands ideal for experiencing the scenic beauty of Croatia both above and below the crystalline waters.

Croatia is a truly superb diving destination, often visited by best underwater photographers and videographers, looking for fantastic visibility and diverse marine ecosystem. Blessed with clear turquoise waters, amazing reefs teeming with a variety of marine life, nice caves and fascinating wrecks hidden at the bottom of the sea, Croatia’s Adriatic Sea draws many lovers of underwater world, offering a range of exciting experiences to wet the appetite of divers of every interest and ability. To dive in Croatia, you need to hold a valid diver’s card issued by the Croatian Diving Federation.

Croatia’s underwater has more than 85 registered diving locations. Here are some of the best dive sites which can be on your route.

Lucica Cave, Brac Island

There are numerous interesting sites for diving in the enchanting island of Brac. However, on the south-east coast of the island, closer to Milna lies the enticing Lucica Cave, with its 5 smaller coves, offering excellent diving experience sure to delight. Entrance to underwater cave is located toward the entrance of the bay, just at five meters depth and is always visible from the interior. Diving can be done under daylight all through the cave, except inside the tunnel where dive lights are necessary. Once inside, you’ll be astonished at the expansiveness of the cave, as properly as the dimension of the colorful fish. In case you want to take a diving course or be accompanied by a guide, make arrangements with some of the respected operators in Brac, including Amber Dive Center and Nautic Center Bol.

Kvarner

One of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful gulfs, Kvarner is another warm water diving destination and the most-visited part of the Adriatic Sea, where diving is available all year-round. Kvarner’s underwater life is best-known for its fabulous wall dives and one-of-a-kind gorgonian coral reefs, add to this a huge variety of plants and marine habitats. Kvarner’s most famous dive sites include the reef of Plic Tenki, accessible by boat and catering for all levels of divers; Rt Kabal, offering an interesting combination of a wall and passage dive; Villa Biser, perfect for basic diving training; Vis Wreck – wreck of a mercantile ship sunk by a boat mine after the World War II and one of the most interesting wrecks in nord Adriatic that never fails to amaze, and others.

The Kornati Islands

The Kornati Islands, Korcula and Rogoznica found in the mid-south Adriatic, offer some of the clearest waters and steep drop-offs in the Adriatic. Along with nice small caves, majestic canyons and tiny islands, divers here will even find an underwater botanical and zoological garden, established by local ecology students. Also not-to-be-missed are the stunning reefs around Rasip and the Te Vega dive site (both in Korcula) and the Alains Cliff in Rogoznica.

Keep in mind that once you get your first breath underwater, you won’t be able to wait for your next dive!

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  • Dana said:

    im plannin a trip where im lookin for places to dive out athens greece and in northern croatia…..anybody have any recommendations???

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