SCUBA Travel

Diving Croatia

20 August 2015
Croatia's coastline is on the Adriatic Sea, the part of the Mediterranean sandwiched between Italy and the former Yugoslavia. Croatia has 66 inhabited islands and much of the best diving is off these.

Sea temperatures range from 7 oC in the winter to around 24 oC in summer. There can be massive differences in temperature between one area and another. Freshwater springs upwelling into the sea in some areas means the water can be pretty cold even in the summer months - take gloves and hood.

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Croatia Dive Sites

Rogoznica Korcula Podgora Tucepi Brac Brac Hvar Vis

Alains Cliff, Rogoznica

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"A stunning wall dive which gave me vertigo the first time I dived it. The viz is excellent and the corals are stunning. "
Lisa Tedstill, England, 2007

Zlarin: Francesca da Riminy, Rogoznica

Reviews: 4 stars

"This is a lovely wreck which is fully intact and upright standing in 48m. You can still see the cargo of explosives on board. "
Lisa Tedstill, England, 2007

Sveta Marina, Korcula

"Tremendous wall, down to 50 meters, colourful sponges and gorgonia fans, snappers, lobsters, octopuses "
Rob, Italy, 2007

SBUKA wreck, Korcula

"Superb wreck dive in crystal clear Adriatic at 10-15 m. Novice to any level can enjoy this one. Lovely walls in the vicinity with fantastic colours. "
Tom Watson

16 m
Zuc Kamen (Yellow Stone), Podgora
Pinna nobilis

Podgora is a busy tourist town, one and a half hour's drive down the coast from Split. Zuc Kamen is a short boat ride away from Podgora, about 300 m off shore. The water is cold, with thermoclines at 10 and 13 m. The dive comprises two strips of rocky outcrops, one at 9 m and one at 15 m. On this dive you can see a Pinna nobilis, the rare giant mussel which is is found only in the Mediterranean Sea. This is one of the largest bivalves in the world, growing to 120 cm long. It sticks up out of the sea bed so is easily seen when diving, once you know what to look for.

Klokun (Resurgance), Podgora

Fresh-water springs emerge from the sea floor on this dive - very interesting. Loads of pretty blue nudibranchs - Facelina auriculata (previously known as Facelina coronata), feather stars, octopus. Down to a sandy bed at 5 m then down a slope to a gap in rocks and a cave entrance. Further down there is a larger cave at 25 m. The cave is a resurgance (fresh water upwelling) in wet weather. After the cave you can follow the slope up and across to a series of resurgances. The water is cold and very blurry where the salt and fresh water mix. A good, if cold, dive.

Vruja at Makarska Riviera, Tucepi

"Vrulja is an exciting dive side with a cave in 30m depth and a nice blue until purple vegetation at the wall around the cave. Even for trimix divers is that a good dive site 100m deep at the end of the canyons. Canyons are starting on 30m with a pinnacle and on 50m you can see some school of hake fishes from around 50 animals. "
Sebastian Theilig, owner of Butterfly-Diving Tucepi, Croatia, 2012

Island Brac

"Better than most places I've been to in Croatia, if not the best. "
Roni, August 2015

Tatinja, Island Brac
Kabal, Island Brac
Island Brac Purple Bay

"Purple bay consists of four drop-offs, each of them a separate dive site. The rough walls with their many holes and notches are home to a wide variety of marine plants and animals, such as scorpionfish, sea fans, gold sponges and many more. If you're lucky you can even see the spotted shark there, which is very impressive with its length of approximately 1.20 m. This dive sites are very good for rebreather and nitrox diver "
Sebastian Theilig, owner of Butterfly-Diving Tucepi, Croatia, 2012

Island Hvar Amphoras, Hvar Island

"In the north of the island Hvar, right in front of a stony reef with many small caves, a long field with old amphoras stretches along depths of 12m to 28m. The amphoras belonged to a Greek ship that ran aground and lost its cargo. Now they offer shelter to many fish. The neighboring seagrass-fields on the other hand are home to many sea-slugs. "
Sebastian Theilig, owner of Butterfly-Diving Tucepi, Croatia, 2012

Fortunal, Vis Island

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Wreck which left me breathless "
Marta, 2012


Croatia Diving Operators

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Dive boat in Croatian harbour

FUN DIVING Ltd

Dive Centre Pongo
Gornji Muli
Rogoznica
22000 Sibenik
Croatia
Tel: +385 (0)22 559 101
Fax: +385 (0)91 6799 022
E-mail: [email protected]

"I have been diving with Pongo for the last 2 years and this is a fantastic small and friendly dive outfit. It is especially good for small groups and lone travellers. The accommodation was all inclusive courtesy of Pongo. Self catering in superb apartments overlooking the bay. There are no single supplements for lone travellers."
Lisa Tedstill, England, 2007

ISSA Diving Center
Neptun Diving Center
Krk
Krk Diving
Tribunj
Diving Center Poseidon
Birgmaier Sub
Island Brac
Big Blue Diving
Diving Center Viking
Butterfly Diving Center
Dubrovnik
Diving Center Blue Planet
Adriatic Diving Safari
Leomar Diving Center
Diving Center Tramonto

Books to Take

Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Including Marine Invertebrates
by Lawson Wood, 128 pages, New Holland Publishers, 2011, Paperback.
Compact guidebook to 289 species. Designed for divers, snorkellers and underwater photographers.
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