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Diving Croatia

3 April 2014
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

Alains Cliff, Rogoznica

Rating: 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

Rating: 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 Purple Bay, Tucepi

"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

Rating: 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

FUN DIVING Ltd is Located on Murter, an island connected by a bridge to the mainland North of Split.
Crkvena 8
Tisno 22240
Croatia
Tel: +385 91 1674765
Fax: +385 22 438 177
Skype contact: nick fundiving.cz
[email protected]
http://en.murter.cz/
"Best locations in Croatia, nearby NP Kornati. Diving Courses PADI and IANTD, packages with acommodation and halfboard. Daily Diving Trips."

Croatia Divers

Croatia Divers
Obala 1, nr 42
Tel: 00385 20 813508
Fax: 00385 0 813508
[email protected]
http://www.croatiadivers.com/

"5 star PADI IDC center, dive course packages, hotels, apartments and 35 fantastic dive sites on Korcula island."

Open from Easter until October. Dutch and English managed.

Dive Centre Pongo

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

ISSA Diving Center
Vis
Croatia
Tel: 00385 21 713 651
E-mail: [email protected]

Vis
Konkordia

Diving safaries throughout the Adriatic Sea, Croatian coast. Maximum 16 divers on board.

Konkordia
Vis
Croatia
E-mail: [email protected]

Neptun Diving Center

Neptun Diving Center
Lokvisc'a 12d
51515 Silo
Krk Island
Tel: +385 51 604404
Fax: +385 51 604403
E-mail: [email protected]

Krk
Krk Diving

Krk Island
Croatia
E-mail: [email protected]

Tribunj
Diving Center Poseidon

Diving Center Poseidon
Tribunjska bb 22212
Tribunj
Croatia
Tel: 022 446 500
E-mail: [email protected]

Birgmaier Sub

Podgora is a busy tourist town on the mainland, one and a half hour's drive down the coast from Split.

Branimirova obala 109
21327 Podgora
Croatia
Tel: +385 (0)91 563 3067
E-mail: [email protected]

Butterfly Diving Center

Tucepi is on the mainland, opposite Brac island and just up from Podgora.

At the harbour of Tucepi
Croatia
Tel: 00385 21 623 777
E-mail: [email protected]

Dubrovnik
Diving Center Blue Planet
Diving Center Blue Planet
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
Masarykov put 20
20 000 Dubrovnik
Croatia
Tel: +385 (0)91/ 899 0973
E-mail: [email protected]

Adriatic Diving Safari

Kornati d.o.o.
Zaglav 15
23281 Sali
Croatia
Tel: +385 91 506 0102, +385 91 367 9506, Tel: +386 41 325 233
E-mail: [email protected]

Motor yacht Kamelija is 27 meters long with three decks and seven cabins.

Leomar Diving Center

German and Croatian managed. Offer apartments above the dive centre, good for families with children. Dive around Solta and the surrounding islands.

Stomorska Ronilacki Centar
Riva pelegrin 47
21432 Stomorska
Croatia
Tel: 00385 955189094
E-mail: [email protected]

Diving Center Tramonto

German and Croatian managed. Offer apartments above the dive centre, good for families with children. Dive around Solta and the surrounding islands.

Stjepana Radica 13
Tisno
Tel: 00385 98 843 233
E-mail: [email protected]


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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