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Cup Coral in Cave

Diving Croatia

14 May 2024
Croatia has 66 inhabited islands and much of the best diving is off these. These, and the rest of the Croatia coastline, are on the Adriatic Sea, opposite Italy.

Coral in Croatia
Soft Corals in Croatia. Mario Pesce/DepositPhotos

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.

When to dive Croatia

You can dive between between May and November. It is quietest in September and October and the water is still warm then. Don't forget to take diving travel insurance.

Croatia Coastline by Jill Studholme
Croatia Coastline.Jill Studholme/SCUBA Travel (CC BY 4.0)

Best dive sites?

Vis island, one of the furthest from the mainland, has some excellent diving. Indeed, its Fortunal dive has been voted one of the best in Europe. The wreck of the Baron Gautsch is another excellent dive site.

Getting to Croatia

Many airlines fly to Croatia.

Croatia Dive Sites Croatia Diving Operators Your Comments

Croatia Dive Sites

Brac Hvar Istria Korcula Podgora Rogoznica Tucepi Vis

18 m
Wreck, Istria

Istria (or Istra) is a large peninsula at the far north of Croatia.

"At 18m, old small sailboat,lot of marine life, stonewall from 4m up to 20m depth"
Dragan, DC MEDUZA, January 2017

40 m
Baron Gautsch, Rovinj, Istria

The Baron Gautsch was a passenger ship that sank in 1914 after hitting a mine during the First World War. One hundred and thirty people lost their lives. Today, it lies on the seabed at a depth of 40-45 meters.

The ship was built in Scotland in 1908. When WWI began she was rented by the Austro-Hungarian Navy to transport troops. On her way back to port in Trieste, carrying evacuated civilians and holiday makers, she strayed too close to the coast and struck a mine laid by here own navy (ref:

Well-preserved, the wreck has much life around it including groupers, octopuses, lobsters and various species of fish. The visibility is generally good

Baron Gautsch
The SS Baron Gautsh

Diving the Baron Gautsch is recommended for experienced divers, as the depth and current can be challenging. It is a protected national cultural heritage site.

Seahorses, Istria

"Seahorses habitat, a lot of fish, octopus. Max depth 18-35m"
Dragan, DC MEDUZA, January 2017

Cave Fraskeric, Istria

" Network of tunnels and caves throughout the island.Max depth 10-25m."
Dragan, DC MEDUZA, January 2017

Alains Cliff, Rogoznica

Rogoznica is on a peninsula which was once a small island called Kopara. It is just north of Split

Photo credit: Frane Kapic, CC BY-SA 4.0

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

Francesca da Rimini, Rogoznica

Sunk in 1944 by two spitfires, the Francesca da Rimini was a German cargo ship. Transporting ammunition, the ship exploded when under attack. Now the cargo load of guns is visible.

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

Vruja at Makarska Riviera, Tucepi

"Vrulja is an exciting dive site 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

16 m
Zuc Kamen (Yellow Stone), Podgora

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.

Pinna nobilis - giant mussel in the Mediterranean
Pinna nobilis - Giant Mussel. Photo: Jill Studholme/SCUBA Travel (CC BY 4.0)
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.

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

Sveta Marina, Korcula

Korcula is 20 miles long and around miles wide. South from the islands of Brac and Hvar, it is quieter here. It is the sixth largest island in Croatia and lies between Split and Dubrovnik.

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

Boka 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

Fortunal, Vis Island

The island of Vis is one of the furthest away from the Croatian mainland, with some of the best diving.

The Fortunal is the wreck of a fishing boat which sunk in 1991. Lies from 45 - 55 m at the bottom of a wall. Besides the wreck itself the wall is full of life and extremely interesting with excellent visibility. The bottom is covered with pale sand which reflects the light. The dive site also features a cave at 40 m. This dive site has been voted one of the best in Europe.

John Dory above the wreck of the Fortunal
John Dory above the wreck of the Fortunal. Stephan Ludwig/DepositPhotos

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Wreck which left me breathless "

23-50 m
Taranto wreck, Dubrovnik

The anchor line is tied to the bow at 23 m. The stern lies at 50 m. An Italian transport ship in WWII, she hit a mine and sank in the Grebeni islands, close to Dubrovnik. She was carrying tractors and flour.

"The ship was carrying tractors and was sunk during WW2. If I do recall well, the boat is at 45meters and the tractors are at 52meters. I did not go see the tractors, the boat was deep enough for me. "
Guy Gagnon, 2015

Croatia Diving Operators

Recommend a dive operator or list your diving company on this page.

Croatia Divers
ISSA Diving Center

ISSA Diving Center
Obala pape Aleksandra III 29
Island of Vis
Mobile: +385 91 2012 731
Mobile Marko: +385989243940 E-mail:

Neptun Diving Center

Neptun Diving Center
Lokvisc'a 12d
51515 Silo
Krk Island
Tel: +385 51 604404
Fax: +385 51 604403

Dive Center Krk

Dunat 50 51517 Kornic Island of Krk

Birgmaier Sub

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

Dive boat in Croatian harbour

Branimirova obala 109
21327 Podgora
Tel: +385 (0)91 563 3067

Island Brac
Big Blue Diving
Put Zlatnog rata 42
21420 Bol
Island Brac
Tel: +385 98 425 496

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Will definitely dive with them again."
Roni, Croatia, August 2015

Diving Center Viking

Hvar 21450
Podstine bb
Tel/fax: +385 21 742529
GSM: +385 91 5689443
Book diving via Divebooker…

Butterfly Diving Center

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

At the harbour of Tucepi
Tel: 00385 21 623 777

Diving Center Blue Planet
Diving Center Blue Planet
Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
Masarykov put 20
20 000 Dubrovnik
Tel: +385 (0)91/ 899 0973

Abyss Diving School
Abyss Diving School
Hotel Rixos Libertas
Liechtensteinov put 3
20000 Dubrovnik
Tel: +385 99 445 5695

Diving Safari Croatia

Jelsa 102
21465 Jelsa
Tel: +385 (0)21 461 924

M/S Šcedro is 30 m long and welcomes up to 20 scuba divers.

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
Tel: 00385 955189094

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
Tel: 00385 98 843 233


A wide selection of hotels or private accommodation near the club. Boat diving on request is available.

Koparska 29
Tel: ++385/95 900 2446

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