Learn to Dive in Croatia
Known for its great visibility, Croatia is one of Europe’s top diving destinations. Located on the Adriatic Sea, there’s both saltwater and freshwater diving in Croatia. If you want to try river diving, head to Kupa, Dobra or Mreznica. Investigate a truly beautiful landscape with unique fauna.
Wreck diving is popular with ships from the Croatia War of Independence and other world wars. The region around Istria and Vis are perfect to explore Croatia’s wrecks. Also, there’s even a 2000 year old roman warship to uncover or a warship dating back to WWII.
In addition, cave diving is extremely popular. There are numerous caves, canyons, tunnels and swim-throughs to explore. Croatia has something for every level of diver. There are some interesting recreation and technical dive sites suitable for more experienced divers.
In terms of marine life, the many caves provide ample opportunity to look for crustaceans from lobster to hermit crab. Also, there are fish, octopus, nudibranch, and eels to spot.
When is the best time to go diving in Croatia?
In some parts of Croatia, it is possible to dive year-round. The best time of year to go diving is between May and October. September and October tend to be the quietest after the crowded summer months.
Water Temperature: During the summer months, the water is between 22°C and 26°C. In addition, in the winter, the water drops between 17°C to 19°C.
Currents: None to mild.
Visibility: The visibility in Croatia is considered excellent and usually ranges between 20 and 40 meters.
Croatia’s best dive sites
Bol, Brač Island
Friendly dolphins that frequent this site are known to play with scuba divers. On most days, divers are able to play with these friendly creatures as they swim around and dance.
Tomislav, Lokrum Island
On the coast of Dubrovnik, 10 minutes’ from shore lies Lokrum island. The SS Tomislav is located at a depth of 40 meters. The wreck is intact and divers can enter the wreck and swim around the outside. Also, it’s home to dogfish, tuna, lobsters and eels.
Tunnel of Prvić, Prvić
Underneath the island of Prvić, starting at 18 meters lies a 25 meter long tunnel with the exit at 8 meters. At the exit of the tunnel, there’s a stunning wall with gorgonians, sponges, lobsters, groupers and other fish.
About the country
Croatia has a rich history. Visit one of the oldest forts in the world in Dubrovnik. Explore its many towns along the coastline. In Pula, the world’s 6th largest Roman amphitheater lies. Likewise, walk through Istria to see medieval towns and beautiful old buildings. In addition, it is said that the island of Korcula was the birthplace of Marco Polo. Moreover, it’s possible to visit his house.
Also, nature lovers will be glad to know that over 10% of Croatia is protected with 11 nature parks, 8 national parks and 2 nature reserves. In addition, Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the country’s 10 UNESCO world heritage sites and features stunning waterfalls. Finally, some say that Zadar has the world’s best sunsets.
Recreational Courses in Croatia
Dive Centers in Croatia
Getting to Croatia
Croatia is easily accessible from most major European countries. It has 5 international airports. Whereas, to access Croatia from America or Asia, you will most likely need to transfer to another European destination like London, Paris or Frankfurt.
Getting around Croatia is best done by car. In fact, there are car ferries which make transferring from the mainland to the islands possible with the car. Public buses are also a great way to get around.
Other important information
- Capital: Zagreb
- Official Language: Croatian
- Demonym: Croatian
- Currency: Kuna (HRK)
- Calling code: +385
- Driving Side: right
- Population: Over 3,900,000
- Pressure: Bar
- First Stage: DIN