Croatia Scuba Diving is becoming more and more popular, as the visitors discover a well kept secret in the Adriatic Sea between Italy and Croatia. It is because the beauty of its coast and the many cliffs and caves around them, making the perfect scenario for diving.
If you add to this the ships and airplanes fallen during World War II in such an important area from the historic point of view, you have arrived to one of the best sites for scuba diving in the world.
Boats lined near the coast of Hvar Island in Croatia
More than 100 Diving Spots
The most spots are located in the Central Dalmatian Region and off its coasts. There are more than a hundred spots, well organized and with all the equipment necessary, so you won’t have to carry your own.
In Croatia you must purchase a Diving License for local authorities in order to scuba dive. But this is just a technicality and even beginners will enjoy their experience in such an environment where the temperature fluctuates between 20 to 25 °C during summers and the underwater between 16 to 17 °C.
The Adriatic is a calm sea and the waves are never extremely high. And marine life is just to die for; millions of species of sea creatures and a huge vegetable marine life cover the coasts of Croatia.
Modra Špilja or Blue Cave near the coast of the
Island of Biševo in Croatia
Four Idyllic Islands for Croatia Scuba Diving
The island is best known for its Blue Cave called Modra špilja attracting divers from all European countries.
It can be visited by a small boat that takes you to the cave and into a great hall.
During the morning hours the light reaching the caved is blue like the sea and at noon is when there is more visibility. There are a few sites near the Blue Cave called Totac and Kobila
This island features rare black coral not found anywhere else in the area.
The high cliffs of the northern part features many caves such as Puhera and Corno Ploca where you will find some Mediterranean Monk seals, that live in Greece and neighboring Italy.
The beaches of Vis Island Croatia are awesome
Is the most popular of the four islands and diving operators present programs of diving days. The island has many caves with pockmarked holes that filter the sunlight. There are many ship wrecks dating to World War I and II from the many naval battles were fought in the area. Only experience divers will be allowed to view the American B-17 bomber in about 75 meters deep into the waters.
The meaning in English is “Dry Island” is perhaps the best spot in the area. The high underwater cliffs are covered with Mediterranean Gorgonians varying is shades of yellow and orange. Here you’ll spot schools of pink swallowtails, small fish and sea perches all enjoying their life around the gorgonians
Issa Scuba Diving boat will take you to great diving sites in Croatia
Many more Croatia Scuba Diving Spots
Vodnjak in Hvar Island
This is an island on the west end of the archipelago where there are many diving spots. The claim to fame of this spot is the “Campanile” or “Turm” a large church shaped structure rising from the bottom of the sea with abundance of marine life and vegetation to make any diver crazy with joy.
This rock rises a bit outside the water. It is home to scorpion fish, moray eels and sometimes some lobster.
This location is appropriate even for beginners. An interesting 70m long wall (max.depth is 30m), hides some 20m long cave only 5m under the surface. Lot of colors and sea-life will please even experienced divers.
Yellow sponges are part of the immense marine life offshore Croatia
This is a wall full of yellow gorgons and orange and yellow sponges and many marine life such as scorpion fish, fork beard and lobster.
Here you go down about 20 m with lots of flora and fauna typical to this part of the Adriatic Sea.
The Paulina Wreck
Paulina was an English merchandise boat sunk about 150 year ago. This grave of a wooden boat is home to yellow sponges and conger reel.
Going down about 30-35m you may spot schools of jacks passing by. A the depth of 20m you may spot a big admiral anchor.
This shipwreck is perhaps the best in the Adriatic. The ship was built in 1908 and sunk in 1914. Now it features gorgeous algae, corals and sponges as well as many schools of fish.
For more information visit Croatia Tourism Website
A Mediterranean Monk Seal near the coasts of Croatia
This is a wall dropping to 70m covered with sponges corals and bryozoans, all surrounded by a great variety of fish.
Lucice Bay--Brac Island
Here you’ll find a not so deep cave with several chambers. The stalagmites, stalactites, corals and sponges make this stting unforgettable.
This is a famous wreck in front of Grebeni Islands dating from 1943. The upper deck of the ship is well preserved and houses an array of fish.
I invite you to go Croatia Scuba Diving. You will have an unforgettable experience.
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