Of The Eastern Adriatic Coast
Wall Dives And Rocky Reefs Covered With Beautiful Gorgonians
Croatia lays claim to the lion’s share of the eastern Adriatic coast, and a quick look at a map will delight divers and reveal a land with more than its fair share of islands and coastline. To the north, situated at the foothills of the Alp and Dinarid mountain chains, Kvarner is one of the most beautiful gulfs on the Adriatic. It’s the closest warm water diving destination to Eastern Europe and diving is possible all year. Kvarner's underwater world is known for amazing wall dives and rocky reefs covered with beautiful gorgonians. The craggy coastline and relatively shallow water underpin an underwater world with enough variety to make this a great dive destination. Further south, the island of Vis is literally encircled with dive sites. From walls to wrecks to rocky reefs, there’s something here for divers of all levels.
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Visibility – Averages 10-15 metres/33-50 feet. Some sites can have significantly better visibility.
Water Temperature – During the winter the water temperatures are about 17-19°C /63-66°F and warm up to 25°C/77°F by mid-summer.
Weather – Croatia's coast and islands have a Mediterranean climate with pleasant temperatures averaging 24-26°C/75-78°F during the summer and cooler (5-15°C/41-59°F) in winter. The interior climate varies depending how close you are to the mountains.
Featured Creatures – Seahorses, Zeus Faber (John Dory), conger eels, tuna, scorpion fish, octopus, lobster, sole and much more.
Recommended Training – Take the PADI Deep Diver and PADI Wreck Diver courses for diving on the deeper wrecks. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course is always a good choice to record your adventures.
Language – Croatian, with English widely spoken in tourist areas.
Currency – Kuna (and the Euro). Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – Dubrovnik (DBV), Split (SPU) and Zadar (ZAD)
Electricity and Internet – Electricity is 220 volts, 50 Hz. Internet service is available in most of the hotels and cafes.
Topside Attractions – Krk Island is a popular wine production region with traditional fairs, watersports and cultural events all year. The town of Vinodol Low has existed since 1288 and the summer carnival, Rose of the Vinodol, is a special event. Plitvice Lakes National Park features 16 unique lakes with waterfalls, forests and diverse animal life.
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