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.
- Plic Tenki – A wall here drops to 22 metres/72 feet and one of the most interesting sections is a rock pinnacle at about 15 metres/50 feet. Pockmarked with holes, this area is covered with underwater plant species and fish, such as two banded bream and scorpionfish. More experienced divers will enjoy the deeper part of the reef at 25-40 metres/82-130 feet, which is covered with red gorgonians.
- The Wreck of the Teti – Just off the Island of Mali Barjak, the bow of the 70-metre/230-foot long Teti is 7 metres/23 feet deep and the stern is at more than 30 metres/100 feet. Look for the conger eels here that are well used to divers.
- Bisevo Grotto – Blue Grotto is a magical sea cave and a prime dive site with visibility often better than 25 metres/80 feet. On the dive you’ll likely meet up with octopus, scorpionfish, lobster and more.
- The Cathedral – Not far from Zadar, off the small island of Premuda, is a dive site with a series of inter-connected caves through which sunlight filters in a spectacular display. Octopus and spider crabs reside here.
- Kornati Archipelago – There’s a wall off Rasip Island, festooned with sponges and corals, that drops to more than 60 metres/185 feet. Fish life is remarkable at recreational diving depths.
- Wreck of the Taranto – The Taranto is a fairly intact wreck of a merchant navy ship, which sank in 1943 after hitting a mine. Old tractors, part of the cargo, add interest to the dive, and large sea bass are sometimes spotted here.
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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.
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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.