Croatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps and borders with Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east, and Montenegro to the far southeast.
Croatia is a diverse country with plains, lakes and rolling hills in the continental north and northeast, mountains in the Dinaric Alps. The coastline has over 1,000 islands located in the Adriatic Sea and the country is advertised as being "the way the Mediterranean used to be". The main holiday areas being on the Dalmatian coast, with Split, Pula and Dubrovnik being very popular.
Croatia is a scuba diving destination that is growing in popularity and benefits from the lack of crowds that are prevalent at some Mediterranean destinations. The Adriatic sea is also one of the cleanest in the world and therefore very clear.
Apart from the multitude of wrecks that you can dive, there are also some very good reefs, walls and archaeological dives to keep any diver contented.
A good place for location information is the Croatian Association of Diving Tourism within Croatian Chamber of Economy, Tourism Department. It is in English with an interactive map of all dive centers in Croatia, also liveaboards and other information about diving in Croatia.
- At Peljesac is the most famous wreck in Croatia, a S 57 German motor torpedo boat. At a depth of 25-39m, it was sunk by 3 British destroyers. It is extremely well preserved with anti-aircraft cannons which can still be moved and torpedoes in the torpedo cannons.
- The Taranto at Dubrovnik - an Italian ship sunk during WW2. The 60 metre ship is lying at a depth of 22-54 metres. The boat was attempting to escape from an English submarine in 1943 when it encountered a mine and was sunk.
- The Columbia - a 150m Italian supply vessel bombed by the British airforce in WW2. It lies at a depth of 57-85 metres. so this one is for technical divers only.
- The Baron Gautsch - hit in 1914 by an underwater mine. The top deck is located at 28m, with the bottom at 42m. The wreck is well preserved and penetration is possible.
- The Peltastis - a wreck of 60 metres and sank in 1968 and is known as the Greek. The shipwreck is in an excellent upright condition. The shallowest part of the wreck is at only 7 metres, the deepest at 32 metres. It is possible to enter the bridge and access the cargo holds. The fish life on the wreck is excellent and you will see good quantities of scorpion fish.
- In Croatia, every diver has to purchase a Croatian Divers Card before diving, which is valid for 12 months everywhere in Croatia and currently costs 100 Kuna. (approx 15 Euro).
|Climate:||Mediterranean on coast|
|Diving season:||Year round, although the main season is spring/summer|
|Water temperature:||Winter 12C (54F)|
|Summer 25C (77F)|
|Air temperature:||Winter 11C (52F)|
|Summer 28C (82F)|