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Best Diving Sites in Croatia

Updated on March 6, 2015

Croatia is probably best known and most visited for its beautiful coastline and islands. But the beauty beneath the waves is also well worth seeing. A growing number of people have realised the wealth of diving opportunities in the Adriatic sea of the Croatian coast. There are many to choose from but here are a few of the very best:

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A markerCroatia -
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B markerVis croatia -
Vis, Croatia
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C markerKorcula -
Korčula, Croatia
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D markerHvar -
Hvar, Croatia
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E markerpula -
Pula, Croatia
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The Blue Grotto, Bisevo near Vis

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The Blue Grotto

Location Biševo, Croatia

Depth 10–12 m

Length 24 m

Geology Sea cave

Access By boat

The Blue Grotto, Bisevo near Vis:


This amazing natural wonder is a popular tourist site as well as a good place to dive. While tourists come and go by the main entrance to this blue, light filled cave, divers can leave by a deeper passage under water that will take you to a wall covered with sponges, crags and caverns teeming with fish. This adventure could well leave you believing in magic. It is like something from a fantasy.

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The Blue Grotto, Bisevo near Vis

Te Vega, Susak near Korcula

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Te Vega, Susak near Korcula:


Entering through a small aperture above the water level, divers can pass through an under-water tunnel which comes out in The Vega sea lake. This lake is surrounded by rock walls 30m high, with only one little hole under a big rock that leads through into open ocean. In the lake there are many shoals of colourful parrotfish and goby to see.

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Vodnjak reef, off Stambedar Island near Hvar

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Vodnjak reef, off Stambedar Island near Hvar:


This is a vivid and colourful dive with coral reef and huge throngs of brightly coloured fish at all depths. As you go down from 6m to 50m you can see the green and brown algae growing on the reef give way to red algae, yellow coral and sponges. All the way down there is a riot of colour to delight the eyes and plenty of species to keep anyone interested in sea life immensely happy.

Prices

Single dive €35

1-day package (2 dives) €88

2-day package (4 dives) €168

3-day package (6 dives) €240

4-day package (8 dives) €320

5-day package (10 dives) €380

Refresh + 1 boat dive (full equipment)

— http://www.viking-diving.com/en/prices

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Vodnjak reef, off Stambedar Island near Hvar

Baron Gautsch Wreck (The Titanic of the Adriatic Sea):

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Baron Gautsch Wreck (The Titanic of the Adriatic Sea):


The Baron Gautsch Wreck is one of the best known dive sites in Croatia and gives a fascinating insight into what was a tragedy of human error. The wreck is often called the Titanic of the Adriatic sea and this boat was sunk just two years after the Titanic itself. As was the case with Titanic, the sinking was largely down to human fallibility. The Baron Gautsch was an Austro-Hungarian luxury liner, built in Scotland, that accidentally went off course and hit one of the land mines that were part of the defence of the ancient port of Pula. It sank in just six minutes, with tragic loss of life. This fascinating dive site is around 90 minutes from the Istrian Peninsula and has a maximum depth of 40m.

SS Baron Gautsch

nationality: austro-hungarian

purpose: transport

type: passenger ship

propulsion: steam

date built: 1908

weight (tons): 2069 grt

dimensions : 84 x 12 x 18 m

engine: Triple expansion engine, 2 shafts

power: 565 n.h.p.

speed: 16 knots

cause lost: mine

date lost: 13/08/1914 [dd/mm/yyyy]

casualties: † max.130rank: 518

builder: Gourlay Brothers & Co. Ltd., Dundee

owner: Lloyd Austriaco - Österreichischer Lloyd - Austrian Lloyd, Trieste

depth (m.): 40 max. / 28 min. (m)

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Baron Gautsch Wreck

Wherever you choose to dive in Croatia, you will find that chartering a yacht will make it far easier to see the varied dive sites above, and all the many more on offer throughout the country. Whatever you do, the Adriatic will surely charm you - above and below. So why not come to Croatia and discover some of the many brilliant dive sites for yourself?

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      Lee John 3 years ago from Preston

      Hi emmaouthworth

      Thanks yep The Blue Grotto IS Magical :)

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      Emma Southworth 3 years ago from Manchester

      Great work once again the The Blue Grotto looks Magical

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      Lee John 3 years ago from Preston

      Hi katiecianni

      Will do

      thanks

      Lee

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      Katie Cianni 3 years ago from Cheshire

      No problem keep up the great hubs :)

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      Lee John 3 years ago from Preston

      Hi katiecianni

      Thank you highly appreciated

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      Katie Cianni 3 years ago from Cheshire

      Wonderful hub

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      Lee John 3 years ago from Preston

      Hi Thomasjames1992

      Thank you highly appreciated

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      Thomas James 3 years ago from London

      Wonderful hub! I really visiting the Blue Grotto looks great

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