The Magical Adriatic Beneath the Beautiful Surface

The Magical Adriatic Beneath the Beautiful Surface

Hold Your Breath

The Croatian part of the Adriatic is especially appealing for diving. The sea is crystal clear and transparent, it is filled with breathtaking underwater reefs, walls and caves, as well as unique plant and animal species. If we add numerous attractive underwater archaeological sites and ship (and airplane) wrecks from ancient to modern times, it is clear why the Croatian seabed is a top diving destination, equally interesting to both professional and recreational divers who use their masks and snorkels to explore.

 

When you sail the Adriatic, you can also enjoy the services offered in many diving centres on the Croatian coast and combine the joy of sailing with the magical underwater world. Diving can accompany your sailing trip, just like you can go sailing so that you can go diving and plan your route based on the diving locations you plan to visit, depending on your preferences and diving skills.

 

The biggest diving attraction on the Croatian coast is definitely the wreck of the Baron Gautsch, an Austrian-Hungarian liner, which hit a mine in 1914 and sunk just off Rovinj. This 84-metre long ship is lying vertically on the sandy seabed at a depth of 40 metres and is home to many plant and animal species. During your dive you can see schools of pickarel, scorpion fish, white seambream, various corals and sponges.

 

The islands of Veli and Mali Ćutin are located off the east cost of the island of Cres and are home to an attractive underwater wall of more than 50 metres. To the south, next to the island of Premuda, you can find a diving attraction of a unique system of underwater caves named the Cathedral because of its size and beauty.

 

Just off the coast of the island of Hvar, within the Pakleni Islands archipelago, you can find a great diving location if you visit the island of Vodnjak, whose seabed is home to a stone obelisk named Kampanel, or "bell" in Croatian, because of its shape. The cliffs plummeting more than 100 metres are what sets the Vrulja cove near Brela apart from its surroundings. This is where one of the arms of the Cetina river joins the sea in the mysterious depths and creates a pillar of fresh water rising from underwater sources. As opposed to wide river mouths full of sand and mud, the main feature here is stone overgrown with life.

Ivo Biočina

One of the locations in the southern Adriatic is the island of Mrkanjac near Cavtat, followed by the seabed around cape Lenga on the island of Mljet, the underwater cliffs of the island of Bijelac near the island of Lastovo and the seabed around the island of Vis, where you can find many ship and airplane wrecks from the Second World War.

Marjan Radović

Divers and numerous deep sea lovers came to know the beauties of the Adriatic seabed a long time ago. Sailors can also enjoy them from the other side of the surface.