Scuba Diving in Croatia
Diving in Croatia is diverse and exiting, theres a wide spectra of flora and fauna and the depth varies from 50m in the north and 1300m close to Jabuka. Diving is possible along the entire Dalmatian coast, there are at least one dive center in every coastal town, so finding one won´t be hard. The best time to visit Croatia is April to September. In April the water is still a bit cold for swimming, but in the air the temperature is pleasant.
If you like wrecks you should discover the 53 m long cargo ship Francesca di Rimini that got hit by a torpedo in WW2. Due to the 40 m depth it lies on Francesca di Rimini is mostly for advanced divers. Another thing good to know is that only a few dive centers has the permit to dive at the Francesca di Rimini. Make sure the dive center you choose has the right permit.
On the 30th of January 1942 the RM Medusa got hit by a torpedo and sunk outside the popular holiday resort Istria. Discover the secrets of this 61.5 m long wreck lying at a depth of 46-55m, Due to the depth of this wreck its only accessable to tech divers.
If you perfer easier dives or perhaps just snorkeling you should visit the Island of Kukuljari. Plenty of species and sponges is to be seen around the lighthouse. For example you can meet octopuses, guitar fish, crawfish, eels and cow bream. If your into night diving, this is a great place!
Many many years ago an old Greek cargo ship filled with amphoras, a special Greek vase, lost its loading in the sea outside the Makarska Riviera. Now it´s a great place to discover a piece of history together with some sea slugs. Also in the area of the Makarska Riviera is Klokun, underground fresh water springs flows with water from the Biokovo Mountain. The fresh water makes the marine life flourish.
Approximately one hour outside Split, the island Brac is situated. From Brac you can reach Purple bay and Zvirje. Scorpionfish, sea fans and gold sponges hiding in the wall is what you´ll see when diving in this drop off Purple bay. Occasionally a spottet shark swims by. Containing of canyons and stone pillar Zvirje is a varied dive in clear water you don’t want to miss.
Many more beautiful dive sites are to be found around the islands Kornati, Zut, Pasman and Vrgada.
Tourist Information in Croatia
The currency in Croatia is Kuna, kn or HRK. Croatia is not yet a member of the EU, but is most likely to be in July 2013. Therefore just a few hotels and restaurants accept paying in euro. To exchange go to a bank or an exchange bureau, it is possible to change at the hotels but the rates aren´t that good. ATMs you can find all over the big cities. Check with your bank at home before you leave. Many banks take an extra fee when using your card in other countries.
The customs in Croatia are simple, just don´t bring any narcotics.
The power supply in Croatia is 220 V, 50Hz.
To get around by bus in Croatia is easy and comfortable, the price is quite good as well. Have in mind that if you bring big luggage it has to be placed under the bus, most bus companies charge extra for this service. Tickets are bought in the bus station. If you buy a return ticket remember that you have to go by the same bus company on your way home.
Boats are comfortable and simple, not all of them are in traffic all year around, but during high season they depart a couple of times a day.
You don´t need to have an international driver license to rent a car or scooter in Croatia, any valid driver license is ok. Remember to brig cash for the highway tolls if you´re going on the highway. The cheapest way to travel is by train, sadly they only traffic the midland and not the coast where you find all the diving. There´s only one domestic airline in Croatia, to get the cheapest possible ticket book early.
In the big cities and towns, Split, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, and Zadar among others, local transport is available. Buses run three times an hour, but not as frequently on Sundays. To get a taxi, call for it or get in line at a taxi stand. Like the local transport taxis mostly exist in the big cities, and they´re rather expensive.
Public holidays in Croatia
|New Year’s Day||January 1|
|Day after Easter ||Easter Monday|
|Labor Day||May 1|
|Day of the Anti-Fascist Struggle||June 22|
|Statehood Day||June 25|
|Homeland Gratitude Day||August 5|
|Independence Day||October 8|
|All Saints’ Day||November 1|
|Christmas holidays||December 25-26|
Holidays marked with * is changed every year