Croatia has a 1777 km long coast and plenty of beautiful beaches, clear sea, amazing nature, and perfect diving spots. There are so many dive sites it´s hard to say which is the best one, we can put them all under number one, so we will start from the south to north Croatia. The southern part of the Adriatic Sea, from Split to Dubrovnik, is deeper than the central and northern Adriatic, therefore for dives is required an advanced license and more experience. So let´s start…
ISLAND ST. ANDRIJA
Since 1873, the lighthouse on the island shows the way to all sailors towards the city of Dubrovnik. This lighthouse has a sad love story legend; because of the forbidden love, the loving couple jumped from the cliffs of St. Andrew in the deep blue sea to stay forever together in the afterlife. Today there is a beautiful diving site. The cliffs descend up to 80m and end on the sandy bottom. With slowly descending towards the edge of the cliff, is visible a vertically slope into the depths of the blue (80 m). On the return, you can stop at 12 meters to explore the underwater cave in the cliff. St. Andrija has a rich fish world, it will not disappoint you. Divers like to say the souls of a loving couple are living in two beautiful Epinephelus Marginatus which are swimming around the island.
KAISER FRANZ JOSEPH – WRECK
Not far from the town of Molunat, at the bottom of the sea, is situated a “Kaiser Franz Joseph” cruiser which was only 27 years old when sunk. It sunk in a stormy night on 17th October 1919 on the bottom of 48m depth. The ship was armed with cannon, but all the cannons were removed in the last century. On his last travel it was loaded with weapons and at the bow of the ship, near the anchor, there is still some explosive. If the visibility is in favor, the wreck can be seen at a depth of 15 meters. The best way to start the dive is from the center of the ship, between two masts. Slowly swimming to the stern can be seen the name of a powerful Kaiser Franz Joseph.
The wall Mrkanjac is extremely rich in animal and plant life because of the arched wall to the open sea and streams that come from the Mediterranean Sea. Sea stables, a large number of different species of fish: dentex, moray eels, pandoras, monkfishes, ray fishes, worms and at the bottom of the wall shrubs and lobsters. Bushes and sponges make this location one of the most vibrant in the Croatian submarine. The location is reached by boat and is anchored on the shallow beach of 15m depth. After descending on an anchor rope and reaching the edge of the wall, which falls to the 50m depth you can enjoy in the colorful wall and lightly moving towards the surface.
Cape Lenga is located on the south side of beautiful Mljet island in Croatia. Diving through the plateau you will come to the wall which falls down on 86m of depth. The maximum depth depends on a diver´s experience, but from five up to eighty-six meters of depth the wall will charm you in its beauty. The most exciting part of this diving location is the red coral reef, which is reserved only for experienced divers because it is inhabited in depths. The less experienced divers will not stay disappointed. Numerous holes and caves are a great place for moray eels, lobsters and octopus. Reducing the depths it doesn´t mean the life does not exist anymore, it is only replaced by new forms like snails, stars, needlefishes, and playful Chromis chromis.
TARANTO – WRECK
In 1899 in Rotterdam Taranto was built, and while driving war equipment, such as flour and tractors, to Dubrovnik, on 15th February 1943 it ran into an underwater mine. Already from 10 meters depth, the sinking ship can be recognized and you can see the inside of the bow. The steam engine of the boat is about on 45 meters from which the chimney rises to the surface about 10 meters long. The bottom of the stern is on 50 meters and the most interesting things are the remains of the ship’s cargo and two tractors. Like every wreck, Taranto is also covered with a variety of sponges, bryozoans, and stingers.
We believe that we have intrigued you with beautiful locations and you want to explore them. Next week we will write about the following top locations in the central Adriatic of Croatian coast. Stay tuned! 🙂