Scuba diving is a popular activity in Croatia, for both experienced and beginner divers. With its clear waters, many wrecks, ranging from ancient to WWII, diverse marine life, and numerous dive sites, Croatia is a top destination for scuba enthusiasts. It is also rather cheap for the first world diver visitors, which for some may be a big plus. In comparison to the diving in popular destinations around the world, the prices of scuba diving in Croatia are approximately close to those in Thailand or Egypt.
Diving in a new location can be challenging, especially for those who are new to the sport. Let’s look at some tips for scuba diving in Croatia to help you make the most of your experience.
Choose the right diving center
Often called “dive shops” in the US, we call them dive centers in Croatia. There are over a 100 dive centers along the coast for you to choose from. Find the one that suits you best. Check the reviews on Google, or walk in and scout the place yourself. If you are not a certified scuba diver, you can get certified in any of these centers. This will give you the skills and knowledge needed to dive safely and enjoy the experience fully.
Choose the right gear
If you don’t have your own, consider renting equipment from a local dive center to ensure that you have the latest and most suitable gear for the conditions. Make sure your wetsuit fits well and is suitable for the water temperature, and bring extra gear such as fins, masks, and weights. In general, you will always dive in a wetsuit in Croatia, as the water temperature in Croatia ranges from around 15C in the winter to 25C in the summer, but the 25 is only on the surface. As you descent, the water gets colder.
Choose the right dive site
There are many dive sites in Croatia to choose from, each offering different experiences and challenges. Before you dive, research the dive sites and choose one that is suitable for your skill level. Consider factors such as water visibility, depth, and marine life. If you are not sure which site to choose, the diving center’s staff will help you. You will also have to be certified for the depth you are about to dive.
The recreational scuba diving depth limit in Croatia is 40 meters.
Also, it is advisable you dive in a pair, as you normally would anywhere else for that matter. Diving with a buddy is a crucial aspect of safe scuba diving. Your buddy can help you if you run into any problems and provides an extra layer of security. Make sure to choose a dive buddy who is compatible with your diving style and experience level.
Plan the dive, dive the plan
Before diving, make sure to have a dive plan in place. If you are diving with a dive center, the guide will brief you prior to diving, The brief should include the depth and duration of the dive, as well as the expected conditions and any safety procedures. Make sure to follow the dive plan closely to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Respect the environment
Croatia offers a unique opportunity to explore the underwater world, but it is essential to respect the environment. Avoid touching or disturbing the marine life and never remove anything from the sea. The rules here are the same as anywhere in the world.
Don’t forget to bring your camera, and try the local cuisine after the dive. The wine is also amazing, but if you are diving again the next day, should probably be taken in moderation.
Scuba diving in Croatia can be a thrilling and unforgettable experience. By following these tips, you can make the most of your time underwater and enjoy the beauty of this incredible location. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, take the time to plan your dive, respect the environment, and dive safely to make the most of your experience in Croatia.