Croatia claims the lion’s share of the eastern Adriatic coast for itself. Unexpected and exciting! Diving in Croatia is one of the best you can find in Europe.
Croatia with its many islands offers you a wide range of dive sites. In total there are about 1,000 of these islands. They all await you with reefs, underwater caves and canyons.
Croatia is well known among wreck diving fans. You can dive at different places between shipwrecks from the First and Second World War. The island of Krk in the north of Croatia, for example, is literally surrounded by dive sites. From steep walls and wrecks to rocky reefs, there is something for everyone.
The Kvarner Bay is one of the most beautiful areas for diving in the Adriatic. From Germany it is a very close destination if you are looking for diving in warmer waters 😉
The Kvarner Bay is known for amazing cliffs and rugged reefs. Often they are overgrown with beautiful gorgonians. The coast and the relatively shallow water form an underwater world with a lot of variety. All this makes diving in the Kvarner Bay a great destination for your diving holiday.
The Croatian coast and islands have a Mediterranean climate. You can expect pleasant temperatures of 30-35°C in summer and 5-15°C in winter. Summer is the best time for diving. The water is warm and visibility is usually good. In winter the water temperatures are around 13-15°C. The water warms up to 26°C by the middle of summer. Beyond that the visibility is 15-25 meters. At some dive sites it can be much better.
In the north of Croatia, in the Kvarner Bay, lies the beautiful island of Krk. It is without doubt one of the best starting points for diving in Croatia. Especially the south of the island, around the fishing village Punat, has a very good geographical position. From here you can quickly reach the offshore and uninhabited islands Plavnik, Mali Plavnik and Kormati.
But also the east side of the island of Cres or the also uninhabited island of Privic are easily accessible from Punat. The clear, warm water of the Kvarner Bay is ideal for diving. From here you start your discovery of the treasures of the Adriatic Sea with Hang Loose Diving. 🙂
While diving in Croatia you can see some fascinating corals. Rare black corals and reefs can be found around many of the islands. There is also a lot of macro life to see. Nudibranchs are as common as shrimps, crabs and giant starfish. Seahorses, John Dory, conger eels, tuna, scorpionfish, squid, lobster and sole provide variety. Even though it is rare, you also have a chance to see mackerel, groupers and rays.
For diving in the north of Croatia, most people travel from Germany with their own car.
But of course you also have the possibility to fly. With the airport Rijeka (RJK), on the island of Krk, you are directly in one of the best diving areas of the country. Condor and Ryanair fly to Rijeka airport several times a week. Croatia Airlines and Eurowings also connect Munich and Düsseldorf with the island of Krk twice a week. Once you arrive in the country, you can travel by bus or rental car.