Liveaboard Diving in Dalmatian Coast

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced diver, the Dalmatian Coast has something to offer, from vibrant coral reefs to caves and shipwrecks. This beautiful stretch of coastline is home to some of the country's most pristine beaches and turquoise waters. It's also a scuba diver's paradise, with an abundance of marine life and famous dive sites. The most popular dive sites include the Blue Grotto, Cathedral Cave and Green Cave. These three sites are teeming with marine life, and offer stunning views of the coast. The average water temperature is around 22°C/72°F, but it can drop to 18°C/64°F in winter. A 3/4mm wetsuit is recommended for most of the year.

 

Best Dive Sites in the Dalmatian Coast

Popular dive sites include the Blue Cave, Stiniva Bay, and Hvar Island. The Blue Cave is a large sea cave with a hole in the ceiling that lets in sunlight, making the water inside glow blue. Stiniva Bay is a secluded cove with crystal-clear water and a sandy bottom. 

Kornati National Park

The Kornati islands form an archipelago in Croatia. It is made up of 140 islands, in an area of 114 square miles (300 km2). Kornati National Park was established in 1980 and it includes 89 islands. With its numerous coves and crystal-clear blue waters, it is incredibly beautiful. The archipelago is named after its largest island – Kornat.

There is an abundance of marine life and the underwater topography is quite varied as well. Kornati National Park offers varied diving opportunities for all levels of divers, from historic wrecks to walls, caves, tunnels, reefs, and cliffs, all accompanied by small to medium marine life.

Hvar Island

Hvar Island is home to the historic town of Hvar, as well as many beaches, restaurants, and cafes. 

 Zlarin

Zlarin is an island famous for its red corals, which symbolize love, loyalty, fidelity and obedience. Coral diving is a local 14th-century tradition passed down through the generations. Near the island, divers will also find the wreck of the Avala, a ship that was carrying bags of comment for construction when she sank. The bags are long gone, only their shape remains in cement, providing safe haven for small marine life.

Žirje

Žirje is a small and remote island in the Šibenik archipelago. One famous dive site in Žirje is the wreck of the JU 87R-2, also known as "Stuka". It was a World War II German two-crew dive bomber and ground attack aeroplane that sank there in 1941. Only two such aeroplanes are still preserved in museums, one in London and the other in Chicago. This historic aeroplane sits at 28 meters (92 feet) deep, just south of the island of Žirje, making this wreck available to advanced divers.

 

Origin: US