best and most famous scuba diving journalists and underwater
photographers such as: Franco Banfi, Antonello Paone, Maria
Pia Pezzali, describe scuba diving & underwater world
in Vela Luka on Korcula in Croatia as very complex and the
most interesting of the whole of the Mediterranean, Aegean
underwater photographers mentioned above where diving with
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Images of the underwater world in Croatia Korcula
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Adriatic Sea is not only an attractive nautical destination,
but it also draws many lovers of the underwater world. The clarity
of its turquoise waters, the beauty of its depths, the variety
of marine life and the fascinating shipwrecks hidden at the
bottom of the sea, are all part of its appeal.
There are numerous scuba diving centres and diving clubs
along the coast of Croatia. They cater for the inexperienced
diver as much as for the experienced and offer courses which
are both accessible and affordable. They also hire equipment
and offer excursions that are within easy reach.
For your safety and for the reputation of the industry, diving
centres are strictly controlled by the Ministry for Maritime
Affairs (please see below the general regulations for diving).
With a sea so beautiful as the Adriatic, it’s no surprise
that a lot of the diving clubs have been around for decades
and so are very knowledgeable of their areas, knowing the
best and most interesting places to dive - and the safest.
Shipwrecks are relatively common on the Adriatic seabed and
most, like the German U boat off the Istrian coast in the
picture, date from the Second World War. Wrecks from antiquity
are known but their whereabouts are usually kept secret and
to discover new ones is quite rare - but you never know!
A Greek amphora were discovered recently at Jakirusa on the
Makarska Riviera. It is important to report finds like this
to the authorities (like the police) straight away so they
can protect the site from pillagers. It is actually a criminal
offence to remove objects of antiquity from the sea. If you
can’t take the objects you find how nice it would be
though to be the discoverer of them.
Owing to the unusual geology of the area, called karst,
underwater caves are very common and some actually have rivers
coming out of them. Croatia
Divers in Korcula include cave dives in their excursions.
Scuba Diving in Croatia need not be so adventurous, nearly
everywhere on the coast provides excellent diving with a minimum
Article from the Croatian
National Tourist Board
Diving and diving tourism in Croatia :
Diving tourism in Croatia has been increasing in popularity
1996, following the cessation of war activities in Croatia
and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Annual growth in the number of
tourists has been between 15 and 20%, and with it grew the
number of professional diving centres organized in the near
vicinity of the most attractive locations along the coastline,
in order to enable divers from all over the world to abandon
themselves to enjoying the Croatian submarine world, while
at the same time being able to feel secure under professional
supervision and with all the necessary safety measures in
place. Today, the number of registered and licensed diving
centres exceeds 100, with the largest number being located
in Istria and Kvarner, and in the area of Central Dalmatia.
Undoubtedly the most attractive diving locations in the Adriatic
are underwater cliff faces and reefs, caves and the wrecks
of ships and airplanes. The Croatian land mass ranks among
the most specific in the world: Dalmatia itself lies on karst,
full of crevices, caves, sink holes and channels. Based on
the number of caves so far discovered on land it is estimated
that there are at least 1500 underwater caves and holes still
undiscovered in the Adriatic. In addition to plant and animal
species endemic to the Adriatic, which are a highly sought-after
target for photo and video safaris, the most attractive locations
are those which conceal traces of times gone by: archaeological
localities and underwater wrecks.
The oldest localities containing the remains of sunken ships
date from the times of Antiquity, and are to be found on the
ancient trading routes leading from Greece towards northern
Italy, and all the colonies founded along that route on the
shores of the Adriatic: Cavtat (Epidaurus), Mljet (Meleda),
Korcula ( Kokira), Hvar ( Pharos), Vis (Issa), Split (Asphalatos
/ Spalatum), Solin (Salona), Trogir (Tragurium), Rogoznica
(Heracleia), anchorage sites in the Kornati archipelago (Zirje,
Lavsa, Murter), the wider area of Sibenik and Zadar (Liburnia
/ Jadera), Pula (Pola), Roman villas on the Brijuni islands,
and many other micro-locations once used by ancient mariners
as refuges and anchorages. In the Middle Ages trades links
between Italy and the Middle East intensified, Venice became
a booming trading metropolis, towns along the Croatian littoral
experience strong development (Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Pula);
naval battles of the 19th and 20th centuries leave their traces
on the sea bed. Since WWII many wrecks have been lifted from
the bottom of the sea (particularly along the Istrian coast),
but there remains a considerable number of wrecks available
to sports divers. Those at greater depths are still biding
their time, waiting to be discovered and researched.
It is our desire to present all those special qualities to
the world tourist market, particularly at nautical and diving
fairs. This is why the Croatian National Tourist Board believes
that a readily identifiable, attractive and exclusive approach
to the promotion of diving tourism as a very young and promising,
and highly specific branch of tourism, is very important indeed.
Legislative regulation regarding underwater activities in
Croatia is still in the phase of defining the final legal
provisions, the aim being to regulate development of diving
tourism in the most effective way, based on practice and application,
while at the same time preserving the wealth of the Adriatic
underwater world and to increase diving safety. According
to current regulations it is possible to dive in Croatian
waters if one has valid permission (annual diving identity
card at a cost of 100 HRK per annum, and individual Permission
for independent underwater activities, costing 2400 HRK per
annum. Should tourist diving activity be planned in the registered
diving centres (presented in this catalogue), then individual
permission is not necessary. There are zones where diving
is prohibited even with individual permission. These are those
zones under special protection by the Ministry of Culture,
and diving in those areas may be allowed but only when accompanied
by a diving guide from an authorized diving centre.
In other words, you can dive anywhere in the Adriatic provided
that you are accompanied by a professional guide (diving guide
or diving instructor) whose job is to take ensure your safety
and to show you diving locations in a direct and informed
way. Every professionally organized diving centre fulfils
all the conditions required to make your diving trip a safe,
interesting and unforgettable experience.
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Gertjan de Vlugt schreef op 08 augustus 2008 in een artikel
in de volkskrant:
Het eiland Korcula en het plaatsjes is prachtig. Je hebt
hier nog stranden waar bijna niemand komt. Mooie natuur,
wijngebieden en het schattige oude vissersdorpje Korcula.
Ook duiken behoort hier tot de mogelijkheden. In het dorpje
Vela Luka kan je fantastische duiken maken. Vele spectaculaire
grotduiken behoren hier tot de mogelijkheden. De duiklocatie
Blue Hole is indrukwekkend. Duiken kan hier met Croatia
Divers. Een Nederlandse en een Engelsman zijn de eigenaar.
Je kunt er komen door de boot te nemen vanaf Split naar
Vela Luka. Vela Luka is verder een klein rustig plaatsje
rondom een baai met een aantal leuke restaurantje en barretjes.
Scuba Diving in Croatia:
Croatian waters are rumoured to be among the clearest
in the world. They offer scuba divers a wide range of excellent
diving opportunities, and for once the rumours are true! On
the best days, you might have about 25 metres of visibility
under water, which is an exceptional distance, and is great
news for anyone interested in scuba diving.
The reasons for the great visibility are many:
Being a very sheltered, pleasant little body of water, the
tides and currents of the Adriatic Sea are very small.
The climate is quite stable, which also makes the waters
clearer, since lower thermal variation in the water gives
The bottom of the sea itself is also mostly made up of stones,
and contains less sand to whirl up, which would otherwise
lessen the visibility range.
Further north along the coast, though, the bottom does tend
to get more sandy, and not as varied as in the south. In addition,
the waters generally don't contain very much algae and plankton.
The best diving opportunities are mostly found along the
southern parts of the coast, and on the many Croatian islands'
sea-facing sides. These areas are also the parts that offer
the most diverse diving opportunities, because the southern
parts of the coast are closer to deeper waters, which makes
fish types more varied and plentiful.
The Croatian coast also contains a lot of underwater caves
and cave diving, in particular, is among the specialities
of Croatian scuba diving. You can also do wreck diving on
both ancient wrecks and more recent ones, including wrecks
from both World Wars. Reef diving is also possible, although
the reefs are not too plentiful and tend to be in deeper waters,
making them a little more inaccessible. In the north, the
depth seldom goes beyond 60 metres, making diving a bit less
diverse and exciting than that on offer in the south.
Safety is also a plus when scuba diving in Croatia. With
only gentle tides and few currents, and without dangerous
bloodthirsty fishes, sharks or other nasties, dives here are
just about as safe as they come. In many places, the worst
creature you will meet is a sea eagle or a sardine with an
attitude, and the maximum approved depth for diving for sport
and recreation is 40 metres. So as long as you are not into
shark dives or very deep dives, Croatia will suit almost anyone
from the very green divers to experts. Almost everyone will
find something they might like here, whether it is to, or
above, their skill level. In any emergency, there is a rescue
team for divers that can always be reached through the following
channels1, in case of any diving hazards:
Rescue Team phone number - 9155(DAN)
VHP channels 16,10.74
To obtain permission for diving, you will need to obtain a
diver's card that makes you eligible to dive in Croatia, which
is issued by the local port authorities for a fee of 100 kuna's
(around £8 to £10). To get a diving card, you
will also need to show your diving license. The Croatian Diving
Federation recognises almost all the international diving
schools. You can also go on organised dives with one of the
many diving clubs that lie along the coastline.
Diving in the country's national parks is prohibited without
a special permit. Information about where to obtain such a
permit for various locations can be found on the Croatian
Diving Federation homepage. Diving is not permitted at the
In the areas of internal sea waters encompassing harbours,
accesses to harbours, anchorage and areas of heavy traffic.
In strict and special sea reserves, natural parks and other
protected sea and undersea areas, except as explained above.
Near anchored warships and protected military facilities
at the coastal edge at the distance of less than 100 metres.
There is also no diving in Brijuni or Krka national parks.
Although diving is restricted in the Kornati and Mljet National
parks, it is possible to join organised dives in both parks.
If you do not have a diving license before arriving in Croatia,
do not despair! Although you do need one, the diving courses
there might be a lot cheaper than in many other places. Many
Croatian diving clubs will offer them to anyone prepared to
pay the fee, simply check wherever you are along the coastline
for the nearest diving centre or club, and they will be able
to help you out.
For more online information about scuba diving in Croatia,
you can visit the official website of the Croatian Diving
Federation, where you will also find the rules and regulations
you will have to follow while diving in the country. Diving
in Croatia offers another good and informational guide, with
links to all the diving centres on the Croatian coast.
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Split is the main centre for flight and ferry connections,
and the nearest dive location is Bol on the island of Brac.
The more remote island of Vis is another good introduction
to Croatian diving. The town of Komiza on the western tip
has a local diving centre and the bay has a good selection
of wrecks ranging from Roman galleys to an Austro-Hungarian
liner and second world war shipping.
Another versatile location is Vela Luka on the Island
of Korcula. Diving photographers such as Franco Banfi, Antonello
Paone and Maria Pia Pezzali have described the underwater
world of Vela Luka as the most complex and the most interesting
in the Mediterranean. The local Croatia
Divers centre offers a number of special courses including
a 3-day underwater photography course.
Article from the Guardian.co.uk