Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Republika Hrvatska) is located in the south of Central Europe and partly in the west of the Balkan Peninsula (Croatian: Balkanski poluotok). The country is awashed by waters of the Adriatic Sea (Italian: mare Adriatico). Visibility is down to 50 metres and the seafloor is clearly visible. Exceptional transparency plays an important role for divers.
Divers will be amazed by the richness of the local flora and fauna. Wreck diving- exploring crashed ship-wrecks is available here. Almost all of suncken ships are perfectly preserved due to the favorable temperature and undercurrents.
At the foot of the Alps there is the most beautiful bay of the Adriatic Sea (Italian: mare Adriatico) — The Kvarner Bay (Croatian: Kvarnerski zaljev).
Diving in Croatia is quite well-developed. There are diving clubs where training with professionally certified instructors is provided.
Cres Island (Croatian: Cres). The depth of diving here may range from 22 to 55 m. Here lies the sunken cargo ship “Lina”. The vessel remains perfectly preserved, and it is possible to get inside the hull.
Kornati islands (Croatian: Kornati). You can dive to a depth from 3 up to 65 m. Both experienced divers and beginners can dive here. There is an underwater cliff on the island. Water is crystal clear and visibility is over 40 m. The sides are covered with corals, sponges and algae, and beautiful fish also live here.
Dive shops and diving clubs are located in small towns and tourist villages along the entire coastline of Croatia. Certified divers can dive to coral reefs, sunken ships and caves choosing adventures of various difficulty levels.
In March, the air temperature is +12 °C, and in April it may vary depending on the city. In May it is quite warm already, the air warms up to +25 ˚С, and the water in the Adriatic Sea up to + 17-20 ˚С.
In June the air warms up to +25-27 ˚С during the day, water temperature is around +21-22 ˚С. The rain is scarce. In July, the air temperature goes up to +30 ˚С, and the water off the coast heats up to +26 ˚С. In August, short rains begin, but the weather is still quite warm.
In September, you can still dive and sunbathe. The average air and sea water temperature is +25 ˚С. While in October the air cools down to +20 ˚С, consequently, water also gets colder, to around +17 ˚С. In November the air temperature remains at +18 ˚С.
In winter, daytime temperature varies from +3˚С to +11˚С, depending on the location. The warmest weather is in Dubrovnik (Croatian: Dubrovnik) — +12 ˚С. In February the nights could become frosty. Meanwhile spring comes to continental Croatia.
The sunken ship "Teti" is off the coast of the Island Barzhak. It is 70 meters in length. Eels are swimming around.
The cathedral is situated near Zadar (Croatian: Zadar) off the coast of Premuda Island (Croatian: Premuda). This is a chain of caves where sunlight seeps in from the water surface. This view is exceptionally breathtaking! Spider crabs and octopuses live here.
Croatia is considered to be a safe country. Severe crime is rare here, although watch your belongings when traveling by bus to avoid being pocket pickers.
The quality of health care seems satisfactory but it is quite expensive. Medical tourism is a growing trend here. In order not to spend money on private clinic services, you should purchase international medical insurance and update the necessary vaccinations: hepatitis, MMR, rabies, typhoid fever, influenza and DPT. If you are planning on hiking through the forest, you should also get vaccinated against encephalitis.
Locals tend to drink tap water. It is pure, rich in calcium and magnesium.
Tourists are advised to enter the water in special slippers to protect themselves against injuries caused by sharp coral fragments. Watch your step carefully to avoid sea urchins. Sea urchin stings are not lethal, but very painful.
Seaside restaurants specialize in seafood, however in the central part of the country meat dishes are more popular. Croatian cuisine was strongly influenced by their neighborhood to Italy: restaurants often offer pasta, pizza or Italian sweets.
The most noteworthy national dishes are: Brudet – spicy fish platter with red wine; Burek puff pie with meat and cheese; exquisite dish of tender lamb meat with sour milk; Pašticada – a hearty homemade baked dish withmeat originally from Dalmatia.
Locals say: "A day without wine is like a day without sun". It is not surprising that Croatia has developed winemaking. Recognized leaders are varieties of white and red wine.
Croatia is not in the list of countries with a high level of environmental hazards. To this day, clean drinking water is supplied to residents through public water supply channels. You can drink this water without fear.