Montenegro (Montenegrin: Црна Гора, Crna Gora) is a European country located in the west of the Balkan Peninsula. It consists of the mainland part and 14 islands. The southwest coast overlooks the Adriatic Sea.
Montenegro's water zone is vast. It includes coast of the Adriatic Sea, many lakes and rivers with canyons.
The country attracts divers with quiet and cozy beach resorts, transparent water and diverse marine life. They swim around corals and reefs, explore caves and historic wrecks and enjoy the unforgettable experience of night diving.
There's enough time to explore everything because the diving season is long and lasts from May to October. And the list of diving sites will excite any diver.
There are dive shops for any needs and any budget in Montenegro. All of them have experienced trainers that teach diving and certify their trainees. You can rent diving equipment, and rent a vehicle. These services are available in most dive shops in Montenegro.
March is warm, and the air temperature reaches +22 °C. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, the swimming season starts in May, when the water warms up to +19 °C. It rarely rains.
June is the first month of summer in Montenegro. Rain stops. The average air temperature is around 30 °C. The water slowly warms up to +23 °C. Visibility is 38-56 meters deep. Wave height reaches 0,5 meters. It's diving time.
September and October are sunny and warm. The average air and water temperatures are to 21 °C and 23 °C, respectively. It's still diving season. November is rather cold (+17 °C), with light rains and first snow in the mountains.
Winters in Montenegro are mild but aren't suitable for diving. The coldest month is January. It snows in mountain areas, and the weather in the coastal area is rainy and windy. The air warms up to +9 ° C during the day. The sea water temperature is around +15 °C.
The most popular diving sites in Montenegro are Tunnels reefs, Galiola and Donkova Seka, as well as Krekavica and Poseidon City sea caves.
Those who like to investigate mysteries should dive to ship wrecks, such as Patrolac wreck. And Sirena Hole is for those who like diving deep.
Despite high European healthcare standards, Montenegro lacks modern equipment and qualified personnel. The ambulance arrives quickly, but it is better to postpone your visit to doctor until you come home. The following vaccinations are required for Montenegro: hepatitis B, encephalitis and tetanus.
The crime rate is low, but be careful in crowds. Also, you should be aware of the possibility of petty thefts at markets and in public transport.
Stay away from sea urchins and molluscs when you get inside the caves. Beware of weeverfish that hide in the seabed. Avoid jellyfish with violet backs. Don't come close to moray eels, stingrays, marine eels, bearded fireworms and berried anemones.
National cuisine is based on meat dishes accompanied with vegetables. You should definitely try Pršut, dry-cured beef or pork ham. There are some other tasty dishes: Pljeskavica, which is a large grilled patty, Ćevapčići (also meat patties), and Mešano meso (meat platter). Local dry wines also deserve attention. Tap water is chlorinated and thus can be considered safe. However, it is better to drink bottled water here.