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Diving in the Istrian peninsula

Jutting out into the Adriatic Sea, the Istrian Peninsula’s mild climate and outstanding vistas greet scuba divers on the search for clear water and marine life.

Diving in the Istrian peninsula

Quick facts

Because Croatia makes up the vast majority of the Istrian Peninsula, it goes without saying that most of the dive sites you can enjoy in Istria can be found there.

Wreck divers will rejoice in the surplus of vessels that are available for exploration. Several ships date back to the early 1900’s, like the Baron Gautsch and the Flamingo. The Coriolanus sank in 1945, and was believed to be a British spy ship. A 5 euro permit is required to dive in this area because of its historical significance.

Check out the caves at Fraskeric, where you can make your way through rocky tunnels. There are also caves to see in Reff Stoja and Valovine, the home of serene grottoes and underwater canyons.

When to go

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What to see

Don’t underestimate the Adriatic, a relatively small sea that is enclosed by the mainland of Italy. Here you can see surprising undersea diversity, from odd tube works to starfish that are unlike any other. The shallows, dotted with the unique posidonia plant, are home to interesting fish and crabs that make their way around the sandy bottoms. Deeper dives will reveal octopi and moray eels wavering in their doorways.

At extreme depths you can find the fan mussel, which can grow to be 3 feet (1 meter) in length. Sponges of all shapes and sizes can be seen here, as well.


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Shared by three countries (Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy), the Istrian Peninsula is the Adriatic Sea’s largest peninsula.

The warm, mild climate has made an ideal home for people throughout time from ancient Romans to Greek pirates. France, Austria, and Yugoslavia all fought to control this region, with its fertile land and rich resources. The area has thus become a melting pot, a mingling of cultures, cuisines, and languages.

Croatia comprises most of the region of Istria, and there are many towns lining the coastline. These communities thrive off of the sea, both from the industry it provides, but the tourism it draws.

Other attractions

Incredible cathedrals and ancient cities await those who travel to Istria. The peninsula is home to the lovely city of Rovinj, whose port and main street are fascinating places to spend the day. For some time out in nature, head to the Kamenjak National Park. The clear, warm water makes for an idyllic spot to take a dip, and walking along the rocky coastline reveals surprising formations, one after the other.

Getting there

Once in the country, get around via bus, which are efficient and economical in Croatia. Along the coast and between the islands, ferries are the way to go.


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