The part of the Adriatic See belonging to Croatia is
regarded as one of the top diving areas in the world, attracting numerous
underwater enthusiasts every year. Famous French oceanographer and adventurer
Jacques-Yves Cousteau once sad that the underwater world around Dubrovnik
was one of the most beautiful underwater worlds he had ever seen in all
the years of his expeditions.
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and off-limit zones
Not all areas are free for divers, certain areas are
controlled or are off-limit zones. Upon arrival, each diver must purchase
a diving license, and it is a good idea to obtain one prior to arriving.
Acquisition of licenses depends mostly on the tour organizer, but in most cases, the
whole diving trip will flow more smoothly if the licenses are obtained
before. Licenses are issued by the Croatian divers association and can
be purchased through diving clubs and centers, as well as through authorized
tourist agencies along the entire Adriatic coast.
Off-limits diving zones include national parks (Brijuni and Krka), parts
of the inner waters which include harbors, entrances to harbors, anchorages,
areas of dense traffic, nature reserves (the Ston bay, the Lim channel,
Nature park Telašica) and the sea area within a radius of 100 meters around
anchored warships and guarded military objects. The Ministry of culture,
through the local museums, issues the licenses to dive in these areas.
Additional information can be obtained at this number: +385 (01) 6116
848, Fax: (01) 6116 849
Some areas near Dubrovnik have been identified as controlled
diving zones, including parts the national park of Mljet. The second national
park classified as a controlled diving zone is the national park of Kornati.
The respective national park management is responsible for issuing the
proper licenses to divers interested in diving in these areas.
With the previous consent of the local offices of the Ministry of Culture,
one can dive in the following areas: the islands of Vis, Biševo, Svetac,
Brusnik, Sušac, Kopište, Lastovo, Donji Škoji, Vrhovnjaci, Palagruža,
and the sea belt of 300 m around the islands of Mljet and Jabuka, the
area in the radius of 300 m around the sunken boats Szent Istvan, Premuda,
Coriolanus Novigrad, BaronGautsch, Saint Ivan, S-57 on Pelješac, and on
the findings near Žirje and Cavtat.
Underwater recording, photographing and researching archeological
locations can be made only with special permission of the Ministry of
Culture. In the Republic of Croatia the Ministry of Education and Sports
has registered the following diving schools and certificates: BSAC,
CMAS, IANTD NAUI, PADI, and SSI.
purchased, the diving licenses are valid for the period of one year. The
price is 100 Kuna (approximately 14 EUR or 15 USD), and is issued only
to those persons who have the appropriate diving qualifications from one
of the internationally recognized diving schools.
The central diving organization in Croatia is the Croatian
diving association which, through its programs, provides diving education
and training, along with other projects. The association also serves as
an active participant in the protection and preservation of our submarine
As an additional reference, we suggest that you try to
obtain the book which is published by the Ministry for maritime affairs,
traffic and communications "Recreational diving in Croatia",
the rule book on conducting underwater activities along the Croatian coast.