Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park is a a natural wonder. The park is a UNESCO world heritage site, and one of Croatia’s most popular attractions. There are 16 other-worldly looking lakes, formed by dramatic limestone karst, linked by rivers and waterfalls through the mountains. Many divers have, no doubt, been tempted to explore the lakes from underwater. But, in order to preserve the natural environment, Plitvice scuba diving is banned.
If you’re staying in Croatia and want to go diving, you’ll find plenty of other options along the beautiful Adriatic coast. Croatia is one of Europe’s top diving destinations, with warm water and good visibility.
The Kvarner region, in which Plitvice lies, is the most popular part of Croatia with visitors, and its best diving region. Water temperatures peak at around 25 degrees in midsummer, and visibility is up to about 15 metres. The area is packed with interesting dive sites. You’ll find wrecks, caves, reefs and plenty of colourful and interesting marine life.
The Plik Tenki reef is the most famous of the region’s dive sites. Reached by a tunnel covered in sponges and corals, it is a wall that drops down from around 4 to 40 metres, making it ideal for both beginners and experienced divers. There are plenty of similar sites to explore too.
The best wreck dive in the area is the Lina. This well-preserved merchant ship was sunk in 1917, and stretches down from 18 to 57m. But all around the islands and inlets of Kvarner, you’ll find interesting wrecks and colourful reefs.
Take a Plitvice scuba diving trip and combine exploration in the mountains with the Adriatic’s best diving.