Discover fish and history while snorkeling on the Dalmatian coast
Are you planning to go snorkeling during your luxury yacht charter in Croatia? Let’s find out where to go, and which fish species you can expect to see!
With its extensive coastline along the Adriatic Sea and hundreds of islands, islets, and reefs, Croatia is the perfect snorkeling destination. The Croatian coast is known for its crystal clear water and plentiful sunshine. You and your friends and family will be pleased by the numerous opportunities for snorkeling in some of the cleanest and clearest water in all of Europe, combined with excellent underwater visibility. The Adriatic Sea is usually calm, with no extreme tides and few strong currents and your captain knows all the protected swimming areas and coves along the coast. Your crew will also keep an eye on the weather and will probably advise you to go snorkeling in the morning or just before sunset, when the water is at its calmest. Did you know that snorkeling is possible year-round in Croatia, if you wear the right wetsuit? However, if snorkeling and enjoying the sea in warm water are on your bucket list, the best time to visit is from June to early October.
Most beaches in Croatia are rocky and while this contributes to the incredible underwater visibility, it means there are a lot of sharp rocks to watch out for. Your chief stewardess will have your water shoes lined up for you, so all you have to do is get your fish logbook out and your underwater camera ready!
Plentiful marine life on the Dalmatian coast
The Adriatic contains an abundant marine life. While snorkeling, you will be able to observe dolphins, starfish, octopi, fan mussels, squids, cuttlefish, crabs, shellfish, jellyfish, sponges, and sea cucumbers. You will also have the opportunity to encounter fish like sea bass, sea bream, scorpionfish, moray eels, and sardines. Your crew will make sure that all the necessary permits are onboard in case you would like to collect shellfish, or do some fishing along with your snorkeling. How about hunting for some mussels, so your chef can prepare mussels alla buzara for you, in a white or red wine sauce, or a fresh mussel risotto!
Ancient ruins, shipwrecks, and underwater caves
Besides the rich sea life, there are many other interesting underwater attractions that you can experience in Croatia. These include ancient ruins, underwater caves, and shipwrecks. From the Greeks to the Romans to the Austro-Hungarians, Croatia has been part of numerous empires over the last few thousand years. There are still many relics from these eras, both on land and in the sea. Various snorkeling spots spread along the coast will allow you to observe underwater ruins, archaeology sites, and ancient artifacts. In addition to ancient ruins, there are numerous shipwrecks along the Croatian coast from more recent times and some shallow wrecks are accessible to snorkelers. The rocky coastal landscape is also rich with natural wonders like sea caves. Many of these turn an incredible shade of blue when the sun enters the cave, making for an unforgettable snorkeling experience and magnificent pictures to proof you were here.
The best snorkeling in Croatia
With so much stunning coastline, it’s hard to narrow down the top snorkeling spots in Croatia. Almost anywhere you go, you are sure to find clear water and abundant sea life, but the Dalmatian coast stands out based on its rich marine life, interesting geological features and natural beauty. Famous for its white pebble beaches, azure waters, mountainous islands, and ancient seaside towns, the Dalmatian coast will provide you with plenty of incredible places to explore.
Dugi Otok, an island with numerous underwater caves in Croatia
Part of the Zadar Archipelago, Dugi Otok offers you the opportunity to get off the beaten path. The island features numerous underwater caves and protected coves, as well as some shipwrecks that are accessible to snorkelers. Your captain will anchor your yacht near the famous Saharun beach, where you will be able to explore a 1984 shipwreck near Veli Rat. Other excellent snorkeling spots on the island include Golubinka Sea Cave near Brbinjšćica Bay and the Telašćica Nature Park. While exploring the park, the beauty of the towering cliffs and small coves will take your breath away. On top of that, the underwater environment is home to 300 plant and 300 animal species, including red coral and carnivorous sponges. Make sure you take plenty of pictures of these natural wonders before getting back onboard to set sail to your next destination!
The Pakleni Islands, only accessible by water
The Pakleni Islands near Hvar feature deep blue waters, white stone beaches, turquoise lagoons, and abundant wildlife, making them an incredible snorkeling destination. These islands are only accessible by water, which gives them that unique remote feeling so significant while onboard your own yacht. All the islands are equally beautiful and your captain will know exactly which one to go to the moment you are visiting. Make sure to spend some time at the Mlini island, it might be your favorite!
The inhabited islands of Vis, Biševo and Ravnik
Of the country’s 48 inhabited islands, Vis is the farthest from the mainland and is incredibly well-preserved. Because the island was a Yugoslav military base from 1950 to 1989, there are numerous underground and underwater military tunnels on Vis Island, lending it a James Bond kind of feeling. Stiniva Beach, a white pebble cove surrounded by limestone cliffs, is a must-see on the island and a popular snorkeling spot. Nearby, the Blue Cave on Bisevo Island and the Green Cave on Ravnik Island are also excellent areas to snorkel. Who of your loved ones has discovered the most fish species by now? You can compare notes when you are back onboard, wrapped in large soft towels and with your favorite cocktail in hand!
Talk to your captain about visiting some or all of these beautiful locations while on charter! You might want to drop the anchor in some of these quiet and unique areas to witness another spectacular sunset and spend the night in total tranquility!
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