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Dive Sites

Diving around Hvar Island

There is a great variety of dive sites near Hvar Island . You can find all kinds of formations appreciated by divers there, like walls, caves, tunnels, underwater mountains and spires, rocky slopes and picturesque grassy shoals. In each of these places the dive profile, light and marine life is different and unique.

d1   Kabal (Cabal) - Hvar Island, Starogradski Zaljev.

Difficulty: medium. Travel time: 30 mins.
A 25-30 meter (80-100 ft) long tunnel, crossing under the Kabal Peninsula . The entrance is situated at the depth of 9m (~30ft) , directly below the concrete steps leading to a small lighthouse on the shore.
This tunnel is a refuge for scorpion fish, congers and red cardinalfish, as well as for the dark-loving shellfish: crayfish and galatheas . After we exit the tunnel on the other side of the peninsula at the depth of 17m, we follow a wall covered with orange gorgonias (sea whips) before reaching a picturesque cluster of rocks which form a sort of labyrinth of valleys and passages . At night the walls of the peninsula are full of life - lobsters leave their hiding places, orange shrimps and hunting octopuses appear. However, night dives are organised here only with perfect weather and for advanced groups.

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d2   Glavna - Hvar Island, Hvarski Kanal.

Difficulty: medium and high. Travel time: 35 mins.
A remarkable crack in the sea bottom, where a prehistorical stream used to flow, leading to a vertical crevice in the wall, which resembles a waterfall and drops down to the depth of 40m (~131ft). The wall extends east and west of this "waterfall". It is colonised by sponges, corals and bryozoans . You can also encounter lobsters, crabs, octopuses and various species of nudibranchs and slugs which inhabit the shallower places.

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d3   Lanterna - Hvar Island, Hvarski Kanal.

Difficulty: medium. Travel time 45 mins.
The rocky slope leads us to a wall, which reaches the depth of 40m (~131ft). The wall is covered with orange gorgonians and colonies of yellow sponges. It is the home of lobsters, maja crabs and galatheas. In the shallows amazing rocky blocks, rubble and ledges, which hide a great variety of invertebrates can be found.

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d4   Travna - Hvar Island, Hvarski Kanal.

Difficulty: medium. Travel time: 50 mins.
An underwater mountain with a steep wall, which drops down to 45m (~147ft). The wall is inhabited by scorpion fish and moray eels, while schools of saddled seabreams, striped snappers and chromises hover above the summit. Skittish eagle rays, gliding along underwater precipices, can be encountered here, as well as anglerfish hiding between the rocks. A keen observer may spot a lesser spotted dogfish hiding in a rocky crevice, whose presence is marked by white, skin-covered eggs, which can be found on most gorgonias and sponges. Under rocky overhangs groupers can be seen from time to time. In the bay, where our boat moors, we can encounter beautiful seahorses.

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d5   Tatinja - Hvar Island, Hvarski Kanal.

Difficulty: medium. Travel time: 45 mins.
A beautiful wall, which closes the Tatinja Bay from the east. The wall is divided into segments by massive pillars around which hover schools of fish. Smaller walls and thresholds are covered with twigs of gorgonians. On the wall you can find lobsters, crayfish, Flabellina nudibranchs and roaming polychaetes called Nerejida.

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d6   Stiniva - Hvar Island, Hvarski Kanal.

Difficulty: medium and high. Travel time: 50 mins.
The western wall of Tatinja Bay , which drops down to 45m (~147ft) and is covered with developing colonies of sponges and corals of the Parazoanthus species. Encountered species include scorpion fish, moray eels and seabreams.

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d7   Campanella - Hvar Island, Vodnjak.

Difficulty: high. Travel time: 90 mins.
The most famous dive site on the western side of Hvar Island . Campanella ('bell tower' in Italian) is a monumental underwater spire, lying west of Mali Vodnjak Island which belongs to Pakleni Otoci Archipelago. Campanella rises from the depth 60-70 meters (196ft) to that of 13 meters (42ft) and, like other formations situated on the open sea, it is washed over by strong marine currents, which bring nourishment for the corals, sponges and bryozoans which cover the mountain. On a relatively small space you may find many different species of marine animals: scorpion fish, codlings, mullets, congers and moray eels, as well as schools of saddled seabreams, striped snappers and chromises.
From the depth of 18-20m (60-65ft) down to the bottom grow patches of red gorgonias of the Paramuricea Clavata species. Another attraction is the possibility to swim through a rock "window" at the depth of 32-36m (105-118ft) situated in one of the pillars growing out of the mountain. A good idea for another dive is visiting the so-called Small Campanella - a separate formation divided from the main summit by a saddle. Because of depth and strong currents, both places are recommended only for experienced divers.

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d8   Stepenice - Hvar Island, Starogradski Zaljev.

Difficulty: medium. Travel time: 30 mins.
Picturesque rock formations: walls and overhangs. Beautiful light and rich sea life. Easy and enjoyable diving, perfect for beginners and underwater photographers.

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d9   Kamulce - Hvar Island, Starogradski Zaljev.

Difficulty: medium. Travel time 30 mins.
A cluster of boulders overgrown with corals, sponges and bryozoans, among which live nudibranchs, scorpion fish and octopuses. Diving depth: 7-20 meters (23-66ft).

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d10   Ribolovac (fishing boat wreck) Solta Island,Splitskie Vrata.

Difficulty: easy/low. Travel time 90 mins.
The wreck of a 50m (164ft) long wooden fishing boat. Diving depth: 11-20 meters (36-65ft).

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d10   Mrduja - Solta island.

Difficulty: easy/low. Trzavel timeL 120 mins.
The dive along a 3-meter (about 10ft) high wall leads to a 25m (82ft) long wreck of a fishing boat situated at the depth of 32-45m (105-147ft).

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d12   Cave in Lucice Bay - Brać Island.

Difficulty: medium. Travel time: 90 mins.
For sure one of the best diving places in central Dalmatia . Two big windows at the depth of 3-4m (9-13ft) form an entrance to a huge chamber with a diameter of about 30m (100ft) and bottom at 37m (121ft). Rubble covers the bottom, providing shelter for brittle stars and starfish. The walls and ceiling are inhabited by lobsters, octopuses, crayfish, crabs, bryozoans and blenny. The foreground of the cave is made of bare limestone, with only a few sponge colonies, but rich with sea urchins. North of the entrance to the cave, at 3-6m lie interesting rock formations, overgrown with orange sponges.

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d13   Osibowa, Osibova Bay - Brać Island.

Difficulty: medium to high. CTravel time: 90 mins.

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d14   Je'Kamik

An interesting dive site, close to Hvar town, is a place known as Jebeni Kamik (please contact your divemaster for further information regarding the name...). The 2-meter high rock visible on the surface is in fact the top of an underwater pillar which grows out of a wall. At the depth of 16 meters you can enter inside the pillar through a vertical narrow crevice and drop down in a widening chimney, from which you can exit at the depth of 28-33 meters. The surface of the Kamik and the surrounding walls are extensively overgrown with orange gorgonians and sponges.

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