dive site type: nature
depth range: 0-10 m
distance from the diving center: 2.5 nm
short characteristic: a calm bay with light slopes and sandy bottom covered by grass, where numerous octopuses and even seahorses can be easily found
In the Stari Grad Bay, more or less half way from the town to the exit of the bay, where the peninsula of Kabal is narrowest, there is a calm bay called Tiha. The name is not a coincidence – Croatian word tiha means quiet. And the waters in the bay are definitely quiet. Well-protected from the open sea by the peninsula of Kabal gives a shelter to many boats during storms. There are a few coves differently oriented, so calm places may be found in almost every weather conditions. In some coves there are mooring places, what makes Tiha a busy harbour during the summer season. There are also well-know beaches and beach bars. In one of the coves there is a concrete pier used for years by Nautica Hvar Dive Centre for organising fish picnics in cooperation with local fishermen.
A fish picnic is a family event, during which newbies can try diving. The boat is moored to the concrete pier, and – before the food is ready – people have time for swimming. A lot of them decide to take a first breath under the water. The diving is usually held along the west coast of the cove. There is a slope going down to more or less 10 m. Below there is a sandy bottom partially covered by sea grasses. Slope is built mainly from the limestones (as whole island of Hvar) and powdered by sands of different fractions. Although it is an easy dive site, it can be interesting not only during introductory dives. From time to time night dives are organised in here. Besides, this place is also popular among photographers, who can practice a lot, try different option, in calm waters, with no disturbing waves and currents.
If photographers are interested in a place, it means that there might be interesting objects under the water. On the slopes of Tiha there are numerous striped red mullets seeking for food in the sand. There are yellow sponges growing in the rocky habitats. There are little crabs living in the shells left after snails, moving on the bottom. There are different species of sea urchins. There are various nocturnal animals hiding under the rocks, like for example brittle stars. And finally there are octopuses living in the holes adopted as their “houses”. There are also many different fishes swimming above the bottom, like for example painted combers, showing octopuses’ hideouts. Moreover, in here divers usually find seahorses, what makes this diving site even more interesting. As for the calm coves, the biodiversity in here is quite high, what results from, among others, mooring boats and all the remains of food thrown away to the sea.