dive site type: nature
depth range: 0-45 m
distance from the diving center: 6.5 nm
short characteristic: covered by yellow sea fans underwater mountain with a top at the depth of about 12 m, above which great shoals of small fishes are hanging
The coastline of the northernmost peninsula Kabal of the island of Hvar is irregular. Its length exceeds 33 km while the area is less than 9 km2. To compare, the circuit of a square with the same area equates only 12 km. As it can be expected – there are numerous bays and capes along the peninsula. One of such capes is called Rt Smočiguzica and it is located close to the Travna Bay. The distance between Nautica Hvar Dive Centre and this cape in a straight line is 5,4 km, but to get to this place the diving boat covers the distance of 6,5 nautical miles, what means about 12 km. It is the furthermost diving site among the regularly visited places of the island of Hvar (there are also a few further sites off Hvar island, like Lučice on Brač island), but it is also often visited by the divers from Brač island and from the mainland.
What is the most interesting about this diving site it is the topographical relief. The cape of Smočiguzica is a long but narrow peninsula, surrounded by two coves. This headland continues under the water in the form of an embankment with the peak at a depth of 18 m in the deepest point and the walls going down to 40 m. Mentioned deepest point is around 80 m away from the cape. Next to it there starts an underwater mountain (the name of Smočiguzica, which literally means a wet ass, probably comes from its shape). With the base at a depth of about 45 to 50 m it grows up to 10 to 12 m BSL. The distance from the island combined with the location in the Hvar Channel contributes to occurrence of pretty strong sea currents, specially above the mountain. It, in turn, results in high biodiversity.
The dive usually starts and ends in one of the bays. Divers swim over the embankment to reach the mountain after around 10 minutes of the dive. Then they swim around the hill, usually keeping the clockwise direction. They reach their planned maximum depths – there are numerous yellow sea fans below 30 m depth and giant scorpionfish, moray eels and forkbeards are often encountered in the holes. It is also worth to take a look into the blue. It is here, where Peter’s Fish can be seen. It is also here, when from time to time all the little fish are swimming fast to the wall. It is a sign that there are hunting tunas or mackerels nearby. It the sea currents are not strong, divers can swim over the hill to admire big shoals of glittering small silver fish, like common two-banded seabreams, white seabreams, saddled seabreams and cow breams. Then it is time to come back to the boat. Swimming above the embankment, the divers reach the cove and spend safety stops on looking for the octopuses and seahorses, which are commonly encountered in this place.