Croatia 2019

Croatia 2019: 1st – 14th August 2019

PRICE – R38,900

(Every effort is being made to hold this price. However due to Rand fluctuations we may have to increase the price.)

In 2019, Divetek will embark on its first scuba diving tour to Croatia. The trip has been set up differently to any of our previous trips, as it will incorporate not only diving, but also sight seeing adventures. What better to way to explore to magic that is Croatia then from the land and the Sea.

Package Includes: Flights Johannesburg/Croatia. Local transfers. Airport Tax, 7 days onboard liveaboard. All meals onboard, snacks, tea and coffee. All diving, cylinder and weight belt rentals, and air fills PLUS accommodation in Zagreb and Dubrovnik.

 Package Excludes: 100 euro per person to be paid in cash onboard for service charge, port fees and fuel surcharge. Soft Drinks and alcoholic drinks as well as meals off the boat.

IS CROATIA FOR ME?

Of Course it is! This trip is for divers of all levels as well as non-divers!
The tour has been customised for us to incorporate the best sites Croatia has to offer. Each night the boat will dock at a different port, allowing us to get off and enjoy the night life of the islands, and each day divers will be able to dive a different dive site. The main idea is to offer a combination of scuba diving, swimming and sightseeing on different diving locations and places along Adriatic coast. This is what makes this trip both attractive and interesting for divers and non divers!

QUALIFICATIONS?

It is recommended that you are an Advanced Diver with a Deep speciality in order to fully enjoy all the dives. Some dives may be slightly deeper than the average Open Water Course allows.
Nitrox is not required as all of the dives are done on air.
However should you be one of the avid Nitrox Divers, it can be arranged at an additional cost.

THE DIVING?

Surprisingly Croatia offers divers an unreal amount of scuba dives to take part in, with it’s many islands strewn out into the Adriatic. In total, you’ll find around 1000 of these islands in Croatia, all adorned with reefs, underwater caverns, pillars and canyons. There are plenty of wrecks to see, too. Around the island of Vis, the largest of the islands, you can dive among many WWI and WWII shipwrecks, all fallen in battle. There’s a B-17 bomber to see in addition to the older ships. Head to the caves here, too, a great dive where sunlight filters in, making for ethereal seascapes.

 Where will we be diving?

The trip will start off with 7 days on board a live aboard, exploring some of the best dive sites Croatia has to offer.

Hvar Island

Hvar boasts over 15 beautiful locations, offering something for everyone – from newly certified Open Water divers through to our most experienced recreational divers and professionals. Most are located within the divine archipelago of Pakleni (Paklinski) Islands, which sadly became known as the ‘Hell Islands’ after a wrongful translation of the Croatian word ‘paklina’ (meaning resin).

Some of the favourites include: Vodnjak, Stambedar, Vela Garska, Paulina Wreck, Poseidon Pillar, Baba Reef, Robert’s Wall and Anchor Wall.

Vis Island

Scuba diving in Vis is possible year round. Rain mainly falls in the months from October through January. The high season is between May to September. The air temperature is during the summer months above 24C/75F, and in the winter months above 6C/42F. Water temperature ranges from 14C/57F in January to 25C/77F in July and August. The average visibility is around 20m/65ft. The currents vary, but generally are medium. What to see In these waters divers can explore red Mediterranean gorgonians and soft white corals and spot large John Dories, amberjacks, conger eels, lobsters, scorpionfish, nudibranchs and many other species.

Kornati Islands

Using Murter island as a starting point, interesting diving sites already start as close as a 5-10 min boat trip to the small island of Visovac which is safe to dive with winds coming from any direction which usually prevent a lot of sites to be dived at because of the lack of a safe anchor point.

The furthest diving spots, still in a sensible range for a day trip from Murter, can be found at the islands of Kornat, Žut, Piškera, Kaprije, Žirje. If you want to benefit of the usually richer underwater life inside the Kornati National Park, e.g. when diving at Kornat island, you need to use a diving center which has the special permission to organize dives there.

If you like wrecks there also are some interesting ones near to Murter. Francesca di Rimini is one of the most famous wrecks in the Adriatic. A bit easier to dive lying only a few meters below the surface is a scenic coal freighter wreck near Babuljaš island.

Plus some amazing wrecks!

TRIP DETAILS

  • Depart Johannesburg evening of the 1st August, and arrive in Zagreb, Croatia, on the morning of the 2nd. We will then be transferred to a local 4* hotel. Guests have the opportunity to spend the afternoon touring the city, or just enjoying a relaxing afternoon at the Hotel.

 

  • On the morning of the 3rd, breakfast will be served before departing the hotel at 09:00 . Guests will be transferred by a luxury air conditioned bus to Sukosan port in Zadar. This trip will take around 4 hours. At 13:00 we will arrive at the port and begin boarding the M/Y Vranjak I liveaboard. The boat will depart at 15:00 and snacks will be served to the guests. No diving will be done this day, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their first evening on the boat. Dinner will be served at 18:30

 

  • From the 4th-9th the boat will travel to different islands off the shore of Croatia. The guests have the opportunity to do 2 dives a day and a night dive on one of the evenings. Breakfast will be served at 08:00 every day and lunch at 12:30. Dinner each night will be at 19:00, however guests have the opportunity to depart the boat and have dinner on the islands and enjoy some of the night life. If guests wish to do so they need to inform staff earlier that day, so chefs can make necessary dinner arrangements for those who wish to stay on the boat.

 

  • On the morning of the 10th, The boat will return back to Sukosan port. Breakfast will be served at 08:00 and guests will depart the boat at 09:00. We will then be transferred by a luxury air conditioned coach to the city of Dubrovnik, where we will check into our 4* hotel and have the afternoon to relax. Lunch and dinner will be up to the guests.

 

  • On the 11th, after breakfast, guests will have the option to spend the morning experiencing a game of thrones walking tour, in which they visit all the major historical sites of Dubrovnik that were used in the filming of this gripping series. Guests then have the option to spend the afternoon doing a relaxing kayak trip outside the walls of Dubrovnik, and enter all the beautiful caves that lie within. Lunch and dinner on this day will be up to the guests.

 

  • On our second last day in Croatia, guests have the option to take a day trip across to the beautiful neighbouring country, Montenegro. Here they will have a private guide showing them the historically beautiful sea side towns Budva, Kotor, and Perast, where they will learn about the history . Guests will then be able to visit the small island-bound St Tryphon Cathedral before making their way back to the hotel in Dubrovnik. Those who don’t want to do this trip can spend the day as they like, exploring everything Dubrovnik has to offer.

 

  • On the 13th, Guests will have breakfast at the hotel before packing their bags and checking out. A luxury bus will then transport them to the airport. Flight will depart that evening for Johannesburg, to arrive morning of the 14th 2019.

INCLUDED:

– Return flights
– Airport taxes
– Local transfers
– 1 night 4* accommodation in Zagreb with breakfast
– 3 nights 4* accommodation in Dubrovnik with breakfast
– 7 nights aboard the M/Y Vranjak Liveaboard
– All meals on the boat
– Free WIFI on the boat
– Tea and coffee
– Cylinder and weight belt rentals, and air fills
– Medical and Diving insurance
– Fuel surcharge and port fees

EXCLUDED:

– Visa ( +-R930)
– Nitrox fills
– Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages (please note the boat only accepts cash).
– Travel insurance
– Lunches and dinners off the boat
– Equipment rental
– Tour fee of 100 Euro (cash on the boat)

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

– Day trip to Montenegro @ R1000
– Game of Thrones walking trip @ TBC
– Kayak trip in Dubrovnik @ TBC

DEPOSITS:

All we require now to book the space is a R6000 Deposit, Final amount needs to be paid by 30th April 2019. The spaces are limited as we can only take 20 people.

Please contact us for further information on the Croatia Trip 2019:

training@divetek.co.za

Tel: 011 791 1095