Snorkeling, one of the favorite activities of many sailing enthusiasts can hardly be more fun anywhere else than around more than a thousand islands dotting the Adriatic coastline of Croatia.
Vibrant marine ecosystems, plenty of old ship wrecks, fantastic underwater caves and hidden structures provide an endless opportunity for adventure. If you like snorkeling, then you should consider some of the most popular snorkel destinations in Croatia.
Brijuni National Park
Brijuni Islands National Park covers the area of 14 small islands off the coast of Istria which have been known for their pleasant local climate and lush vegetation since Roman times. You can still find some of the ancient Roman ruins underwater. It is one of the oldest protected areas in the country, so it boasts with amazing underwater diversity which also includes some protected species. Friendly dolphins are some of the most frequent visitors.
Explore the most beautiful landscapes dotted with hidden coves, natural beaches and crystal clear water on the southernmost tip of the Istrian peninsula. Cape Kamenjak is a protected area located only a couple of kilometers from Pula, known for it's amazingly preserved ancient Roman amphitheatre reminiscent of the one in Rome. The area is teeming with marine life and is perfect for snorkeling, cycling, windsurfing, hiking and swimming, while it's proximity to Istria's largest town provides an opportunity to see some amazing cultural sights dating back to ancient times.
The area is also known as the home of several unique Mediterranean monk seals who can sometimes be found resting on rocky beaches.
The Pakleni Islands
The Pakleni Islands are located in front of the ancient town of Hvar with stony cobbled streets and old palaces. This romantic archipelago provides a perfect retreat for diving and snorkeling and among it's brightly colored waters. Some of the islands are so close together that you can hop in a kayak and paddle from one to the other. Or simply swim and explore the hidden reefs in the area.
Palmizana Island is one of the most popular destinations providing numerous coves for diving, underwater fishing and swimming.
Stipanska Bay is the home of the Carpe Diem Beach party, the Full Moon party and some of the best nightlife in Croatia.
Island Drvenik Veli
The island's coastline has many sand and pebble beaches that provide easy access to the sea. There are two famous spots for snorkeling: the Blue Lagoon and the White Lagoon. Shallow waters of both lagoons are a great snorkeling spot for children and beginners. Amazing turquoise sea color and wild nature makes this place look like tropical paradise. The coast is easily accesible by boat. Perfect destination for a quiet and intimate holiday.
National park Mljet in Southern Dalmatia is one of the most beautiful on the Adriatic coastline. The entire island is covered in deep and lush pine forests and has two lakes, one of which has a small island of it's own with an ancient Benedictine monastery. The marine life around the island includes crabs, sponges, anemones, octopi and scorpionfish.
Kornati National Park
Kornati Islands are archipelago in northern Dalmatia situated betwen Sibenik and Island Pag. Kornati has over 150 islands, islets and reefs and often mention in tourist publications as nautical paradise. You can swim, dive and discover the rich underwater flora and fauna.
You can moor in one of two marinas: ACI Marina Piskera and ACI Marina Zut.