Summer is a season of vacations and incredible life experiences. It is time of the year which most adults and children are eagerly awaiting to finally break down the daily routine, rest in body and soul and, after all, how to prepare for a new cycle of work or school days. How to spend your summer vacation is the business and choice of everyone, but it is quite logical that the most popular activities on these hot, sunny days are those which require direct contact with water. Usual swimming on an air bed or a rubber ring, fishing in a wooden boat, suppressing giant waves in the process of surfing or exploring an interesting underwater world with the help of diving is just the beginning of a list of how people usually have fun on their summer holidays. By the way, about diving... Diving... It sounds somehow unusual and it seems so far and incredible, isn’t it? How much have you heard about this kind of extreme sport? And did you know that, for example, in Montenegro, all the factors contribute to safe diving under water, both from the infrastructure organization to the natural conditions, and almost every holidaymaker can afford it.What is "diving"? Types of diving.
Before going deeply into the topic of diving, you first need, of course, to understand the basic meaning of this concept. If one does not know, diving is a pre-planned and prepared dive under water, usually to a considerable depth, in order to study the underwater world or conduct various works. The breathing of a person under the water provides special equipment, depending on which (or in general its absence), diving can be classified into the following types:- free diving.
This is a kind of scuba diving without special equipment for breathing underwater - scuba. In fact, freediving is an ordinary swimming underwater, which is based on a delay in breathing. This kind of diving does not have a large recreational or aesthetic purpose, since the absence of a breathing equipment under water makes a person to return to the surface all the time and, moreover, the freediver is substantially limited in the depth of the research when immersing;- Scuba diving.
This type of submersion already provides special equipment for the researcher. Such diving is safer, and also provides an incredible opportunity for a person to understand the underwater world to the fullest. The scuba diver is practically not limited in depth, and the only thing that they should do is to monitor the level of oxygen in the aqualung;- Professional diving.
The name speaks for itself. In professional diving engaged people, for whom this is not a kind of entertainment on vacation, but the work of a lifetime. Such people have professional, more complex equipment, undergo a series of health checks and various training, and their underwater work can have engineering, rescue or installation purposes.
In addition to this basic classification, there are still many different types of diving. Some of them are really extreme. For example, hookah diving, when air is delivered to a person at depth through a special tube from the surface, introdiving, which involves immersion under the supervision of a specialist, drift diving, where the driving force of a diver is not his arms and legs, but... the underwater current and others.Diving in Montenegro.
In Montenegro - a country with unusually beautiful landscapes and warm coasts, as mentioned earlier, all conditions are created for diving. In general, in Europe diving began to develop rapidly after the end of World War II. This is noticeable in the tourism sector of all European countries, which have access to the sea. And Montenegro is not an exception in this regard.
Today, the tourist sector of this small but very diverse country offers all holidaymakers to take safe diving in the Adriatic Sea. Since ancient times, these places have been very popular with local fishermen and pearl collectors. Visibility under the water here varies from 15 to 40 meters, the summer water temperature is 21-25° C, and the winter - about 13° C. Everyone who wishes for a symbolic fee with the help of diving centers can experience themselves in freediving, scuba diving, and also in underwater photography and orienteering. Not less popular at the resorts of Montenegro is fishing with a harpoon, the so-called "underwater hunting" or dive safari.
Diving in Montenegro will not leave anyone indifferent! After all, on the bottom of the Adriatic you can find a huge number of interesting places, ranging from natural caves with unique types of corals to sunken war ships and aircrafts, which we are sure are storing real treasures in their dilapidated walls. You just have to decide to dive for them...Diving centers in Montenegro. Training courses for adults and children.
If you have already arrived in Montenegro in order to spend your unforgettable vacation and decided to test yourself in diving, then you should immediately go to the nearest diver center. Only with the help of these special institutions one can legally and, most importantly, safe for life, realize what you have conceived.
Remember that diving is an unsafe occupation. No matter how professional your equipment looks, no matter how beautiful the weather was that day - unforeseen situations always happen. Therefore, all tourists who wish to do scuba diving off the coast of Montenegro, it is necessary to get an additional medical travel insurance. Take care of this even before your trip.
Professional diving centers in Montenegro, which prepare people for diving during their courses, after finighing them, all students get certificates (CMAS, PADI, NNI or SSI), giving the right to do diving, diving safaris and equipment rental.
Obtaining a certificate from the Montenegrin diver center is the most convenient and relatively cheap way to legal diving. Today, diving centers operate in almost every big city on the coast of Montenegro. As for the prices of preparatory courses for adults and children, they can vary insignificantly from city to city, depending on the season. Further, as an example, we present the cost of the courses of one of the diving centers in Montenegro:
- 5-day basic course for children from 12 to 15 years costs 200 euros;
- 5-day basic course for adults costs 250 euros;
- 5-day in-depth course, in which students study four types of equipment: three compulsory (deep-water diving, underwater navigation and night-time immersion) and one by choice, costs 300 euros.The main places for diving in Montenegro.
Diving enthusiasts will surely find a lot of interesting places for their exciting diving off the coast of Montenegro. Special attention of diving tourists attracts deserve natural objects of the Montenegrin coast. Many experienced connoisseurs of this area advise you to visit the cave of Mikovic, which is located in the bay area of Bigovica, Bar Riviera. An equally interesting location in the same area are the Ancient Amphorae. And although this is not a natural object, however, this is a place of real underwater archaeological excavations, which will be especially interesting to all admirers of history. From the underwater caves required to visit, you can recall the Blue Cave and the caves of Poseidon, which are located near the peninsula of Lustica, the cave Krekavica (the valley of Grbal) and others...
And how amazing are the Montenegrin underwater reefs... Oh, they are real miracle of the world! The multicolored marine vegetation, which has completely overgrown the underwater part of the rocks, will allow you not only to make excellent photos to remember, but also completely immerse you in a truly fabulous world. The reef near the island-fortress Mamula (located in the Bay of Kotor), the reef Donkova Seka (Budva Riviera, Petrovac), the reef of the Royal Bay (Bar Riviera, Chanj, Queen's Beach). This list can be continued indefinitely! But whichever of these places you visit - be sure that bright feelings and positive emotions are guaranteed to you.
Speaking about the locations for diving in Montenegro, do not forget about the sunken boats, fighter jets and ships, which today peacefully rest on the bottom of the Adriatic. After all, they represent not a small aesthetic, recreational and even material value! All lovers of such places worth visiting fighter Supermarine Spitfire - MK9 (resting on the territory of Kotor Bay, Rose), Golesnica - torpedo boat - 76T (same location), SS Tihany steamer (located in the Kotor bay, Mamula Island), cargo ship Quinto (Bar Riviera), etc.List of the most popular underwater attractions off the coast of Montenegro (location, description, depth, visibility).1. The caves of Poseidon.Location
: Mala Gora Bay, Lustica Peninsula.Description
: The location consists of two caves, which are located at different depths: one in shallow water, the other - deeper. This place got its name because of the ideal oval entrance and the rays of light painting the walls of the caves with unusual colors.Depth of the object
: varies from 5 to 40 m.Visibility level
: good / excellent.2. Reef of the Royal Bay.Object location
: Queen's Beach, Chanj, Bar RivieraDescription
: visiting the reef is perfect for beginners in diving, since there is a small depth and many interesting objects. There is only a multicolored marine vegetation, overgrown the rocks...Depth of the object
: varies from 5 to 25 m.Visibility
: good / excellent3. Ancient amphoras.Location of the object
: Bay of Bigovica, Bar Riviera.Description
: in these places there are antique amphoras and other historical objects, since in ancient times the port area was located here.Depth of the object
: from 5 to 25 m.Visibility level
: good / excellent.4. The Blue Cave.Location
: Lustica Peninsula.Description
: The water in this place, from the refraction of the sun rays, has a bright blue hue, which is why it got such name. Also this place is quite popular and a huge number of excursion boats with tourists come here daily.Depth of the object
: varies from 5 to 25 m.Visibility level
: good / excellent.5. Grotto the Source.Site location
: Gulf of Veslo, Lustica Peninsula.Description
: the grotto, which is a black hole, extending to a depth of 30 meters.Depth of the object
: 30 m.Visibility level
: good / excellent.6. Reef near the island-fortress Mamula.Location
: Bay of Kotor
Description: a reef with a rich and diverse underwater flora and fauna.Depth of the object
: from 5 to 30 m.Visibility
: good / excellent7.Krekavica cave.Site location
: Krekavica Bay, Grbal ValleyDescription
: quite interesting underwater cave, the entrance to which is at a depth of 30 m, and inside there is a large air bubble on top.Depth of the object
: 32 m.Visibility
: good8. The Cave of Mikovic.Location of the object
: Bay of Bigovic, Bar RivieraDescription
: The cave is decorated with stalactites, has a length of 150 meters, at the end of which there is an air bubble.Depth of the object
: 20 m.Visibility
: good9. Reef Donkova Seka.Location
: Petrovac, Budva RivieraDescription
: underwater reef near the islands of Katic and Sveta Nedjelja. It is notable for being protected by the Montenegrin Ministry of Nature Protection.Depth of the object
: from 5 to 30 m.Visibility
: good / excellent10. The cliff Veslo.Site location
: Bay of Veslo, Lustica PeninsulaDescription
: a vertical cliff with a rather interesting flora and fauna, the bottom of which consists of sand.Depth of the object
: 60-70 m.Visibility
: good / excellentThe list of sunken objects (location, description, depth, visibility).1. Steamship GORITIA.The location of the object
: near the island of Ada Bojana, near the city of Ulcinj.Description
: This transport vessel was operated for a long time under the flag of Italy and sank in 1918, run against a mine.Depth of the object
: ~ 16 m.Visibility
: weak2. Torpedo boat GOLESNICA - 76T.Location
: Rosa, Kotor BayDescription
: This small military boat built in 1913, survived the First and Second World Wars, was used for exercises and was flooded only in 1959.Depth of the object
: 35 m.Visibility
: weak3. Patrol ship PBR 512.The location of the object
: the bay of Janic, Lustica Peninsula.
Description: The ship is one of the most popular locations for diving tourists.
For a long time it served under the flag of Yugoslavia, took part in hostilities and was sunk in 1983.Depth of the object
: 24 m.Visibility
: good4. German UC-24 submarine.Location
: near the town of KotorDescription
: a submarine, 49 meters long and weighing more than 400 tons, crash-dived in its time four enemy ships. However, on May 24, 1917, it was torpedoed by a French submarine and quickly withdrew to the bottom. As a result of the crash, 24 people were killed. All of them were members of the crew.Depth of the object
: ~ 27 m. (42 ° 06'N, 18 ° 19'E)Visibility
: weak5. The steamer CETINJE.Location of the object
: exactly unknown (near Kotor)Description
: an ordinary commercial and passenger vessel that had a capacity of 100 tons.Depth of the object
: 40 mVisibility
: weak6. Steamer CAROLA.Object location
: Cape Errand, Velika plaza, UlcinjDescription
: The cruise liner has long been exploited for its intended purpose in the Mediterranean, but that life was interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War. In those days, the steamer was used for many military purposes until 22 July, 1916 due to poor visibility, it encountered another steamer "Matyas Kiraly" and quickly sank.Depth of the object
: 17 m.Visibility
: Medium7. The French destroyer DAGUE.Object location
: Cape Volujci, Topolica, Bar rivieraDescription
: The vessel was used to protect water transport. On 24 February, 1915, while escorting an English steamer, the destroyer collided with an Austro-Hungarian vessel and went to the bottom.Depth of the object
: 15 m.Visibility
: good8. The cargo ship QUINTO.Object location
: Bar RivieraDescription
: an Italian cargo ship that was sunk by a Greek submarine in 1940.
Depth of the object: 32 m.Visibility
: weak9. Italian freighter ORESTE.Site location
: Trsteno bay, Grbal peninsulaDescription
: The cargo ship sank on 27 March, 1942 as a result of the explosion.Depth of the object
: 30 m.Visibility
: good10. Wheeled steamer 1908 TIHANY.Location of the facility
: entrance to the Bay of Kotor, island-fortress of MamulaDescription
: On 12 February, 1917, due to poor navigation, the Austro-Hungarian passenger ship ran into the rocks of Arza Cape and sank.Depth of the object
: 40 m.Visibility
: good11. An ancient sailing galleon.Location
: Rosa, Bay of KotorDescription
: cargo ship, which in the XVI century, mainly transported jewelry and luxury goods.Depth of the object
: 32 m.Visibility
: good12. Yacht of the Montenegrin king Nikola - RUMIJA.Location
: Rosa, Kotor BayDescription
: at the beginning of the XX century the yacht was presented by the Turkish sultan and was called "Zaza". It was used to transport passengers, food and cargo, savings from other ships, and actively participated in the Balkan wars and became a real pride of the Montenegrin fleet. On 2 March, 1915, the yacht sank.Depth of the object
: 30 m.Visibility
: weak13. Supermarine Spitfire fighter - MK9.
Location: Rosa, Kotor BayDescription
: The English military aircraft was shot down in 1944, during the Second World War.Depth of the object
: 32 m.Visibility