And although we aren’t divers ourselves (snorkeling yes, but that’s a whole other story), we did all hard work for you, we’ve called diving clubs around, and gathered all information you need to know if planning on diving in northwest Istria. You’re welcome!
Popular diving sites in northwest Istria
The most popular diving site in northwest Istria, Savudrija, is located only 4 nm from Umag. The dive is from the sea, not a coast, and the site is reached by boat. Savudrija diving site is in situ museum located at a depth of 13 m, featuring many amphorae from the Roman times. The site is protected within a locked cage, and the dive needs to be organized by a local diving center.
Waters between Savudrija to the north and Novigrad to the south hide also numerous shipwrecks. Near the Cape Savudrija lies Gilda, a cargo steamboat shipwreck. Gilda hit an underwater mine and split in two. The site is located at the open sea, and diving is along the buoy rope tied to the wreck. Not far away from the shipwreck Gilda, you can explore another shipwreck.
A tugboat Adriana sunk after being hit by air missile during the WWII. Divers like this site because the ship’s interior is accessible. The Coriolanus was a minesweeper that belonged to the British Royal Navy. Ironically it sunk off the coast of Novigrad during the WWII after hitting a floating mine. Coriolanus wreck lies at depths of 11 – 25 m.
The largest ship that sunk in Istrian waters is Numidia, a 120 m long cargo ship that sunk southwest of Novigrad during the WWII. The wreck lies at depths of 28-40 m. If you enjoy diving at the wreck sites, you don’t need to limit yourself to northwest Istria. Any diving center in Umag or Novigrad, organizes also diving trips to other Istrian diving sites.
A popular diving site the Barun Gautsch shipwreck sunk off the coast of Rovinj. The ship is well preserved; its decks are almost intact. Barun Gautsch site is protected by the Ministry of Culture and a special permit is requested in order to access the site. These permits can be purchased through local diving centers. I don’t know about you, but if you ask me, there is something really magical in seeing a shipwreck under the water. But shipwrecks are not only diving sites in northwest Istria. You can also explore reefs and walls.
Three most popular reefs in the vicinity of Umag are Gobo, Piranor and Buje. All three reefs have interesting flora and fauna, while at Gobo and Piranor you can also see underwater mines dating back to the WWII. Crveni Vrh Wall diving site offers a good underwater visibility. The site is not too deep (18 m) and is suitable for beginner divers.
Just few miles south of Novigrad, the Lanterna is a perfect diving site for beginner divers and anybody interested in night dives. The entrance is right below the lighthouse located at the cape of the peninsula. Rich flora and fauna, and remains of old time ceramic, makes Lanterna an interesting diving site.
Diving centers in northwest Istria
Contacts: TN Stella Maris, Umag | t: +385 52 710 981 | GSM: +385 92 261 6168 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website
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Contacts: Camping Park Umag, Karigador b.b., 52 474 Brtonigla | GSM: +385 99 575 3230 | e: email@example.com | Website
Both diving centers organize day and night dives, rent diving equipment, have tank filling stations, and offer diving schools for beginners and advanced trainings for experienced divers. For a house reef dive you can expect to pay 100 kn for a day dive, 250 Kn for a night dive. Wreck dive costs around 400 Kn, while a dive trip will set you back 300 Kn.
We hope to see you diving in northwest Istria.