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Where to dive in Europe? Review of locations

Diving in Europe

Diving in the waters of Old Continent is a good idea, if safety is our concern. The potential diving in Europe is huge, and its characteristic is very diverse. You can get your first dives there, as well as dive technically, admire shipwrecks or explore caves. There are really many opportunities there. Below we will answer the question where to dive in Europe. You need to find Croatia diving or Poland diving, maybe you are interested where to dive in Austria or Norway? Below is a number of locations where to dive in Europe worth noticing.

Croatia

The waters of Croatia attract mainly recreational divers, but not only them.  One of the options is the Kornati National Park where nine special zones have been made available.  When choosing Korneti as the destination of your trip, one should realise certain rules applicable for divers in the territory of the Park, resulting from the protection of the ecosystem there. The rules effective in the National Park only allow for diving of organised groups, to the maximum depth of 40 metres. Another place worth noticing is Jezera on the island Murter, near which an interesting shipwreck under the name of Francesca di Rimini can be explored. Those passionate about shipwrecks will surely also be interested in Rabac. The surrounding waters are filled with ships sunken during WWII.  Technical divers are attracted by the island of Vis. It is located approximately 2.5 hours by ferry from Split and frequently referred to as ‘cult’. The waters around the island hide a real treat for shipwreck lovers, e.g. the residues of American bomb aircraft shot down during WWII, a beautiful fishing vessel Fortunal and Vassilios, one of the largest shipwrecks in the Adriatic Sea.

Austria

In Austrian Alps, at the very heart of the Salzkammergut region, there is a picturesque lake Attersee. It is famous for its outstandingly transparent water, thanks to which the visibility is even up to 30 metres. Although the best diving conditions here are during the spring and late autumn, you can also go diving there during the summer or winter period. There are many places of various depth and character to choose from. Recreational divers may choose for example Dixie, Twin Towers, or Schlierwand. For those who like depths, we recommend Steinschlag-Tafel. The infrastructure developed for the divers’ needs is a great advantage of the Austrian lake. Each of the available diving locations is well- marked with information boards, and you can get to each of them by car and leave it in a special car park without any problems.

Norway

300 km behind the Arctic Circle is Lofoten, a picturesque archipelago on the Norwegian Sea. The location is attractive due to the beautiful fiord landscape and clear water with the transparency of up to 70 metres, rich ecosystem and sandy beaches. You can dive in fiords, shipwrecks, at the current and near the rocky walls. It is good to know that the Norwegian law permits water hunting; therefore, it is also possible to dive with a crossbow.

Poland

There is a lot of truth in the saying ‘you glorify the foreign, but you don’t know your own’ when speaking about the waters worth diving. You can dive in the Baltic Sea, lakes, stone pits, as well as artificial reservoirs, such as Solina or Czorsztyn-Niedzica. The lakes are mostly intended for shallow diving, easily available, and therefore, they are especially great for beginners and those who value economic solutions. The Baltic Sea hides the biggest number of wrecks – ships, aircrafts and fishing vessels among all seas. In certain locations, you can even notice traces of prehistoric settlements. Additionally, finding a diving base at the Baltic Sea is not difficult at all, and the season for sea diving lasts for a majority of months during the year.

Łukasz Głowacki

I’ve been diving for almost 10 years. The underwater world won my heart quite quickly. From the very beginning I wanted to be a good diver and partner, so I kept practising until I got a Master Scuba Diver PADI degree. I dive in hot and cold waters around the world. The thing I like most about diving is the sense of weightlessness and possibility to dive in the depths. I’m not too demanding when it comes to the landscapes, although I do enjoy their diversity, so I like diving in different places and conditions.

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