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About Istria

Istria is a heart-shaped, 3600sq-km/1400sq-mi peninsula, located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste and the Gulf of Kvarner. Diving in Istria amazes with its variety of underwater walls, reefs, canyons, crevices, pillars and arches carved by centuries of erosion, as well as caves, tunnels and shipwrecks, making Istria a truly remarkable diving destination. The peninsula offers crystal-clear water and a huge amount of dive sites located a short boat ride from tourist centers. Most popular dive sites Some of the most spectacular dive sites in Istria are Baron Gautsch, Lina wreck, Brijuni National Park, Coriolanus wreck, Flamingo wreck, Fraskeric wreck, the Giuseppe Dezza (TA35) wreck, the Hans Schmidt (or Istra) wreck, John Gilmor wreck, Kampanil Mali, Viz wreck, TA 36 wreck, Varese wreck, Babino and Girandella.

When to go to Istria

Istria is characterized by a special form of the Mediterranean climate. Thanks to warm sea temperatures it is possible to dive year-round. The rainy season is from September to February. The high season is between March to September. The average temperature is around 6C/42F in winter and 25C/77F during summer. The water temperature varies from 11 to 25C/ 51-77F. The currents can vary, but generally stay slight. The visibility: from 5-30m/16-98ft. What to see The region is teeming with marine life. Here, divers are likely to spot splendid corals and sponges and come across dolphins, sea turtles, blennies, wrasse, crabs, lobsters and echinoderms.