Scuba diving in Kaiser Franz Josef

Access
From Boat
Diver level
Novice
Depth
Average: 49.2 ft
Maximum: 147.6 ft
Current
Slight
Visibility
Average: 16.4 ft
Maximum: 32.8 ft
The Kaiser Franz Joseph is an Austro-Hungarian cruiser, built in 1890. It participated in WWI, but sank during a storm on October 17, 1919, armed with explosives. It is recommended to start exploring the wreck from its mid-section, between the two masts. And though the cruiser is in a state of decay now, it is possible to explore the ship’s interior and then the bow where explosives still lie near its anchor.

When to go

Best period for diving is from May to September, when water temperature is between 18-25C/64-77F and the average air temperature is 23C/73F.

What to see

The wreck is surrounded by sulfur sponges, and scorpionfish that inhabit the algae, beautiful cardinalfish that creates a contrast to the grey vessel, and other fish.

Reachable from

Dubrovnik

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