Scuba diving in Premuda Island
Premuda is a remote Island of around 9 km long and 1km wide, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in North Dalmatia that offers superb opportunities for diving enthusiasts. It is the westernmost island in the Zadar archipelago, and, as it faces the open sea with strong currents, there is an incredible array of marine life in surrounding waters. Permuda Island is also famous for a picturesque system of connected caves, called Cathedral. Due to the complexity of the caves, not just one, but two dives can be done at the Cathedral in order to explore the whole cave system. Another underwater attraction near Permuda Island is the wreckage of Austro-Hungarian ship «Szent Istvan», which was sunk by the Italian forces in 1918.
When to go
The annual water temperature ranges between 10-25C/50-77F throughout the year, making it possible to dive at Premuda Island all year round, however, the best season for diving is from May till September.
What to see
The waters around Premuda Island are rich in marine life, giving an opportunity to encounter many corals and fish species, including lobsters, moray eels, monkfish, combers, two-banded sea bream and red bream, dentex, picarel and goldfish. Divers can also explore a natural labyrinth of picturesque caves, beautifully illuminated by beams of light that are streaming down through many holes and crevices in the walls of the caves.