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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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01. Which marina do the trips start from?

02. How far is marina from Airport Split?

03. Do I need any prior sailing experience?

04. How deep are your dives?

arrow 05. How much are extra expenses?

arrow 06. Can you describe food?

arrow 07. Can my friends come if they do not dive?

arrow 08. What are the water temperatures like?

arrow 09. What are the water depths like?

arrow 10. What is a seabed like?

arrow 11. What are the tides like?

arrow 12. What are the sea currents like?

arrow 13. Can I charter full diving safari catamaran?

arrow 14. What are the waves like?

arrow 15. What is a visibility in sea?

arrow 16. Is there any restaurants?



0. Is compressor on board going to be too loud?

We do not have compressor on board. All refilling and transports are made by local diving centers, all of this is included in the initial price. So each time you go diving there is everything ready for you without any noise or discomfort. This safari offers you also to refill on most locations Nitrox or Trimix.

1. Which marina do the trips start from ?

We start our trips from Kremik marina next to Primosten and Rogoznica.
On some trips we start from Baotic marina next to Trogir.
Bath of these marina are close by and are reachable by short transfer from Rogoznica or Split airport.

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2. How far is marina from Airport Split?

Split airport is just 18 km away.
We can arrange transfer from airport to marina or to Rogoznica, it depends on your time of arrival.

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3. How big are the dive groups?

Maximum divers on each catamaran is 8 and we dive in pairs.

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4. How deep are your dives?

We always like to take new divers on few shallower dives so we can meet each other and see how we dive.
All our dives do not pass the limit of there certificate you have.
Maximum depth for recreational and sport divers is 40m on Croatia but for OWD 20 m..
We only dive deeper if our customers have technical diving category.

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5. How much are extra expenses?

Extra expenses
- Harbor duty
- Cleaning fee
- Petrol / Fuel
- Tourist tax
- Food on board
Total of these expenses come up to 120 Eur

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6. Can you describe food?

As all guests arrive we go to big supermarket next to marina and get all provisions.
It depends on your preferences what we will get in market. So this is the time to tell us if you are a vegetarian.
Usual meals on board:
- Breakfast: pancakes, musli, fruit, juice, coffee, eggs, bacon
- Lunch and dinner: Different pasta, soups, risotto, stakes, fish, salads, sausages, potatoes, balancani...
- Snacks: sandwich, crackers, biscuits...
- Drinks: water, wine, beer, juices, mineral water...

All restaurants and local konobas are extra charged. It depends what your wishes are but we usually dine in two different special local places where they make local specialties for us.

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7. Can my friends come if they do not dive?

Yes, non divers are welcome to come. You can decide to take your friends or children with us on this safari. Most of the dives are done of the local dive boats from local diving centers so non divers will have time to relax, swim or visit local city while we dive. This is a trip which non divers will enjoy as much as dives, there is so much to do and see around all the islands.

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8. What are the water temperatures like?

The Adriatic Sea has a very marked annual change of the surface temperature. The average annual temperature is 11°C. During the winter, the sea is the coldest and the surface temperature is about 9°C to 12°C ; very seldom, it can drop below that too. In the spring, the sea becomes warmer, and the surface temperature rises to 18°C. In the summer the surface of the sea reaches a very high temperature, of up to 22 to 25°C, and in the southern Adriatic and Istria up to 27°C. In the Adriatic, thermo clines, i.e. parts of the water column of the same temperature, are very well distinguished. The thermo cline is most evident during the summer, and, in the winter, the isothermal process arises, i.e. equaling of the temperature throughout the water column. In the summer, we can notice the first thermo cline at the depth of 3 to 5 m, the next one is at about 12 m, and yet another one at 18 metes, while below 30 m the temperature is mostly constant throughout the year.

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9. What are the water depths like?

Depths in Rogoznica are on standard dives down to 60, 70 meters and on cliff dives down to more than 100. these are maximum depths but we dive of course down to depth for which our group is certified 20 m, 30m, 40 m.

The shallowest part of our sea is in Istria, where the depth does not exceed 50 m. From Pula, the seabed mildly drops, making a long, narrow valley which extends from Zirje towards Italy which is called Jabucka kotlina. The biggest depth there is about 240 m. From Jabucka kotlina, the bottom rises to Palagruza reef where the biggest depth is 130 m. Towards the south, the bottom drops steeply towards the Juznojadranska dolina, where the biggest measured depth is about 1,300 m.
Rogoznica is the place with the clearest seawater on entire coast line with the deepest shore.

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10. What is a seabed like?

The appearance of the underwater relief is the consequence of tectonic movements, abrasion or erosion which were active several million years ago, in times when certain parts of the seabed were land or the coastal area. Uneven areas on the bottom are constantly reduced by sedimentation of detritus from the land. That process is slow, but constant. Rogoznica in most parts has cliffs and stone bottoms. On lots of places you will see fields of Posidonia.

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11. What are the tides like?

In the Adriatic, the high and low tides have relatively small amplitudes. In the southern part, the difference is rarely above some forty centimeters, while in the northern part it is somewhat bigger, so that it comes to 1 metre in Istria and the Gulf of Trieste. In some narrow channels and bays, the high tide can grow considerably during a strong sirocco. That phenomenon is characteristic for big and deep bays of the southern Adriatic. The tides are of a mixed type, which means that their rhythm is semidiurnal during the new and full moon, and of a daily type during the first and the last quarter. Their amplitudes are very irregular.

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12. What are the sea currents like?

Sea currents occur under the influence of winds, the difference in pressure, temperature, and the differences in salinity. With respect to the direction, they can be horizontal or vertical. There are also bottom currents which appear as the consequence of moving of water from warmer areas to colder ones, during which the surface layer gets cold and descends towards the seabed. Currents are weakly observable in the Adriatic.The speed of currents changes in particular areas, but it also depends on time periods. The average speed of currents is about 0.5 knots, but they can also reach the speed of 4 knots.

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13. Can I charter full safari catamaran?

In prices you can see full charter price. This is the price with maximum 8 persons onboard but no minimum. So if your family or few friends would like to have a private sailing boat with skipper, dive guide and tour guide this is your option. This dive safari in Croatia is unique and offers you oportunity to engoy full confor on usualy unaxesible places for regular diving centers.

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14. What are the waves like?

Waves occur primarily as the consequence of the blowing of winds. The bigger the reach, i.e. the surface across which the wind blows, the higher the waves will be. Their strength depends on the configuration and the exposure of the coast. In that way, mixing of the surface layer with water from the deep is enabled, and the interaction between the atmosphere and the sea. We distinguish the crest and the trough of a wave. The length of the wave is the distance between two troughs. Most often, heights of waves in the Adriatic are between 0.5 and 1.5 metres, and they very rarely exceed 5 metes.

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15. What is a visibility in sea?

In Northern Adriatic visibility is not as clear as in mid or south Adriatic because of influence of the river Po. In Mid and South Adriatic visibilities is excellent sometimes more than 50 meters.

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16. Is there any restaurants?

There are all kinds of restaurants and old stile Konobas you can visit. We will give you recommendations on each place we visit. There is everything form Pizza to genuine old stile cuisines. Some of these places are impossible to find by yourself and are visited mainly by people who know them form before or by recommendation.
PEKA - is an old stile way of preparing food under big iron lid so no juices escape during cooking. This is the best way to prepare octopus, lamb and potato.

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