12/07/2010 – TOURISM: CROATIA, FOCUS ON UNDERWATER SAFARI, 150,000 DIVERS VISIT WRECKAGE FROM THE TWO WARS YEARLY ROME
While the beaches of the jagged Croatian coastline fill up with tourists during the summer period, those who can, escape into the silence and darkness of the abysses, amidst the archaeological sites and sunken wreckage from the two world wars.
About 150,000 scuba divers search for peace and emotions in the Croatian waters each year. A group of clients that the country is now eyeing closely thanks to so-called ”underwater safaris”. With about 400 underwater archaeological sites counted by the Croatian Ministry of Culture, including 200 dating back to prehistoric times, Croatia is the fourth country in Europe for its number of underwater archaeological sites. And to protect this immense patrimony, the Croatian ministry has declared 92 cultural heritage sites, placing them under protection. No diver can travel alone among the wreckage and archaeological sites. Individual dives are prohibited, but they are allowed in groups.
In 2009-2013 alone, the Cultural Ministry issued 25 permits to organise underwater activities at protected sites. These are the four archaeological areas around the island of Mljet, Lastovo and Vis and in the area of Cavtat. In these areas there are 35 sites.
Source: Vecchio sito IPA