Diving in Montenegro – amazing locations for your favourite water activity

While the Adriatic coast is certainly beautiful, it does not have the global appeal or the colourful marine life like the Red Sea or certain parts of the Mediterranean do. People all over the world are attracted to the Adriatic coast because of its rich cultural heritage and the fantastic historical sites dotted all over the coast of Montenegro.

Scuba diving in Montenegro is a fast-growing trend because it allows the people to experience the fantastic Montenegrin marine life with the added bonus of discovering the fascinating shipwrecks that have been laying on the seabed of the Adriatic for centuries.

Throughout this text we will point out some of the best spots for swimming and scuba diving in Montenegro, so stay tuned until the end of this article to find out the best locations in Montenegro for diving.

Exploring the shipwrecks – diving through the historic waters of the Adriatic

With warm, calm and clear Adriatic waters and amazing marine life, Montenegro is a country filled with numerous historic sites and destinations perfect for diving expeditions. Throughout its rich history, Montenegro experienced numerous disturbances and the memories of the past still live on – both on land and under the sea through the shipwrecks that lie on the bed of the Adriatic.

Over the years these shipwrecks have become attractive destinations for divers. If you’re a fan of shipwreck diving, these shipwrecks are a “must-see” diving destination in Montenegro.

scuba diver under the sea

Tihany Shipwreck – scout the ruins of a gigantic steamboat on the open Adriatic

Tihany shipwreck, which is located near the islet of Mamula, 6.3 km away from Herceg Novi is one the most popular sites for scuba divers in all of Montenegro.

The Tihany steamboat was built in 1908 in Trieste and was primarily used as a transportation ship for workers. Unfortunately, the Tihany steamship didn’t have a long lifetime, in 1917 the ship was stranded due to bad weather and poor navigation, which led to it’s sinking just off the coast of Mamula island.

The Tihany shipwreck today is located at a depth of 40 meters and to experience this unique site you will need a diving certification. Wreckage exploration is also available; however, this is only allowed for Wreck Speciality certified divers.

Obtaining a basic Open Water Certificate is acquired after only two days of training and can be obtained in every certified diving club in Montenegro.

Oreste wreck – explore the Italian shipwreck from the beginning of the 20th century

“Oreste” used to be the name of an Italian ship that sank off the coast of Budva, Montenegro close to the Jaz beach back in 1942.

Oreste was sunk when it stumbled across a naval mine near the bay of Trsteno just a few miles off the coast of Budva’s Jaz beach. Today, Oreste found its peace on the Adriatic seabed, at a depth of 32 meters.

The ship itself is divided into two parts and is one of the most exciting tours for divers in Montenegro. However, to dive and explore the Oreste shipwreck, divers must hold one of the following diving certificates:

  • Open Water Diver Certificate
  • Advanced Open Water Diver Certificate
  • Deep Diver Certificate

Fisherman’s wreck – a unique diving experience off the coast of St. Stephen island

Fisherman’s wreck is located at the depth of 21 meters, just off the coast of St. Stefan island in Budva, Montenegro.

Diving on this site requires possession of the Open Water Diver Certificate.

Legend has it that upon returning home from a fishing trip, the small ship was submerged following a sea storm, hence the name Fisherman’s wreck.

This diving site is an absolute favourite to numerous divers because of the clear waters with favourable visibility, the sea life that surrounds the wreck and its proximity to the public beach of Jaz.

Patrol wreck – following the naval footprint of Yugoslavia

A bit further north in Kotor’s bay just off the coast of the historic town of Herceg Novi, lies the vastly popular Patrol shipwreck, one of the most attractive and famous shipwrecks in Montenegro.

The ship itself was built in 1952 in Marshal Tito’s shipyard “Kraljevica” and it served for surveying the coast of Montenegro for potential naval threats, ensuring the security of the Yugoslavi coast from 1972 until it was sunk in 1983.

In 1983, the ship was used as a part of military protection training where it served as a moving practice target and was eventually hit. After this operation, the ship was dragged to the bay of Zanjic where it still lies to this day.

Divining near the island of St. Nicholas, Budva, Montenegro

With a depth of only 9 meters diving near the island of St. Nikola, off the coast of Budva, Montenegro is an excellent choice for beginners looking to experience the beauties of the underwater world through diving for the first time.

This diving site requires no diving certification and is available to all categories of divers.

scuba divers underwater

St. Nikola Island, or as the locals call the Hawaii of Montenegro, is only accessible by boat and is one of the most popular natural sites of Budva. It is the biggest island in the southern part of the Adriatic sea with a total length of coastline of 840 meters.

Numerous divers in the region state that they’ve fallen in love with diving after exploring the underwater tunnels around St. Nikola Island, Budva.

These underwater tunnels are 5 – 9 meters deep and from 15 – 30 meters long, divers are always accompanied by a diving instructor to ensure maximum safety. The tunnels are pretty wide and offer a comfortable diving experience.

Experience the enchanting waters of the Plava spilja (Lustica peninsula) near Tivat, Montenegro

Located on the Lustica peninsula in the Bay of Kotor, off the coast of Tivat, Montenegro is Blue Cave (also known as Plava spilja ) one of the most fascinating natural swimming and diving spots in Montenegro.

Lustica peninsula is a culturally and historically diverse area with up to twenty Christian churches. The population of the peninsula is relatively small; however, the villagers nurture their centuries old traditions and produce their own olive oil prosciutto, cheese, wine and rakija.

Apart from the cultural heritage, the Lustica peninsula is amazing both on land and at sea. The prime example of its luscious nature is the Blue Cave located on the southwest coast of the peninsula.

Blue Cave’s locality is only accessible via ship, yacht or boat, making it one of the best diving spots to visit with your yacht.

The sandy sea bottom reflects the sunlight, projecting the rays through the surface of water onto the roof of the cave – colouring the entire cave with an iridescent and enchanting tone of blue.

Plava spilja, also known as the Blue Cave or Blue Grotto is one of the most popular tourist destinations for swimmers, divers and admirers of nature. If you’re searching for a unique diving experience this spot will certainly not disappoint.

In summary: Diving in Montenegro is an experience you will cherish for a lifetime

The diving season in Montenegro starts in early May and ends at the beginning of October. Since the popularity of scuba diving in Montenegro is growing, there are a lot of professional scuba diving clubs that will make sure that you are fully prepared for your diving experience in compliance with the highest safety standards.

Apart from training services, diving clubs in Montenegro also offer guided tours to groups and individuals as well. These tours include the observation of marine life in Montenegro as well as the exploration of historic shipwrecks that rest on the bottom of the Adriatic sea.

When you choose to stay in Porto Montenegro, you are enjoying the benefits of our spectacular location in the heart of the Bay of Kotor, allowing you to experience some of the best diving sites across the Adriatic.

In addition to an exceptional stay in Porto Montenegro, our charming marina village is host to a wide variety of restaurants, shopping spots that guarantee the best way to experience the charming and untamed beauty of Montenegro as well as the refined sense of luxury that comes with staying in Porto Montenegro.