So…. what is the standard operation procedure for doing something awesome? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. They just sit on their backsides to get sun-burnt to a crisp and eat and drink like a pig in heaven. That’s what I saw when I was in Split, Croatia – people chattering their feet aimlessly to look around, take pictures, and then decide to sit down at a place to eat and drink AFTER spending the entire day at the beach to get a tan! Haha. No thanks. I’ll be in the water if ya need me.
If you are smart enough, you’ll take a quick look around the city and then split. Literally, get out of the city to get away from the tourist mobs. One way to execute this plan is to go out to the smaller beaches that are all around the Split peninsula.
That’s why instead of being a human Z machine on the beach, I would rather spend the time and energy being underwater to see what the Adriatic Sea has to offer! I definitely liked the diving down there as it was real chill and the guy who ran the shop basically did everything. As for the sea life down there, it wasn’t like the diving in Barcelona but it had some very crystal-clear waters.
So if you want to jump in the water in a very touristic town like Split, then you better make reservations. That’s what I did when I emailed Diving Center OpenSea to inquire about a securing a spot for myself and good thing I did because the operator was booked up to the maximum allowed – he intentionally keeps it low numbers to maintain a better diving experience for all divers, beginners and experienced.
If you talk to the Croatian taxi drivers, they always get a kick out of the fact that I know several famous Croatians playing professional sports like Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona, Luka Modric of Real Madrid, Ante Rebic of Frankfurt Eintracht, etc. Bonus points were given saying that I used to watch Toni Kukoc (played with Michael Jordan and the 90s Chicago Bulls) and Dino Radja (played a few years with the Boston Celtics in the 90s) of basketball fame – both players come from Split! I have been told that Dino Radja lives somewhere in town but rarely gets bothered by the tourists but might get looks from the locals though.
Contact info for Open Sea Diving. The dive operator is in Storbec, about a 10 minute drive east from Split old town. If you have a smartphone just show the location where you need to go. They all speak passable English.