General information about the country
Although the terrain of Slovenia is composed in about 90% of highlands (with the highest peak being Triglav, located at an altitude of 2864 meters above sea level), it is a country with some great diving sites. The Republic of Slovenia lies at the base of the Balkan Peninsula, and has a coastline on the Adriatic Sea that connects Italy and Croatia.
Why is Slovenia such a popular destination?
Slovenia is a very interesting country. I would describe it as having orderly roads, parking lots and beaches — like in Austria — and the enthusiasm of Italian culture. It is particularly visible in restaurants and pubs. Slovenians are very hospitable, but during dives in this lovely country, you will meet people from all over Europe, and even all over the world.
The coastline of Slovenia spans just 44 kilometers on the Adriatic Sea. Unfortunately, we cannot always expect good visibilities underwater (as is the case in Croatia), but we can count on a few to a dozen or so meters in summer. Dives are most often carried out by boat, and destinations are not too far away, only a few wrecks require a little bit longer boat journeys.
During the dives that are close to the shore, especially during the day, there is little likelihood of having something very interesting surprise you. You will mostly just encounter smaller fish that are common in the Mediterranean. However, the same places at night can be much more interesting. During one dive you may meet several different species of crabs. And these crab can be brave, which can be clearly demonstrated when you swim too close to them. They lift their plier-like claws valiantly, and at the same time retreat slowly, ready to use their weapons at any moment. During night dives, Cotylorhiza tuberculata (Egg Jellyfish) are especially spectacular. Illuminated in the depths, they look like something from out of this world, especially when smaller silver fish swim by them.