Diving Center Foka has existed since 2002. Throughout the years we have explored Pag’s underwater, and in 2006 we decided to move the dive base to camping village Šimuni and soon we made a home there. It was a great recognition of our hard work and dedication when we received the invitation to set up another dive base in camping Straško. Since 2014 are part of beautiful camping Straško from where we continue to spread NAUI message of continuous education.
The reason for this transfer was a larger amount of attractive diving locations, rich with flora and fauna, only a few nautical miles away from the new location in the camp. The variety of locations offers a number of possibilities for everyone, from beginner locations to more demanding locations for advanced divers.
In the camp itself, we have a great location for diving from the coast and night diving. Maximum depth is 33 meters, and since fishing is forbidden within the camp, there is always plenty fish around, not afraid of the divers. Another location which should be pointed out is the plateau nearby Planičić Island. By the island there is a beautiful wall with red gorgonians and crevices full of fish. There are 10 diving locations, each offering something special.
The wall can be divided into the eastern and the northern part, each half special on its own. The length of the wall is 1200 amazing meters, with numerous bends and inlets. In the wall, there are also a couple of caves and semi-caves which are available to all categories. For the purposes of photo shooting for the Scubalife magazine, we have photographed a red coral (Coralium Rubrum) on this location.
Another location that should be singled out is definitely the small Pohlib Island. Nearby Pohlib, there is a wall containing four caves, and in front of the biggest one you can find a canyon. Great visibility, plentiful life, and indented terrain make this location unavoidable for all our guests.
The above mentioned caves are not challenging for divers, for which reason anyone can enter their magical world. Amazing schools of fish are no wonder, and an experienced dive guide will take you to their closest vicinity.
Vedran Dorusic (NAUI Course Director #33934 / NAUI Technical Course Director )
Company : Foka doo,
OIB 90724109219, V.A.T. HR90724109219
Košljun 131, 23250 Pag, Croatia
Probably the most interesting diving location our center can offer is MFP-625 shipwreck. This is a WW2 German ship wreck, located nearby Vir Island, about a half nautical mile northeast from the Lantern Lighthouse. It is located about half a mile from the shore. The seabed around the wreck is mostly muddy and sandy and it is almost perfectly flat. Thus, the wreck is an ideal haven for the fish, especially because there is no other natural shelter. Fishermen are familiar with this place and jealously keep its secret. The wreck is turned upside down, though it is hard to say whether that makes it less attractive, or more charming. When you lower yourself down to it, you can tell that you are on the northern side of the Adriatic because the sea is not very clear, and the wreck is covered in sponges and other sea organisms which use iron. In the ship herself, you can always find a school of big seabreams, a couple of congers, hakes, and, in this location inevitable, European lobsters and spiny lobsters. The southern side of the wreck is interesting for ammunition cases, helmets, and parts of the ship which might have fallen off during the ship wreckage. She must have hit the seabed with the right part of the bow, which is visible from the indentation. The stern is more interesting for diving because more things can be seen in this part, such as the mast, three propellers (one of the ship’s particularities) which are especially attractive because they are located between the stabilizers and the rudder. Everything is overgrown, but easily recognizable. You can easily go below this part and see the “Flak”, the famous German cannon which was devastated on impact. Nevertheless, you can still see the tubes and the sprawled chassis. Around the ship, you can see scattered concrete blocks which were used as a protection from the enemy grenades. If you decide to enter the cargo hold, you are going to see a neat and spacious space. It is clear that there used to be a few wooden parts which have rotten in the meanwhile. If you swim carefully, you are not going to blur the water, and you will experience an amazing atmosphere. As you approach the stern, you will see more and more interesting things; however, the space is too narrow for photography equipment, which is why we cannot share the experience with you in this sense. In this part you can find barrels, boots and other damaged ship parts. The most interesting thing is probably the life vest, still red and with no major damages even today. In short, this is one of the rare ships with as many details, and each dive reveals something new.