How to get to your dive center/do you offer transfers?

We do not offer transfers, however, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace (where we are located) is well connected by public transit and there are many taxi companies, including Uber, operating in Dubrovnik. There is a direct bus line (No. 4) from the Pile Gate just outside the Old Town to the Palace hotel (last stop). The bus ride is about 15 minutes and the bus leaves approximately every 20 minutes. A one-way ticket costs 2 EUR if you buy it on the bus, or 1,73 EUR at a tobacco shop (Tisak).

Is there anything for non-divers to do while I dive?

We are located inside a 5* hotel, which is a great place to spend a relaxing day and the best place to enjoy the beautiful Dubrovnik sunsets. Non-divers can enjoy the beach, cocktail bar or restaurant while they wait for you to dive. They can rent snorkeling sets from us and snorkel at the beach which is one of the nicest places to snorkel in Dubrovnik. Alternately, they can go for a walk up through the cool, shady paths of park Mala and Velika Petka, which starts next to the hotel.

Can I park close to the dive center?

Regarding parking - unfortunately, there aren't any places reserved especially for divers, but you can park in front of the hotel if there is room. If anybody asks, just tell them that you`re going diving. If the ropes are up, you can ask the valet if you can still park there. 

If there aren't any free spots, there is an unofficial "wild" parking super close to hotel Palace. It`s where the locals park when they go to the beach. It`s on the right side of the Masarykov put street, on the way to the Palace hotel, just before the hotel. Or if you`ll be returning from the hotel, then it`s on the left.

What is the water temperature?

In the summer months the surface temperature is 21 to 26oC. At depth the sea temperature is 18 to 23oC. We dive all year round; in the winter months the sea temperature is 16 to 18oC.

Is scuba diving safe?

There are risks in every activity, but with proper training scuba diving is a safe activity. It is important to always follow your instructor or divemaster’s instructions and never dive alone to minimize risks.

I cannot swim/I am not a confident swimmer, can I still scuba dive?

The more confident you are in the water the easier it will be to learn to scuba dive, but being a non-swimmer will not prevent you from trying one of our beginner programs. Our instructors are very patient with beginners and will do their best to make you comfortable in the sea. The key is to trust your instructor, follow their instructions and always keep the regulator in you mouth. For non-swimmers we recommend the Introductory dive. For the OWD course you need a minimum level of swimming skills. You need to be able to: float or tread water without aids for 10 minutes and swim 200 metres with no aids or 300 metres with mask, fins and snorkel.

Should I choose the Introductory or Discover Scuba Diving program?

If you are nervous, are not confident in the sea or have limited time, we recommend the Introductory dive. It will give you a taste of scuba diving, without the commitment of doing 2nd dive if you didn’t like the 1st dive.
For anyone who is fascinated with the sea, adventurous or considering becoming a certified scuba diver, we recommend the Discover Scuba Diving program. The 2 dives will teach you some basic scuba diving skills, build your confidence in your scuba diving abilities, and give you an opportunity to explore our beautiful house reef.
Whichever beginner program you choose you will have an unforgettable experience to tell all your friends.

I am not sure I will like scuba diving; can I decide later if I want to do the second dive?

If you love your first dive and there is space available, you can definitely do the second dive. For an extra 65 EUR you can do the second dive, just inform the office right away after the first dive.

What can I see diving from the shore?

Diving from the shore is by no means boring. Since we dive there multiply times daily, the fish are pretty used to us, and our instructors know where all the most interesting sea creatures live. It is common to see an octopus hiding in the rocks, and if you are lucky, it will be a friendly one which will reach a tentacle out to you. We usually see moray eels, a wide variety of starfish, flounder, curious greater amberjacks, large schools of salema and seabream.

I have already done the DSD at a different dive center, can I skip the Intro lesson?

Unless you are a certified diver, you cannot skip the lesson. For your safety, you will need to listen to the lesson to remind yourself of proper scuba diving technique. Don’t worry our instructors make the lesson fun and engaging for all their students.

Can my certified friend dive with me?

Yes, absolutely! If your certified friend wishes to dive with you, they will have to adhere to all the requirements and depth limits for beginners.

8. I want to do the OWD course, but I can't start it on Monday or Thursday, can I start some other day?

Sometimes we can accommodate divers with a different schedule for the OWD course. Please email us at info@blueplanet-diving.com and we will do our best to fit the course in for you.

Why does it say that the OWD course can take 3 or 4 days?

The OWD course can be completed in 3 days, and most students complete it in that time. Sometimes our students need a little more time to master the skills, or the weather isn’t ideal for diving, so we recommend setting aside 4 days, just in case.

How old do you have to be to scuba dive?

Divers must be at least 10 years to participate in all our diver programs, except for the Bubblemaker program (8 to 10 years old).
Children between the ages of 10 and 12 must attend the OWD course with a parent and are required to always dive with a parent or PADI professional. They are limited to a depth of 12 m. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 can dive with any certified adult to a maximum depth of 18 m. Children 10 to 15 years old are certified as Junior Open Water Divers. When they turn 15, they can apply for the full OWD certification.

I wear glasses, can I still dive?

Yes of course! We recommend wearing contact lenses while you dive (one- time use lenses are best in case you lose one). We do not have prescription lens masks available, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Are there sharks?

While there are sharks native to the Adriatic, shark sightings are extremely rare. Diving center Blue Planet has been in Dubrovnik since 2005 and sadly none of our divers have ever seen a shark here.

I have diabetes/asthma/allergies/history of ear problems/smoke can I still scuba dive?

Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory or heart function, or may alter consciousness is a concern, however it does not necessarily prevent you from scuba diving. Only a doctor can assess your risks, so if you have concerns or can answer “yes” to any question on our medical questionnaire then it is advised to see your doctor before scuba diving.

What should I bring with me?

Bring your swimsuit and towel, we’ll provide the rest of the equipment. Additionally, you can bring bottled water and some snacks so that you can grab a bite to eat between the dives. You are welcome to eat at the hotel restaurant or buy some snacks at the beach shop if you wish.