Diving in the Drina River

by   Profile Ivana and Janez   When 12th October 2017
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The Drina River, formed by the confluence of the Tara and Piva rivers near the village of Scepan Polje, represents a natural border between Serbia and Bosnia. Unfortunately, turbulent historical events here have quite often overshadowed the natural beauty of this river.

Due to an atypical field configuration, there are periods during the year when the river is quiet and crystal clear. We discovered it as a diving location a few years ago, and it has been our regular destination for the end of the summer season ever since.


It is a very specific type of diving, with the rules closely connected to the water conditions.


It is possible to dive some locations from the shore, and for the others we use boats. Depth varies due to changes in the water level. So far we have found a maximum depth of 13m. When the water level is really high, the Drina is not safe for divers. The locations chosen for our dives are primarily ones where the water is quieter and deeper. When we become adrenaline hungry, we go down the infamous rapids, which is something unforgettable.


As the most attractive locations we visit, we can mention diving near the legendary Drina house and the Vrelo waterfall.


Apart from excellent transparency and visibility, this river is also teeming with a very rich assortment of wildlife. There are numerous schools of smaller fish, schools of Nases, huge Sheatfish, and the Drina’s one and only Huchen.


Some of the dive sites are completely colonised by river shells which cover rocks and flooded trees underneath.


Bearing in mind that this is a mountain river, with a water temperature varying between 15°C to 19°C, we use Mares XR dry suits and Power Plana fins which give us a very comfortable experience throughout our dives, some of which last over 120 minutes. During these excursions we stay in chalets next to the river which offer the fabulous homemade cuisine this region is famous for.


If you are attracted to this type of diving, feel free to come and join us next September. We would be delighted to see you and guide you on this splendid diverse dive experience.


Contact: Ivana OK & Janez Kranjc


svetronjenja@yahoo.com    


See a video diving in Drina here.


Photos: Ivana OK & Janez Kranjc

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Profile Ivana and Janez
Date
When 12th October 2017
Where
Location Drina River, Zvornik, Repubblica Serba di Bosnia ed Erzegovina, Bosnia ed Erzegovina

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