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Dive Review of Orca Dive Centre/Park Plaza Verudela in
General Travel/Other Locations/Pula, Croatia

Orca Dive Centre/Park Plaza Verudela, Aug, 2013,

by David Schwab, AE, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7088 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments My dive buddy and I spent the first night in another hotel ... the Park Hotel. It was a HOT night (34*C/low 90's F) and the hotel had NO Air Conditioning. Rooms were small, no fridge, small bathroom, etc. On day 2 we checked out and checked into the Park Plaza Veredula . . . had a nice apartment with AC, kitchenette, etc. The Orca Diving Centre serves the resort area of Veredula; it is located at the Park Plaza Histria (5* Hotel). The centre itself is adequate, plenty of rental equipment that is in good shape . . . although finding a wetsuit that fits properly might be a problem; the dive staff is well qualified and provides first class service. Dive sites are a) on the house reef just outside the dive centre; b) at local dive sites accessed by a small boat; or c) wrecks and other sites reached by a larger boat provided by another dive centre. I dived all three; viz was terrible at all three (although I was told this is not always the case) . . . the house reef is full of rocks and cement blocks; the local site ("Fraskeric") was an interesting tour through some tunnels and thermoclines (16*C-28*C), bit better viz, couple of crabs, lobsters, small fish; the wreck ("RN Giuseppe Dezza") was at 33m, 2m viz . . . a real challenge, but a 3 hour round trip for a one tank 30min dive. On the third day all diving was cancelled because of a forecasted storm which didn't appear until much later. It appeared that diving was available just for occasional divers, not for more serious divers. Other than diving: food at restaurants in the Veredula area was fair . . . some good (eat at the "Fisch Huette"), some not so good ("Yacht Restaurant" at Park Plaza Histria). Some sites in Pula worth seeing (the Arena & the Aquarium).
Websites Orca Dive Centre   Park Plaza Verudela

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Red Sea, Maldives, England, Scotland, Norway, Germany, Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina, Missouri, Turkey, Spain
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 16-28°C / 61-82°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 1-5 M / 3-16 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits; accompanied by dive guide
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Concern for cameras, but nothing on the boats.
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