Underwater world: do you know of the shipwreck Michelle?

Exploring the wreck of the former merchant ship the Michelle is a pleasant diversion while sailing in Croatia.

If you're sailing north of Dugi Otok in Croatia, stop off at the Michelle — the shipwreck of an Italian merchant ship that ran aground sometime around 1983 and has never been salvaged. You won't have to fear the ghosts of dead sailors here as, fortunately, no one died in the accident. Only the Michelle remains trapped on the seabed, and it has become a popular spot for snorkelling and scuba-diving enthusiasts.

In high season the shipwreck is literally packed, so the best time to explore is early in the morning and preferably when the weather is calm without waves.

Be careful as the rusting iron of the ship remains can be pretty sharp and the waves could knock you against it. But, although the boat sits on the seafloor at a depth of about 6 metres, part of the deck protrudes almost to the surface, so even novice snorkellers can enjoy it without having to dive down. On the other hand, if you do dive down, you'll get to see plenty of marine life hanging out nearby, which is a wonderful experience.

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shipwreck Michelle, Dugi Otok

If you are uncomfortable diving into the depths, the Michelle is a great opportunity to experience a shipwreck

If you'd like to go to Dugi Otok and visit the shipwreck Michelle, we recommend taking a boat from  Zadar.

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