Useful Information About Croatia
Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country, with a long maritime border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea. It has an amazing 5,835km of coastline, 4,057km of which belongs to islands, cliffs and reefs. There are 1,185 islands in the Adriatic, but only about 50 are populated. The islands are home to glistening sea winds around rocky coves, lapping at pine-fringed beaches. Ports bustle with fishermen while children dive into the sparkling water. The climate is Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters, with 2,600 hours of sunlight on average yearly – it is one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe!
Island of Lošinj
The coastline of Lošinj is extremely diverse; it consists of many large and small bays and underwater caves. The field-base is located in the old village of Veli Lošinj (3 km distant from Mali Lošinj) on the sheltered east coast of the island. There are more than 95 species of fish found in these waters, and other top predators such as loggerhead turtles, tuna, sharks and swordfish regularly visit this area. The marine environment around Lošinj is the cleanest part of the Northern Adriatic Sea, with underwater visibility of consistently over twenty metres. We encourage our volunteers to explore the island and take advantage of the untouched natural environment that surrounds them.
Life as a Volunteer in Croatia
Watch this video to see what life is like as a volunteer at our Bottlenose Dolphin research project in Losinj and meet the lovely staff and volunteers who are passionate about their work!