Diving Center Venus
Diving Center Venus
4.5
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Diving from Split every day... We provide scuba diving trips/Padi diving courses.. We take all effort to take you to best scuba diving locations in this area. You can dive with us on islands Solta, Brac, Ciovo,Hvar.. You can do wreck diving, cave/cavern diving, reef and cliff diving...You can complete PADI courses with us.We are PADI dive resort. Looking forward to meet you soon!
Kastel Stari, Croatia
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Sam J
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Awesome dives. Ivica was very accommodating for our schedule and found us excellent off-the-beaten-path dives that were still accessible from the mainland. You can tell he has a passion for diving itself.

Venus was a great option for people who don't have time to stay on the islands. As my wife and I were staying in mainland Split, we didn't have the opportunity to very out to the really highly rated dives on the more remote islands. We were worried the mainland dives would be mundane or low-visibility because of proximity to human activity and shipping, but we had our favorite dives on our trip with Venus.

The downside to this is that Venus probably gets more casual divers than the island shops. We dove with a couple beginners, but thankfully Venus had dive guides who were assigned to us based on our skill level and we were not severely restricted in the dives we could do.
Written 3 January 2024
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Mihály K
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Me and my girlfriend did our PADI OWD course with Ivica and his team, and then a few diving trips. Just two years prior, my girlfriend was afraid to put her head in the sea, and now she's a certified diver.

Ivica, his son, Toni, as well as Patrik were all amazingly nice and patient educators and great company (thanks are also due to Toni and Sina!). We truly couldn't have asked for better mentors.

Ivica also made sure that we went to a new dive site almost every time, and they were all awesome. Plenty of memorable sightings from wrecks to octopi, seahorses, lobsters, and murenas.

All the equipment worked flawlessly, and the rides on the speedboat are an experience in and of themselves.

Cannot recommend enough!
Written 4 July 2023
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Lia B
New York City, NY18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Ivo and the Venus team are amazing. Super professional and kind. We saw a huge shipwreck on one of our dives - unforgettable! They even pick you up in Split and take you to the dive shop.
Written 31 May 2022
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I.Kosikova
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
The diving experience was excellent. The instructor try to explain the basic teory in easy way, so somebody who doesn't speak english could also understand it, which was really heplfull because of my dad.
Under water we again recapitulated the teory and because we have many beginers in the group the instructor try to explain them how to don't panic or how to stay right under the water, which as I can say was really profesional.
In the end I just to say, that we (me and dad) really enjoyed this diving and we're looking forward to try it again next time.
Written 8 August 2021
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mayail13
Kastel Stafilic, Croatia106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We were in Kastela in September, and my son (19) wanted to try diving. The weather was a bit unsettled, for the few days my son was here, with rain and thunderstorms, but Ivica organised everything perfect. My son was soo happy with his first dive (first experience is so important), so he wants to do more next time he is here in Croatia.
Here what my son said"I went diving with Ivica who was extremely friendly and explained what we would be doing and what the purpose of each equipment piece was. He clearly knew what he was talking about which made me feel confident and less scared. As this was my first lesson we went to shallow water (max 10 meters) and he always made sure that I was feeling okay underwater. The boat we used to take us to the island was new and pretty fast which was great. Once there he gave me enough time to get used to breathing with the equipment and to learn how to achieve neutral buoyancy. All the equipment we used looked quite new and unused and worked flawlessly. We even got to see a really pretty jellyfish which was quite cool. Overall, the experience was outstanding and Ivica is a great instructor. I would highly recommend this centre for any newcomers who are willing to try out diving for the first time."
So overall experience is : Ivica, the instructor, is very friendly, helpful, knowledgeable.
The equipment is new, or almost new, very well looked after, in perfect working condition. The boat as well.
Highly recommended for new divers, and as its PADI certified, for more experienced divers as well.
Written 27 September 2020
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Thank you for your review. Ivica
Written 7 December 2020
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Smithy
London, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
Whilst reading previous reviews, I came across your argument "In our country,we have strict rules and we follow Padi standards and procedures." That is DEFINITELY not true!

I turned up and they just started giving me stuff to gear up and get ready.
They asked me 'what level are you? How many dives have you done?' But at no point did anyone check my certification or care about there being any validity in what I said. The dive centre in Dubrovnik I did some diving with the following week were much stricter about checking my card!

FAR worse, they didnt ever ask me to fill in the official PADI medical form. I just turned up, did some diving and left. They have no real record of me diving or any of my details at all!!!

Thankfully it was all okay, but I have to answer yes to one of the medical questions so I have to get my doctor to sign a copy of the form before I go away to say that my condition doesnt affect my suitability to dive. It is a lifelong condition with daily medication and Venus had no idea!

Again, in Dubrovnik, the centre took a photocopy of the form my doctor signed before allowing me to dive. This has always been the case everywhere I've been diving. I was shocked and appalled that neither my certification OR my medical details were checked.

Absolutely disgraceful safety standards.
Written 25 August 2020
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I don't know why you need to tell all these untruths about us. I guess only you know the reason. We have no intention of arguing with you there. We are sorry that you are not satisfied with the level of our service although we strive to provide the best in every way. Fortunately for you, after your review , our competition will be happy to host you and provide you the best service. :) We wish you many successful and happy dives. We would recommend that you heal and dive healthy because it is not very common to go diving unhealthy or less capable and shift the responsibility to the diving organizers. Regarding your diving qualifications and health status, you have been checked 3 times; 1. When you have booked and paid for diving at our place for booking in Split 2.After arriving at the diving center 3. On a diving boat before diving when forming buddy teams Greetings
Written 7 December 2020
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Kyle H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
Ivica is absolutely fantastic! Extremely welcoming and you can just tell he has a passion for his trade! - He took us to a few brilliant wrecks and honestly, If you visit Split/Kastela/Trogir - Venus Diving IS A MUST!
Written 12 August 2020
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Thank you
Written 7 December 2020
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Steven C
Paris, France93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Super staff, very friendly and chill, will certainly help you enjoy your time here, efficient, it is a pleasure to spend time on board with the team.
Written 5 August 2020
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Thank you very much
Written 7 December 2020
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nazir-SPN
Madrid, Spain18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Ivan and Patric were great! We had a lot of fun. We did two dives. They were perfect we enjoyed our time under and over the water. I’ll definitely come back to this diving center.
Written 11 July 2020
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Thank you. Looking forward to see you soon...
Written 7 December 2020
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martin g
Gdansk, Poland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I've been recently diving with Venus Dive Center which is located just off the beach in Kastel Stari. Dive center is very well equipped with fairly new dive gear for rent, brand new compressor and fantastic comfortable and fast new boat.
Some bad review here about equipment is simply not true.
Staff is very polite, helpful and professional with a great knowledge of local waters.
New fast boat allows divers to quickly reach all best sites in the area and there is plenty to choose from. The dive sites are very good, interesting, both easy and more challenging.
I'm hoping to come back and dive there again next year!
Many thanks to Ivica and whole crew, I had a very good time!
Martin. Master Scuba Diver and Technical Diver.
Written 17 September 2019
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Thank you Martin. I hope we will see you soon. Best regards, Ivica
Written 18 September 2019
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