Underwater archaeology and Lošinj’s Apoxyomenos

Travel experience

Underwater archaeology and Lošinj’s Apoxyomenos

Overview

Highlights

  • standard training (certificate and diving card)
  • entry tickets for admission to all three buildings of the Museum of Lošinj
  • tickets for admission to the Apoxyomenos Museum
  • promotional leaflets of the Tourism Office of Mali Lošinj and a book entitled “Underwater Sites in the Lošinj Archipelago” by Zrinka Ettinger Starčić
  • from 290 € per person

Overview

It is precisely this programme that enables all nature and culture lovers to experience something new and magical in discovering the world and indeed come across the island of Lošinj as their future destination. The Lošinj’s Apoxyomenos was found at a depth of 45 metres between the islet of Vele Orjule and the island of Lošinj in 1997. After being raised from the sea bed in 1999, it was fully restored. This ancient 192 cm high bronze statue dating back to the 2nd –1st century BC is one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Croatia. After several exhibitions around the world and temporary displays at renowned museums, it returned to its home town, where it will be put on permanent display at the Apoxyomenos Museum of Mali Lošinj. Be among the first guests to witness this historical moment!

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SSI specialty course – underwater archaeology

Itinerary

The SSI underwater archaeology specialty course is intended for all divers, underwater cultural heritage lovers, who get an insight into a part of the activity related to underwater archaeology. Divers must only dive within the limits of their qualification and passing the specialty course does not make them underwater archaeologists, but rather divers who are able to recognize situations in relation to underwater archaeological sites and cultural goods. The course participants will take home with them impressions and knowledge aimed at preserving the underwater environment, promoting diving and underwater heritage of the island of Lošinj as a rich cultural and historical destination.

Meals

Breakfast

Lodging

Boutique hotel Alhambra 5* or hotel Bellevue 5* – Čikat Bay

Journey includes

Programme prices:

Underwater archaeology: 290 per person (including: diving equipment, 3 dives on sites of ancient sailing routes, insurance)

Diving qualification course:

o Standard: 395 € per person (including: diving equipment, certificate, application with digital materials and digital license at the end of the course, insurance)

o Diamond: 485 per person ( including: diving equipment, materials in printed and digital form, certificate, tablet application in the diamond version, license in digital and hard copy, insurance)

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 of 3
SSI specialty course – underwater archaeology

The SSI underwater archaeology specialty course is intended for all divers, underwater cultural heritage lovers, who get an insight into a part of the activity related to underwater archaeology. Divers must only dive within the limits of their qualification and passing the specialty course does not make them underwater archaeologists, but rather divers who are able to recognize situations in relation to underwater archaeological sites and cultural goods. The course participants will take home with them impressions and knowledge aimed at preserving the underwater environment, promoting diving and underwater heritage of the island of Lošinj as a rich cultural and historical destination.

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Programmes

a) Underwater archaeology – a 3-day course, that is, 3 dives within the limits prescribed by the diving qualification.

b) Diving qualification course – if a person lacks a diving qualification, we recommend undertaking a 6-day course before pursuing an underwater archaeology course.

Courses are held, on a daily basis, in safe conditions and in a sheltered cove off the island of Koludarc (boat transfer from the city centre of Mali Lošinj to the island ensured).

Programme prices:

Underwater archaeology: 290 per person (including: diving equipment, 3 dives on sites of ancient sailing routes, insurance)

Diving qualification course:

– Standard: 395 € per person (including: diving equipment, certificate, application with digital materials and digital license at the end of the course, insurance)

– Diamond: 485 per person ( including: diving equipment, materials in printed and digital form, certificate, tablet application in the diamond version, license in digital and hard copy, insurance)

A minimum hotel stay (not included in the price):

a) Underwater archaeology – 4 nights

b) Diving qualification course – 6 nights

Note: If you arrive by plane, a 12-hour rest period is required before the first dive.

Working in groups of 2 to 6 people. The programme is held in Croatian, English and Italian. The minimum age limit for both courses is 15.  Children aged between 12 and 15 may attend a diving qualification course, provided a maximum depth limit of 12 meters is observed.

Place of departure: Dive Centre Subseason, downtown Mali Lošinj.

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Required documents

Required documents: Certificate of Medical Fitness should be submitted upon arrival

Recommendation: Bring your own tablet or smartphone for accessing digital materials and applications.

The underwater archaeology course takes place on archaeological sites along ancient sailing routes:

  1. TOMOŽINA BAY

Tomožina Bay, located in the western side of the island of Lošinj, has from ancient times until today been recognized as a safe anchorage by sailors as the bulk archaeological material deposited underwater bears witness.

  1. SUSAK ISLAND – MARGARINA CAPE

Off the coast of Cape Margarina, in the southern part of the island of Susak, two ancient shipwrecks are located: one of a cargo ship with building material and the other of a cargo ship with tegulae and imbrices (roof tiles).

  1. UNIJE ISLAND – ŠKOLJIĆ ISLET

There are two shipwrecks in the underwater of the islet Školjić: an ancient and a recent one dating back to the 20th century.

  1. UNIJE ISLAND – SKOPALJ BAY

The bay of Skopalj, in the eastern part of Unije island, is rich in archaeological remains, primarily ancient ones (fragments of amphorae, tegulae and vessels).

Note: The actual research and recovery of objects and artefacts from the sea bottom is organised only by duly authorised institutions.

Organizer: Dive Center SUBSEASON, Del Conte Giovanni 1, 51550 Mali Lošinj.