But Yugoslavia only seemed a peaceful country- the leaders tried to create the "Yugoslavian" nation but under the surface the people were Serbians, Croatians, etc. After the death of Tito the nationalist movements became stronger and in the years of falling of the communist regimes in Europe, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia started to fight for their independency. The disintegration of Yugoslavia was bloody, the tensions between the nations resulted long wars. The tourists still can see the collapsed houses in some of the Croatian towns. There are gloomy relics of those years even under water: I dived the wreck of a military jet plane which was shot in 1991. Certainly during the war no foreigner holidaymakers arrived so the independent Croatia needed to establish a peaceful, hospitable image after the fights. They spent a lot of money on infrastructure (new roads, etc.) and in a few years the Adriatic shoreline became more popular than ever.
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After the Croatian war the diving life flourished, everything was cheap in the country which desperately needed the income from the tourism. There were several diving centers but most of the foreigners arrived with full equipment, they took their tanks, compressors, inflatable boats as well. On a crowded summer day sometimes a dozen dive groups went to dive to the popular shore diving spots so they saw only each other while the animals fled.
Croatia decided to rule the underwater activities from 2003. The new rules finished the uncontrolled diving and since then most of the visitors need to dive with a local company. It made the diving much more expensive and many people who earlier spent years in the Adriatic looked for new diving destinations. Nowadays the guests can dive the whole shoreline from the very north to the southeast point of Dalmatia with dive centers who offer quality services.
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