Five unique locations for diving in Cyprus
We are fortunate enough to be living on a beautiful island, surrounded by warm, clear, blue waters. Cyprus is an ideal diving destination. The warm temperatures, that the waters surrounding Cyprus maintain throughout most of the year, meaning that it is one of the areas with the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean. The area boasts a plenitude of underwater inshore reefs and a rich variety of stunning underwater life. Thanks to the Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, Sea Turtle viewings are quite common. Striking and inviting underwater caves and tunnels in the area, as well as shipwrecks and ancient vessels, compose a grand underwater adventure for divers. We have been to five underwater locations that are certainly worth visiting and we present them below!
Known as “The Zen” this shipwreck is often preferred by divers. She rests less than a mile from the Larnaka shore and ranks as one of the top 10 wreck diving sites across the globe. Zenobia, a Swedish vessel designed to carry 170 meter long ferries, sunk in 1980 and now rests in the area of the Larnaka port. Both the Zenobia and her cargo remain intact, which makes them an excellent exploration site showcasing a variety of fish of multiple sizes. The shipwreck site can be reached by boat; the dive starts at 17metres, while the bottom is as deep as 43 meters. Visibility can reach 50 meters in conditions of mild temperatures.
Green Bay Diving Site
If you are a beginner diver and find yourself in Ayia Napa or Protaras, you will be taken to the picturesque entryway to “Green Bay” where you will be given the opportunity to dive in an area covered with colorful antique pottery, attached to the rocks. ΤThe exciting spectacle of ancient Greek statues will turn this diving experience into an unforgettable adventure.
Diving Site: Amphitheatre This popular diving site takes its name from the fact that its natural rock formations, touched by underwater sea currents, resemble an amphitheater. Open water diving is required in the area, while depth varies between 4 and 12 meters. Coral Bay beach provides access to the site, which apart from the superb rock formations is also the home of a rich and diverse marine-life for you to enjoy.
Three Stars This wreck went under in 1972 after catching fire. It is partly submerged in seven-meters-deep water in the Akrotiri area. With a safe entry point, it is a grand experience for divers of all levels
Diving Site: Caves (Spilies)
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, you will find many dives of interest in the famed Cape Greko, situated between Ayia Napa and Protaras. Spilies is the most interesting diving site in Ayia Napa and with a maximum depth of 12 meters, it serves divers of all levels. The underwater tunnels and swimming areas of Spilies are inhabited by Groupers, Cardinal Fish and Octopi.
At the end of your dive, your guide will lead you to the surface through a natural opening; a kind of exit that will make your experience unique and unforgettable: Nowhere else will you get to experience anything similar.