Cyprus is one of the most interesting places to dive in Mediterranean Sea. You can dive here practically all year round, but if you prefer warm waters and haven’t used a dry suit, the good season runs from June to October, when the temperature of the water warms from 24 to 28 degrees Celsius. You can stay on any part of the island. It could be at Paphos, which is more akin to continental Europe, or more touristic places such as Larnaca, Limassol or Ayia Napa, with its beaches of white sand, or the cities of Northern Cyprus; Famagusta and Kyrenia. You can even simply visit any dive site on Cyprus, have a couple of dives and then return to hotel in one day.
Diving in Cyprus is as varied as anywhere. It's great to learn from various specializations in diving here or just apply the skills that you have. Whatever experience you possess now or possessed before, Cyprus is a place where everyone; from beginners to techno-divers will find what they like. Walls, reefs, caves, wrecks, ancient amphorae and sculptures, Cyprus can offer it all and even more.
Let’s dive in Cyprus!
The hallmark diving locale in Cyprus is undoubtedly the Zenobia, a Swedish ferry which sank in 1980 near the port of Larnaca. This "Mediterranean Titanic" 172 meters long and 23 meters at its widest point, lying on its side so that its deck is substantially perpendicular to bottom. Zenobia meets divers starboard at a depth of 16 meters. The left side rests on the bottom at a depth of 42 meters. Thus, witness one of the ten most interesting wrecks in the world that can even novice divers can enjoy. Around the ferry are scattered huge trucks, visibility is usually up to several tens of meters and, during a dive at the sight, of all the panorama viewed from above gives the impression that perhaps some giant baby played here and threw askew his toy boat and cars. For wreck-divers, it’s interesting to make a dozen dives to inspect all the internal compartments of the Zenobia. Of particular interest is the saloon with pictures, as well as the cargo holds. At the end of one of the holds will be a surprise: Here, in one last refuge, can be found a good sample of the old Soviet automobile industry. This is a blue Lada. Each diver feels committed to look in the trunk but, unfortunately, there aren’t any treasures. History is silent as to why this car got on the ferry and just who the owner was. Divers plunge on Zenobia from a boat that heads out from the port of Larnaca.
Off the coast of Cyprus there are caves. Not far from Ayia Napa, in Protaras town, there are the houses of the local Cypriots. Between the thresholds of these houses and the sea there is quite a wide coastline we drive along in our car. Already equipped, we go down to the water and enter it from the shore. Immersed in the water, 10-12 meters under we meet the first caves. They are small, but wide enough. In the caves we find colored sponge. Around the entrance, we mostly see yellow sponge but there’ll almost certainly be a purple inside the cave. At this dive site, there are a lot of living creatures. Beginners can look inside caves and cave-certified divers can explore them in more detail from the inside.
In Cyprus’s underater world there are other caves. Here love and revere the traditions of mythology. Therefore could not be a place that is called the Caves of Cyclops. Particularly fond of diving underwater photographers here, their main subject are of course stalactites.
On the south side of Cape Greco, you can dive into the Canyon. On this dive site is often excellent visibility that allows one to admire the fantastic forms of rocks within a few tens of meters. It is here that there’s a high probability of encountering stingrays, ready to become your photo models.
If, on the shore, you see a small chapel (and if you can’t find it yourself, Cypriot dive centers will bring you here with pleasure) then you should definitely dive in this place. There are a lot of fragments of ancient amphorae, as well as whole amphorae buried in the underwater topography. The dive here can be down to almost any depth when recreational diving. Local waters abound with all sorts of antiquities. Find underwater statue or column you get in almost any case.
It is also worth considering diving in the north of Cyprus. Not every dive center organizes trips here so, in these places there are much less divers and more fauna underwater. During a day trip, you will not only take a couple of great dives (such as at a wreck and into a canyon) but also get the opportunity to visit the ancient fortress of Kyrenia. In addition to the castle, there is a museum of shipwrecks, which has unique exhibits, such as the remains of the ship times of Alexander the Great, which has more than 2,300 years.