Cyprus is home to one of the best dive wrecks in the world, making it a popular choice for divers who want a holiday that offers great diving with plenty to see and do on dry land too.
A Choice of Diving Sites
With safe, crystal-clear, warm water, Cyprus offers all divers – including novices and the more experienced – a number of opportunities for great diving. Turtles, octopus, stingrays, moray and groupers are common sights and divers can choose from reef dive sites and a world-famous wreck.
The Zenobia is the main draw for scuba divers visiting Cyprus: the wreck is consistently voted as one of the top ten wreck dives in the world. Divers that have experienced the Zenobia will tell you that it is a site that deserves to be dived again and again, in order to be fully appreciated.
The Swedish ferry MS Zenobia capsized and sank near Larnaca in 1980. It now lies at depths from 18 to 42 metres, providing divers with a range of challenges, from simple dives along the starboard side of the ship to dives into the engine room, suitable only for very experienced divers.
Other Popular Diving Sites
Cyprus has dive sites that are suitable for all abilities, many of which can be found in the Protaras area. The shallow waters of Green Bay provide an ideal location for training and gaining PADI qualifications; the maximum depth is only 12 metres and divers can expect to see lots of colourful fish.De Costa Bay provides another easy dive, as do the nearby sea caves.
More experienced divers can enjoy exploring the Cyclopes Caves, an open water dive in which you can follow a cliff down to 40 metres. Alternatively, off Larnaca, the Cricket Wreck provides divers with an opportunity to explore a British battleship that was constructed during the First World War.
One of the most popular diving sites in Cyprus, aside from the Zenobia, is the Chapel, which can be found next to Konnos Bay, back in Protaras. Named after the small chapel on the top of the cliff overlooking the dive site, the starting depth is 3 metres, but divers can explore scenic rock formations and marine life as deep as 40 metres.
Accommodation and Facilities
Protaras has developed into a charming resort with a great range of quality accommodation, restaurants, cafes and bars, while Larnaca offers visitors numerous cultural and historical attractions too. Those seeking lively nightlife may also enjoy the bars and clubs in Ayia Napa or Limasol.
Whatever you want from your holiday, families or groups with non-diving members will find that Cyprus holidays provide something for everyone.