Scuba diving in Cyprus

Diving in Cyprus

Diving in Cyprus — diving centers, country, description and general recommendations for tourists

General information about the country

We invite you to visit Cyprus, an island once visited by the Saint Paul of Tarsus, an Island where the first inhabitants settled well before 5000 BC in what is known as "Chirokitia", an island with a pleasant, subtropical climate, a large island that is divided into two parts, one belonging to Cyprus itself, and the other to Turkey (for which disputes are ongoing). You can — no — you must dive on the coasts surrounding this island. The Mediterranean waters here are clear, warm, and rich with life.

When passing through local towns, you will no doubt run into numerous signs and banners advertising diving centers. Price differences between Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus are apparent — in one you will pay 40 euro, and on the other: 25 euro. The water, however, is clear in both parts. The worst visibility you might encounter is 15 meters. The best is 40.

Why is Cyprus such a popular destination?

Cyprus is a mountainous island with a varied coastline spanning 648 kilometers. The island is a popular vacation destination and welcomes many, many tourists every year. It offers historical monuments, delicious cuisine and of course: water sports. Lots of them. And when it comes to water sports, diving is one of Cyprus's best attractions.

It is worth mentioning that on the island, traffic is left-handed. The prices of rental cars are comparable (or lower) than those in other EU countries. Important detail pertaining to rental cars is also that if you plan to cross the border and go scuba diving or explore the Turkish part of the island: check before renting whether the rental company allows their car to travel to the other side. Only some "rent a car" facilities have this option, and the insurance of the others does not cover the Turkish part.

However, at the border there is a booth where such insurance can be purchased on the spot. A cool thing about rental cars in Cyprus is that they all, always have red registration plates, and that makes the island natives aware that whoever is driving is a tourist. Thanks to this, the natives have much more patience and almost never sound their horns, even when visitors make major mistakes: like driving on the wrong side of the road.

Cyprus is the perfect place for diving. It's a great place to meet a turtle, find fragments of ancient amphorae and even artifacts (such as anchors) that no archeologist has ever found before. Cyprus is a place where you swim with large groupers and encounter sea creatures that you would expect to see in the Red Sea, not the Mediterranean. Cyprus is the ideal spot for your next dive.

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What are the best dive sites in Cyprus

If you visit Cyprus, diving the famous wreck of the Zenobia, the coast of the Karpas peninsula and Cape Greko are musts. That said, there is no diving spot on Cyprus that will not impress you. They are all special in their own way.

The earlier-mentioned wreck of the MS Zenobia is one of the most attractive wrecks in the world. Very often you will see it mentioned in various top 10s (e.g. The Times, March 2003). The ship never reached its destination due to water being incorrectly pumped into ballast tanks. It sank in the June of 1980 in the Larnaca Bay and came to rest on its left side at a depth of 42 meters on a sandy bottom. It became one of the best wrecks in the world for diving. It's a huge wreck with a length 172 meters and width of 26. It is quite the site to behold. If you want to properly explore this glorious vessel, it is best to reserve 4 diving sessions.

Near the seafloor you will find semi trucks that look like they have fallen asleep on the day of the disaster. Around the wreck, but not too close, large groupers can be spotted. There is also a good chance of encountering a turtle, trigger fish, barracuda, moray eel and basically any other fish typically seen in this part of the Mediterranean, as well as some that are common to the Red Sea. Quite unique to Cyprus, is the chance to meet, for example, a lionfish.