Scuba Diving in Cyprus

Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and one of the biggest islands in the world. The Republic of Cyprus is a real treasure trove of historical artefacts surrounded by untouched picturesque nature. Deep waters hide an extensive collection of curiosities, including ancient amphorae and sculptures. But the main ones are many sunken ships, which rest in these waters. Most of them lie at a shallow depth and are available for beginners. The island also offers some epic deep dives to the wrecks that can be reached only by experienced divers, for example, the World War II cruiser "Cricket", which rests at a depth of 30 m under water. No wonder that wreck diving has become the most popular type of diving in Cyprus. Moreover, you can explore caves, reefs and rocks, admire large and small fish and even spot green turtles.

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Here, you can find the well-known dive site — The Wreck of the Zenobia. It is known as one of the top ten best dive sites in the world. A former Swedish roll-on, roll-off ferry, the Zenobia sank in July 1980. It is 1.5 km from the port of Larnaca. This enormous vessel sank along with the cargo it was to deliver — 100 Volvo truck tractors. Every year about 45 000 drivers come here to explore the wreck. Lying at a depth of 35 metres, the wreck has now turned into a vast artificial reef. The entire vessel is colonised by local marine life: barracudas, sea anemones and rockfish.
Cyprus is an excellent place for cave diving. The waters near the village of Protaras in the South-East of the island have many underwater tunnels and caves. The depth of diving here reaches 40-50 meters, visibility underwater is excellent, up to 30 meters, the water is blue and crystal-clear. Lobsters and big octopuses are patrolling the tunnels.
This is an ideal spot for underwater photography. Local waters will surprise you with a variety of objects: sunken ships of World War II and later period, ancient amphorae and sculptures lying here since antiquity, beautiful caves, bizarre reefs and rocks. You can find here up to 80 species of fish: peacock blenny, colourful wrasse, pomfret and parrotfish. Underwater cliffs and caves are inhabited by octopuses, shrimps, colourful sea urchins.
Sunken ships that have become artificial reefs: "Laboe" cruise ship, passenger ship "Lady Thetis", trawler "Costanidis", military ship "Kyrenia". Thanks to fishing restrictions such places are teeming with marine life: groupers, moray eels, pomfret, octopuses, parrotfish, moonyfish.
A pleasure to dive to sculptures in the Green Bay near Protaras. All the bottom is covered with sunken ancient amphorae, columns and statues, including Athena and Poseidon. The maximum depth of 11 meters allows even beginners and snorkelers to dive. Here you will find small barracudas and turtles and get a chance to feed jewelfish and pomfret.

Diving Destinations in Cyprus

In ancient times Famagusta was a world-renowned Cyprus port, and now this place attracts divers with calm waters and amazing seascapes. Here is the famous Cave of the Cyclops — a grotto with lots of fish and crustaceans, which became a Mecca for snorkelers. The Canyon features unusual rock formations, sea abyss, stingrays and other fish. Spending time in Famagusta, you can visit the famous Zenobia Wreck, located in Larnaca.
Resort cities Ayia Napa and Protaras offer fantastic views formed by rocks, bays and caves with a picturesque bottom of volcanic origin.

Memo Notes
Currency EUR - European euro
Languages Greek, Turkish
Timezone UTC +2
Phone code 357
Emergency Help 199
Electricity

Type G - 240 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Cyprus

In the cities of Larnaca, Paphos, Polis, Limassol, Ayia Napa, Famagusta and Protaras you can find year-round open diving shops with professional instructors. You can take diving courses, get a certificate and take part in a single dive or diving safari.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

The best time to dive in Cyprus is from March to end of spring when you can find warm, clear blue water and calm seas. Water rapidly warms up to +20-27 °C. The sea is rarely stormy, which provides perfect visibility up to 35 m and more.

Summer

The average air temperature in summer is +25-35 °C. Avoid direct sunlight and wear a hat. The water warms up to + 27 °C; the sea is calm. All these create perfect diving conditions.

Autumn

You can dive in Cyprus until November, as the water is warm and bright in summer, and the sea is quite calm. The average water temperature in autumn is +20 °C. Visibility-25-35 m, but sea swells can whip up the Mediterranean.

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Diving season in Cyprus does not stop even in winter. Although the water temperature is +15 °C, you can dive in a wetsuit. But winter storms can change your plans for diving.

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The Best Dive Sites

Diana is a 15-meter-long ship which lies at a depth of 21 meters. It attracts flocks of fish and therefore popular among underwater photographers. The chapel dive site is located to the East of Ayia Napa. It is a steep wall going down to a depth of 30 meters. Here you will see various sponges, shorthorn sculpins and ancient pottery, still intact. During night dive you can spot octopuses.

Health & Safety

Cyprus has a high level of medical services; many specialists received their training in Europe. In case of emergency, first aid is provided free of charge, but it is still desirable to obtain insurance. We recommend to check your vaccination history and if necessary, get vaccinated against measles, parotitis, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A and B, typhoid.
Cyprus is relatively safe. However, standard safety measures are necessary: watch suspicious behaviour and avoid demonstrations or public gatherings.

Dangerous Marine Life

In the waters near Cyprus live dangerous striped lionfish. Their spines are incredibly poisonous. Their poison causes paralysis of the respiratory system. So, while exploring underwater caves, boulders and rocky bottom, be as careful as possible.

Eat & Drinks

Cypriot cuisine is a fantastic mix of Greek traditions and dishes of other Nations. Start your meal with meze dish — meat or fish platter. Souvlaki — a barbecue of small pieces of chicken is also worth trying. Moussaka consists of slices of eggplant and zucchini baked in a pot with minced beef.
Turkish delight, baklava and almond in syrup are traditional sweets, which are usually served with black tea. Fragrant Cyprus coffee is also popular. It is better to buy bottled drinking water.