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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.