Clear seas and warm waters make Cyprus ideal for diving. Sea temperatures around the island range from 27 to 16 ºC, resulting in one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean, while the absence of plankton makes for great visibility.
The underwater coastal reefs teem with a wide variety of colourful fish, sponges, coral, sea anemones, octopus, mussels and the ubiquitous sea urchin providing a spectacular picture. Sea turtles can be spotted regularly, thanks to a turtle conservation project that has increased their numbers around the island considerably.
Spectacular underwater caves and tunnels and a number of interesting paths are just waiting to be explored, while the remains of ancient amphora and stone anchors make it a veritable adventure.
The Zenobia Wreck Diving Site
Advanced open water (AOW) qualification required. Access is by boat.
Just 1.4 kilometres off the coast of Larnaka (Larnaca), this is rated one of the 10 best wreck dives in the world. The Zenobia, a Swedish Ro-Ro 172 metre ferry carrying 108 articulated lorries, sank in 1980. It lies on its port side on a flat bed of sand and rocks. Both the ferry and its cargo are still intact and fascinating to explore. The wreck is also home to schools of fish, including grouper, barracuda and tuna.
The dive starts at 17 metres and bottoms at 43 metres. Visibility is up to 50 metres and water temperatures a comfortable 16 to 28 °C
The Caves Diving Site at Cape Greko
Open water (OW) qualification required. This is one of the most popular dives in the area with blowholes, tunnels and overhangs. The site is situated some 10 minutes from Protaras on Cape Greko. Access is from the shore and the depth is 12 metres.
Pharses ll Wreck Diving Site
Advanced open water qualification (AOW) required. Access is by boat.
The Pharses ll is an open deck twin-hatched cargo ship that went down not far from Lemesos harbour during a storm in 1980. It lies practically intact some 21 metres underwater on its starboard side.
The 1,000 tonne ship can be entered, but only under strict supervision. This dive also provides ample opportunity to admire marine life
Agioi Anargyroi Diving Site at Cape Greko
Open water (OW) qualification required. Access to the water is from a cave at the bottom of a flight of steps.
Beautiful scenery, with the small white washed chapel perched over the sea matched by the fascinating marine environment underwater. The depth ranges from 10 metres to 25 metres, with the sudden drop allowing divers to descend fairly quickly.
Visibility is usually about 30 to 40 metres. There is a variety of small fish. The site is also ideal for night dives to admire the many octopuses