About Scuba Diving in Cyprus
Scuba Diving in Cyprus is great for all levels of scuba divers. From the novice to the pro's Cyprus is a great place to learn how to Scuba dive or for newly qualified diver to gain some experience. There are many shore dive access points from the beaches and plenty of available boat dives.
Scuba divers in these waters are reminded to look but not touch any of the ancient antiquities they discover on the sea bed. The underwater scenery offers a mix of landscapes, sheer cliffs and wrecked ships that all attract their own types of marine life. Wrecks have become artificial reefs and make for excellent dive sites.
Many of the scuba dive sites around the island are suitable for all levels of divers, but some of the wrecks which lie in the deeper waters should only be dived by fully experienced and more advanced divers. The world famous wreck of the Zenobia is a must see when scuba diving in Cyprus.
What is the best time to go scuba diving in Cyprus?
The climate of Cyprus is best enjoyed between May and October, when the water has warmed up. From November through to March you may feel the need to wear a dry suit, though in July and August a 3mm wetsuit will give enough protection against the chilly waters.
- Average Water Temperature: 18oC (January) – 27oC (July)
- Average Visibility: 10-40 metres
- Dive Types: Wrecks, caves and ancient settlements and artefacts
Dives are available for divers of all skill levels including opportunities for Nitrox diving. Cyprus is also an excellent scuba location to do some serious Tec Diving.
Must see scuba dive sites in Cyprus:
- Green Bay: Suitable for novices and experienced divers alike, the maximum depth of this site is 10 metres. On this dive you will be surrounded by literally hundreds of colorful fish and this site is also very popular for night diving.
- De Costa Bay: This is a nice, sheltered site making it a very easy dive even for the most inexperienced beginner. A great starting point.
- Cyclopes Caves: This is an open water dive with depth varying from a couple of metres through to 40 metres.
- Chapel: Possibly one of the best sites available around the island. Located just outside of Konnos Bay. From the chapel the steps lead down into a vast cave which leads to the sea. The depth ranges from 3-40 metres making it a popular location for night dives.
- Caves: With a maximum depth of 12 metres this makes for an easy dive. There are a multitude of tunnels and caves to explore which offer a wealth of opportunity for underwater photography.
- HMS Cricket (Wreck): This was a World War II gun boat that was deliberately sunk by the British and is one of the most popular dives around the island. The vessel lies upside down on the sea floor and makes for a great swim through experience. Suitable for advanced divers and nitrox dives.
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Marine Life found when Scuba Diving in Cyprus:
- Parrot Fish
How to Get to Cyprus?
The majority of people travel to the island by air, since most countries offer direct flights to the island, landing at Larnaka Airport The passenger ferries that once ran between the south of the island and the mainland have ceased and now the only way to arrive on the island by sea is on a large cruise ship. There are still ferries that run to the north of the island from the Turkish mainland though.
Travelers can travel between the north and south of the island without any major restrictions; however crossings can only be made at designated, manned crossing points, at which you will be required to present your passport. It is a good idea for all foreign visitors to the island to carry a passport and identification with them, in case they are stopped at a border crossing or by a random patrol.
Do you want to go scuba diving in Cyprus? There is al lot to see beneath the waves for those who come here on scuba dive vacation. With plenty of wrecks and natural features to both please the eye and stimulate the mind. Located just off Turkey’s southern coast the island of Cyprus is divided in two, with the northern part of the island being Turkish and the southern part being Greek.
Cyprus is lapped by the clear, warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. For those looking to enjoy their time on land will find unspoiled natural landscapes, pretty villages and incredible hospitality.
Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.
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