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Scuba Diving in Cyprus – Just Take the Plunge!

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When the sea waters are crystal clear and usually calm with almost no current to contend with, when the temperatures are ideal and visibility fantastic, and when the world beneath the waves is blessed with a wealth of amazing and mysterious marine life, nothing comes close to the thrill scuba diving provides.

Truly, there is nothing more exciting than strapping on a wetsuit and oxygen tank, plunging off the side of a dive boat and sinking into the ocean’s deep blue depths to explore breathtaking coral formations, visit old ship wrecks and swim next to giant sharks and sea turtles that are sometimes even bigger than you. This is what entices many adventure and nature lovers to visit some of the world’s most accessible and picturesque coasts to experience ultimate scuba diving holidays to remember forever.

Cyprus is such type of destination. An island located in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, it’s a premier diving hotspot, offering a vast variety of remarkable diving to cater both novice and advanced divers, from cave diving and wreck diving to wall diving and technical diving to night diving and liveboard diving. Most dive sites are easily accessible from the coast and are close to nearby seaside resorts in the country that provide guests with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities and the opportunity to try this amazing water sport. Coral Bay is an ideal base to get acquainted with some of the island’s best dive spots, including Amphitheater (called so due to the rock formations that create a ‘replica’ of an Amphitheater), Slipway and the Shoals, but diving is not limited here and can be enjoyed in other parts of Cyprus.

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Here are some of the best dive sites Cyprus has to offer, which are NOT TO BE MISSED and are well worth visiting.

Larnaca Area

Plan your diving holidays in the appealing Larnaca Area, which has always been an attraction for locals and foreigners alike. Off the coast of Larnaca one can find the best dive in the Mediterranean, the wreck of the magnificent Zenobia ferry, known to locals affectionately as ‘The Zen,’ which sank on its maiden voyage on June 7, 1980 and now bottoms at 43 meters.

172 meters long, 28 meters wide and with a weigh of about 10,000 tons, the wreck is an ideal choice for Open Water Divers, as well as for more professional and Technical Divers, featuring a wealth of marine life with large schools of Jacks, Conger Eels, Grouper and Barracuda, along with other species, including large Tuna. Divers can also see many of the 100 vehicles that are still on board, and explore the bridge, anchor, cafeteria and the two large propellers of the wreck to mention but a few from the many thing that await to be experienced. Thanks to the Zenobia shipwreck, Cyprus has been placed within the top 10 world wreck diving sites (The Times 2003).

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Other popular dive spots in the Larnaca Area are: Octupus Reef (10 meters), where you’ll come face-to-face with schools of octopus, as well as huge sea turtles; Mushroom Rocks (50 meters), where there are curious rock formations in the shape of huge mushroom heads, inhabited by colorful fish; Green Bay (12 meters), littered with the remains of ancient Amphora (old pots) from just as ancient shipwreck and Chapel (25 meters), featuring a great multi-level dive with a wide range of marine life to see, among others.

The Larnaca Area is home to a wide range of accommodation options that offer everything from budget-friendly holiday villas to luxury hotels and everything in between to satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveler.

Limassol Area

The second largest city on the island and a thriving friendly port on the southern coast of Cyprus, Limassol opens another exceptional world in front of dive enthusiasts. Wrecks, caves and caverns, archways and pinnacles and an abundance of colorful fish and other creatures are found all over the area.

There are many dive sites available in Limassol, but there are some that are of special interest and are appreciated by most divers. They include: the wreck of Three Stars Ship, sunken in 1972, which at 7 meters offers a safe dive for all levels; Big Country, featuring a superb multi-level dive with many interesting caves teeming with grouper, Morays, Octopus and schools of Damshel Fish; and Shark’s Cove, featuring varied sea life at 12 meters and others.

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Ayia Napa Area

Another popular dive site, where diving is enjoyed by both beginners and more advanced divers, is Ayia Napa Area, found in the southeastern corner of Cyprus. The area is home to a wide selection of dive sites and numerous PADI approved dive companies, offering PADI courses for those who would like to become certified divers. The most popular sites in this area include: Cyclop’s Cave, offering spectacularly beautiful rock formations and sea weed forest inhabited by a variety of marine life; Pirate’s Cove, where shallow reefs and boulders will give visitors plenty to look at; Konnos Point (Cape Awkward), easily accessed via the beach and housing one of the most beautiful reefs in Cyprus; and Amphorae Bay, where at the depth of 17 meters you’ll discover ancient remains of amphora’s and stone anchors.

What better place to experience the spooky thrill of a sunken ship than Cyprus? What better place to enjoy scuba diving all year round and at its most? If you read the post and found scuba diving appealing and intriguing, do not look further and plan a diving vacation in Cyprus, which is sure to be an amazing experience of a lifetime!

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