Dive Sites

Church Bay/Amphitheatre

This location along the Paphos shore line provides access to two great dive sites, Church Bay (also known as Pistol Bay) and Amphitheatre.

 

 

Church Bay dive site is accessed by a rope rail that safely guides divers down the side of a cliff to enter the sea. A start that initially looks challenging is well worth it as the dive site is perfect for both beginners and seasoned divers alike. A gradual slope across boulders and canyons leads to a sandy bottom where a number of swim throughs can be found. 

 

Around 100m away from Church Bay is the Amphitheatre dive site. The dive site takes its name from natural rock formations that resemble a traditional Amphitheatre. With a mostly flat, sandy surface, the site is perfect for beginners. Notable features include a couple of deep valleys and walls that provides interest with also some holes, arches and overhangs.

 

At both dive sites There is a moderate amount of marine life which can be spotted including  bream, cuttlefish, grouper and pufferfish, along with schools of thousands of transparent sand smelt fish that look like masses of glittering glass in the water.

 

Make sure you bring towels and a change of clothes as the site can be a bit muddy.

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St Georges Island

  • Characterized by the mountain wall on one side 
  • Very rich marine life, including shoals of amberjack, crayfish and colored wrasse, groupers, star fish, sting rays, moray eels, etc. 
  • A small shallow cave 
  • Excellent for technical diving 
  • Many areas to discover and it is worth visiting more than once to explore the area 
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Jubilee Shoals

Jubilee Shoals is the largest natural reef on the island, stretching out for 2km along the Pissouri coastline it is of international scientific interest. It is also the closest dive site to the shop!

This amazing site, starting at around 20m descends to over 40m making it suitable for experienced recreational divers and tech divers.

 

It has an number of stunning features includes steep walls, arches and caves as well as an abundance of marine life including schools of amberjack, coloured wrasse, crayfish, damselfish, grouper, moray eels, lobsters, and more. Particularly impressive are the bright nudibranch, flamboyant flambelinas and turtles.

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Zenobia Wreck

ABOUT THE DIVE SITE

 

The MS Zenobia consistently ranks among the top 10 wreck dive sites in the world in addition to boasting the richest array of marine life on the island. The Swedish made RO-RO ferry sank off the coast of Larnaca in 1980 is 172m long and 28m wide with the top of the wreck sitting at roughly 18m.

 

 

Features of this famous must-dive wreck include the 2 huge propellors, the cargo and accommodation decks (including the toilet on the wall) as well as the Bridge, all of which can be explored. The cargo (which was estimated at £200 million at the time of sinking) is still present with highlights such as the the “Kissing Trucks” and “The Bone Lorry” as well as a number of intact duck eggs available for viewing.

 

Being in a marine protect area means that there is an abundance of marine life including, barracuda, breams, grouper, jacks, kingfish, lionfish, octopi, sea slugs, sponges, star fish, stingrays, trigger fish and tube worms. Turtles are routinely spotted during surface intervals.

 

 

Let us know if you are interested in diving this site or taking our PADI Zenobia Speciality course as this is one of our favourite dive site in Cyprus.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Dive Experience: All divers must have a dives logged and signed within the past 6 months, If you don’t then we would like to undertake a local shore dive with us so that we can check on buoyancy, trim, weighting etc. This is for your safety and enjoyment.
  • NITROX: This is a huge wreck and there is loads to see so it is preferable to get NITROX certificates to get the most out of your dive. So let us know if you would like to undertake the NITROX speciality course as part of your Zenobia Dive for a discounted price.
  • OW Divers: Diving within your limits means that OW Divers can only see the top of the Zenobia (18m). Although this is still enjoyable, we would recommend enrolling on the Advanced Open Water (2 day) course. With this you will get to explore the Zenobia on your Deep Adventure dive as well as improve your skills.
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MV Elpida Wreck

The MV Elpida was submerged in 2019 within in Larnaca’s Marine Protected Area to create the region’s first artificial reef. The Elpida was used as an active cargo vessel in Greece until she was sent to Cyprus specifically to be repurposed as an artificial reef.

 

 

The vessel quickly attracted a diverse array of marine life which continues to grow and thrive. Divers can commonly spot amberjack, blue-spotted cornetfish, cardinalfish, damselfish, grouper, long-spined urchin, octopi, parrotfish, pearl oyster, squirrelfish, thorny oyster and yellow spotted pufferfish. On rare occasions Dolphins have also been sighted at the reef.

 

 

The size of the Elpida makes it an ideal introduction into wreck diving with long bottom times. The cargo containers and all decks are fully accessible to divers; the main deck starts at 20 metres, whilst the masts start at 10 metres. Divers can also access the large container area of the ship, the engine room, and the bridge. There are several decks suitable for confined diving and wreck penetration – with a torch advisable to explore and fully enjoy the darker crevices.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Dive Experience: All divers must have a dives logged and signed within the past 6 months, If you don’t then we would like to undertake a local shore dive with us so that check on buoyancy, trim, weighting etc. This is for your safety and enjoyment.
  • NITROX: This is a huge wreck and there is loads to see so it is preferable to get NITROX certificates to get the most out of your dive. So let us know if you would like to undertake the NITROX speciality course as part of this dive at a discounted rate.
  • OW Divers: Diving within your limits means that OW Divers can only see the mast of the Elpida. As such if you were keen to undertaken this dive we would strongly recommend enrolling on the Advanced Open Water (2 day) course. With this you will get to explore the Elpida on your Deep Adventure dive as well as improve your general skills.
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Limassol Wrecks

The Limassol Wrecks comprise the Lady Thetis and Constandis that were both sunk in 2014 as part of an artificial reef project.

 

The Costandis was originally a bottom trawler named Zolotets (built in the USSR in 1989) and currently sits at a depth of 18m-23m. Although a small wreck there is much to explore with easy swim throughs and penetration options. Among the notable features are the deck, pilothouse, the hold, and a wire-wrapped cylinder, whilst the engine room is ideal for wreck specialty courses. It can be a bit dark in places so bring a torch to explore the nooks and cranny’s.

 

Lady Thetis is 200m away from the Costandis. It was originally a coastal passenger vessel named Reiher (built in West Germany in 1953) and then a Cypriot passenger ship. Like the Costandis it has a number an easy swim throughs as well It so features such as the dining tables can still be seen on the top deck.

 

The area is prone to mild currents although this doesn’t impact the enjoyability of these dive sites.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Dive Experience: All divers must have a dives logged and signed within the past 6 months, If you don’t then we would like to undertake a local shore dive with us so that check on buoyancy, trim, weighting etc. This is for your safety and enjoyment.
  • NITROX: This is a huge wreck and there is loads to see so it is preferable to get NITROX certificates to get the most out of your dive. So let us know if you would like to undertake the NITROX speciality course at a discounted price.
  • OW Divers: Diving within your limits means that OW Divers can only see the top of the very top of the Limassol wrecks (18m). As such we would recommend enrolling on the Advanced Open Water (2 day) course. With this you will get to explore the Zenobia on your Deep Adventure dive as well as improve your skills.
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Timi Beach

Timi Beach is an excellent site for training and beginner divers. It is Situated next to Paphos Airport in a sheltered bay, making it accessible in all but the windiest of conditions.

 

The site has a shallow sandy bottom ideal which is ideal for practising confined water skills. It also has a shallow but expansive reef that that can be explored whilst you fine tune your buoyancy and trim. 

 

The car park is next to the Timi Beach Bar so if you are driving and want to relax and get some food after your dive then this is an ideal location.

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