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Friday, 30 December 2016 12:17

Zenobia Wreck Diving

The Zenobia wreck is well documented on how she came to sink, but what is the diving on her really like ? For those divers out there that have not yet had the pleasure to dive this wreck you are missing out on one of the best dives in the world. As a wreck dive the Zenobia is continually voted in the top 5 best wrecks in the world. This is due to a number of reasons. It is the sheer scale of the wreck that first hits the divers senses when they first set eyes on it, at a…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:45

Diving and Dive Fitness

The question is often asked of scuba diving as to what level of fitness is needed to be able to enjoy and carry out the sport.The answer is that all age groups, shapes, weights and sizes can enjoy many fantastic dives by following a few simple rules and tips. Initially any budding diver has to answer a simple medical questionnaire that will highlight any potential health problems before they even get in the water. Most can be esily checked and cleared for diving by your own physician. In general if there are no issues on the medical questions then you…
Sunday, 18 December 2016 07:22

Cyprus Marine Life

Diving in Cyprus offers such a wealth of diverse and well populated marine life, and it is so good it would suprise some divers. Indeed our divers often comment on how good the marine life is in Cyprus and how better than expected it was. Some even comment that their diving experience with us in Cyprus was better than the likes of the Red Sea. There is a dive location that we visit at least once or twice per week where we see large shoals of sea breams and massive barracuda. There are literally shoals of large Grouper, dozens of…
Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:15

Night Diving in Cyprus

Night diving in Cyprus is very popular and there are some excellent dive sites for all levels of experience. During a night dive divers can see completely different types of marine life and behaviours compared to that seen during dives in the day. Some details need to be briefed before any one does their first night dive but any qualified diver can easily experience this type of diving. It is also a good idea to have dived the site before at some stage in daylight to fully appreciate the difference in the dives and to help with orientation. A good…
Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:02

Scuba Diving Best Practices - Buoyancy

In recreational scuba diving and technical diving one of the stand out most important skills is that of buoyancy. Or in other words the skill of being in complete control while diving. With time and dives a divers buoyancy should improve with continued practice and experience. A lot depends also on the quality of the initial training received and if the importance of it was highlighted at the time. Once a diver has a good understanding then general buoyancy will improve with time. Another way to improve your buoyancy is to complete the Peak Performance Buoyancy course. This covers general…
Friday, 02 December 2016 11:17

Cyprus Diving and Why We Dive

While diving across Cyprus with friends, customers and divers we meet we often find ourselves discussing why it is that we are all so addicted to diving. I have often said that as long as I am underwater it doesn't matter where we are or what we see it is purely for the fact that I am underwater that addicts me to the sport. I could dive in a puddle and be happy. One of the things I remember when I first started diving was the complete calm underwater, how quiet it was and how it really is like visiting…
Monday, 28 November 2016 08:56

Scuba Diving and Safety Stops

While they were recently completing their Advanced Open Water Course on the Zenobia wreck two divers raised the question of how important safety stops really are after completing dives. Along with good ascent control and correct ascent rates, safety stops are a fundamental and most important part of safe diving procedures at the end of a dive. During every dive a diver is taking on levels of Nitrogen that are being absorbed into tissues as a result of what depths you dive to and how long the dives are. The deeper we dive and the longer the dives are the…
Friday, 04 November 2016 05:22

New Wreck Dives in Cyprus

In recent years the Cyprus authorities, with support from the Cyprus Dive Centre Association, has been purposely sinking new wrecks in waters all around the island. The sole purpose being to develop more diving tourism to the island and to develop a number of marine reserves. To date they have sank 5 new wrecks with great success in Limassol, Cape Greko and Paphos. A number of marine reserves are planned including St Georges Island off the Akamas National Park close to Latchi. In between the 2 wrecks at Limassol a large artificial reef has been dropped onto the sea bed and…
Sunday, 30 October 2016 05:41

Winter diving in Cyprus

Divers always ask me if you can dive in Cyprus over the winter. Cyprus enjoys an extended summer season, due to it's location at the eastern end of the med. The standard diving season is normally April to October, however high sea temperatures last through November and well into December. Sea temperatures drop from 25degC at the end of October to about 19 during December. This is plenty warm enough for a full suit and hooded vest or a semi-dry wetsuit. Visibility can also be excellent at this time of year with cooler waters and the sea can be as…
Saturday, 29 October 2016 05:37

Diving with Turtles in Cyprus

Diving all around Cyprus offers many opportunities to dive with the magnificent loggerhead and green turtles. We are increasingly seeing more and more of these wonderful creatures in Cyprus waters, but their continuing protection is a constant concern. While we have seen record nests on parts of the island we still see many discarded dead corpses floating out at sea or washed up along the coast. The main threats are fishing nets, boats and beach tourism. There are great efforts from the Green Party and environmentalists to raise awareness of how to protect turtles out to sea and also to…
Friday, 21 October 2016 05:08

Technical Diving in Cyprus

Cyprus offers some of the best locations in the world for Technical Diving and Technical Diving Courses. With deep dive sites like the Zenobia, Jubilee Shoals, St Georges Island Paphos and St Georges Island Latchi there are depths and interests to suit most divers. The Zenobia has depths from 17 to 42 metres with lots of penetration dives. Jubilee Shoals is a massive reef with a pinnacle starting at 16 metres. We have not explored all of this reef yet but there is a massive cave at 38 metres and a wall streching east to west and down to 70…
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 08:53

Scuba Diving Courses in Cyprus

Cyprus is a top dive location for all diving courses including beginners, new open water divers, advanced open water divers, speciality courses, the rescue diver course and professional levels including Divemaster and Assistant Instructor. The diving in Cyprus perfectly suits all levels of difficulty. From crystal clear, warm, shallow waters that are perfect for beginners and new open water divers to deep wrecks and reefs that are well suited for more advanced levels and certain speciality courses. The Discover Scuba Diving and PADI Open Water Course are among the most popular courses completed in Cyprus. This is due to a…
Monday, 26 September 2016 10:05

Why is Diving in Cyprus so special ?

After scuba diving and technical diving in Cyprus for the past 12 years I can only say it is truly one of the best diving spots in the world. Now let me explain why that is. I have dived in the UK, Mexico, Malaysia, Egypt, Thailand, Greece, Spain, Canaries and completed almost 5000 dives. Divers often say to me there are no fish in the med and I always reply by saying you need to do 2 things, dive with the right people and at least be able to dive. Divers have dived with us, good experienced divers, and all…
Friday, 02 September 2016 03:38

Wreck Diving in Cyprus

Many people ask us if there are many other wrecks in Cyprus apart from the Zenobia. The Zenobia is obviously one of the main attractions for divers visiting Cyprus, and rightly so she is a truly fantastic wreck to dive, but there are also numerous other wreck dives to explore all around Cyprus. From the latest two wrecks off Limassol to the oldest wrecks in Cyprus, and to the new wrecks planned for the future there are a range of dives to suit all tastes and experience levels. We are compiling a list of the best with locations, information and…
Saturday, 27 August 2016 03:53

Why Cyprus is a top Diving destination

So why do so many people choose to come diving in Cyprus ? Why is it such a popular diving destination for all divers from beginners to experienced and technical divers too ? All we hear is 'there are no fish in the meditteranean' so again why do divers visit Cyprus in their thousands ? Firstly it is a great dive location to try diving for the first time, or to learn to dive, or indeed to do any kind of dive training. This is due to Cyprus having a range of dive locations and depths to suit any diving…
Here are some more images of the Zenobia wreck in Cyprus before and after she sank.  These pictures show the main cafeteria as it looked complete with 70's style decor and the famous Zenobia red tartan carpet. Now it is on it's side, still with the carpet intact, and a great penetration dive for most divers due to how safe and easy it is to penetrate the area. The light fittings can still be seen, as too can the main serving area with drink vendors and general kitchen fittings. The cafetreria windows are at depth of 17 to 35 metres…
Sunday, 24 July 2016 17:47

Bridge of the Zenobia

This is what the Zenobia wreck looked like on her maiden voyage and how she looks now as a main diving attraction. We have obtained a lot of images recently of the Zenobia which clearly show the bridge, canteen, accommodation area and the ship before and during her sinking. The image on the front page shows the massive bridge of the Zenobia and the fantastic image below shows how it looks now with a diver diving through it.  When you dive on the Zenobia you constantly try to visualise how she used to look and imagine the people and cargo…
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 07:16

Pissouri Village Cyprus

Pissouri is a traditional village situated halfway between Paphos and Limassol. It consists of the main village and an area down by the beach at Pissouri Bay. The village has a lovely square with shops, bars, banks, tavernas, coffee shops and the main village church. Leading off from the square are pedestrianised streets with more shops, bars and a range of restaurants. The dive centre is just a 2 minute walk from the square.  Pissouri is not a big tourist resort and that's why we love it so much. It is far more traditional than say Paphos and feels a…
Saturday, 16 July 2016 03:30

Zenobia Wreck Marine Life

The wreck of the Zenobia is well documented as one of the top wreck dives in the world and is famous for it's easy penetration dives and masses of cargo. But not many people know that the Zenobia is also a protected marine reserve and it is illegal to fish within a large area of the wreck. Over many years the wreck has developed it's own eco sysytem and an artificial reef is now a big part of the attraction for divers to the Zenobia. Masses of marine life now patrol around and inside the wreck including turtles, dusky grouper,…
Saturday, 09 July 2016 05:41

Lionfish arrive on the Zenobia

A lot has been written and discussed recently about the invasive marine species coming from the Red Sea, through the Suez Canal and into the eastern meditteranean. These have been generally welcomed by divers and dive centres who have enjoyed this additional colourful marine life to Cyprus waters, and with no harm to the populations of local species. The topic of all conservations now is the Lionfish. This fish has a fearsome reputation and is renowned throughout the world for it's population explosions and the impact on the local marine life and eco-systems. In recent years it was first spotted…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 12:29

PADI Advanced Open Water Course

The PADI Advanced Open Water course is the next certification level from the Open Water course and consists of 5 different dives. It is a very popular course in Cyprus due to the diving available here and dives are to a maximum depth of 30m. You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives which are Deep and Underwater Navigation, and you choose the other three.  During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the challenges of deeper scuba diving. The…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 13:35

Diving in Paphos

Cyprus Diving Adventures offers diving to all of the best diving sites across Cyprus. One of the areas where there is a concentration of these sites is in the Paphos and Coral Bay district. Paphos is a popular spot for all levels from beginners to experienced divers and is a great area for dive training too. This is because there is a varied range of different dive sites with their own range of depths, difficulty levels and points of interest. The Cynthiana and St Georges Hotel are ideal for beginners trying diving for the first time or taking their entry…
Monday, 27 June 2016 17:42

Family Friendly Diving

Cyprus offers the perfect underwater environment for family members of all ages to go diving together. With warm, blue and very clear waters with visibility of up to 40 metres, Cyprus is ideal for all ages and experience levels. For a great day out together the whole family can explore the amazing underwater world in a safe environment and have great fun experiencing the fantastic colours, rock formations and abundant marine life that Cyprus has in many diving locations.  For beginners who want to try diving for the first time a family group can enjoy the discover scuba diving experience…
Monday, 20 June 2016 16:15

Discover Scuba Diving

Cyprus is a fantastic diving location to try scuba diving for the first time, and you don't need to get or be qualified. Try diving or the Padi Discover Scuba Diving experience programme is for entry level divers or those that just want to try diving for the first time. It involves some basic theory, takes at look at the equipment and then there is some practise in shallow water. This is then followed by a full dive in confined or open water to a maximum depth of 12 metres. As always safety is our highest priority so the depth…
Friday, 17 June 2016 13:39

Diving In Cyprus

Diving in Cyprus offers such a fantastic range of diving to suit all levels of experience and has excellent conditions for dive courses too. For beginners Cyprus offers warm, clear and safe waters to fully experience the underwater world for the first time. For those wishing to qualify as a diver the open water course is the perfect entry level course and Cyprus has the perfect diving environment in which to complete it. For those looking to develop their diving further the advanced open water course is designed to do just that and is also an opportunity to dive the…
Sunday, 12 June 2016 18:32

PADI Open Water Diver Course

The Padi Open Water Course is the most popular dive course in the world with hundreds of thousands of certifications. We have been teaching it for 12 years and it has evolved into an excellent entry level diving course. The quality of the course and the final ability of the qualifying open water diver is very much down to how the course is taught, the student and most importantly the Instructor. Our Instructors spend a lot of time teaching the fundamentals of actually how to dive, how to maintain excellent buoyancy and how to be in complete control of their…
Saturday, 11 June 2016 05:14

Cyprus Diving Holidays

Cyprus is a perfect location for divers looking for great diving, excellent value accommodation and a beautiful place to visit. From individual divers who just want to do a couple of dives while out on holiday to those divers or groups looking for a package of dives then Cyprus has it all. There are a range of excellent dive sites here in Cyprus to suit all tastes and experience levels. From beautiful shore dives in Paphos, stunning boat dives off the Akamas National Park, various wreck dives to the world famous Zenobia wreck. There is plenty of top diving available to…
Sunday, 05 June 2016 09:39

Diving Courses

We have had a great few months of diving with lots of excellent dive trips, discover scuba diving experience dives, Open Water courses, Advanced Open Water courses, some new Divemasters and the start of some technical diving courses. There is such a varied range of diving courses available here due to there being so many different types of dive sites. Diving in Cyprus offers many dive sites for all experience levels and is a top location for all levels of diver training. For beginners there are some fantastic shallow water sites in Paphos and Latchi to either try diving or…
Friday, 03 June 2016 03:36

New Dive Boat

We now have a number of dive boats we regularly use for diving all across Cyprus. This is the latest purpose built dive boat for the Limassol wrecks and it is an excellent platform for diving. Diving in Cyprus really has some of the best diving in the world. Excellent dive boats are now available from Paphos, Akamas, Latchi, Pissouri, Limassol and of course for the Zenobia. Cyprus diving offers something for everyone and the diving in Cyprus is spectacular. These dives are some of the best in Cyprus and include the Zenobia, St Georges Island, Manijin Island, Copo Island,…
Thursday, 02 June 2016 03:18

Zenobia Wreck Birthday Diving

The Zenobia sank on the 7th June 1980 and to celebrate it's birthday we will be celebrating with 2 dives on the 36th anniversary of the Zenobia sinking to the seabed. We have dived the Zenobia for many years but every dive on this magnificent wreck is always a joy and a pleasure. For us the Zenobia is the best wreck diving in the world. Dive the Zenobia with us on the 7th, it is always a special day to dive on this special wreck. The wreck is now home to some of the best marine life in the meditteranean. It is…
Saturday, 14 May 2016 05:59

New Divemaster

We would like to welcome the latest member to join our Dive Team - Aleona Kasatkina Aleona is from St. Petersburg, Russia and is an accomplished CMAS diver and Divemaster. She has dived in many spots around the world including the Baltic Sea, Red Sea and south east Asia. An accomplished diver Aleona has a lot of cold water experience in the Baltic Sea diving in her beloved dry suit and has helped teach many students and assisted in many dives during her time there. She also loves the beautiful waters off Egypt in the Red Sea and has been…
Sunday, 08 May 2016 09:02

Zenobia wreck mystery fish

We were having a great dive on the Zenobia Wreck when we spotted this fish. I have never seen this fish before in Cyprus in over 15 years of diving right across the island and we were all struggling to identify it. It has never been seen on the Zenobia before, even though we do get a few suprises here from time to time. After making a few enquiries we found out the following. The fish spotted on the Zenobia wreck has been spotted elsewhere too. Apart from the Zen a fish of the same appearance has been seen in…
Saturday, 23 April 2016 05:58

First Turtles of the Mating Season

Recently we spotted our first turtles of the season as they start to arrive in Cyprus waters to mate. We were able to dive up so close without disturbing them and one even allowed us to dive with her for quite a while. Diving with turtles is always a great scuba diving experience and we should do everything we can not to harrass or disturb them when diving. To share the seas with these amazing creatures is simply out of this world and an experience not to be missed. In Cyprus we mainly have the privilege of seeing green and…
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 07:50

Scuba Diving in Cyprus

Diving in Cyprus offers clear seas, warm waters and fantastic visibility. With it's range of depths and so many different types of diving Cyprus is an ideal location for all levels from beginners to the most experienced divers. Diving all around Cyprus there is an excellent range of diving to suit all tastes including wall dives, islands, shore & boat dives, wrecks, reefs and a diverse range of marine life. There are easy entry shore dives for beginners and novice divers, 30 to 50 metre walls, stunning islands, massive seamounts, pinnacles, caves, ancient rock formations and a number of top…
Monday, 10 August 2015 07:52

New Divemasters

Big congratulations to Lowri and Oli for achieving so much since joining us in May. To qualify as a Divemaster takes a lot of commitment, effort and hard work and these 2 never failed in their drive and passion to succeed.  They were a pleasure to work with and we look forward to their return in March. This was one of the most rewarding courses I have ever taught and to see them develop with every day was just so pleasing to watch. Not only did they complete the Divemaster course but they also qualified as Master Scuba Divers completing…
Friday, 22 January 2016 07:51

PADI 5 Star Dive Centre

We are delighted to announce that Cyprus Diving Adventures has been upgraded to a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre. Our experienced Instructors and staff have all been working in the industry for over 14 years and the new dive centre opened almost 5 years ago. In that time we have trained and guided thousands of divers and students, extended our fully equipped dive shop and opened our new state of the art classroom. Our service centre looks after a range of equipment including cylinder visuals, regulator servicing, BCD servicing and general kit maintenance. With all this development Padi recently asked…
Monday, 15 February 2016 17:18

Paphos diving. Amphora at new dive site.

A group of us recently went to dive Manijin Island on a beautiful spring morning. The sea was flat calm and we had excellent visibility in the water. We have dived the island many times and always enjoyed its superb caves, walls and marine life. All of the divers were relatively experienced and we knew we would have plenty of air to make a very long dive. The dive went as planned as always and we were enjoying another great dive. On the way back I decided to take a new route and dive a lot wider on the island…
Saturday, 25 April 2015 17:12

Easter diving conditions

Easter is a fantastic time to dive in Cyprus and normally marks the start of the summer diving season. It can fall as early as March or as late as April, but the main season here normally starts in early April with holiday makers and divers starting to arrive. The weather at Easter becomes more predictable with sunny days starting to quickly warm the sea. Daytime temperatures are on average about 25 degrees but can reach over 30 degrees quite easily. The sea in winter never really gets below 17 in the winter but can do so at greater depths.…
Saturday, 25 April 2015 17:10

Padi TecRec Dive Centre.

Not only are we the only TDI Dive Centre in the Paphos, Limassol and Pissouri area but we are now happy to announce that we have been made a Padi TecRec centre. Teaching Padi TecRec courses including Tec40, Tec45 and Tec50 continues to confirm our position as the most qualified and experienced Dive Centre in the area and one of the highest in Cyprus. We continually strive to offer our divers an extensive range of dive services, with a complete range of courses, daily diving to suit all levels from beginners to experienced, and technical diving. Technical diving takes you…
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