Print this page
Wednesday, 09 March 2022 08:05

Cyprus Wrecks, Reefs and Marine Reserves

Cyprus wrecks, reefs and protected marine reserves.

Over a number of years, and even more so quite recently, Cyprus has further developed and increased it's range of excellent dive sites. With new wrecks, marine parks and newly founded protected marine reserves there is a range of fantastic diving to suit all experience levels and divers preferences.

While Cyprus is already home to the famous Zenobia Wreck it now boasts a number of marine parks, new wrecks and fully designated marine reserves. This has seen more great dive sites being established along with flourishing marine life species across the island.

Cyprus is also home to some fantastic and protected island dive sites with stunning reefs, walls and stunning underwater topography. The main island dive sites are the St Georges Islands with one off the north Akamas and one off the south Akamas. Along with Copo Island and Manajin Island these are among the best dive sites in Cyprus. Not forgetting of course the incredible Jubilee Shoals reef off Pissouri which is a massive underwater seamount starting at 16m and dropping off to about 70m. This is the biggest known reef in Cyprus and stretches east and west for over a kilometre.

Cyprus is home to over 15 wrecks. Some are quite advanced while others are suitable for beginners and less experienced divers. The Zenobia, Elpida, Lady Thetis, Constandis, Liberty, Nemesis, HMS Cricket, Vera K and Laboe are all excellent dive sites and many are also protected marine reserves. These wrecks are home to some of the most abundant and varied marine life to be found in Cyprus. The 2 Limassol wrecks are also home to a large network of reefs in between them that are great fun to explore and is one of the best protected marine reserves in Cyprus.

Top reefs now include Jubilee Shoals, the Islands of St Georges, Copo and Manajin, Pistol Bay, Ampitheatre, Green Bay, Cyclops, Tunnels & Caves and many more. These also have varied marine life and are all home to a lot of turtles. The topography is stunning with swim throughs, arches, caves, caverns, walls, drop offs, sink holes, overhangs, gulleys and all are naturally formed by the rocks and oceans constant erosion.

A lot of wrecks, islands and areas of environmental protection are now protected marine reserves and there is ongoing conservation and studies in many areas. There are also marine parks with underwater statues and other features at Green Bay, Limassol and now more recently MUSAN in Agia Napa.

So as you can see diving tourism in Cyprus has come a long way in the last 10 years with many and varied dive sites now available and new dive sites to enjoy. The Limassol wrecks were only sank and the reefs developed since 2014, the Elpida was sank at the end of 2019, the Laboe in 2018 and MUSAN was formally opened in 2021. The marine reserves too have become more protected in the last 5 years or so. All of which makes diving in Cyprus a priority for thousands of divers every year.