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 course. Also the waters are warm, clear and very safe. From the shallow shores with swimming pool like conditions and easy access for beginners to the Zenobia wreck in 17 to 42m depth for Advanced and Technical diving courses there are many perfect dive sites for all levels to train in.
Divers also visit Cyprus in their thousands to do anything from a days diving to a full dive package of any number of dives and including accommodation and airport transfers. So why is Cyprus so popular for these divers ?
First of all there is such a range of great dives sites to suit all levels and a lot of wrecks to choose from. There are excellent shore dives that offer a range of depths from shallow to very deep around the Paphos area and have walls, caves, swim throughs and a large range of interesting marine life. Over in Latchi there are a number of fantastic island dives that offer big walls, caves, caverns and excellent marine life too. Off Pissouri there is Jubilee Shoals, a massive reef at depths of 16-70m with sheer walls and a massive cave at 36-38m. In Limassol we have 2 wrecks and an artificial reef that are great wrecks to dive with prolific and varied marine life, some of the best in Cyprus. Also of course we have the famous Zenobia wreck which is one of the best wreck dives in the world and a protected marine reserve with masses of marine life. There are so many great dives in Cyprus to do and such a variation too, you could dive here solid for 2 weeks and not see it all.
For those that enjoy wreck diving we have many available including the Zenobia, Constandis, Lady Thetis, Vera K, HMS Cricket, Alexandria, Liberty, Nemesis, Laboe, Achilleas and many more.
So back to the marine life, for those that have never dived here properly, or not at all, and say the med is empty of marine life then they do not know what they are talking about or have only dived off somewhere like Spain or Greece. Cyprus is full of marine life and an experienced guide knows exactly where to find it and how to show you the best spots. After diving for over 10 years all around Cyprus I have had many experienced divers amazed by what they have seen in our waters and have put some of the dives among the best they have ever done.
We have massive shoals of Barracuda, 6ft Jacks, many Turtles, Pipefish, Seahorses, Coral, Anenomes, Nudibranch's, massive Grouper, shoals of Tuna, Swordfish, Moray eel's, Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish, Rays, Triggerfish, Parrotfish, Lionfish, Pufferfish, Dolphin, Monk Seals, Wrasses, Sea Breams, Jellies, various Crabs, Flying fish, Trumpetfish, Flying Gurnards, ranges of plankton life and many more in plentiful and regular numbers.
Cyprus is truly a top diving destination simply because it is a great place to dive and deserves it's reputation as the best in the Mediterranean and one of the best dive destinations in the world.