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 wrecks. Dive site depths range from 6 to 70 metres to suit all types of diving, experience level and dive courses.

Cyprus is known for it's clean, crystal clear waters and fantastic visibility. Typically 20 to 25 metres visibility can reach 30 to 40 metres at times while sea conditions are normally flat with only a few days of rough seas during the summer. The water is also generally warm with temperatures ranging throughout the year from 17-30oC. These sea conditions are perfect for all levels of divers and ideal for those trying diving for the first time or learning to dive. Many divers come to Cyprus to complete a further level of dive course due to the excellent diving available and there are ideal dive sites to suit any further education course including technical diving courses.

pistol bay dive site

Official figures are due out this year but it is estimated there were a record 150,000 tourists of all experience levels who dived in Cyprus in 2015 and this is expected to grow. Diving tourism in Cyprus is fast becoming the best diving location in the med and a favourite dive destination.

Cyprus waters are home to sea life of all shapes and sizes. There are turtles, large grouper, shoals of barracuda, wrasses, jacks, corals, anemones, sea breams, sea bass, nudibranchs, tuna, moray eels, octopus, squid, lionfish, pufferfish, cuttlefish and many more including the occasional rare monk seal ! The marine life in Cyprus is varied and plentiful if you know where the best places are to dive, a lot of people can underestimate just how good the marine life here actually is. We would recommend that you dive with an experienced dive centre with knowledgeable staff to visit the best marine dive sites. There are a number of dive sites where you can be surrounded by hundreds of fish, shoals of barracuda, dive with massive groupers, see large jacks, dive with turtles and wonder at some of the macro life too. There is a tuna run in October and we have seen swordfish jumping in spring. There is an abundance of marine life in Cyprus and on a number of dive sites it can be spectacular.

wreck diving

Cyprus now has a number of excellent wrecks, there are many dotted around the island with 12 that are dived regularly. The most popular is the famous Zenobia which is regularly voted a top 5 wreck in the world. This alone is a massive destination for divers from all over the world and is enjoyed by thousands of divers, you could dive the Zenobia for a week and not see it all. Other wrecks include the Achilleas, Vera K, Laboe, Lady Thetis, Constandis, HMS Cricket, Alexandria and the Nemesis. Some are now protected marine reserves and serve as perfect artificial reefs. Many can be safely penetrated and are at depths for all experience levels.

Supported by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, Cyprus Dive Centre Association and the Department of Fisheries & Marine Research an artificial reef programme began a few years ago. 4 wrecks and a reef have been sank to create marine reserves and excellent sites for diving. The amount of life that is attracted to these sites is amazing and unique eco-systems develop on each one. There are 2 more being sank soon and a very large wreck is planned too to rival the Zenobia !

Current dive locations are also being made into marine reserves, and one at the start of 2016 is St Georges Island off the Akamas National Park. This is already a haven for big
fish populations so this will be a fantastic dive. Other marine reserves include the Zenobia, the wrecks at Limassol and there are a number of areas being designated around the coast which is all good for the quality of the diving there.

These are all great achievements by our authorities in Cyprus and these efforts will ensure the current and future development of diving tourism across the island.

cyprus night dive