Diving in Cyprus is noted for one thing and that is the Zenobia ferry wreck, well worth a visit to Cyprus in itself. The MS Zenobia was a Swedish built ferry, about 172 meters long, that capsized and sank in 1980. She now rests on her port side in approximately 42 meters of water. Both the ferry and its cargo are still intact. There are , however, many other good reasons why you should travel to Cyprus. This country offers a big variety of dives, from beginners to the most experienced divers. Some easily accessible sandy beds have excellent conditions for diving baptisms, as well as technical diving for the more experienced divers, not to mention cave and tunnel diving. Diving is most popular in the south around Ayia-Napa and Paphos, whilst Larnaca attracts some attention due to the Zenobia. For more pristine dive sites, it is necessary to travel to the northwest tip of the island around the Akamas Peninsula. Most dive sites are only a few minutes boat journey and there are a number of shore dives available. The rocky shorelines and outcrops around Cyprus provide an ideal home for octopus and crustaceans. Green and loggerhead turtles are regular visitors especially in breeding season. The Akrotiri fish reserve, with a maximum depth of 9 meters, brings divers literally face-to-face with groupers, moray eels, bream, and bass. The water is typically Mediterranean, clear year-round, generally with 20 to 35 meters visibility in calm conditions, and pleasantly warm, 16° to 27° Celsius. The main dive season runs from March to October or November.
In the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, Cyprus covers approximately 9250 km² and has a coastline of 648 km. Although the island is in Asia, it is politically a European country and is a member of the European Union. It is the third largest Mediterranean island after Sicily and Sardinia. Its climate is typical of the region, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Any rain typically falls around November and March. Nicosia, the island’s capital, sees average air temperatures ranging from 10 to 15° C in January, to 25 to 35° C in July, with coastal areas being just a degree or two cooler.
For EU and EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) citizens, an officially approved ID card (or a passport) is sufficient for entry. In no case will they need a visa for a stay of any length. Others will generally need a passport and a visa for entry. For more information, please consult your travel agent.
No vaccination is needed to enter Cyprus. For more informations, please contact you doctor.
Public telephones are installed at various central locations in towns and villages, roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies and Internet cafes are located in main towns and resorts.
Cyprus operates on 230 volts by 50 Hz, using the 3-pin British (UK) plugs.
Nitrox is available at some dive Centers and there are two decompression chambers on Cyprus at Larnaca Makarion General Hospital and the British base of Akrotiri.
Which locations in Cyprus have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Cyprus and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Cyprus? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Cyprus? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Cyprus.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Cyprus? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Cyprus. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Cyprus? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Cyprus. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Cyprus? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Cyprus. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.