Cyprus is one the best places in the world to enjoy scuba diving. The combination of the clear, warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea with the abundant and exotic fish life makes scuba diving in Cyprus an activity not to be missed.
Ideal conditions for diving
Clear seas and warm waters make Cyprus ideal for diving. Sea temperatures around Cyprus range from 27 degrees C in the summer to 16 degrees C in the winter. This makes for one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean, while the absence of plankton makes for great visibility.
Lots to see underwater
The underwater coastal reefs teem with a wide variety of colourful fish, sponges, coral, sea anemones, octopus, mussels and the ubiquitous sea urchin providing a spectacular picture.
Sea turtles can be spotted regularly, thanks to a turtle conservation project that has increased their numbers around the island considerably.
Spectacular underwater caves and tunnels and a number of interesting are just waiting to be explored, while the remains of ancient amphora and stone anchors make it a veritable adventure.
Learn to dive in Cyprus
Cyprus is a great place to learn to dive with some basic sites on offer for beginners with progression onto some simple wrecks then onto the more adventurous Zenobia and exploring caves and tunnels.
Most dive sites are only a few minutes boat journey and there are a number of shore dives available.
Wrecks you can dive to
There are also a number of famous wrecks you can dive to in Cyprus. The most famous is the Zenobia – and exceptional wreck dive. The Zenobia ranks as one of the top 10 wreck dives in the world and one of the top 25 dive sites anywhere. The wreck of the Zenobia lies at depths from 18 to 42 metres.
The Zenobia is a roll-on roll-off ferry built in 1979 that sank on its maiden voyage on 7 June 1980 carrying 104 lorries all loaded with cargo.
International PADI recognition
There are many diving centres in Paphos, Coral Bay, Polis and Latsi that will either teach complete beginners or hire equipment to experienced divers. Almost all are PADI approved so you can be confident the skills you learn in Cyprus can be used throughout the world.