The west coast of Paphos tends to be rocky with waves â€“ and thatâ€™s exactly what we found at Paphos Lighthouse. Â Snorkelling there isnâ€™t for the faint hearted â€“ read on to find out why.
Park up in the car park near Paphos Harbour, walk towards the castle and then itâ€™s a short walk following the coastal path to the coast near Paphos Lighthouse.
Whatâ€™s good about it?
If you’re on holiday in Paphos, this is easy to get to.
We found crystal clear water and lots of Cornet Fish.Â The water isnâ€™t as warm as the north coast of the Akamas peninsula, but itâ€™s still very pleasant.
There are lots of interesting rock shapes to explore.Â The coastline also has lots of rock pools â€“ check those out too â€“ we found a crab.
There is reputed to be a wreck here of the Ektimon â€“ a 5,000 ton Greek freighter that ran aground in 1971. It’s said very broken up due to storms, but the two propellers are reputed to still be there. Â Itâ€™s described as being in 6m of water 100m off the coast, but we couldnâ€™t find it.
If you attempt to find the wreck, watch out for the frequent pleasure boats sailing up and down this part of the coast â€“ they wonâ€™t be expecting to find snorkelers here.
Whatâ€™s bad about it?
The sea is pretty lively with lots of crashing waves.Â This makes getting in and out a bit of a challenge, and means that when snorkeling in shallow water you need to be careful you donâ€™t get bounced onto the sharp rocks by a big wave.
There is also a pretty strong current flowing along the coast â€“ keep a close eye on where youâ€™re headed to avoid unpleasant surprises.
We strongly suggest you avoid Paphos Lighthouse for snorkeling unless you are a strong swimmer and an experienced snorkeler.
Our snorkel rating?
Three out of five.
Check it out for yourself
Here’s our video of snorkelling at Paphos Lighthouse:
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