The north coast of the Akamas Peninsula nature reserve has some great diving and snorkelling. The north west tip of the Akamas Peninsula is Cape Arnauti. Here’s what we found when we snorkelled there.
There are two choices, by car or by boat.
If you’re going by car, it’d better be a pretty capable 4×4, and you’d better be pretty capable driving it. Follow the coast road from Latsi to the Baths of Aphrodite, and then continue along the unmade track past the campsite signed ‘Akamas’. This road is not for the faint hearted. The road is signed ‘Dangerous Road’ – and they mean it.
The alternative route by car is to follow the road from Latsi up to the village of Neo Chorio, and then continue towards Pegeia. This starts out as a tarmac road, becoming a concrete road and then an unmade road. After 2-3km you come to a junction – turn right signed to Fontana Amorosa. The road winds up and over the mountain with some great views but treat the road with great care. After a further 6km you come to another junction – again go right towards Fontana Amorosa. The road drops down quite steeply in places – a 4×4 is pretty much essential.
At Fontana Amorosa turn left and follow the coast tracks along to Cape Arnauti. The last 2km is particularly rough – watch this video to see for yourself!
The better and more fun option is to hire a boat from Latsi. Even with a relatively low powered boat, getting to Cape Arnauti from Latsi takes under 40 minutes. Find out more about hiring a boat at Latsi.
What’s good about it?
Clear water, lots of rocks with fish, a sheltered bay shallow around the edges and getting deeper in the middle.
What’s bad about it?
Cape Arnauti is a popular place to camp in the summer – so there’s a fair amount of litter on the seabed – especially near the beach. Parts of the sea floor are covered in seaweed.
If traveling by road, the last 2-3km is a killer!
Our snorkel rating?
Three out of five. As a snorkelling location in Cyprus, this is good but nothing special.
See for yourself
Watch our videos of snorkelling at Cape Arnauti:
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