The north coast of the Akamas Peninsula nature reserve has some great diving and snorkelling. Probably the quietest of the various bays is Manolis. 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 right and follow the coast tracks along to Manolis.
The better and more fun option is to hire a boat from Latsi. Even with a relatively low powered boat, getting to Manolis from Latsi takes under 20 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 where the water goes about 5m deep rapidly. Some caves you can snorkel into. The middle of the bay has a sandy bottom – great for just fooling around in the water.
What’s bad about it?
Part of Manolis’ charm is the fact it’s surrounded by rocks. The flip side of that is it’s not easy to get in and out from the shore. We found a ledge on the west side of the bay where we got in and out.
Our snorkel rating?
Four out of five. As a snorkelling location in Cyprus, this is good with the added interest of the caves and underwater rock formations.
See for yourself
Watch our videos of snorkelling at Manolis:
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