Our firm favourite for snorkelling in the west of Cyprus is the north coast of the Akamas Peninsula stretching from Latsi (Latchi) in the east to Cape Arnauti in the west. Sheltered from the winds, the waters are the clearest and warmest we’ve found.
Where is it?
The Akamas Peninsula is on the west coast of Cyprus in Paphos District, bounded in the south west by Agios Georgios and in the north east by Polis.
Why is Akamas special?
Akamas is an area of outstanding natural beauty covering 230 square kilometres.
Until the year 2000, the peninsula was used by the British Army and Navy for military exercises and as a firing range. Under the 1960 Treaty of Establishment, the British Army was allowed to use the Akamas for exercises for up to 70 days a year.
Due to the mountainous nature of the peninsula there are no tarmac or concrete roads running through its heartland.
As the area is therefore relatively inaccessible, there is a large diversity of flora and fauna there. Indeed the European Environment Agency noted that it was one of only 22 areas of endemism in Europe.
This however looks like it may be threatened by tourist development. Organisations such as the Green Party of Cyprus, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are taking action to protect the area.
The northern Akamas coastline
The northern Akamas coastline comprises a series of bays where snorkellers of every level will find lots to enjoy. This map indicates the primary locations:
Where are the best places to go?
Each of the major locations is described in greater detail with pictures, video and detailed maps in these links:
- Baths of Aphrodite
- Blue Lagoon
- Fontana Amorosa
- Wreck of the Accelo
- Cape Arnauti