Cyprus – Strange Underwater Rock Formations & An Amazing Wreck Dive
Overview of diving in Cyprus
Cyprus has many impressive dive sites that attract divers from all over the world. From the huge wreck of the Zenobia, to exciting shore dives on volcanic sculpted reefscapes, diving in Cyprus is among some of the best in the Mediterranean. Cyprus is an island shared by two nations. The north of the island is the Turkish speaking province while the Greek speaking province covers the south. Like most Mediterranean islands, Cyprus has stunning beaches, while in the northern part a large mountain range sweeps across the country.
Best dive sites in Cyprus
MV Zenobia wreck
This huge roll-on roll-off ferry lies just a couple of kilometers from the beach at Larnaca. Virtually intact, the 172m long wreck still contains a vast number of articulated lorries that sank with the ship. Designated as a no fishing zone, the wreck is teaming with marine life.
The volcanic reefscape at this dive site resembles a large amphitheater and is quite a spectacular sight.
Vera K wreck
The remains of the Vera K lie in just 12m of water and are scattered in a large depression in the seabed. The engine block and bridge are still visible, while the rest of the wreck is spread out like an underwater scrapyard.
The dive site has several interesting gullies to explore which are colonized by colorful algae.
A shallow dive with a maximum depth of around 10m, Green Bay has a feeding station where numerous fish species can be seen. Also in the bay is a range of underwater statues which are great for having your photo taken with.
Lady Thetis wreck
The wreck lies at 18m and has an array of easy swim throughs. Marine life congregates around the wreck and groupers, damselfish and bream.
A scenic dive site which is colonized by colorful purple and pink calciferous algae. Divers can explore a nice wall and cave and also spot yellowfin barracuda.
Dive reports from Cyprus
Dive site reports and useful information from our scuba diving and freediving trip to Cyprus
Larnaca is a large town with a mix of working locals and tourists. The main diving attraction of Larnaca is the MS Zenobia, a huge roll-on roll-off ferry which sunk just of Finikoudes Beach, a sandy strip in the city center.
The coastal area around Paphos has interesting underwater topography just meters from the shore. Diving in Paphos is mainly shore diving, although exciting wrecks lurk a short boat ride away from the harbour.
How to get to Cyprus
Cyprus has two international airports at the towns of Larnaca and Paphos. These airports have regular flights to many cities throughout Europe. The airport at Ercan in the Turkish controlled northern Cyprus has domestic flights to Turkey only.
Ferries from Turkey to northern Cyprus also run on the following routes; Mersin–Gazimağusa, Tasucu–Girne and Alanya–Girne.
International Aiports Larnaca International Airports (LCA), Pahpos International Airport (PFO)
Best time to dive Cyprus
Cyprus has relatively warm water year round between 17°C and 28°C. The calmest conditions are during the European summer and is the most popular time for diving in Cyprus. A 5mm wetsuit is recommended as deeper down the water can be colder, while in the winter a 7mm wetsuit or drysuit is preferable.
Visibility in the summer months is usually in the range of 15m to 40m.
Water Temperature 17° to 28°C
Visibility 15m to 40m
Useful information when travelling to Cyprus
Time Zone UTC + 2 hours
Currency Euro (EUR)
Electricity 230 V
Plug Socket G
Language Greek, Turkish. Other European languages are spoken in the tourist hotspots.
Calling Code +357
Our dive trip to Cyprus
We visited Cyprus in July 2019 for nine days, staying for three days in Paphos before moving up to Larnaca for the remainder of the trip. You can read more about the dive sites we visited in our dive reports.