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About scuba diving in Cyprus

Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, the capital of Cyprus is Nicosia.Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. Available modes of transport are by road, sea and air. Cyprus has several heliports and two international airports: Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport; the third one flights only to Turkey. The main harbours of the island are Limassol and Larnaca, which service cargo, passenger and cruise ships. Cyprus attracts diving enthusiasts from all over the world. The proximity to the Suez Canal supplies with extraordinary wild life, the geological history of Cyprus with all the high peaks and sheer cliff faces that carry on underwater, the fabulous visibility of 30m/98ft, the longest diving season in the Med makes the perfect scuba diving. There are no dangerous underwater currents or strong surf in the popular diving areas, but divers should always check with the local dive shops for conditions. Scuba diving in Cyprus suits for beginners (mostly these are the dive sites in Protaras and Pernera) just as well as for experienced divers (such as beautiful dive site Paradise).


Most popular dive sites

The most popular dive spots are in south-eastern coast of Cyprus – area of Ayia Napa-Protaras and Paphos (dive sites Green Bay, Black Sponge, Tunnels and Caves), near Larnaca - dive sites Zenobia Ferry, HMS Cricket, Mushroom Rocks, Octopus Reef and the area of Limassol - Copper Wreck, Pharses II Wreck, Twin Rocks. In the far west of Cyprus is the Akamas, a beautiful natural wilderness for divers. There are numerous dive sites which cater to all levels of divers, such as White River, Aphrodites Beach. Among the number of wrecks scattered around Cyprus shore the premier wreck is the Zenobia - an amazing wreck of approx 200m ferry that sank in 1980. Lying on its port side in a maximum of 42m/107ft and reaching up to 17m/62ft it is a superb divesite for all levels of divers.

When to go to Cyprus

The climate i n Cyprus is at its best during May to October. 

The average daytime temperature from June to September is 32C/89F, from December to February 16C/60F and the other five months 25C/77F.

The average water temperature in winter is 15-18C/59-64F, in summer - 25C/77F.


What to see

There is a variety of marine life such as turtles, tuna, barracuda, octopus, moray eels,grouper, jacks, parrotfish, starfish, anemone, cuttlefish, jelly fish, nudibranch, shrimps and others.

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