Scuba diving in Elephants Cave
The underwater Cave of Elephants is located in the Drepano area of Akrotiri. Besides the breathtaking beauty of this limestone cave, in 2000 a fantastic discovery was made here: 50,000-60,000-year-old fossils. Bones of an unknown elephant species were also found, which are now embedded in the rocks of the cave. The Cave of Elephants attracts divers who love caves with beautiful scenery. The cavern’s entrance is between 7-12m/22-39ft deep with a width of about 9m/29ft. After swimming in about 40m/131ft, a series of exquisite red and white stalagmites and stalactites are revealed to greet divers as they emerge into the cave. Gorgeous white and red formations decorate the ceiling and floor, glinting in the briefest touch of light.
When to go
The Cave of Elephants has warm air and water for diving during the months of June, July and August. The average air temperature during that season is 26-28C/79-82F. The temperature of the water is usually 22-25C/72-77F. The rainiest month is December.
What to see
This dive site is full of small tropical fish, as well as bigger species like groupers, tuna, mackerel and swordfish. The Cave of Elephants is also home to sea creatures hiding among the rocks, like lobsters, shrimp, and squid. Sometimes divers can even encounter a large fin whale or gorgeous sea turtles. The most attractive feature of this dive site is the fossilized elephant remains: teeth, tusks, and backbones.
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