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Overview

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is divided politically between The Republic of Cyprus in the south and the currently disputed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the north with a UN controlled buffer zone between the two. The climate is Mediterranean sub-tropical and semi arid, with hot, dry summers and cooler winters with rain. The average sea temperature is 22°C, around 17°C in winter and warming up to 27°C in August. The rocky coastline is dotted with long sandy beaches, lapped by warm blue waters and the unmistakably Mediterranean culture, cuisine and climate make for a wonderful holiday destination.

Fact File

Capital

Nicosia

Population
1,224000
Languages

Greek, Turkish

Time
GMT +2
International Dialling Code
+357 / +90392
Currency
Euro € (EUR) / Turkish Lira (TRY)
Air temperature (average)

13°C – 28°C

Water temperature (average)

18°C – 28°C

Tourist Board

https://www.visitcyprus.com/

International Airports

Larnaca International Airport (LCA), Nicosia (NIC), Paphos (PFO) and Ercan (ECN)

About The Diving

The favourable conditions and good visibility give Cyprus a long diving season. The range of wrecks, topography and underwater history mean plenty to discover. From shallow, clear warm water sites great for beginner courses to deeper sites suited to technical diving, Cyprus has a bit of everything and diving for everyone.

Photos: Avalon.Red

Dive Highlights

Zenobia

The Swedish RORO Ferry, MS Zenobia sank in 1980 and is a truly striking sight. The Zenobia is a very large wreck (172m long and 28m wide) lying on her side in 42m of water.  The top is at 16m and with both the wreck and cargo still intact it is an extremely popular dive. There are more than 100 trucks still inside the cargo deck. As a deeper dive, care must be taken and it usually takes several dives to truly explore this site.

Amphora Caves, Paphos

This dive site is an area of archeological importance and comprises of several caves. The site is littered with broken bits of amphorae, which are ancient ceramic pots. For divers with an interest in archeology, this is a must do dive and is suited to all, with a max depth of 12m.

Green Bay, Protaras

This popular site is a great dive for all levels, Green Bay is a 10m dive with a feeding station called “The Fish Rock”, teeming with life and a sculpture park featuring statues and columns. Ancient pottery is scattered around the site along with turtles munching on the surrounding seagrass.

Limassol Wrecks

The Lady Thetis was purpose sunk in 2014 as an artificial reef; this German boat is close to the coast at Limassol and is in 18m of water. The Soviet Union bottom trawler Consdandis lies in 24m of water and was also scuttled in 2014.

Limassol is also home to a wall dive for the more experienced divers; Jubilee Shoals features drop off and tunnels on an underwater cliff face.

Devils Head, Akamas

Caves, interconnecting tunnels and intricate rock formations make for an interesting dive, with plenty of marine life. This site on the wilder western coast is well worth a trip. Both Green and Loggerhead Turtles are present in the summer months.

When To Go

Cyprus is diveable year round, with winter water temperatures of 18°C on average.  Summer is the main tourist season, the weather and water are warmest in July and August and also this also coincides with the turtle season.  For those who prefer cooler land temperatures or visiting outside the main season, the shoulder seasons, May, June, September and October, will bring some relief from the peak summer heat while still being warm and dry. 

Dive Centres & Resorts

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