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47 Dive Centres in Cyprus

Cyprus

As far as holidays go, Cyprus has it all. Encompassed by pine forests, golden sands, and surrounded by the bluest water, it’s no wonder that Cyprus is the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite – the Greek Goddess of love and beauty. And indeed, Cyprus is truly gorgeous! Located in the Eastern Mediterranean, just south of mainland Turkey, this island nation is divided into a Greek and a Turkish side. Infused with history and splattered with olives groves and lively bars, Cyprus is a melting pot of cultures mixed with modern-day entertainment. Likewise, her underwater scene boasts world-famous modern and ancient wrecks and artefacts that are accessible all-year-round.

Scuba Diving in Cyprus


Cyprus has a lot going for it, and it’s easily considered one of the best scuba diving destinations in the Mediterranean with world-famous dive sites. Visibility is not a problem in these turquoise waters, and there are so many underwater dive sites and attractions that you won’t be able to see them all in one holiday.

Whether you’re taking your first steps into the diving world or are an advanced diver, scuba diving in Cyprus is for everyone. The island stands out for its collection of wrecks, caves and wall dives. There are also great shore dives with pinnacles to explore.

The are many dive shops that offer a wide range of diving courses with PADI, SSI, BSAC, SDI, TDI, and CMAS, from beginners to tech and professional level. The majority of the dive sites and dive schools are in the South, but you’ll also find a few in Northern Cyprus. Most dive centres are British-owned with a multicultural team hailing mostly from European countries. English is widely spoken, but you’re likely to find courses offered in other languages too, such as French, German, Italian, Swedish and Russian.

Best Dive Sites in Cyprus

The Zenobia is known for being one of the top wreck dives in the world and a must addition to every diver’s bucket list. What makes her so special, is her sheer grandeur and the number of things to do and see in perfect diving conditions.

This 174-metre Swedish ferry sank on her maiden voyage in 1980, just off the coast of Larnaca. Today, she lies on the seabed between 16-42 metres, and you can see her well-preserved cargo, including 100 plus lorries, still chained to the deck or lying on the seabed.

While simply diving around her is impressive by itself, the wreck is also a protected artificial reef for many marine species, such as groupers, parrotfish, eels and amberjacks. More advanced divers can also explore her innards for a truly unmatched wreck diving penetration experience.

The Amphorae Caves are a time capsule of archaeological importance. The Amphorae Caves are exactly what they sound like, a collection of caves and gullies with ancient amphorae encrusted in the rock. The spectacular play of light beaming down through the crystal blue water add much this mystical and beautiful dive site setting. Located off Paphos, the dive site is only 5-12 metres in depth, but it’s truly one of its kind, and it’s easy to see why it’s considered one of the best dive sites in Cyprus. Don’t miss it!

The Chapel is a simple and very enjoyable shore dive, East of Ayia Napa. Sloping down to 30 metres, the Chapel is a popular dive site for divers of all levels of experience. The lovely topography boasts a wall packed with fish, critters and sponges. The Chapel is also a favourite night dive location to see octopuses in action.

St George’s Island will make any diver’s day, with some of the best scuba diving that the Mediterranean has to offer. Because it’s situated in the Akamas Marine Reserve, off of Latchi, the visibility is clearer and the marine life more diverse. Highlights include the West Wall, with a drop from 10 to 32 metres, as well as caves and swim-throughs. Keep your eyes open for sea slugs, groupers and shoals of fish, including tuna and even barracuda.

When to Visit Cyprus

Cyprus has a typical Mediterranean climate, but unlike other destinations, it does not shut down during the Winter.

So, when is the best time to visit Cyprus? A lot will depend on your personal preferences and your tolerance to hot or cold weather. The tourist season runs throughout the year, but there are significant seasonal temperature changes that you need to know about before packing your suitcase.

Cyprus is blessed with an extended Summer that starts in April and ends in October. July and August are the peak of the tourist season and also the hottest months, with temperatures well over 30C. Hotel and flight prices will be dearer, so if you’re thinking of visiting Cyprus in the Summer, make your travel arrangements in advance.

However, if you want to get away from the crowds and the scorching sun, Spring and Autumn are also a great time to visit Cyprus. The sea temperatures are still high, around 22C, and diving can be done in a regular wetsuit.

Visiting Cyprus in the Winter is a great alternative for getting away from the harsh winter from mainland Europe and other cold-stricken countries. If you don’t like tourists and want to get the best deals, Cyprus in the Winter might be ideal for you. It rains in January and February, but it’s not uncommon to have sunny days. Naturally, it’s going to be cold, around 15C or less, so scuba diving is best done with a semi-dry wetsuit or even a dry suit.

Getting to Cyprus

Cyprus has three international airports, two in the Greek side (Larnaka and Pafos) and one in Northern Cyprus (Ercan), making travelling to Cyprus an easy affair.

The Greek side is by far the entry point for most travellers. As a hotspot tourist destination, there are direct flights from the main airports in the UK, Ireland and other European countries. If you’re travelling from another region, you will have to catch a connecting flight through one of these airports. Although a popular stop for cruises and yachts, there are no passenger ferries.

If you’re planning on visiting Northern Cyprus, the only airport serves almost exclusively flights to and from mainland Turkey. There is also a regular passenger and car ferries linking Southern Turkey with Northern Cyprus. If you enjoy slow travel, or simply have a fear of flying, this ferry crossing is a rare treat.

Getting Around

As the third largest island in the Mediterranean, getting around Cyprus is fairly easy. The roads and highways in the main areas are in very good conditions, so many visitors opt to hire a car or a bike. Less popular areas, however, have narrow, unsurfaced and zig-zagging roads. So, if you want to explore the more remote parts of the islands or make your way along the winding mountain roads, you should invest in a suitable car.

But if you plan on sticking to the main tourist spots, you can also make your way around by taxi. Alternatively, the public bus is the cheapest mode of transportation in urban areas, with also a regular intercity service.

Cyprus is also a perfect holiday destination for cyclists and walkers. Renting bicycles is more popular in the South, where there are many bicycle rental companies, but you should be able to rent a bicycle from a few hotels in the North as well.

If you want to explore the whole island, you can also cross the border, known as the Green Line, which is patrolled by UN forces. The open border allows Cypriots and tourists to move around without any hassles. Crossing the border is particularly interesting in the divided capital of Nicosia, where you can explore two very distinct culture and traditions without leaving the city.

Eat, Sleep & Drink

Cyprus has a wide range of accommodation, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. One of the best places to stay in Cyprus for your diving holiday is in one of the many seaside towns in the South.

For party-goers, Ayia Napa has a wild nightlife scene that attracts mostly young people. Followed by Limassol, that has many bars, cafes and clubs, as well as some interesting historical and archaeological sites.

Paphos and Larnaca are other popular travel destinations with a more laid-back atmosphere. With a blend of cosmopolitan beaches and ancient monuments, they are best suited for families and history buffs.

In the North, Famagusta and Kyrenia are the top two places to stay for travellers. Both are charming old waterfront towns reminiscent of the island’s multicultural past.

Non-Diving Activities

Cyprus has a magnetitic charm that attracts people from all walks of life. While most tourists come for the sun and the beautiful beaches, there are plenty of non-diving activities to keep you busy.

With so many archaeological treasures, it’s no surprise that the island is dotted with UNESCO heritage sites.

Cyprus has its fair share of Medieval castles. Of particular interest are St Hilarion Castle, situated high in the mountains with has a commanding view of the passage below, and Kolossi Castle, near Larnaca.

If you want to go back to ancient Cyprus, there are many more historical sites where you can almost feel the presence of mythological Gods in every breath you take and see the art and craft of bygone days. Don’t miss the Tombs of the Kings, Ancient Kourion, Kykkos Monastery, Ancient Salamis, and the Church of St Lazarus.

If you enjoy nature and want to get off the beaten path, visit Cape Greco National Park and take a dip in its turquoise waters that look almost photoshopped. The rocky coastline with hidden caves is also a heaven for hikers and cliff jumpers. If you want to kick things up a notch, there are walking and hiking trails all around the Troodos Mountains and the Akamas Peninsula.

Safety

Cyprus is packed with dives sites, and like anywhere, it’s important that you follow safety guidelines. If you’ve haven’t been diving for a while, consider doing a refresher course at one of the many dive schools, so you can fully enjoy your dive with confidence and ease.

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