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Dive on the Eastern, Southern and Western sides of this beautiful Mediterranean island, or take a short stay and tick the world renowned Zenobia wreck off your bucket list!
How to get here
Cyprus, the island of love is the most eastern island in the Mediterranean. It is also the most populous and the third largest. To get here, take a flight to one of the two international airports, Paphos or Larnaca - with direct flights from most regional airports in Europe, the main hubs being Athens, Brussels, Amsterdam, London, and Manchester.
Known as the 'Jewel of the Mediterranean' and legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, Cyprus enjoys one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean. Here you will find unpolluted, crystal clear waters with undisturbed marine life and visibility of often over 30 meters. Cyprus is blessed with a multitude of diving sites that will give experienced divers thrill and provide beginners with perfect conditions, and with a rich underwater life with hundreds of colourful fish, seaweed, reefs, corals, shipwreck, underwater caves and much more.
When can you scuba dive?
The simple answer is; all year - weather permitting! Temperatures during winter months (January to March) are 18°C (65°F) on average. This is warm by any standard, but you should consider wearing proper thermal protection, especially when doing long dives. Look for plenty of sunshine and blue skies when choosing winter diving days. It's a beautiful, clear underwater world.
Spots to explore
One of the key attractions to diving in Cyprus are the gorgeous clear waters, however, the best news is that irrespective of whether you are an Intermediate or a seasoned professional, Cyprus offers something for everyone. There are wrecks galore, with another decent depth wreck being added to Larnaca later this year. It also hosts many other underwater attractions, and so can enjoy exploring such delights as the Wreck of the Zenobia, Diana, and the Liberty, as well as turtles, nudibranchs, triggerfish and rays, as well as solitary octopus and schools of jacks. Stingrays, and interesting rock formations, as well as the Amphorae Caves, located off Paphos, which still have intact ancient pottery, means that there's something for everyone.
Things to do in Cyprus
Other than scuba diving, Cyprus has a great deal to offer. There are many ancient sites, among them Kourion, Ancient Salamis, Kolossi Castle and St. Hilarion Castle, while Larnaca is a popular resort with holidaymakers. A visit to the Troodos villages, nine of which are UNESCO World Heritage status, makes for a relaxing drive. Cyprus also has many beautiful white sandy beaches, and delicious local cuisine which has Balkan, Middle Eastern, and Southern European influences.
AYIA NAPA - South East Cyprus
Ayia Napa is a great place to try diving for the first time and also has some more advanced and interesting dive sites for more experienced divers. The rocky sea bottom around Ayia Napa, Cape Greco and Protaras delivers a huge variety of caves, tunnels, rock formations and canyons to explore and has an abundance of fish and other sea life and the crystal clear waters provide excellent visibility up to 50 metres. There are numerous PADI approved dive companies to choose from in Ayia Napa. They all offer try dives for beginners as well as more advanced dives and PADI courses for those who would like to become certified divers.
In recent years two boats have been purposefully sunk off the coast around Ayia Napa and Protaras to create artificial reefs. An underwater statue park has also been created at Green Bay. This has attracted an abundance of sea life and also provides new and exciting dive locations.
LARNACA - Central Coastline
Larnaca (also spelt as Larnaka) is a port city located on the southern coast of Cyprus. Home to the world renowned Zenobia, it is the third largest town after Nicosia and Limassol and home to the second largest commercial port.
The city which is built on the ruins of ancient Citium is endowed with numerous attractions such as Larnaca Castle, the Church of Saint Lazarus, Hala Sultan Tekke etc. Larnaca's waterfronts, scenic vistas, parks and beautiful beaches with leisure and sporting facilities enhance its beautiful coastline.
PAPHOS - Western Cyprus
Beautiful countryside, a cosmopolitan resort - that reigned as European Capital of Culture in 2017, Paphos boasts ancient historic sights as well as sporting activities, prolific wine production and a very warm welcome! All in all the Paphos Region has something for everyone at any time of the year!
Whether you are a sun-seeker, an underwater OR overland explorer, or someone looking for relaxing holiday with great scenery, there are so many reasons to visit this beautiful part of Cyprus.
PAPHOS - Coral Bay Divers
We believe there are lots of reasons to choose Coral Bay Divers whilst you are visiting Cyprus. They thrive on diving. In fact they love it and are a little bit mad about it. Passion you could call it. The atmosphere, the people, the experience and the underwater bit too... They hope that some of this will help create the perfect environment for you to come and join in. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced certified diver they want to see you and share what we believe is the best sport, hobby or lifestyle there is.
They have a great little dive centre which makes the perfect base for heading out for your underwater adventures, fitted out to make a relaxing environment where you can browse through the shop, sit down and have a coffee and some refreshment. If you're wanting to stay in touch with the rest of the world then feel free to bring your laptop down and connect to their wireless internet access for FREE. Just catch up with emails and send some photos home to make folks a bit jealous.
Coral Bay Divers have been in Cyprus for a good while now and know lots of its secrets and lots of its people. They can help you find what you're looking for so just ask! They are also located close to a car hire shop and have even arranged a 15% discount for our customers so if you need some wheels for a few days or a week then let them help you sort out some transport.
Latchi & Polis- North West Cyprus
Stunning natural environment, friendly, laid back people, great hotels, apartments and villas for your accommodation, many restaurants, tavernas and fish restaurants for dining out, wonderful sandy beaches, many things to do, Polis region is the ideal place for those seeking active holidays in the nature.
Located on the north - west part of Cyprus, the Polis region is an area full of green, natural beauties, excellent sea and beaches. Polis still keeps its original Cypriot style, with many tranquil villages waiting to explore. The National Park of Akamas Peninsula is just a few kilometers away.
Modern Polis is built on the ruins of two ancient cities, Marion and Arsinoe, dating back almost 3000 years. Evidence of this reach, ancient history are found in the excavations in the region.
Latchi Cyprus, otherwise known as Lakki or Latsi dependent on which map you are using! Once a tiny fishing harbour, Latchi, Cyprus has grown considerably over the past couple of years, yet still retains its unique charm. It is situated on the north west of the island close to the Akamas peninsula.
Latchi is named after the old Greek word for water hole or well - "lakki".
LIMASSOL - South West Cyprus
Limassol (Lemesos) is the second largest city of Cyprus with a population of around 200,000 people. Recent development has left behind very little evidence of its historical past and given way instead to a modern, cosmopolitan appearance with a striking skyline. However, the protected ancient monuments of the city hand over a rich trail of artefacts and mythical stories. Limassol Castle, The Amathus Ruins and the Mosque of Djami Kebir are a few of the beautiful sights worth visiting (don’t forget the camera!).
As Cyprus’ main port and fastest growing metropolis; the result is a clash of the old and the new in a city which can please every taste. From its beautiful beaches which offer numerous water activities to a more sophisticated cultural and historical tour, Limassol’s attractions can cater to all, visitors and locals alike. It's a fantastic place for experienced and novice divers alike. The calm, clear seas and shallow dive sites offer ideal conditions for divers looking to blow their first bubbles underwater.
For more experienced divers, the variety of world-class wrecks, intricate caves and overhangs offer an abundance of underwater interest. Besides the famous Zenobia wreck - a 180m long cargo ferry complete with 104 lorries - you will find other sunken ships, a helicopter, cars, a jet ski and canons! Deep wrecks and thin underwater channels make Limassol a great destination to train in Sidemount. Marine life around this island is certainly not boring and you will have the opportunity to see groupers, octopus, elusive sea horses, sea bream and moray eels.