Scuba diving in Cyprus is great for both new and experienced divers alike. From sites such as the famous Zenobia wreck to sandy shore dives, there’s something for everyone here. Non-divers can soak up some sun or visit the busy towns of Paphos or Larnaca whilst eating Mediterranean cuisine and relaxing.
The climate in Cyprus ensures both a long diving and summer holiday season. Cyprus is subtropical and is blessed with long hot summers as well as mild winters. Rain is uncommon in the summer months, with summers being mostly dry.
Summer temperatures average 24c/75f here during summer, with the warmer part of the year lasting around 8 months. This makes Cyprus the perfect spot for spring & Autumn too!
Winter last around 4 months but rarely dips below 15c/58f during the day. Sounds ideal so far right? But what about the water temperatures?
The sea temperatures average around 21-22c/70-72f. The coldest month is February, with sea temperatures hovering around 17c/63f. This is still warm for Europe and makes for a good winter season scuba diving temperature.
The summer sea temperatures average around the 27c/81f mark, which is very warm for European waters and almost on par with more tropical climates.
The prevalent winds in Cyprus are also very mild. You may get the occasional windy day, but on the whole, the weather is agreeable and suited to diving.
How do I Get to Cyprus?
Flights run from most major European airports. You will fly into either Paphos or Larnaca international airports. The airports aren’t too far from the main town. Skyscanner’s website usually runs sales throughout the year.
How to Get to Paphos From Paphos International Airport
The airport is located 13km from the town. If you are splashing the cash and want to get a taxi, it will set you back around £30/$38. This can be slightly negotiated of course…
There are two buses that can take you to Paphos. If you want to take the bus, get the 612 from the airport. This bus takes around 35 minutes and finishes at the main station (the harbour).
Or you can take the 613 to Paphos city centre (Karavella), this station is about 3.5km away from the harbour.
Both these trips will set you back £1.37/$1.75. So it can work out much cheaper if you are travelling on a budget.
The bus station is located across the street, directly in front of the airport.
Where to Go Scuba Diving in Cyprus
Cyprus has many different places to go scuba diving. There are many wrecks to explore as well as caves if you want to try your hand at deep diving. There is also a good chance of finding Amphorae on the sea bed. I myself found a few artifacts on one of my very first dives here. I had just completed my OpenWater course and was getting my feet wet (pun intended) on a shallow water dive. My instructor beckoned to look at an object on the seabed and I looked upon an ancient vase. Pretty cool I think!
MS Zenobia is the most famous scuba diving site in Cyprus. This Swedish RO-RO ferry sank in 1980 and attracts a large number of divers year-round. It sank on its maiden voyage (oops!) but now it is classed as one of the top 10 wreck dives in the world. The wreck is located close to the port of Larnaca and makes for a fantastic dive. You will have to be deepwater certified if you want to properly dive this wreck, as the wreck is at a depth of 42 metres. However, you can dive above the wreck if you are OpenWater and you will still get a good look at her. The coolest part of this wreck is the trucks still chained to the cargo deck, it’s a seriously cool site!
The wreck is 178 meters long so a lot of divers dive this site multiple times. Expect to see quite a few people down below with you! If you are qualified enough, you can also penetrate the wreck at 10 different points.
Within 500m of the Zenobia lies the smaller wreck of The Alexandria. This wreck sank in 2006 and is wresting in an upright position. You will need an Advanced qualification to dive here, because of the 30m depth.
The wreck itself is around 30m in length and lies quite literally in the shadow of the world-famous Zenobia. If you are tired from diving the Zenobia and fancy a change, this site is very underrated and make for a good dive. You can see many different species here as well as some larger species of fish. There’s even a chance to see turtles on this dive. STW recommend this dive as we like diving upright wrecks and the site is not as busy as the Zenobia.
Located near Ayia-Napa, Protaras has a laid back vibe and offers sandy beaches and perfectly clear water. Green bay is very popular amongst new divers and is a good place to try out scuba diving. The conditions here are very calm and relaxed. To access this site, you can walk straight out from the beach.
The depth max’s out around 10m here with little current. The visibility is also excellent with abundant fish around.
We chose this site because of the relaxing nature of this dive. Maybe you are a new diver or maybe you just want to chill out. Whatever the reason, this site is great. The crystal clear water here coupled with the white sand seabed means the whole dive is bright and peaceful. It feels like relaxing on a white sand beach but, you know, underwater!
If you are tired from diving the Zenobia or just want to chill out, this site is great!
Near Protaras, is Konnos Bay. This bay has a white sand beach and funnily enough, a chapel on top of a cliff.
To access this site you walk down some steps and then jump from a ledge into the water beneath you.
The site itself is rocky, with many different areas to explore. Marine life takes shelter within the rocks and you can usually find Octopi, crustaceans and fish here. The site has an average depth of 10-15m but you can venture down to 30 if you are feeling adventurous. Because of the shallow depth of this site, the site is popular with OpenWater beginners and those looking for a relaxed dive.
The area around this site is popular with cliff jumpers and you can usually find various things that have fallen from pockets on the sea bed.
There is usually a lot of activity in this region, from yachts to cliff jumpers to divers. So expect a lively site both in and above the water!
The Liberty Wreck
Last on our list is the Liberty Wreck, located in Protaras. This Russian cargo ship was purposely sunk in 2007. The wreck was sunk in order to create the start of an artificial reef for divers. This is a good dive site for a new wreck diver, as the conditions are calm and not too strenuous.
The wreck itself is 37m long and sits upright at a depth of 27m. Because the ship was purposely sunk, all potentially dangerous elements have been removed. This makes the site perfect for beginner wreck divers and those looking to hone their wreck diving skills.
Marine life has now colonised the wreck and you can see various Nudibranch species and reef fish.
Scuba Diving Prices in Cyprus
The average price of a dive in Cyprus currently sits around £40/$53 for a single dive. This is pretty reasonable for European diving. And, given the quality of some of the wrecks around the coast, means you can do some world-class diving for a very cheap price.
PADI Courses start around £400/$525 for a PADI OpenWater course which is average for European diving. If you are looking for cheaper courses, SouthEast Asia and South America have cheaper courses available.
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