- SCUBA TOURS
crystal waters of the Mediterranean Sea rather warm temperature of the
water (15 - 27 centigrade), as well as the magnificent submarine world,
make diving very tempting. Diving centers, in cooperation with us, may
provide you with all the necessary equipment, including boat and car.
With more than 300 days of sunshine a
year, warm water temperatures (18 to 28 C or 64 to 82 F), great visibility
(50-130 ft), and interesting marine life, Cyprus attracts diving enthusiasts
from all over the world.
With a variety of dive sites to choose from and calm, turquoise waters,
Cyprus offers some of the best diving in the Mediterranean.
Although during the summer temperatures can easily reach 30-40 C (86 C
104 F) some thermal protection is needed for diving. Most people wear sorties or 3mm suits but one can snorkel comfortably without any thermal protection.
The water temperature varies from 16 C in the winter to 28 C in the summer
(60 to 82 F). The water is generally warmer on the eastern part of the
island, near Protaras.
There are no dangerous underwater currents or strong surf in the popular
diving areas but divers should always check with the local shops for conditions.
The water around Cyprus is characterized by low (which translates to visibility's
of more than 100 ft) and high salinity about (39%). The relatively around
Cyprus also attract large pelagic species that migrate through the Suez
Canal. However, if you are looking for Great Whites you will be disappointed.
There are no recorded incidents of shark attacks in Cyprus.
Although at first sight the underwater
of Cyprus might seem rather poor compared to the tropics on closer inspection
it is full of surprises. Many species hide themselves in the sand and the
reefs or dwell below the thermo clines, which in the summer are usually
around 18 to 30, meters (60 to 98 feet).
Since the opening of the Suez Canal the eastern Mediterranean has been colonized
by several species from the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.
At shallow depths you will see Posidonia meadows, where small wrasses,
groupers, and other fish can be found. In the shallow rocky reefs you will
see a variety of colourful sea urchins and fan worms, as well as starfish,
rays, and parrot fish. If you look close enough you will discover moray
eels and octopus hiding in crevices.
The rocky reefs are usually covered with large coloured sponges. If you
dive near Akamas and Lara you may be lucky enough to see the green turtles,
a protected species in Cyprus. Very often, you may see pieces of pottery
and other ancient artefacts on the sea floor, but please be aware that the removal of antiquities and sponges from the sea floor is strictly
The most popular are in the Ayia Napa-Protaras
area and Paphos. Other interesting sites are located near Larnaca, and
Limassol. The most pristine diving in Cyprus can be found around the rugged
Akamas peninsula, on the north-western tip of the island.
Generally, the dive sites are located only a few minutes by boat from the
docks. There are also plenty of shore dives around the island. You can
find interesting sites with caves, tunnels, wrecks, and walls to suit every
taste and expertise level.
There are several professional, including
NAUI, BSAC, and PADI 5-star facilities, around the island. The price for
a single dive ranges from 15 to 25 CY pounds (approximately $US 30 to 50),
including equipment rental. Most shops offer introductory and advanced
diving courses (including IDC).
Spear fishing requires a license from the
District Fisheries Department located in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, and
Paphos. Spear fishing is prohibited within swimming areas, which are demarcated
with red buoys.
There are two Decompression Chambers in
Cyprus: One at the Larnaca Makarion General Hospital (new Hospital) and
one at the British base at Akrotiri.