With the beautiful Mediterranean sea surrounding its coast, Larnaka's waters are ideal for both beginner and experienced scuba divers alike.
Apart from its tranquil and clear waters, Larnaka has some unusual and quite surprising treasures for adventure seekers. The sunken wrecks of HMS Cricket, a British helicopter, and the magnificent awe-inspiring site of the Zenovia ferry are sights to behold. Approximately one mile off shore and 42 metres deep, the Zenovia has an array of secrets to reveal divers, whatever their ability.
Additionally, other diving sites to explore include the enigmatic 'Octopus Reef' and the 'Sheep Dip', the meaning of which will reveal itself to visiting adventurers. So what are you waiting for? Dive on in! For more information, contact the Cyprus Federation of Underwater Activities on 22754647.
The Zenobia - one of the top 10 wreck dive sites worldwide
The Zenobia, a Swedish roll-on-roll-off ferry, was fully loaded with 104 trailers and trucks when she sunk on her maiden voyage to Cyprus in June 1980, off Larnaka’s fishing harbour. The wreck of The Zenobia is now lying on her port side at 42 meters, 1.5km from the shore. The sea bed in at a depth on 42m, and the top of the wreck is 16m below the water surface. The water visibility is up to 50m, with the temperature ranging from 16oC in the winter to 27oC in summer.
The Zenobia wreck has now become a protected artificial reef, with many species of fish making it their home, including Dusky and Striped Groupers, Sea Bass, Amberjacks, Barracuda, Parrotfish, a variety of Bream and Wrasse, to name but a few. In fact, the marine life in and around the wreck is unique, and the dive site is currently rated amongst the top ten wreck dive sites of the world. The Zenobia wreck dive is an absolute must, for all serious divers, visiting Cyprus.