There are five main diving areas on the Greek side of the island of Cyprus. From the most eastern area, they are Paralimni, Larnaca, Limassol, Paphos, and Polis. While there are a few wrecks around the coast, the majority are in Larnaca including the MS Zenobia. The rest of the Cypriot coast from Limassol to Polis, offers a wide array of sites, including multiple caverns and caves.
The jewel in the crown of Cypriot diving, the MS Zenobia is a RO-RO ferry that sank on her maiden voyage in 1980. The wreck lies very close to Larnaca and provides a wide range of diving opportunities. The ship is 180m (590ft) long and an impressive 28 m (92ft) wide. The Zenobia lies in 42m (138ft) of water, with the top of the wreck being at 16m (54ft). Visibility at the Zenobia is stunning, often reaching or even exceeding 40m.
The Zenobia is an interesting dive due to its sheer size, and the fact that its cargo of trucks was never salvaged. As you explore the ship, there is a huge number of trucks still in the holds and lying on the seabed. In addition to looking into history, the wreck is now home to a large number of fish. On the Zenobia, you can regularly encounter, barracudas, tunas, Groupers, and even turtles.
Diving the Zenobia has something for everyone. From recreational divers who can explore the outside of the wreck to advanced wreck divers who want to conduct exploration deep into the bowls of the ship. Although it is never recommended to penetrate any wreck, without the appropriate training and certification.
Aside from the Zenobia Larnaca is the wreck capital of the island with a host of other offerings. Diving from Larnaca you can dive the following wrecks:
- HMS Cricket
Limassol offers a mix of diving activities with a couple of wrecks and a host of other sites including plenty of tunnels and caverns. From Limassol you can access the following dive sites:
- M.V. Habe
- Fish Reserve
- Big Country
- Fisherman’s Cove
- Archways & Pinnacles
- Twin Rocks
- Three Star Wrecks
Paphos, which is located in the south west of Cyprus, offers a nice mix of wreck and nature diving. The waters around Paphos are rich with plenty of marine life at most sites. Wrecks you can dive from Paphos include:
- Vera K.
- White star
Paphos also has numerous other dive sites, some of the best include:
- Pistol Bay
- Bay of Caves
- Roman Wall
Polis doe does not have any wrecks but is home to a rich and diverse marine life. With plenty of things to spot. Some of the best sites around Polis include:
- Turtle Rock
- Nisi Mazaki
- Black Rocks
- St. George Reef
To the east of Cyprus is Paralimni, which is close to the legendary party resort of Agia Napa. The area only has one wreck but offers a large number of dive sites that have a rich and diverse marine life for the Mediterranean. Notable dive sites in the area include:
- Green Bay
- Amphora Bay