Steve Ford, owner of Cyprus Diving Adventures, has been kind enough to share some of his insight into Diving in Cyprus for our 8509 magazine. It’s great to hear from our favourite expert how Scuba Diving is developing in Cyprus. WRITTEN IN 2016.
“Diving in Cyprus offers clear seas, warm waters and fantastic visibility; ideal conditions for all levels; from beginners to professionals, technical divers and everyone in between.
There is diving to suit all tastes including wall dives, wrecks, reefs and a diverse range of marine life. Sea temperatures range from 17-30°C, perfect for those trying diving for the first time, or for individuals and families wanting to learn to dive a range of dive courses.
Cyprus waters are home to sea creatures of all shapes and sizes. There are turtles, grouper, barracuda, wrasses, jacks, corals, anemones, nudibranch, tuna, moray eels, octopus, cuttlefish and many more including the occasional rare monk seal!
It is estimated that there were a record 50,000 tourists of all experience levels who participated in Scuba diving in Cyprus in 2015, making the island one of the most popular Mediterranean dive destinations.
The famous and top 5 wreck in the world is the Zenobia, a large Swedish cargo ship that sunk off the Larnaca coast in 1980. This wreck alone is a massive destination for divers from all over the world and is enjoyed by thousands of divers every year.
An artificial reef programme began a few years ago supported by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, Cyprus Dive Centre Association and the Department of Fisheries & Marine Research. Four wrecks and a reef have been sunk in different locations to create marine reserves and excellent sites for diving. The amount of aquatic life that is attracted to these sites is amazing, as must-see unique eco-systems develop on each. There are two more sites being sunk soon and a very large wreck is planned to rival the Zenobia!
Current dive locations are also being made into marine reserves with the first being St George Island off the Akamas National Park. This is already a haven for big fish populations and a fantastic dive. These are all great achievements by our authorities in Cyprus and will ensure the current and future development of diving tourism across the island.”