Two species can be found on the island, the green turtle and the loggerhead (both of which are endangered). Green turtles breed almost exclusively on the desolate, surf-swept beaches of the west coast, north of Paphos, mainly in the Lara area (where there is a seasonal station and ‘hatchery’). Loggerhead turtles are a little more elusive and tend to breed on beaches that provide complete seclusion throughout the night. Turtles are a protected species in Cyprus with a Cyprus Turtle Conservation project in place.
It is often said that turtles have a “lost year”, because scientists are unsure what happens to the little turtles for the first year or so of their lives. Therefore it is interesting that several hatchlings and some young juveniles have been found in Paphos Harbour, or sighted or caught off the Paphos coast. These are signs that bode well for the green turtle in Cyprus.
Nissi Bay ★★★★★
If standing on the beaches looking at the peaches is your thing, this is the place for you. Gets very busy so get here early to secure the best spot. Lots of watersports and bungee jumping available. White sands, clear waters.
Fig Tree Bay ★★★★★
Just outside Protaras this bay bustles with life. Soft sand, clear waters with a small craggy island offshore which attracts swimmers, migrating birds and sea life.
CTO Beach, Dhekelia Road ★★★★★
The facilities on this popular beach were established by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. There are restaurants, volleyball courts and a good bbq area for families. Perfect on summer evenings.
Faros Beach, Perivolia ★★★★★
The best kite-surfing beach in the area. Winds are South, Southwesterly and particularly good in the summer months. Good for participants and spectators alike.
Pissouri Bay ★★★★★
The closest lifeguard manned beach to resort. The beach itself is a sand pebble mix but the waters are crystal clear and this lively bay has cafes, restaurants and watersports aplenty. If you are lucky enough you may see some turtles in late Sept.
Coralia Beach ★★★★★
Little known by tourists, yet only a 5 minute drive past the busy Coral Bay Beach in Paphos. White sands, calm sea and views of the Coral Bay Hotel pier make this the perfect beach to unwind on. Set in a small bay, there are plenty of good snorkelling spots and a couple of nice eateries close by if you fancy a bite to eat.
There are some stunning beaches situated along the Chrysochou Bay from Polis to Pachyamos. Fishing, boat trips and sailing are the best in the area from here. Great for snorkelling.
Akamas Peninsula ★★★★★
The Akamas National park is well worth checking out if you are into discovering secluded beaches and bays. Lara Beach is a turtle sanctuary and the coast is unspoilt and great for picnics. A natural and undisturbed world that is best accessed with a 4 x 4.
Aphrodite’s Rock ★★★★★
A good stop off point for a quick dip and an opportunity to test the fable that says if you swim around the rock anti-clockwise at midnight in your birthday suit, you will achieve eternal youth. By day the sights are less concerning and the waters are clear with a sense of history as this is where Aphrodite is supposed to have risen from the waves, naked, of course.