Steve Ford, owner of Cyprus Diving Adventures, shares his favourite scuba diving facts about Cyprus for our 2017 edition of the 8509 magazine. We bet some will be a real surprise!…
The coastline of Cyprus has been awarded more blue flag awards for the cleanliness of its sea and beaches per capita and coastline than anywhere else in the world.
On average there are over 800 turtle nests on Cyprus beaches every year, with many more individual turtles visiting our waters every summer. Loggerhead turtles outnumber green turtles by four to one.
To date there are over 250 fish species in Cypriot waters, which is home to the greatest diversity of marine life in the Mediterranean.
The sea off Pissouri Bay is home to the largest reef in Cyprus, with the deepest known and largest cave for divers.
There are over 80 dive sites in Cyprus, from Paphos in the west to Cape Greko in the east.
Cyprus is home to the ‘Titanic of the Mediterranean’ – the Zenobia wreck.
Apart from the Zenobia there are a further 12 wrecks around Cyprus for divers to explore.
Marine reserves on dive sites include St George’s Island, the 2 Limassol wrecks area and the Zenobia wreck.
Underwater visibility is typically 20 to 40 metres and the sea never gets lower than 17degreesC in the winter. Summer water temperatures can reach 30 degreesC.
There are 5 protected marine areas in coastal waters and a further number of reef marine reserves. These are in open water, or supported by artificial reefs.
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