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If you’ve heard about Cyprus, then you’ll have heard of diving in Protaras. It’s a small town with a big reputation – finest diving on the east coast of Cyprus.
The white sandy beaches of this Mediterranean Paradise Island are surrounded by fantastic reefs, caves and canyons. Home to a diverse range of exotic colourful fish. A short distance beyond are reefs, underwater pinnacles that offer a chance to see schools of barracudas, needlefish, large groupers. With the largest Wreck in the Med the ZENOBIA Wreck – rated top forth wreck in the world, just on our doorstep. Zenobia shipwreck, Cyprus. In 2009 the Liberty Ship Wreck has been sunk in Protaras, Cyprus. We are awaiting the sinking of the next wreck in the Protaras area for artificial reef
Padi Course Director Cyprus offers dive packages with great value for money and a multilingual instructor are dedicating to giving you the personal attention that will make your guided dives safe and fun. scuba diving sites in Cyprus.
For those looking to continue their diving education, we offer courses all the way to professional levels career instructor training. Underwater camera, underwater video, diver propulsion vehicle and a rental services available.
We also offer a generous discount for those divers who take a course with us. We are the largest dive and snorkeling equipment retail centre in Protaras. We also have our own specialist technical and service centre.
For more experienced divers we’ve got a comprehensive range of dive services. These include the only enriched air Nitrox blending panel in Protaras Cyprus.
If you are Nitrox / EANx certified, we give you NITROX FOR FREE
Get certified a Nitrox Diver course.
Nitrox is any combination of Oxygen and Nitrogen as an underwater breathing Gas. As you can recall from your Openwater course, the air that we breathe contains 21% Oxygen and 79% Nitrogen (ignoring the ‘trace’ gases). “Enriched Air Nitrox” or EANx for short is a combination where the percentage of Oxygen is higher than the 21% found in ‘normal’ air, hence allowing divers to lower the partial pressure of nitrogen in their breathing gas.
This lets divers to breathe comparatively less nitrogen on dives, increasing their bottom time ( N.D.L ) and/or increasing their safety limits when compared to ‘normal’ Air diving. It is not a “Devil Gas” but, a breathing mix of contemporary and future diving. One agency refers to it as “Safe Air” while others regard it simply as Nitrox.
This why we are called me Padi Course Director Cyprus!!
DIVING AROUND CYPRUS
The crystal waters of the Mediterranean Sea rather warm temperature of the water (15 – 29 centigrade), as well as the magnificent submarine world, we make diving very tempting. Diving at TOP PADI 5 Star Instructor Centres denotes a high standard, like us. We provide you with all the necessary equipment, including boat and car to all dive locations.
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, warm water temperatures (15 to 29 C or 64 to 82 F), great visibility (50-130 ft), and interesting marine life. Cyprus attracts diving enthusiasts from all over the world. We have a wide variety of dive sites to choose. Cyprus offers some of the best diving in the Mediterranean, with calm, turquoise waters. Although during the summer temperatures can easily reach 30 – 40 C (86 C – 104 F) some thermal protection is needed for diving.
Most people wear shorty or 3mm suits, but one can snorkel comfortably without any thermal protection. The water temperature varies from 16 C in the winter to 28 C in the summer (60 to 82 F). The water is generally warmer on the eastern part of the island, near Protaras.
There are no dangerous underwater currents or strong surf in the popular diving areas, but divers should always check with the local dive shops for conditions.
The water around Cyprus is characterized by low (which translates to visibilities of more than 100 ft – 30m) and high salinity about (39%). The relatively around Cyprus also attract large pelagic species that migrate through the Suez Canal. However, if you are looking for Great Whites you will be disappointed. There are no recorded incidents of shark attacks in Cyprus EVER.
Although at first sight the underwater of Cyprus might seem rather poor compared to the tropics on closer inspection it is full of surprises. Many species hide themselves in the sand and the reefs or dwell below the thermocline, which in the summer are usually around 18 to 30, meters (60 to 98 feet).
Since the opening of the Suez Canal the eastern Mediterranean has been colonized by several species from the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.
At shallow depths you will see Poseidon’s meadows, where small wrasses, groupers, and other beautiful fish can be found. In the shallow rocky reefs you will see a variety of colourful sea urchins and fan worms, as well as starfish, rays, and parrot fish. If you look close enough you will discover moray eels and octopus hiding in crevices.
The rocky reefs are usually covered with large coloured sponges. If you dive near Akamas and Lara you may be lucky enough to see the green turtles, (kareta-kareta) a protected species in Cyprus. Very often, you may see pieces of pottery and other ancient artifacts on the seafloor.
Please be aware that the removal of antiquities and sponges from the seafloor is strictly forbidden.
The most popular dive spots are in the Ayia Napa-Protaras area and Paphos. Other interesting sites are located near Larnaca, and Limassol. The most pristine diving in Cyprus can be found around the rugged Akamas peninsula, on the northwestern tip of the island.
Generally, the dive sites are located only a few minutes by boat from the docks or a short drive by a Jeep or Truck.
There are also plenty of shore dives around the island. You can find interesting sites with caves, tunnels, wrecks, and walls to suit every taste and expertise level.
Popular Diving Sites in Cyprus
The island of Cyprus has terrific diving sites of many kinds for both novice and advanced divers. Some of the best sites include: Ayia Napa-Protaras, Paphos, Larnaca, Paradise, and Zeyko. Background to Cyprus Tourists and residents of Cyprus enjoy living in the sun all year round.
With a variety of magnificent diving sites to choose from and languid, crystal blue waters, the island of Cyprus, in the eastern Mediterranean, attracts diving enthusiasts from all over the world.
Two day diver’s certifications are offered and Padi Course Director Cyprus will provide equipment and transportation to and from your hotel and local diving sites.
The water temperature averages 18-28 degrees C. and 54-82 degrees F., and is usually warmer on the eastern side of island. Cyprus enjoys 300 days of sun and 10 to 30 metres water visibility. During your diving holiday, you may fall in love with the place that you even consider researching properties on the island available for sale, including houses, villas, and apartments. property in Paphos is proving to be particularly popular at the moment.
Cyprus is 9,250 square kilometres with a coastline of 648 kilometres. The climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters. The southern section of Cyprus is more popular with tourists than the north being more accessible and having a wider range of hotels and amenities. The language spoken in the south is Greek and in the north, Turkish; English is widely used.
Best Dive Sites Cyprus and Locations for Diving
The most popular dive spots are in Ayia Napa – Protaras and Paphos, while Larnaca attracts divers to the wreck of the sunken ship, Zenobia. The Zenobia is classified as one of the best ten diving destinations in the world. Other interesting sites are located near Limassol. The clearest water can be found near the Akamas peninsula, on the north-western tip of the island, where artefacts, such as Roman pottery can be observed, but not removed.
There are diving sites on Cyprus for both novice and advanced divers. Paradise, near the Zephyros Reef, is a terrific diving spot, off Sunset Beach. It is a deep site and recommended for experienced divers only. Zeyko is a good site for novices due to the shallow reef, underwater mountain, rocks everywhere, holes and crevices, and lots of grouper and monkfish. The Citti Di Alexandria shipwreck can be dived where the big parts lay. The engine, propeller, and anchor can all be seen.
Types of Dives
There are various types of dives to choose from, including:
Fish feeding, Sea Scooter Snorkelling Safaris
Observing marine life – sting rays, octopus, fish, grouper, barracuda, tuna, sea urchins, eels, sponges, turtles, coral, (no whales, no shark attacks)
Exploring walls and reefs
Exploring tunnels and overhangs
Ship Wreck diving – qualified divers only
Cyprus is the ideal blend of holiday destination – a beautiful island with a wealth of attractions for all ages if you are considering taking the family with you. It also offers excellent diving. It is recommended that diving take place only with the supervision of an accredited diving instructor like Padi Course Director Cyprus, unless you are a seasoned diver. You should always dive within the limits of your qualifications and experience which shouldn’t be a problem as there are dive sites in various Cypriot locations across a range of experience levels.