Snorkelling is a common water activity on the island of Cyprus due to the crystal-clear waters, coves and boasting a climate ideal for swimming with an average of 340 sunny days a year and a comfortable swimming temperature from April to October.
Grabbing no more than goggles, a snorkel and flippers is a great way to spend an afternoon, especially during the warmer months. Divers can observe the underwater wildlife and creatures in perfect conditions. This article will discuss snorkeling in the best coastal waters of Southern Cyprus.
There are tour guides offering excursions to the sites of sunken ships and other ruins, however the cheapest and most convenient way to experience the water is by bringing your own equipment and making your way to any of the below spots:
Latchi is a popular snorkelling resort located on the Akamas Peninsular, an area of outstanding natural beauty and crystal waters on the north-west coast of Cyprus. The Akamas is the only large unspoiled coastal area remaining in Cyprus and one of the very few important sea turtle nesting areas in the Mediterranean. Both the Loggerhead Turtle and the rarer Green Turtle nest on the beaches in this region.
Amathus, Agios Tychon
A treasured place for many bathers is the coastline off the ancient city of Amathus. While doing snorkeling here, you can admire the majestic remains of old stone columns, see real life clay shards from pots in the shape of fish and other sea creatures; there is also ancient artifacts of old jugs and other utensils, which is present here in huge quantities.
Cape Greco, Protaras
Cape Greco is usually the Cape you see on postcards and the stereotypical Cyprus coastline shot. It is extremely idyllic from the surface, however underwater is truly where the breathtaking scenery can be found by snorkellers.
The places for snorkelling and diving off the coast of South Cyprus are truly some of the best conditions and most interesting locations in Europe. Seeing at least once the underwater flora and fauna of the Mediterranean Sea, you will fall in love with the island!