Cyprus as an island is nestled in the northeast corner of the Eastern Mediterranean; with many interesting spots swimming spots, diving is a water-sport that many tourists devote their time to when visiting. Accordingly, the services of local guides offering excursions with immersion and diving to both beginners and professionals are in great demand.
Diving differs from snorkeling, in that users wear an oxygen tank and weights to go much deeper and for longer time periods. Many diving schools offer training in just one introductory lesson to suitably and safely dive to any depth. New divers are allowed to go under for a short time and strictly under the supervision of an instructor. More experienced divers have more freedom with the trips, after the presentation of an official diver’s book, with a logged number of dives held.
There are many memorable dive sites in Cyprus, but some of the most spectacular spots are:
The Zenobia Shipwreck, Larnaca
The Zenobia is the most famous wreck dive on Cyprus, and one of the top 10 dive spots in the world! With up to 16m depths, this is a trip for more experienced scuba divers.
Amphorae Caves, Paphos
The Amphorae Caves are located on the other side of the island; where divers can see and touch spectacular ancient pottery that is still intact. With the deepest depths reaching 12m, this is a dive for more experienced scuba divers.
The Chapel, Protaras
You can reach the Chapel from the shore, making it an excellent place for night diving and has a range of shallower waters which are perfect for beginners.
How much is the cost of a scuba diving trip in Cyprus?
Prices for scuba diving on the island is quite reasonable: a trip to the coast in Protaras for one dive will typically cost an adult EUR €50 euros per dive, and children aged 13-18 will set you back approximately EUR €30 euros and includes the rental of all necessary equipment including weights and wet-suit.
Those worried about the dangers of diving for minors, a full training session is carried out only in the presence of experienced instructors, and a trial lesson is held firstly in a swimming pool and then shallow water in the sea if the minor diver takes well to the mouthpiece and breathing. Usually children pick things up quickly and learn the deep breathing practices early.
Visiting Cyprus for a holiday? Read more about the top destinations to visit on the island in our Cyprus Travel Series.