Cyprus Diving Trip 2023
21st to the 28th of November
Imagine a Mediterranean island bathed in warm, clear blue water. Long, sandy beaches punctuate the predominantly indented and rocky coastline, and the culture and cuisine are unmistakably Mediterranean. This is Cyprus, and it’s nestled in the northeast corner of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Cyprus offer’s easy access from Gatwick and Luton with direct flight times of less than 5 hours.
Cyprus offers one of the best climates in the Mediterranean, on average Cyprus has over 330 days of sunshine per year with November daytime temperatures of around 18 deg and a water temperature of around 20 deg.
Why Dive in Cyprus?
- Crystal-clear comfortable water temperatures throughout the year (in November we should be looking at 17 to 21 deg).
- The waters around Cyprus are not particularly tidal, currents tend to be mild and water movement minimal making Cyprus an ideal destination for all levels of divers.
- Dive sites consist of both shore and Boat dives. Many sites are suitable for both Jr & Adult Open Water divers with plenty of advanced options for the more experienced.
- Diving in Cyprus is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Mediterranean’ Diving in Cyprus is truly unique and unlike any other destination in Europe.
- To top it all off Cyprus even has the Zenobia one of the top 5 wrecks in the world. This wreck is truly breathe taking and is guaranteed to make you smile
- Out of the water in November we are looking at daytime temperatures between 18 & 22 deg, although overnight it can drop to around 10 deg so remember to pack some warm clothes for the evening.
PROVISIONAL INFORMATION TBC
We will be flying out 21st of November 2023, returning on the 28th of November 2023.
Currently we will be flying from Gatwick by EasyJet arriving at Larnaca airport early afternoon. We will use the rest of the day to meet with our Cyprus partners to sort out equipment requirements ready for diving on the 22nd.
We will be undertaking (subject to qualification level)
6 Shore Dives
2 Boat Dives
2 Zenobia Dives
6 nights Accommodation in a one bedroomed twin-bedded apartment (Accommodation based on two people sharing an apartment).
10 Dive package including 6 shore dives and 4 boat dives (2 on the Zenobia, subject to qualification level).
Full equipment rental, so no high baggage costs.
Several low-cost airlines fly to and from Cyprus, personally Dave has found EasyJet to be the most honest and upfront with respect to luggage and seat costs but you are free to book with other suppliers.
UK Airport Transfers.
We will create a WhatsApp group for all divers who book this trip and we are sure we can arrange some sort of car share between us.
Cyprus Airport Transfers.
We will be working with our partners in Cyprus to arrange the most cost-effective way of getting to and from the airport.
Food & Drink.
We are in self-catering apartments so you can choose to cook for yourself or there is a local pub where you can purchase a range of pub grub (more details to follow when Dave returns at the end of April.
- Initial Deposit - Free (we simply require proof that you have booked your Flights).
- September 15th - £100 payment to secure the diving.
- November 15th - Balance payment of £450 due.
If you are buying your flights from Easy Jet and money is tight just buy the basic flights with no luggage or seat upgrades, you can add these later with no admin fee ……. thus Spreading the cost…..
By doing this you minimise your initial outlay on the flights and can add the luggage and upgraded seats at a later date spreading the total cost of your flights over a couple of months.
Located 350 yards from Kalamies Bay, the Hotel Apartments includes a swimming pool with a large sun terrace and a poolside bar. It offers airconditioned apartments with a private balcony overlooking the pool or the garden.
The apartments are bright and airy each with en-suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchenette with cooking rings, electric kettle and mini fridge.
Guests can enjoy refreshing drinks, cocktails and light meals in the hotel café by the pool, the complex also features a lounge area where guests can relax and watch satellite TV. Wi-Fi access and on-site parking are provided free of charge.
The Dive Centre, bars, shops and restaurants can be found within easy walking distance from the hotel.
Our partner dive centre in Cyprus is able to tailor the dive package to the exact needs of our customers. So we can cater for all, from our Junior divers to our full on Tec divers.
Although the holiday price is built around the package above we can tweak it to suit the needs of the group (extra costs may apply).
Dive Sites (Click on bar for more information).
GREEN BAY - Suitable for all 10m
Unique diving and snorkelling site offering crystal clear water and abundance of sea life, conditions suitable for all levels of divers. Conveniently located on the coast next to a tiny fishing harbour, with very easy walk-in entrance and calm sheltered area of shallow water this picturesque place is perfect for everyone.
This shallow dive site reaching 10 meters depth will not disappoint even experienced divers, its landscape is diverse with interesting rock formations, sculptures, fields of sea grass ending in sand flats.
Divers interested in history will surely appreciate the sight of old pottery shells scattered around the dive site, mostly integrated into the rocks.
However, the greatest highlight of Green Bay is definitely presence of Turtles. You can see them even while snorkelling or swimming, but there’s nothing as memorable as seeing them up-close calmly munching their sea grass during a dive.
BLUE HOLE - Suitable for Open Water 18m
The Blue Hole in Protaras is an exciting dive for the modern navigators, with its ancient clay pots, valleys and canyons all on the way to the blue hole (a cave).
There is marine life all the way to the cave, you will likely see streams of squirrel fish, damsel fish that take cover in the formation in protection of the caves and rocks and very occasionally groupers and octopus at the dive site.
This is an amazing dive site and is located adjacent to the popular Green Bay site. It lends its self perfectly to being the first dive of a 2 dive combination with Green Bay.
DE COSTA BAY - Suitable for all 10m
As you go down sandy hill to reach a small beach you will notice how calm and turquoise the water in Da Costa Bay normally you will swim out over the rocks and sandy bottom covered with sea grass, if you are lucky you might spot a sea turtle.
To the left if you swim with the rocks on our left side and sandy bottom on our right side and circle the bay you will eventually arrive at the far end and will see the big field of thick sea grass – that’s where Cuttlefish like to lay eggs , you can find theses hidden in the grass and the parent Cuttlefish swimming around on guard.
However if you go out towards opening of the bay you will find a rocky area where you will see the submerged statues of a Mermaid, dwarf, lion, etc. This is also where turtles like to hide, if they aren’t found in shallower parts of the bay.
On the way back keep an eye out for big a big school of young barracudas, they like to swim around the bay, but you mostly see them in the shallower parts along with young squid and/or large schools of young fish swimming right under the surface.
MORAY REEF - Suitable for all 15M
Moray Reef is a rocky plateau on a sandy seabed. the reef's unique gullies and overhangs make it an ideal home to all types of Marine life.
In addition to exploring the reef there are also large sea grass out crops providing the ideal home for turtles
CYCLOPS BAY - Suitable for Advanced Open Water 30m
This beautiful dive site is located just a few minutes’ drive from Protaras near Cape Grecko area. The underwater topography of this site is stunning, with huge boulders, rocks, sea grass & sand.
Suitable for all levels of training novices can stay in the shallower areas whilst certified and trained diver can attain depths of over 30m if desired, although most of the marine life can be seen on the gentle slope above 20m.
At Cyclops Cave you will see many technical and sidemount divers training with its depth levels and drop offs it is an ideal site for advanced and Tec training. A short swim out, at approximately 18m lies a sunken jet ski which makes a nice destination for PADI deep dives and makes for a nice photo opportunity. Although there is less marine life on this route, you can experience a ‘free falling’ sensation from 10m down to the jet ski.
Marine life here includes Jacks, Tuna, large Pipefish, Squirrel Fish, Parrot Fish, Cardinal fish, Octopus, Blennies, Wrasse, Grouper, Bream, Rays & Tube Worms.
THE CHAPEL - Advanced Open Water 25M
Chapel aptly named due to the small chapel sitting atop the cliff face. Once a difficult dive site entry, however with the new pathway it is a simple walk down to the water.
The maximum depth for chapel dive site is 25 metres, with the average depth throughout this dive being 10-15 meters where you will see that Diving at the Chapel offers some of the most spectacular rock formations and visibility in the world!!
CAVES & TUNNELS (THE BLOW HOLE) - Suitable for all 12m
Diving at the Caves & Tunnels is one of the most Unique dive sites in the world and is a must when visiting Cyprus.
During the dive you will swim through multiple natural tunnels and caverns before exiting the water through what is referred to locally as the blow hole.
NEMESIS 3 - Suitable for Advanced Open Water 25m
The Nemesis is one of the best artificial wrecks in Europe! She was a decommissioned fishing trawler purposely sunk in 2012.
She lies on the sea floor in a perfectly upright position at a depth of 24m. It could not have been better for photography as well as wreck penetration. The vessel was properly prepared for sinking – hatches, doors and the engine room had all been cleaned but is completely intact and has most of its original features.
Swimming through Nemesis is reasonably safe although the PADI Wreck Diver Speciality is recommended and this will be available at a massive discount during the trip (call 01243 202200 for more info).
As the years gone by an abundance of marine life made the Nemesis Wreck their home, Tuna, Amber Jacks, Sea Bream and Damsel Fish, Groupers, Lion Fish and the occasional Turtle can all be found as well as a selection of beautiful Flabellina Nudi Branch.
LIBERTY & THE CROSS - Suitable for all Advanced Open Water 25m
The Liberty was the first artificial wreck in Cyprus! She was a decommissioned Russian cargo ship purposely sunk in May 2009.
The wreck lies upright on the seabed. With many original features to be seen the Liberty is a great wreck for all divers with an advanced open water rating.
THE ZENOBIA - Suitable for Advanced Open Water 22-45m
The Zenobia wreck is a world-renowned wreck and is rated as one of the top 5!
This breath-taking wreck sunk on 7th June 1980 on her maiden voyage at around 02:30, due to repeating computer malfunctions that controlled the ballast system on board this monstrous ship.
She now lies on her port side on the seabed in 42m of water, just 1500 meters from Laranca Harbour
Whether you are a seasoned wreck diver or not exploring this epic wreck for the first time will be sure to leave you wanting more!
There is a large chain from a surface marker buoy down to the Zenobia this can be used to make a slow controlled decent whilst equlising and adjusting your buoyancy you are then ready for an amazing dive on the Zenobia Wreck.
Things to do and see include massive propeller, loading doors, swimming around suspended trucks, the enormous anchor and check life boats, if wreck qualified you can swim through the bridge and even dive through the cafeteria.
This will be the highlight of our trip and there is truly something for everyone, as the top of the wreck is just within the Open Water qualification. You will be put into a group that reflects your qualification and your activity may be limited as a result.
This wreck has been consistently ranked as one of the top recreational dive sites worldwide. As the top of the Zenobia wreck sits at 18m the minimum PADI dive Qualification is PADI Advanced Open Water. Diving outside of the wreck within this qualification provides plenty to see with 105 vehicles, (104 articulated lorries + the captain’s blue Skoda), at depths from 25m to 35m. However, to be able gain full advantage of this world-renowned wreck we would recommend the PADI Wreck Diver and PADI Deep Diver Speciality qualification’s.
All courses will be available at a reduced rate during (or prior to the trip in the case of Advanced Open Water for confirmed participating Divers) the trip. See “Upgrades” below for pricing.
- Site Info
- Depth - 42M Max
- Entry – Boat
- Suitable for – Diving
- PADI Rating - Advanced Open Water / Deep Diver / Wreck Diver
More Information on Courses that it would be good to have.
Upgrades & Non-Diving Partners
Accommodation single person occupancy £120
Non-Diving Partner £120
Additional Zenoba dives 65E (less one dive from package)
Additional Boat dive 35E (less one dive from package)
Advanced Open Water Course (UK once confirmed on trip) £325pp saving of £75pp
PADI Wreck Diver Speciality (whilst in Cyprus) £275 saving of £79pp
PADI Deep Diver Speciality (whilst in Cyprus) £275 saving of £75pp
PADI Boat Diver Speciality (whilst in Cyprus) £200 saving of £70pp