Being a Mediterranean island means being surrounded by crystal clear blue sea, that is pretty warm in the summer months too! For this reason (and the many more that we will explain in this article) a holiday in Cyprus presents itself as the perfect opportunity to learn how to dive, or at least give it a go.
There are many dive schools in Cyprus located in each of the major resorts. The schools offer a whole range of courses, many with PADI qualified instructors. There are a variety of different options available, with most of the dive schools offering kids courses for the youngsters who want to experience what it is like below surface.
There are also courses that give you your own PADI open water diver certificate, and if you want to make it a really intensive diving holiday on the island you can even train to become a diving instructor yourself. However clearly these take a great deal of commitment, as there are theoretical and practical elements that must be considered.
Whichever level of experience or qualifications you are after, Diving in Cyprus proves itself to be a perfect location.
The main attraction is the variety of dive sites around the island. From diving in and around the Peyia Sea caves, amongst the old terracotta pots which serve to build up the feeling of history on the dive, to another popular dive location around Paphos which is a naturally occurring underwater amphitheatre. One can also see the many different species that have made this natural phenomenon their home; these include cuttle fish, pipe fish and octopus
One top dive site is located just outside the Akamas peninsula, it is the White river and channel dive with its various caves, overhangs, chimneys and tunnels to explore, not to mention the large variety of sea life!
Another unique factor with diving on holiday in Cyprus is the selection of wreck dives there are available to explore, including the Achileas wreck and the Vera K wreck both lying a short distance from Paphos. One of the most exciting and famous wrecks on the island though is out towards Larnaca, and called the Zenobia. This was a large RORO ferry that sank just a few kilometres from the coast. Today it makes a great dive site to explore the vessel, places to explore on the ship range from the bow thrusters to the cafeteria and bridge. Dive depths range from 30 – 40 metres.
Learning to dive in Cyprus holidays is an opportunity not to be missed, with a array of dive schools across the island, located around the main seafront and tourist areas with dive boats in each of the main harbours combined with the availability courses for all abilities from absolute beginners to those for seasoned professionals there are no excuses not to take the plunge in Cyprus.
- PADI Qualified Instructors
- Perhaps cheaper than UK
- Top Dive Sites
- Dive schools in all resorts
- Various wreck dives
- Great weather for diving
- Gain diving qualifications
- Kids can learn too!
Read our full article about Diving the Zenobia, the cargo ferry that sunk off Cyprus in 1980.
Read how you can dive right into the ship - and take a trip back in time.