Ten Dives for Advanced Divers

This program offers visitors the chance to see underwater relics of the island’s entire history–from ancient greek to modern times–as well as the wonderful nature around the Akamas Peninsula and artificial reefs constructed with experienced divers in mind.

Day 1

Visitors are picked up at the airport and shuttled to the hotel in Paphos.

Day 2

Equipment and instruction for the program are provided by the local diving club Cydive. Each morning visitors will be shuttled to the Cydive facility for a briefing and then taken by boat to the dive site.

The inaugural dive is at the Vera K Wreck site, located 25 minutes from the Paphos Harbour at a depth of 11 meters. It was a Lebanese cargo ship that that was run aground in 1972 and formally decommissioned in 1974 after being deemed unfit. It still has four main sections and its bridge is in relatively good condition. There are an archway and a series of tunnels close to the site suitable for advanced divers.

After the break divers will be taken to the Cynthiana site for the second dive. It gets its name from the nearby Cynthiana Hotel in the village of Kissonerga. It is 10 meters deep and offers plenty of small holes, gullies and overhangs to explore. Its easy access makes it particularly enjoyable and a suitable choice for training dives.

Visitors will return to the hotel late in the afternoon.

Day 3

The third dive is at White River, near the enchanting Akamas Peninsula. It is a small cove that provides access to a network of gullies.

The fourth dive is scheduled for 1:30 am at the Sea Caves, essentially two underwater caves connected through a hole. A motorcycle with all its parts intact sits in one of them ready to be photographed.

Visitors will return to the hotel late in the afternoon.

Day 4

The fifth dive is at the Akamas National Marine Park, an underwater extension of the Akamas National Park, arguably the island’s most beautiful patch of nature where construction is totally prohibited. Both parks, onshore and marine, are simply stunning.

The sixth dive is at Manijin Isle around 1:30 am. It is a multi-level dive around a rock that provides an archway, a blowhole and caves, one of which is covered with pink and purple calciferous algae.

Visitors will be back at the hotel late in the afternoon.

Day 5

The seventh dive is at Wreck Laboe, a sunken vessel built in Rendburg, Germany in 1940. It was a cruise ship that was brought to Cyprus in 2006 as a diving liveaboard vessel. Its length is 21.5 meters and its breadth 5 meters. It was sunk in 2014 close to the Moulia (Paphos) shore as part of the artificial reefs and marine parks project. The maximum depth for this dive is at 26 meters and the ship’s engine room, reception hall and bridge are all easily accessible. The site is a magnet for marine life.

The seventh dive is at Achilleas Wreck, a greek-built vessel sunk in 1975 after a mysterious explosion that left it in three pieces. The one which attracts the most interest is the stern with its copper propeller. Some porthole windows still lie intact. The wreck sits at a depth of 11 meters on a sandy seabed.

Day 6

Two dives at the highly rated Zenobia site, a real thrill for the experienced diver, located approximately 1400 meters off the coast of Larnaca. The Zebobia was a 172 meter long Swedish ferry sunk in 1980 with a fleet of trailers on board at the time of sinkage. Its highest point is at a depth of 16 meters while its lowest is at 42 meters. The first dive will be at a level of 35 meters and the second at 30 meters.

Visitors will be back at the hotel late in the afternoon.

Day 7

A free day, ideal for shopping, taking a leisurely walk, or relaxing at the beach. Visitors can also take one of the trip suggestions offered by Eleni Matsoukatova, reachable at +357 99298995.

  • A visit to Paphos’ archaeological sites that adorned with ancient Cypriot mosaics.
  • A trip to the Akamas National Park and the Baths of Aphrodite.
  • A visit to the Monastery of Saint Neophytos.
  • A donkey ride through  beautiful countryside followed by dinner and traditional greek and cypriot music and dancing.
  • A night at the Spelies (Caves) Tavern in the village of Peyia–dinner and traditional greek and cypriot music and dancing.
  • A visit to the Zoo, which offers a wide variety of exotic wildlife, guided tours and a well-reviewed restaurant.
  • The Paphos Aphrodite Water Park, a venue that offers food, drinks, live music, acrobatic shows and fireworks.
  • Jeep Safari at Akamas or Troodos–visitors get the chance to go tuna fishing between June and September.

Go to  http://www.visitpaphos.org.cy for more ideas and tips.

Day 8

Visitors will be shuttled to the airport.

Note: Changes could be made to the program–before or during the visit–in order to accommodate any special needs and requests, provided the local holiday calendar allows it.

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