The diving season is year-round, but conditions are best from May to December, as the water gets quite cold during the winter months. Larnaca is the main diving area because of its proximity to the Zenobia, but good diving and dive centers can be found around Paphos and Limassol as well. Dive-In Cyprus serves all three areas, and dive/accommodations packages start at around $300.
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The entirety of diving on Cyprus is eclipsed by one site: the Zenobia ferry wreck. This 580-foot roll-on/off vehicle ferry sank off Larnaca in 1980 with more than 100 semi trucks loaded onto its massive decks. In the last 30 years, the shipwreck has become the most popular dive in Cyprus, and arguably one of the most famous dives in the Mediterranean. The wreck is only a 15-minute boat ride from Larnaca Harbor, and divers can drop down on the ship’s starboard rail at a minimum depth of 60 feet; its port side sits on the seafloor at about 140 feet. Some of the Zenobia’s cargo of trucks spilled out in the sinking and lie scattered around the wreck, but the bulk of them remain in the two massive vehicle decks. Despite the Zenobia’s popularity, this island in the Eastern Mediterranean has more to offer under the water than this one wreck dive, including smaller shipwrecks like the HMS Cricket, cavern dives and archeological sites featuring ancient amphorae and stone anchors. For example, from Larnaca, dive operators head east to Cape Greco where more than a dozen dive sites include shallow reefs sometimes frequented by green sea turtles; rocky canyons where divers can swim flanked by bream, grouper, eels and octopuses; and easy cavern dives that wind through well-lit chambers in shallow water. — Travis Marshall