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Diving in Limassol

Limassol is a must-visit destination for any serious wreck divers - don't miss the famous Zenobia! The area's calm waters also make it a fantastic destination for beginners.

Diving in Limassol

Quick facts

Limassol is a fantastic place for experienced and novice divers alike. The calm, clear seas and shallow dive sites offer ideal conditions for divers looking to blow their first bubbles underwater.

For more experienced divers, the variety of world-class wrecks, intricate caves and overhangs offer an abundance of underwater interest. Besides the famous Zenobia wreck - a 180m long cargo ferry complete with 104 lorries - you will find other sunken ships, a helicopter, cars, a jet ski and canons!

Deep wrecks and thin underwater channels make Limassol a great destination to train in Sidemount. Marine life around this island is certainly not boring! You will have the chance to see groupers, octopus, elusive sea horses, sea bream and moray eels. 

Recommended training

Take the PADI Deep Diver, PADI Sidemount Diver and PADI Wreck Diver courses for diving on the deeper wrecks, particularly the Zenobia. The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is also a good choice as enriched air nitrox is available on Cyprus.

When to go

The best time to dive in Cyprus is from March to November, when you can find warm, clear blue water and calm seas. This is one of the longest dive seasons in the Mediterranean. While winter storms can whip up the Mediterranean, Cyprus remains one of the best places in the region to dive throughout the year.

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Lady Thetis - 31m cruise vessel built in 1953, now rests at 21m.

Constandis - 23m bottom trawler built in the former soviet union in 1989, now rests at 24m. 

Akrotiri - shallow dive suitable for beginners and abundant with marine life - groupers, moray eels, sea bream, bass and many octopus. 

Sharks Cove (no sharks though!) - spectacular cove on the Akrotiri Peninsula. The submerged tunnel starts and ends the dive where in between you glide along the cliff face.

Tombs - close to the shore this is a series of man made caves resembling ancient tombs.

Pyramid & Cars - located in the ancient Harbour Fish Reserve, these man made blocks resemble a pyramid at 18m. There is a sunken jet ski nearby at 12m. 

Big Country - great multi-level dive site with caves, overhangs and large boulders at 23m.

Aphrodite's Bay - top choice for night diving and the chance to see cuttlefish, octopus and sea horses. 

The Zenobia - arguably the best and most famous day trip you can do from Limassol. 40 minutes by boat and you'll discover this 180m long roll off cargo ferry sank in 1980 with a full load of 104 lorries. She sits between 19 and 42m. 


What to see

Indigenous life flourishes among the rocky shorelines and outcrops around Cyprus. This warm corner of the Mediterranean offers divers an exciting diversion from the usually cold temperatures and deep, dark waters.

Between June and September, keep your eyes out for turtles!

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Area

The site of country’s largest port and second largest city, Limassol has a population of just under 200,000. The city is home to a host of economic, historic and cultural sites. There are several archaeological sites in the city dating back to almost 2000 BC. It is also a center of a buzzing service sector which plays and important role in Cyprus’ economy. Culturally, Limassol is very rich with several festivals and carnivals taking place here every year. Limassol Carnival and the Wine Festival are the most well known cultural events. Recently the city has undertaken serious renovation work in the old town area to rejuvenate the archaeological sites and make them more appealing for sightseeing. Limassol’s beaches are perfect for swimming, sailing, diving and snorkeling.

Other attractions

Après dive is the time to explore those ancient Greek, Byzantine or Roman archaeological sites, enjoy ancient vineyards and citrus groves or just laze away the long, warm evenings with the Cypriot passion for sharing good food, good conversation and good friends. Stroll along the shore past the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Visit turtle watching areas, including protected nesting sites with suitably accredited facilities. Winemaking has been a part of Cypriot life, stretching back nearly forever and the local trade has a growing range of interesting – and very affordable – gems awaiting interested visitors.  

Getting there

Many people that visit Cyprus come on a cruise or tour, but there is an abundance of options for independent travelers. You can fly directly in or take a boat. There are two main international airports in Cyprus, Larnaca International and Paphos International. 

Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.