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Diving in Paphos

Graced with a Mediterranean shoreline is lovely Paphos, a Cypriot city where you can take in rich history, mild weather, and incredibly diverse scuba diving.

Diving in Paphos

Quick facts

There are several dive shops in Paphos, one of which has been around for over 30 years. If that’s not a reliable and consistent establishment, I don’t know what is. The well versed shops will take you out to some of the most fascinating dives in Cyprus.

Not far from the harbor is the Orphurus, a spellbinding series of overhangs and small caverns, showing off the vibrant corals and sponges of the region. For a more serious cave dive head to Manijin Island, just offshore. You go on a two tank dive, here, exploring the complex network of sea caves and drop-offs. There is even a blowhole that gives an applause worth performance.

There are several wrecks to see, as well, though some of the best wrecks can be encountered on the other side of Cyprus.

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What to see

Expect to be greeted by plenty of marine creatures. Trumpet fish and eels can be discovered in the rocky reefs, and grouper patrol deep water, their lips in an ever constant pout.

In caves you are certain to see a whole new slew of marine life. Besides the shy fish that live in the caverns, you can see bizarre purple and pink algae that thrive in this largely sunless environment.

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Area

Hidden on the southwestern edge of Cyprus is Paphos, an overwhelmingly beautiful city in a stunning locale. Inhabited since ancient times, Paphos was once the capital of the island, and exploring the relics from these times is one of the great experiences to be had on the island.

The mild, Mediterranean climate keeps it comfortable throughout the year, making Paphos a wonderful place to live and visit. Many locals depend on the sea to make their way, though tourism has increasingly become the biggest breadwinner in the area.

Because of it’s incredible history, Paphos has always drawn a crowd. It is said that Aphrodite herself landed at Paphos when she arose from the sea. Gazing out at the scenery, it is no wonder that the goddess of beauty would choose this site to make her entrance.

Other attractions

If you can bear to tear your eyes away from that cobalt blue water you will see some fantastic sights in the city of Paphos. You absolutely must check out the Kato Pahos Archaeological Park, where you can see ancient Roman structures and learn about the past of the region. One of the best ways to check out the vistas on the island is via horseback, which is certainly a treat.

Getting there

Once you’ve made it to Paphos, whether you’ve arrived by land, air, or sea, getting around the city is no problem. There are busses that run through, but most everything is accessible on foot or by bicycle.

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