Located on the beautiful Cape Grecko, Cyclops dive site allows the trained diver to attain depths of over 30m if desired, although much of the marine life can be seen above 20m. The dive commences at a depth of 2m, gradually going down to 40m & beyond. According to qualifications
The underwater topography of this site is stunning, with huge boulders, rocks, sea grass & sand. Marine life here includes Jacks, Tuna, large Pipefish, Squirrel Fish, Parrot Fish, Cardinalfish, Octopus, Blennies, Wrasse, Grouper, Bream & Tube Worms. The more discerning diver can also have his or her photo taken on the famous wreck of the ‘chicken chaser, (Cyprus moped), at a depth of 11m. A sight to behold!
Cyclops one of the more very popular dive sites in Protaras, suited to certified divers offering depth ranges for Open Water students all the way to Technical level. At Cyclops you will see many technical and sidemount divers training at this dive site.
The Liberty Wreck is something new for us here in Cyprus. Purposefully sank as recently as the 27th of May 2009 by the Paralimni Municipality, this new Russian cargo ship is hoped to become a new home for a wide variety of marine life. This artificial reef still has some time to go before it is inhabited however, it will take years perhaps for the biodiversity to be on par with other wrecks around Cyprus (e.g. The Zenobia) . It is still awesome to see it happen however ….. to dive it when it is no more than a wreck on the ocean floor, then return year after year and witness the colonizing species (such as algae and invertebrates ) transform the outer shell into something that provides an intricate structure of food for the other assemblages of fish.
Costandis a fishing vessel that operated as a bottom trawler, built in USSR in 1989. Its Russian name was “Zolotets” . It was registered at the Register of Cyprus Ships in 1997 and operated in international waters in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea for a short period of time.
underwater image of the Costandis
The open engine room is very easy to penetrate
Features: Abundant marine life can be found, with schools of fish, including grouper, barracuda, kingfish, jacks and trigger fish, as well as moray eels, stingrays, turtles and octopus. Its ferry and much of the cargo are intact. making it fascinating to explore.
Interesting Facts: Ranked as one of the Top 10 best wreck dives in the world, the Zenobia is a Swedish Roll-on-roll-off ferry that sank on its maiden voyage in 1980 and was thus nicknamed ‘The Titanic of the Mediterranean’. She now lies on her port side on a flat bed of sand and rocks. The 172-metre ferry was carrying 108 articulated lorries with a varied cargo, including cars, military equipment, games, food and telecommunication systems, and some of the one million hen eggs it was carrying have even remained intact under water.
Features: There is a sandy dip under the wreck allowing divers to swim underneath it as well as inside the hull through escape hatches. The vessel is home to groupers and other fish.
Interesting Facts: This old British river gunboatrests upside down. It survived the war and was then anchored in Larnaka Bay and used as target practice by the RAF, but sank in 1947 due to bad weather.
Features: Located 200 metres from the famous Zenobia wreck, this site also features the same marine life with schools of fish including grouper, barracuda, kingfish, jacks and trigger fish, as well as moray eels, stingrays, turtles and octopus.
Interesting Facts: The Alexandra was a wooden Egyptian fishing vessel that sank in 2006 and measures 37 metres across.
Many interesting reefs stretching parallel to the shore at 7 to 15 meters in the Larnaca Bay area. Easy boat dive with clear waters and a variety of fish, octopus and potteries.
A British helicopter sank in 1996 and now lies at a depth of 16 m. The wreck is completely intact and serves as home to various schools of fish (jacks, groupers, moray eels, octopuses).
It is an easy dive suitable for beginners, with a maximum depth of 12 m. Calm crystal clear water and good visibility. There are some remains of ancient amphorae at the bottom.
Features: The sudden drop allows divers to descend fairly quickly. Marine life includes groupers, moray eels and other small fish, as well as octopus that are best viewed during night dives. The cliff walls contain fossils, and colourful sponges cover the rocks.
Interesting Facts: The tiny chapel of Agioi Anargyroi that is perched over the sea by the dive site is dedicated to twin brothers and saints Cosmas and Damianos, who healed the sick without payment.