ZENOBIA WRECK / RATED TOP 5 DIVE WRECKS OF THE WORLD
Zenobia lays 1.4km from the shores in Larnaca. She now rests on her port side at a maximum depth of 42 meters, the top of the wreck at 16 meters below the water surface. We will take you on guided dives of this huge 172m long and 28m wide wreck, where you will see the propellers, funnel, anchors and lifeboats, explore the canteen and bridge and see some of the over 100 lorries which went down with her. You will also see any array of marine life including groupers, moray eels, barracuda, squid, damsel fish, nudibranch and sea bream. The wreck dive site provides a wide range of challenges to scuba divers, from fairly simple intro dives of up to 10 metres depth to the more experienced divers for dives up to 40m depth. This wreck has so much to discover and every dive brings something new and interesting to the diver. With visibility of up to 50m, water temperatures of 16⁰c in the winter and 27⁰c in the summer the Zenobia wreck is an absolute must for divers of all qualifications fortunate enough to visit Cyprus.
HISTORY OF ZENOBIA
The Zenobia is a 10,000 tonne cargo ferry built in Sweden in 1979. She left Malmo, Sweden on her maiden voyage on the 4 May 1980, bound for Tartous, Syria. On the way to Athens she experienced steering problems and the Zenobia began listing to port. Following the investigation it was established that the computerised pumping system was pumping excess water into the side ballast tanks and the problem became progressively worse. She arrived in Larnaca on 2 June 1980 and at 2.30am on the 7 June 1980, Zenobia capsized and sank in Larnaca Bay, 1400m from the shore, taking the 104 lorries and cargo estimated at £200 million with her. Luckily, there were no casualties in the disaster. According to local legend, the Zenobia’s owners never collected the insurance money and no formal investigation has ever been published. Zenobia is now rated as one of the top 5 wreck dives in the world and number one in the Mediterranean.
Alexandria is an old fishing trawler that sank in an upright position several years ago around 2006. It was on it’s way to be scrapped and whilst being towed from Larnaca to Limassol a storm broke out and the vessel sank.
Depth: 31 meters / Length: 25-35 meters / Breadth: 8-10 meters
Lebea is a small sailing yacht.
Depth: 15 meters.
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.
Depth: 23 meters / Length: 23 meters / Breadth: 8.6 meters
LADY THETIS WRECK
Lady Thetis previously named “Reiher”. She was a coastal passenger vessel built in Hamburg, Germany in 1953 and registered in the Register of Cyprus Ships in 1990.
Depth: 19 meters / Length: 30 meters / Breadth: 8 meters
The Green Bay area is a calm and relatively shallow bay on the coast next to a tiny fishing harbour. The maximum depth is at 10 metres and recently some statues were sunk at a depth of 8 metres for divers to enjoy.
The Chapel sitting on top of the cliff face is what gives this dive site its name. The dive site overlooks the beautiful bay of Konnos that boasts golden beaches and calm, sheltered waters. The average depth on this dive is 10-15 meters but you can go down to as deep as 30 meters. This spot is not only popular with fish and divers but with tourists for cliff jumping.
Cyclops Cave is located in the Cape Grecko area. The Cyclops cave dive site, is not an underwater cave, it’s a cave where we access the dive site. The dive site starts at 2 meters and gradually goes down to 40m and beyond.
THE CAVES CAPE GRECKO
THE CAVES CAPE GRECKO – Situated in the Cape Grecko National Park this dive site is one of the most natural unspoilt places to dive in Cyprus. It’s one of our remote and most tranquil dive sites.
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