With most of us making a beeline for the island’s glistening coastline come summer, there’s certainly something rather special about kicking back on a sunbed and just listing to the waves lap against the shore. But when you start to get itchy feet, don’t forget that there’s a whole underwater world waiting to be explored!
1. Cape Greco, Ayia Napa
With warm crystal clear waters, glorious coral reefs and colourful marine life, Cape Greco in Ayia Napa is an idyllic spot to explore the magnificent underwater world.
2. Manolis Bay, Akamas
Manolis Cove is right beside the well-known blue lagoon. The idyllic sheltered bay with deep turquoise waters has a rather rapid drop to about 5 metres. You can snorkel into the caves and head to the sandy bottom in the middle of the bay.
3. White Rocks, beside Governor’s Beach, Limassol
Another magnificent rocky part of the coastline, an unspoilt stretch of chalk coastline. The white rocks, give way to gorgeous pebbly coves and make for the perfect spot to take a plunge and enjoy a good bit of snorkelling.
4. Aphrodite Baths Beach, Chrysohous Bay (right by Aphrotite’s Baths at the entrance of Akamas)
Another west coast wonder, this picture-perfect beach is a fantastic spot for a relaxing snorkel, especially if you head far beyond the sunbeds, into the tiny sandy coves cocooned by the rugged cliffs where fish love to congregate.
The water in Cyprus is generally very pleasant and suitable for swimming and snorkeling, with lows around 62 degrees F. The water occasionally increases to highs of 86 degrees F in the summer, which may make your snorkeling expedition a bit uncomfortable. The water generally does not have high tides or currents, making for mostly calm and peaceful conditions. While snorkeling generally involves staying close to the sea level, those interested in diving will find underwater caves, as well as the remains of an ancient amphitheater off of Coral Bay.
Reefs and Marine Life
Most of the sea life live in the coral reefs surrounding the island. Some famous coral reef sites include Zephyros and the Wall of Paradise. While both of these are about 66 feet underwater, too far down for snorkelers, many of the sea life that live in the reefs still will be visible on snorkeling trips. Most of the sea life you will see are seasonal fish that migrate through the area. Some of the most noteworthy marine life include two species of sea turtles considered endangered: the caretta-caretta and the chelonia-mydas, both of which tend to be found in the northern part of Cyprus’ shores. Other sea life that you may encounter include amber jacks, a large fish that can weigh up to 120 pounds, as well as sting rays, morays, sea urchins and octopus. Vibrantly colored sponges line the rocks and seafloor, making for a colorful snorkeling experience.