Far Away in the Mediterranean… Cyprus Dive Sites

12 miles west of Paphos, the Akamas peninsula is a Cypriot National Park with a land and sea area of 230 square kilometres.

Named after the son of Theseus, hero of the Trojan Wars, Akamas is famous for its beauty above and below the surface, with a great variety of scuba dive sites available.

Below the surface Akamas offers the scuba divers in Cyprus the opportunity to dive with endangered Riddly’s and Hawksbill turtles and lots of other marine life including; barracuda, snappers, parrot fish, octopus and the ever popular moray eels, in a beautiful rugged environment that is full of light filled caves and tunnels for you to explore. Recently local scuba clubs started encouraging use of reef safe sunscreen to protect the marine life of Cyprus shores. So keep that in mind for your dive checklist in case you choose to explore Akamas dive sites.

The Cyprus dive sites of Akamas are suitable for all levels of divers, with a range of easy to testing dive sites that will make you return to the region again.

Below we have shared our favourite scuba sites with you:

Fontana Amorosa

Numerous hills and valleys littered with ancient encrusted amphora to discover.

Great for: Archaeology shoals of barracuda, moray, lizard fish, brittle star, wrasse and many common reef fish.

Depth: 6/16m. Vis: 15/25+m Current: Moderate. Level: 1 Good for everyone.

Manijin Island

Very interesting and peaceful dive that boasts a cave covered in pink and purple algae, swim throughs, a blow hole an archway and a drop off.

Great for: Blue trigger fish, barracuda and blue runners.

Depth: 9/12m. Vis: 15/25m Current: Moderate. Level: 1 Good for everyone.

St George’s

Different dive sites for all levels of diver offering a wall at 35-metres, and ancient anchors at 40+ metres, arches, swim through’s a cave to be seen along with an abundant sea life.

Great for: Barracuda, bream, octopus and common reef fish.

Depth: 6/16m. Vis: 15/25m Current: Moderate. Level: 1. Good for everyone.

The Amphitheatre

Very popular dive site with an easy protected shore entry. Amazing water carved rock formations in the form of an amphitheater that has to be seen to be believed and the so called witches cauldron, with sparkling sunlight shafts glittering off masses of fish in the breaking waves not to be missed.

Great for: Pipeish, octopus and cuttlefish.

Depth: 5/10m. Vis: 15/25m Current: Moderate. Level: 1. Good for everyone.

White River

Small cove which gives access to an interesting maze of caverns, caves, tunnels and shallow canyons.

Great for: Trumpet fish, pipe fish and painted comber.

Depth: 6/15m. Vis: 15/25m Current: Moderate. Level: 1. Good for everyone.

How Dangerous is Scuba Diving

How Dangerous is Scuba Diving

Scuba diving can bring you to a completely different world, but to get there you need to have the right training otherwise it can be extremely dangerous.  Scuba is essentially an adventure sport and adventure sports don’t come without their own inherent dangers.  You need to know what you are doing and take all the safety precautions available to you.  If you wonder if how dangerous is scuba diving, the answer is very.  The danger comes in two parts, the first being the ocean and the second is the behavior of the diver.

Dangers of Scuba Diving in the Ocean

As a diver you need to understand what to expect in the water you plan to dive in and what risks you might encounter there.  There are marine life that don’t like company and will get aggressive when approached.  You need to understand what the current is going to be like underwater and the weather above.  The weather completely affects the current so diving in a hurricane is out.  You can get caught up in watching the sea life underwater and lose track of where you are and the current can take you far from your destination.

Dangers from the Diver

You should be certified to dive and have taken all the requisite courses to pass your certification.  You need to know how your equipment works and check it each and every time you dive to make sure it is working properly.  The diver has a certain level of responsibility for their own safety.  Once you get underwater you do not want to forget everything you were taught.  Don’t take anything for granted when it comes to safety absolutely anything could happen.  Dive with a friend who has more experience whenever you can.  Here is why you should never dive solo.

Only dive when you are completely healthy, diving when you have allergies, cold or if you are taking medication can lead to you becoming lethargic underwater.  Bear in mind when diving there are pressure changes and that can cause your ears to hurt.  Diving too deep or coming to the surface too fast can also cause you problems, that is known as ‘the bends’ and happens with changes in the pressure around you.  Don’t be reckless when scuba diving, most of these issues are from diver error which is completely avoidable.  Diving is supposed to be a fun sport, it isn’t fun when it lands you in the hospital or worse, the morgue.

So to answer the question “how dangerous is scuba diving?”  The answer is…very.