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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.