DP Diving Dive Sites

Dive sites

DIVE SITES
Imagine a Mediterranean island bathed in warm, clear blue water. Long, sandy beaches punctuate the predominantly indented and rocky coastline, and the culture and cuisine are unmistakably Mediterranean. This is Cyprus, and it’s nestled in the northeast corner of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. From simple, sandy-bottom dives for beginners to epic deep dives, the island’s diving offers something for everyone. 
There are many memorable dive sites in Cyprus, but some of the favorites are Scuttle Reef, Zephryos Reef and the Wall. Other sites include the The Amphorae Caves which are are found off Paphos, where you’ll see ancient pottery, still intact. The Zenobia is the most famous wreck dive on Cyprus, and the trucks chained to the deck are not to be missed.

Here are some of our favourites, and also the places we run our PADI courses, enjoy ! 
Scuttle Reef
Scuttle Reef is our local house reef, just off Oris beach. A gentle shore dive, with an easy entry into the water from the beach jetty, just a few steps away from the dive centre. A perfect shallow dive for your first ‘Try-Dive’ at a depth of approximately six metres. Wonderful visibility and picturesque swim throughs, perfect photo opportunities for those all important ‘dive selfies’! The reef is abundant with marine life, colourful ornate wrasse will be happy to make your acquaintance and you may be lucky enough to spot tiny nudibranch making their homes on the reef.
Zephyros Reef
Zephyros Reef, just a very short rib ride away from the dive centre jetty on Oris beach. An easy descent down a permanent buoy line to the top of the reef, perfect for open water divers at approximately 18 metres depth. Abundant with marine life and home to many large groupers that feed on the top of the reef. Plenty to explore here, with great visibility and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. Look out for octopus hiding between rocks, or urchins hiding in the sea grass. Advanced divers can drop over the edge of the reef to explore further and deeper in search of more marine life, such as tuna and barracuda. Zephyros is a bountiful reef and perfect for amateur photographers and all levels of divers to explore.
The Wall - Dive site
The Wall as you can guess is not the Pink Floyd album but the dive site is as deep 😉 
Top of the wall is about 25m and max depth is ~30.
Topography looks like a badly cut cake. Following the right side rocks will lead you to Zephyrs and following left side takes you to back of Rock garden. Groupers and Lion fish are usually spotted here; you need to be aware of your buoyancy to have a smooth dive here. If there is current, you can slide down towards Zephyrs.
SG 70 Wreck Dive
I first dived on SG 70 a little over four months after the former Turkish coastguard boat had been skuttled just 340 metres off Oris beach - you can see the marker buoy from the Dive Centre. The vessel, which is around 35 metres in length, was sunk in October 2017 to a depth of 40 metres to provide a wreck for divers to explore. On that first dive it was as if the local squid population had assumed the boat had been put there for them to deposit with their cases of eggs, decorating vast areas of its structure with what look like clusters of white pea pods hanging and swaying in the gentle current.
Fast forward a few months and the squid hatchlings gone, the boat was establishing itself as a reef with shoals of (wrasse???) attracting in passing tuna - and a lone trigger fish that has made SG 70 home. The wreck is a work in progress which what i like most.
A short ride on the DP Diveboat, there is a permanent line to aid descent / ascent. At it's deepest, SG70 sits just short of 40 meters but most of what you want to see is above the deck making it just about suitable for divers qualified to 30 metres. 
As a dive attraction take your pick! You have the marine life already described, or the vessel itself - an ideal training ground for deep, wreck and Nitrox courses. This dive can also be combined with a short swim to the Pinchio site... and to know all about that you'll need to read another review!
Day Trip to the Zenobia
This is one of the best wreck dives you will ever make. The Zenobia is in the top ten listed wrecks world-wide. The 'Roll on Roll Off' ferry sank in 1980 just one mile off shore. With a length of 178 metres and most cargo still in place this dive is a must for every experienced diver staying in Cyprus. The wreck lies on its port side with many of the 108 trucks visible. The depth of the Zenobia starts at 17 metres and reaches the seabed at 42 metres. This daytrip requires an early start and includes two dives on the Zenobia, a brilliantly prepared lunch and all transfers. If you have dived the wreck once you always want to go back. Nitrox is ideal on these two dives. This dive is only suitable for experienced divers.
Zenobia
This is one of the best wreck dives you will ever make. The Zenobia is in the top ten listed wrecks world-wide. The 'Roll on Roll Off' ferry sank in 1980 just one mile off shore. With a length of 178 metres and most cargo still in place this dive is a must for every experienced diver staying in Cyprus. The wreck lies on its port side with many of the 108 trucks visible. The depth of the Zenobia starts at 17 metres and reaches the seabed at 42 metres. This daytrip requires an early start and includes two dives on the Zenobia, a brilliantly prepared lunch and all transfers. If you have dived the wreck once you always want to go back. Nitrox is ideal on these two dives. This dive is only suitable for experienced divers.
Amphorae Caves

 
A fantastic dive of archaeological importance. The dive takes you to depth from 5 metres to 12 metres where you can find and explore several caves and gullies. There are a few swim throughs which consist of encrusted amphorae in the roof of the cave. According to archaeologists this happened due to movements of the seabed many thousand years ago. This brilliant dive is the second dive of our two tank dives outings. Not to be missed.
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