Northern Cyprus

1Cyprus is a special Island. Surrounded by the deep blue Mediterranean and washed by the gentle currents carrying marine life from the Red Sea, the Island and especially Northern Cyprus is a unique diving experience.

Isolated by politics, the northern Cyprus environment has avoided the rampant commercialism that has spoiled much of the  for diving. The underwater environment reminds one of the Red Sea with remarkable visibility, vivid colour and an abundance of fish life. This is complemented by an underwater topography that challenges the diver with a spectacular coastline of gently sloping beaches, steep, vertical walls, arches, tunnels, caves, canyons and pyramid rock formations. All of this is melded with a history over 9000 years. The result-unidentified aircrafts wrecks and mysterious shipwrecks to be explored; the seas floor littered with old amphora vessels and thousands year old stone anchors from the ancient days of commercial shipping in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Add to this the warm climate, brilliant sunshine reflecting off the bottom even at 4o meters, no tides, gentle currents, prolific marine life and you have the ingredients for a remarkable diving experience. 2

Northern Cyprus is also home to the magnificent green and loggerhead sea turtles. There are few diving experiences more compelling the opportunity to observe and swim with these marvellous creatures.

3Although the commercial diving community is small in Northern Cyprus, it is very professional. At the present time there are nine PADI Dive Centres located in the North – with more opening every year. They all are offering a full range of instruction and guide services for beginner and advanced Divers.

Diving is possible throughout the year although the months April through December are optimal. The environment is spectacular and the sunsets are stunning.

Geography and Weather

4Sometimes referred to as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean” the island of Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. After Sicily and Sardinia, it is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

The total population on the island is around 900´000 people of which about 200´000 live in northern Cyprus.

It is a beautiful island – scented with wonderful aroma of wild jasmine, with mountain peaks stretching to over 6000 feet, long stretches of sand beaches and turquoise coloured sea.

Northern Cyprus has a coastline of approximately 500miles ranging from gently sloping beaches to sheer rock walls plunging into the sea. The season is long with over 300 days of sunshine and water temperature ranging from 19° C – 27° C from May through December.

 

Text from the Diving Guide of Northern Cyprus by:

Fehmi Senok

David St. Charles