The wreck of MS Zenobia is a world famous wreck, ranked as one of the 10 best wreck dives in the world. She lies between 17 and 42 metres of water, just 1400 meters from the shores of Larnaca. This 172 metre long Swedish Ro-Ro ferry sank on her maiden voyage in 1980 following computer malfunctions in her ballast system. She lies on her port side with 108 articulated lorries. Some are on the lorry deck, and some in the cargo hold.
We normally dive around the stern and propeller on the first dive, and on the second dive we head towards the bow where we do 2 penetration dives, one in the bridge, and one in the galley, before heading to the bow. The windows have been removed to allow easy entrance and exit.
There is more sea life on the Zenobia than any other dive site in Cyprus. Large sea bream and groupers are “de rigueur” on the Zen, as she is affectionately called. Along with barracuda, moray eel, grey triggerfish, amberjacks, and a myriad other sea life. For real excitement the occasional turtle will visit the decks.
The MV Elpida, which means Hope, is a large 63m commercial vessel from Greece and lies at a depth of just under 30m. The main deck lies at 20-22m and the top of the masts are at a depth of 10m. This wreck is small enough to explore during just one dive and offer partial penetration into areas of the wreck such as the bridge. Sunk in December 2019 as part of the artificial reefs project to create a haven for local marine life, this is Cyprus’s newest wreck.
To dive the Zenobia and Elpida you must hold a minimum PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent certificate allowing you to dive to 30 meters.
We will collect you from your hotel and bring you to our comfortable and well equipped diving centre for 06:45 to prepare any kit you may need. You will then travel around 90 minutes by road to the Larnaca Marina to board the Queen Zenobia, a large two-hull fire boat converted to a two-deck dive boat.