FULL DAY – MAX DEPTH 42M – BOAT DIVE- WRECK DIVE- ADVANCED OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION+
Zenobia Wreck Cyprus
Rated one of the top ten wrecks dives in the world, the Zenobia is a real treat for experienced diver.
This day trip begins in Paphos at our dive centre, where you will received all of the equipment that you need for the day. The meeting time is 06:30, we know its very early but trust us Zenobia is definitely worth it!
From Cydive we will travel either by car or by bus to Larnaca. The journey takes about 1.5-2 hours depending on traffic, this is a great time for you to get some sleep and make up for the early morning. Once we reach Larnaca Marina we will load all of the equipment onto the Queen Zenobia, which is our charter boat for the day. The Queen takes divers from all over the island to Zenobia in order to reduce the amount of boats at the dive site. As the boat is leaving the harbour you will set up your equipment, get into your suit and your dive guide will give you a briefing. It takes just 20 minutes from the harbour to the Zenobia dive site.
The first dive covers the rear of the wreckage including the propeller, rear doors, cargo hold and cargo deck. As you first descend onto the wreck you will drop onto the starboard side at 18m. The side of the wreck (now the top) is covered in algae which make its a great feeding spot for wrasse and sea cucumbers. You will also see grouper resting on the wreckage and large schools of sea bream.
The propeller is at 24m off the back of the wreckage and is still in perfect condition. This is a great place to get some photos! From there we will drop behind the wreck, through the back doors and then towards the cargo section. The cargo section is the deepest part of this dive at 30m (or 40m for those with the deep specialty). The trucks that were once chained to the deck have now fallen and lay in a stack on the sea bed. Many of these trucks still have cargo inside! There is often a loggerhead turtle roaming this area of the wreck.
During the surface interval our team will provide you with water and light nibbles, there is also tea and coffee available onboard. You will spend an hour and a half at the surface in between dives, this is a great time to chat to other divers or find out about other great dive sites!
During the second dive you will cover the remainder of the wreck, including the lifeboat section, anchor, cafeteria and saloon area. This dive is also offered as a partial penetration dive for those divers that would like to see inside of the wreck! The lifeboat section is beginning to crumble after over 40 years under the sea but offers great photos and refuge for marine life. You will often find barracuda hiding amongst the ropes and broken boats.
The first area of penetration is the saloon area, this area has large windows which have all been popped out so divers can enter safely. You will exit the saloon at around 27m via one of the windows and head towards the anchor. The anchor is still attached to the bow of the wreckage next to the winch and is absolutely huge! The second are of penetration is the cafeteria, once inside you can still see the coffee machine attached to the breakfast bar. The cafeteria continue through the accommodation but we will exit through the large windows in the ceiling. The last section of the dive is a favourite for many divers. Inside one of the funnels is a large air pocket with two entrances. If you and your buddy both put your heads inside the pocket you can speak to each other through your regulators at 22m!
Following the second dive you will disassemble all of your equipment and the BBQ lunch will be ready!
Back at Cydive
Enjoy your lunch as you head back towards Larnaca Marina. You will then load all of the equipment back into the car or bus before returning to Paphos. Once you are back at Cydive you dive guide will assist you in filling out your logbooks and help you identify all of the marine life you have seen on the dives. You will get back to Paphos at around 15:30/16:00 and should be back at your hotel/accommodation by 16:30.
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