The MV Elpida, which means Hope, lays close to the Zenobia in Larnaca, this is Cyprus’s newest wreck. Elpida was sunk in December 2019 as part of the artificial reefs project to create a haven for local marine life.
For this dive a minimum certification level of Advanced Open Water is required.
If your last dive was more than 1 year ago then you will be required to complete a refresher before joining any of our scheduled dives.
MV Elpida is paired with a second wreck location Zenobia, together these form the Larnaca wrecks day trip.
As the Elpida is part of the artificial reefs project all of the windows have all be popped out so divers can easily enter and exit the wreck. As well as being cleaned to remove any oils or remaining fuel which may harm the environment or marine life.
ts a bright and early start for this day trip with a meeting time of 06:30 at Cydive. We will then check all of the paperwork and organise any equipment which you may need for the day including dive computers and torches. Once all the divers are ready we will set off for Larnaca Marina, this journey takes roughly 1.5 hours which will give you some time to catch up on sleep!
On your arrival to Larnaca Marina, all of the equipment will be loaded onto the charter boat, Queen Zenobia. We will put together all of the equipment and get half into our wetsuits, your dive guide will then give you a briefing. The briefing will include everything you need to know such as dive route, maximum depth and marine life you can see. It is roughly 30 minutes from the harbour to the Elpida dive site.
After completing the first dive on Elpida, you will then sail to the second dive site Zenobia, this is just 10 minutes away.
Descend down onto the wreck and begin the dive at the deepest point on the bottom (28m). Circle the bottom on the wreckage to see the propellers and grouper which can be seen hidden under the wreck.
Once everyone is comfortable head inside the wreck to see the saloon and cargo hold, it can be quite dark inside so be sure to bring a torch!
Back on the outside of the wreck explore the external features such as the bridge, winch, and seating area of the wreck.
As part of the artificial reef project this wreck was put on the reef to attract marine life and it has done an incredible job.
At this dive site we regularly see large groupers, amberjacks, sea bream, moray eel and loin fish.
Feel free to catch up on any missed sleep during the during back to the dive centre. Once you get back our PADI professionals will debrief you and help you to complete your logbooks.