The Shoals
Paphos

The Shoals

The shoals is only a 15 minutes coastal journey from Paphos Harbour. This dive site is located by the side of the Demetrios II wreck.

For this dive a minimum certification level of Scuba Diver 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.

At The Shoals, there is an abundance of Poseidon Grass and small cracks in the reef this create the perfect environment for marine life to hide.

This dive site also offers easy swim throughs and interesting overhangs which are perfect for PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water divers. 

The Shoals

We will meet at our well-equipped diving centre in Paphos Harbour. Our friendly and helpful PADI professionals will help you with equipment and begin with an interesting and informative dive briefing. Unless you have your own diving gear, all equipment is supplied by us. We spend a few minutes checking your sizes and will fit you with the suitable gear. All of our diving equipment is well maintained and serviced regularly to ensure your safety and comfort.

Once everyone is ready we will take a short walk to the Paphos harbour where we will board Cydive II. The journey from the harbour to Orphurus takes around 15 minutes by boat.

Complimentary fresh fruit and refreshments will be served on the boat before returning to the harbour. Back at the dive centre our PADI professionals will debrief you and help you to complete your logbooks.

Upon arriving at the dive site we enter the water and begin the descent into shallow water about 5 meters . Follow the dive and enter into a tunnel swim through which leads in a gully. On the ridge of the gully you’ll see lots of ancient amphorae which goes back centuries. 

Continuing with the dive, follow the slope which leads down to the deepest point at 12 meters. On this route you’ll pass through a field of Poseidon grass, keep your eyes open as you may spot a resident turtle. Past the slope there’s a large sandy patch where we often see the Japanese puffer fish, they are very curious so they’ll come say hello. As we start to ascend back to the shallows we approach the edge of the reef. As there is lots of sunlight on the top of the reef there is usually an abundance of sea urchins. 

It is very common to find a range of sea urchins basking in the sun on the rock ridges. There are over 950 species of sea urchin world wide and then have been found as deep as 5000m!

The depth of this reef means that Wrasse often take refuge here. Wrasse come in a range of beautiful colours and are very curious fish. This means if you take two rocks and tap them together they will start to gathering around you and ‘dance’. You will also see them following divers which are touching the floor with their fins, they are looking for small fireworms to eat as the rocks moves.

For more information about the marine life we see in Cyprus, head over to our marine life page! 

Complimentary fresh fruit and refreshments will be served on the boat before returning to the harbour. Back at the dive centre our PADI professionals will debrief you and help you to complete your logbooks.

 

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