After months of attempting to co-ordinate opposing work schedules, my husband Ed and I found ourselves with a week off in July. That we wanted to spend it mostly underwater was obvious – but where?
Our AOW last year had given us a taste for wreck diving, and every search we did turned up the MS Zenobia in Cyprus as one of the best in the world. Add in glorious sunshine with a chance of turtles, and Cyprus was an easy, close-by and affordable option. And then there is the halloumi…
Our hideaway for the week was a beautiful apartment at the top of a hill in Pissouri, a charming little traditional Cypriot village situated halfway between Paphos and Limassol. With its 1000 inhabitants and friendly, inviting tavernas, it is an ideal base for diving Cyprus – and, should you need even more water, it also has a lovely beach.
We dived with Cyprus Diving Adventures – Steve’s dive shop is superbly run, and we were lucky to be guided by the great Diving Scotsman, Stewart, whose enthusiasm and knowledge of Cypriot diving is second to none. Fuelled by excellent moussaka and kleftiko from the taverna in the main square, we were ready to see what the sea had to offer.
Our week was a mixture of shore and boat dives to showcase the unique underwater topography Cyprus has to offer, as well as the much-anticipated wrecks. The Amphitheatre in Coral Bay is a spectacle in its own right; enticing swim-throughs lead to a beautiful subaquatic theatre, with its main stage lit by the midday sun streaming in from above, while St George’s Island in Latchi offers turtles, lionfish, squid and a lovely 30m wall to dive along.