The southern part of this Mediterranean island receives the bulk of tourists, but slowly the tourism industry north of the divided island has developed resulting in more opportunities for diving. As a result of former border restrictions and few tourists, much of the coast is very little dived
North Cyprus is an ideal location for snorkelling and scuba diving, with its largely unspoilt coastline and year-round warm waters that rarely drop below 17 degrees centigrade. There are also no tides to worry about and you can enjoy one of the longest diving seasons in the world, which lasts from April through to the New Year. The island’s fascinating history spanning several empires also means there is much to explore underwater, including many exciting shipwrecks. Even better, North Cyprus’s potential has only recently been discovered by international divers, making now an ideal time to visit.
The seas fringing North Cyprus’s coastline boast exceptional visibility of up to 30 metres thanks to low pollution, making the 20 or more recognised dive sites a fantastic setting for beginners and experienced divers alike. The main dive centres in the region are based around Girne, where you will have the opportunity to take dive safaris, learn diving or develop your skills to internationally certified standards.
Explore one of the world’s oldest shipwrecks, dating from Alexander the Great’s time 2,300 years ago, or mingle with sea turtles, grouper, amberjacks and wrasse who live among the coral and colourful sponges. For the more experienced, you might like to try the Zephyros reef with a challenging drop from 18 to 28 metres or discover the underwater mountain peak of Zeyko.
It is currently forbidden to dive without a local guide in North Cyprus and it is illegal to move or touch any historic artefacts. In case of emergency, there is a decompression chamber at the Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu Hospital in Lefkoşa.