Zenobia wreck – one of the top dive sites in the world

Whenever one brings up the subject of the world’s top scuba diving destinations, the first diving spots that come to mind are the Red Sea, the Caribbean or the Great Barrier Reef. No doubt these are beautiful and fascinating places to explore as a scuba diver; however, not many people are aware of the exciting dive sites that the Island of Cyprus has to offer. And there are many that are definitely worth visiting!

One of such dive site is hands down the Zenobia shipwreck. Zenobia is considered the number one wreck to dive in the Mediterranean and one of the top ten wreck diving sites in the world. Lying approximately one and a half kilometers off the coast of Larnaca, one of the island’s ports, the ship is over 170 meters long and measures 12,000 tons in gross tonnage. Diving Zenobia is an experience no diver will ever forget.

Zenobia Wreck

Zenobia Wreck

Brief History of Zenobia Wreck

Zenobia was built in 1979 in Sweden. It started off on its journey from Sweden to Syria in May of 1980, carrying over 100 vehicles full of cargo. Unfortunately, the ship never reached its destination and sank in June 1980 to the depth of 42 meters just outside the Larnaca harbor. There has been much debate about the causes of the disaster. However, the great news is that no lives have been lost and that all personnel have been evacuated from the ship well before it sank.

Diving Zenobia

Any diver who dives Zenobia on a regular basis will tell you that no dive to this mighty wreck is ever the same. Every time you catch a glimpse of the ship from the surface or upon descent, it induces a sense of awe. Its sheer size brings about a feeling of excitement and an urge to investigate. It is impossible to explore the whole of Zenobia in one go, so there is always a good reason to come back for another dive. The ship seems to be a living and breathing organism and it never gets boring.

Have a look at this underwater video to see for yourself: Zenobia Wreck Video

Join Azure Private Diving on our next Zenobia dive!

DAN Diver Insurance Plan

DAN divers alert networkEnsure your safety by joining the best diving insurance plan on the marketLearn More

Latest News

  • Neutral Buoyancy

    Neutral buoyancy – what, why and how

    Mar 3

    A scuba diver’s ability to establish and maintain neutral buoyancy throughout the dive and with any equipment configura…

  • Balloons Underwater

    Your lungs: scuba diving vs free diving

    Oct 18

    Do you know what happens to your lungs when you take a breath and dive in with your mask and snorkel or what happens to…

  • decompression theory

    Decompression theory?

    Oct 2

    One of the most common things that aspiring scuba divers as well as people that are simply interested in the sport are w…

  • i had a dream

    I had a dream…

    Sep 5

    Since I was a little kid I’ve been dreaming of being able to live and breathe underwater. Water, anything and everything…

  • Try Scuba

    Why try scuba diving?

    Aug 30

    We were compelled to write this short article because many people ask us: Is scuba diving really for me? What does it ta…