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.
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.
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
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