Cyprus is a wonderful place to dive. With great water temperatures and unspoilt crystal clear waters, it’s a diver’s paradise, but did you know there’s plenty of great diving to be had outside of the summer months? While the water temperatures do fall over the winter months, from October to December, it’s still pleasant and you don’t have to be too brave to get in the water! If in doubt, a wetsuit will ensure you don’t feel a chill!
There are some added advantages to diving in winter too. The water is clearer, so you’ll have the best possible view of the marine life, and additionally, many sea creatures living in deep water actually move into shallower parts of the ocean, so your chances of seeing cuttlefish, octopus and squid increase.
Are you feeling inclined to do a spot of winter diving? Here are some beaches to head to for a really great diving experience…
1. Pernera Beach
The stunning Pernera Beach is so easy to get to, whether on foot or by car. There is plenty of car parking space close by, so you won’t have to carry your diving equipment too far, it also has disabled access. You’ll find bars and restaurants close by to refuel body and mind after your dive.
2. Lourna Beach
This beautiful blue flag beach is popular with families as the beach slopes gently into the waters and it’s also great for divers. The crystal clear waters offer a wealth of marine life to observe.
3. Malama Beach
This small sheltered cove can sometimes become crowded in the summer months, but in winter you’ll find it a tranquil and secluded oasis for a magical diving experience. The walk to the beach from the car park is a little steep, but we promise you it’s well worth it!
4. Sirena Beach
It’s almost hard to believe that Sirena Beach is real, it’s just so perfect. Being on Sirena Beach is like being in a movie about a tropical paradise. Tucked away from the main road and surrounded by trees, it’s a truly magical spot for your next dive.
5. Kernia Beach
Kernia Beach is located 2km east of Agia Napa and offers great access to the National Forest Park. It’s a popular beach with hikers, but it’s also perfect for diving. This is a beautiful beach, so you can take some time to relax after your diving experience, and for your reassurance there are lifeguards, lifesaving equipment and first aid services available right through to the end of October.
Why not give winter diving a go?
If you love diving, there’s no reason why you need to give it up when the summer season is over. If you’ve never dived in winter, then why not give it a try? We think you’ll love winter diving in Cyprus. The sun will still shine on you, and the best diving locations will be quieter in winter when most of the tourists have gone home. Winter diving is just one the wonderful secrets of Cyprus, waiting for you to discover them. With so many great diving spots in the Protaras and Ayia Napa area, you are spoilt for choice. To make the most of diving all year round, why not take a look at some stunning Giovani Group properties located close to the best diving beaches in Cyprus.