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Scuba Diving in Cyprus
Dive Site: Cyclops Cave
Location: 34°59'10.73"N; 34°04'25.62"E, Protarus, Cyprus
Description: Reef dive
Depth: 30 metres (100 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)
This is not an easy site to find being approached by a rough road through an area of new hotel development and then along a rough track over worn rock. A four wheel drive vehicle is desirable, though we managed it in a Renault Megane without losing any bits of the sump or chassis! As you leave the rough constructors road and continue along the rocky track it splits part way through the scrub and you take the left fork here. This continues to a second split in the track where you can see a strange wooden band stand type construction ahead of you. Park up as near to the bandstand as you can. There are several paths leading down the steep hillside into the bay below however the correct one is obvious as it is marked with a small sign post to "Cyclops Cave"... might have been Kyclops with a K but I can't remember!
Suffice it to say "Big Cy" was out when we arrived so we were able to get into the water without being eaten. The path in question down to the water's edge leads away to your left as you look out to sea. It's not a terrifically taxing climb down, more of a amble/scramble, however I'd advise getting your suit on at the bandstand then taking your kit down in two hits and finish setting up down there if only because the heat is crippling and there's no shade apart from at the bandstand.
Once you enter the water it drops away fairly quickly across beds of eel grass and we managed to get 30 metres quite quickly without having to swim out for miles. That said there's very little to see when you get down there apart from a wrecked jet ski and I think we counted a total of about 10 fish on the whole dive, the only ones of interest being a species of pipefish (Syngnathus). Not a very good dive but it serves its purpose for a shake down at the beginning of a "Zenobia-bashing" trip to Cyprus.
Martin Frankcom, BSAC Advanced Instructor 370
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