If you are looking for a beautiful warm destination for your diving holiday, you can do no better than to give Protaras a try. This lovely small resort offers a charming alternative to its ‘wild child’ neighbour, the thriving and crowded Agia Napa. Protaras lies on the East coast of Cyprus and therefore offers access to some of the best diving spots on the island.
The water quality in Protaras is superb and has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag status. Not only does this mean the water is safe and pure, it also has great clarity, enabling swimmers and divers to easily see the underwater wonders that are waiting just offshore! Diving and other water sports are top activities in Cyprus, and Protaras is no different, offering a complete range of activities and amenities to visitors. Check in advance your Cyprus flights to avail some of the promos offered to early bird patrons.
Fig Tree Bay caters to all manner of water sport enthusiasts, and is definitely to be included in the itinerary of an action-packed visit! Skoutari Beach, however, is excellent for snorkelers and divers, offering calm quiet waters that will ensure divers or swimmers safety while they explore that mysterious realm beneath the waves. Green Bay is superb for beginners and also for those who need to remember skills not used for some time. There are few hazards lying in wait for the unwary but there are several points of interest, to inspire learner divers to continue. The bay is sheltered from violent surges and dive instructors are happy to recommend the use of Green Bay to anyone wanting to learn to dive. More advanced divers can explore the site of the wreck Zenobia, still a complete vessel with her cargo of 170 vehicles lying around her hull like scattered children’s toys.
Other beaches and dive spots in Protaras feature coral reefs, other shipwrecks, tempting caves, caverns and coves as well as rocks shaped into unique sculptures by the action of the underwater currents and the tides; wonderful for explorers!
There are a great many dive operators in Protaras and many of them can be contacted before the holiday, so you know that you are definitely going to be able to dive on your holiday. Dive instructors offer classes ranging from complete beginners, for those who have never dived and seldom even swum, up to very advanced divers who are looking to push themselves with an adventurous dive.
Protaras is surrounded by 5 kilometres of golden sandy beach so, on those days when you are not diving, you can lie on the beach, and read a book – or even keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the legendary Ayia Napa sea monster, a legendary creature that is said to haunt the sea off Protaras, annoying fishermen by catching at their nets and making holes in them!
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