SPORT & LEISURE
Sports and Leisure in Cyprus
Every moment of your holiday is precious, whether you have escaped from the routine of your everyday life on the island or have travelled across the seas! After the initial phase of lazing and gazing, most people start itching for some form of activity and the choice here in Cyprus of sport and leisure activities is extensive.
The range of water sports along the coast is hard to miss but there is so much more that our beautiful Mediterranean island has to offer, with land based recreational activities including mountain biking, safari excursions or bird watching to extreme sports including gliding, parachuting, kitesurfing and hang gliding.
Water Sports in Cyprus
The combination of sun, water and sports is what many consider to be the ultimate holiday activity and there is plenty of it around on the South East Coast of Cyprus during the summer months. There are basically two categories of water sports: either unaccompanied or with an instructor and/or the aid of a speed boat to pull you in the case of some Cyprus water sports.
Self drive speed boats can be hired for half a day or a day, this is a great way to see the coastline or if you don’t hold the relevant licence many boat companies will also provide you with a driver. Pedalos are quite popular amongst families with younger children as they are safe and easy to use and can carry approximately five people. Jet ski’s offer major thrills but you must be over 18 and life jackets are compulsory. Another popular Cyprus water sport is skiing as well as other more recent ‘thrill seeker’ additions to the Cyprus water sport scene such as kitesurfing and flyboarding or hover boarding as it is sometimes called.
If your looking for fun for a group of you on the water, why not try the banana ride or the famous ‘fly fish’ or if you want to take in the fantastic views of the coastline why not try parasailing.
Certainly not for the faint hearted, bungee jumping is another thrill that awaits the adrenaline junkies amongst you. The Ayia Napa Bungee operates from May to October and will be an experience you will never forget!
Scuba Diving in Cyprus
If you are intrigued by the underwater world, you might want to consider scuba diving. Several diving schools along the South East coast of Cyprus offer a variety of courses with four and five day intensive courses available to obtain your first diploma. There are strict rules and regulations governing scuba diving in Cyprus, which all good scuba diving companies will insist you adhere to for your own safety.
Best Scuba Diving Sites in South East Cyprus
The Chapel Diving Site - Cape Greko
Located at Cape Greko this site requires an open water qualification to dive. Access to the water is from a cave at the bottom of a flight of steps. This dive offers beautiful scenery with the small whitewashed chapel perched over the sea matched by the fascinating marine environment underwater. The depth ranges from 10 metres to 25 metres, with the sudden drop allowing divers to descend fairly quickly. Visibility is usually about 30 - 40 metres. There are a variety of small fish here and this site lends itself well to a night dive to admire the many octopuses.
Green Bay Diving Site - Protaras
Located in Protaras this is site is perfect for beginners. The calm waters of the lagoon offer excellent conditions for all ages and ability. An easy entry and exit make this the most popular site to learn to dive. There is an abundance of fish to see with great opportunities for photographers. The depth is 12 metres and visibility is 45 metres.
Nemesis III and Liberty Wrecks - Protaras
In December 2013 the Nemesis III was sunk just off the shores of Protaras. This 24 metre trawler is lying
at a depth of 25m Very close to the Nemesis, the wreck of the Liberty also lies at 25m. Together they offer a fantastic dive and they only a few minutes by boat from Protaras.
The Canyon Diving Site - Cape Greko
Located at Cape Greko this diving site requires an open water qualification. Situated at the south side of the Cape just under the cliffs with access from the shore. The dive has interesting rock formations and offers the opportunity to see stingrays and other fish. The water is crystal clear, with an average visibility of 45 metres. The average depth is 15 metres.
HMS Cricket Diving Site - Larnaca
Located off the Larnaca coastline this site requires an open water qualification. Access is by boat. This dive gives the opportunity to explore an old British battleship that rests upside down on the sea bed at 27 metres. After World War II it was anchored in Larnaca Bay and used as target practice by the RAF but sank in 1947 due to bad weather. There is a sandy dip under the wreck and divers can swim inside the hull through escape hatches and underneath the wreck. The vessel is also home to groupers and other fish. Visibility is some 25 metres. The maximum depth is 33 metres.
Helicopter Wreck Diving Site - Larnaca
Located off the Larnaca coastline this site requires an open water qualification. Access is by boat some 15 minutes offshore. This is the wreck of a British Army Helicopter which sank to 16 metres below sea level in 1996. Frequented by schools of fish and octopus, visibility here averages at 25 metres and the average depth is 16 metres.
The Zenobia Wreck Diving Site - Larnaca
Located off the Larnaca coast this site requires an advanced open water qualification.
Access is by boat to just 1.4km off the coast. This is rated one of the top 10 best wreck dives in the world. The Zenobia is a Swedish 172 metre ferry carrying 108 articulated lorries which sank in 1980. Both the ferry and cargo are still intact. The dive starts at 17 metres and bottoms at 43 metres. Visibility is up to 50 metres.
Sailing and Yachting in Cyprus
The weather conditions, the aquamarine sea and the interesting and varied coastline of the South East of Cyprus make it an ideal place to go yachting or sailing.
There are two ports in Cyprus, Larnaca and Limassol. Larnaca Port is located on the South East coast, as well as boasting a thriving Marina which along with various bays provides adequate shelter for private boats. Even during the winter months yachtsman will appreciate the sailing conditions of the coast of Cyprus with air and sea temperatures around 17 degrees Centigrade.
For more information contact:
Larnaca Port (+357 ) 24819200
Larnaca Marina (+357) 24653110
Boat Trips along the South East Coast of Cyprus
If you prefer a sailing experience while you sit back and relax, choose one of the many boats that sail along the coastline and enjoy the Cyprus sun and the sea. One day cruises are organised from May to October, subject to weather conditions. Usually a drink and a snack are included in the price but some boat trips will also include lunch which is served either onboard or at a restaurant by the sea.
Cycling in Cyprus
With a diverse terrain and several different tracks Cyprus is practically made for mountain biking. Bicycle rental shops are available in all major resort areas.
The Cyprus Cycling Federation organises races in spring and in autumn, various other cycling events are scheduled and everyone is welcome to participate. In late November the annual international mountain bike race is held in Ayia Napa.
Special brochures listing all cycling routes with a description of the location and facilities are available at all CTO offices. (See maps).
Jeep Excursions in Cyprus
The off road experience is becoming increasingly popular in Cyprus, as it allows you to explore the more remote areas of the island, where you will discover abandoned villages, deserted monasteries, hidden bird habitats, flowing rivers, medieval bridges, dense forests and rich vineyards. Self drive rental jeeps as well as organised jeep excursions are available in all of the South East coastal resort areas of Cyprus.
Explore the local terrain of Cyprus while practising your climbing, hill walking or mountaineering skills. Hiking tours along nature trails or in non mapped areas are also available. The one day tours can be combined with an overnight camping experience or with accommodation in one of the local traditional houses in the area. A great climbing spot in South East Cyprus is at Cape Greko between Protaras and Ayia Napa. To find out about this and many other climbs on the island including instructors and courses visit The Cyprus Climbing and Mountaineering Federation website:
Golfing in Cyprus
Interest in golf in Cyprus has grown significantly over the past few years as both residents and visitors take advantage of the opportunity to learn and play on golf courses in Cyprus. Many oversea visitors make Golf an integral part of their holiday with the main draw being the moderate climate of Cyprus. Many players appreciate the game variations provided by a Mediterranean terrain which will satisfy both beginners and more advanced players. The main golf clubs in Cyprus are located in the area of Paphos on the South West side of the island approximately two hours from Protaras and Ayia Napa and one and a half hours from Larnaca. One of the main advantages of these golf clubs is that they are not limited to just members but are open to occasional visitors with open tournaments attracting a mix of international participants. In response to this rising demand, several new golf courses across the South East coast are in the pipeline, many of which will go hand in hand with luxurious housing developments.
For further information visit the website of the Cyprus Golf Federation at: www.cgf.org.cy
Cyprus Health, Well Being and Beauty
Wellness holidays are the latest trend and the number of spas and wellness consultants in Cyprus is growing continuously. At the same time, high standard medical care and treatments in Cyprus are available to everyone and are often more affordable than elsewhere. So why not combine your holiday with the opportunity to give your body and mind a boost and enjoy a healthier happier you by treating yourself at a spa or enjoying a relaxing massage, experiencing alternative therapy or even indulging in yoga. Many visitors to Cyprus also choose to have cosmetic procedures whilst they are here due to the very high standards and competitive pricing of cosmetic surgery in Cyprus.
Sports and Leisure in Cyprus
There are so many options for those seeking sports and leisure activities in South East Cyprus that there is barely enough room here to mention them all, but aside from those we have already touched on there are also fantastic facilities available in Cyprus for: horse riding, tennis, volleyball, shooting, canoeing, swimming, archery, paintball, go karting and of course skiing, which is available during the winter months in the Troodos Mountains.
Whatever you choose, enjoy the abundance of sport and leisure activities in Cyprus and make your holiday here one of new and exciting experiences to remember!