Wreck Dives

Liberty Wreck2 Liberty wreck

The Liberty was sank in 2011 as the start of an artificial reef programme started by the Cyprus Dive Centre Association (CDCA).  A good wreck to start with if you have never experienced wreck diving before and its located just outside Protaras.

3 Nemesis IIIThe Nemesis III Wreck

After  many months of talks with the Cyprus Fisheries Department, the CDCA’s artificial reef programme was recommenced with the sinking of the Nemesis III on the 20th December 2013.  Also a former Russian vessel, The Nemesis III was a fishing trawler before being bought and sunk to act as a new home for the Cyprus marine life.  The wreck lies on the bottom at 26.5m and is ideal for the wreck specialty course.

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The Alexandria Wreck

The Alexandria or ‘Alex’ is an old fishing trawler that sank in an upright position around 2006 and has become a fantastic artificial reef with the result being that there are a variety of fish that can now to be seen on the dive. The Alex is a very picturesque wreck offering some great shots for budding photographers.

The Alexandria wreck is located approximately 800 meters away from the world famous Zenobia wreck in Larnaca and therefore benefits from the “No Fishing” zone in place to protect the Zenobia.  This helps to sustain the marine life making it a great alternative to diving the Zenobia. The Alex is around 37m long, 9m wide and sits on the sea bed at 32m.

Because The Zenobia is situated so close, the Alex is extremely underestimated and compared to the Zenobia it seems to be a small wreck.  Once you have dived it you will be able to admire its beauty and realise that at 37m long if dived on air, decompression creeps up on you as you spend time to explore the wreck.

There are a number of lines and cordage still attached to the wreck but with a little care it is perfectly safe to have a good look around. The engine room is very tight and full of silt so would advise against venturing below, but there is plenty more to see.  The cabin area is accessible as is the wheel house. All the mechanical gear is still in place on the Stern deck and you can also get a picture taken in the bath on the forward deck if you wish.

The Zenobia Wreck (Voted One of the Top Ten Wreck Dives in The World)

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Zenobia Advert Board (1)The Zenobia was the lead ship in the trio of ‘Challenger’ class ro-ro vessels, and was delivered by Kockums in Malmö in late 1979 to her owners Rederi AB Nordö. The ship entered service on the Volos (Greece) to Tartous (Syria) run of the Greece-Syria Express Line where she joined the existing Scandinavia (which some years later became Ventouris’ Saturnus and then the Greenfield and the Falster ex-Prince de Bretagne, later the Vega and a ship which had nearly met her own early demise when the bow section of the ship capsized during the ship’s stretching in 1977).

The latter pair were soon replaced by the Zenobia’s newly-delivered sister-ships. In January 1980, the ships’ route was extended with Koper in what was then Yugoslavia replacing Volos.

Early in the morning of 2 June 1980, as the ship neared the end of a Koper-Tartous trip, the ship ran into trouble off the harbour of Larnaca in Cyprus. The ship developed a serious list of as much as 40 degrees but efforts over the next five days looked likely to save her. However ultimately she sank at about 2 am on June 7. The wreck lies at a depth of 42 metres, approximately 1.5 kilometres off Larnaca.

The most popular theory for the ship’s sinking surrounds her computerised ballasting system, which appears to have developed a fault. A maintenance team was apparently sent aboard to fix this problem and the list was successfully reduced to as little as two degrees. However she later listed again to port, her cargo shifted and the Zenobia became the Zenobia Wreck! The Zenobia was a roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) ferry carrying trucks.

More than 100 of these were still shackled in place when she went down. A monster displacing more than 10,000 tonnes, and superficially not unlike the familiar vessels that ply the route between Dover and Calais, the wreck is more than 178m in length, and now lying on its starboard side . Nevertheless, it makes an outstandingly good dive and it is still possible to sit in the cabs of trucks and recognise the remains of some of their cargos. There are Volvos and DAFs, Scanias and Mercs, JCB and fork lift truck and also the Captains car (Blue Lada).

To see some of these you will have to penetrate the wreck. This is something we specialise in but you will have to carry out at least one external dive with us so that we can practically validate your diving skills.