LEF1 Wreck

‘LEF1’ vessel was sunk in December 2019 together with ‘Elpida’ off the coast of Oroklini to create Larnaka’s new artificial reefs. The 15m-long wreck lies at shallow depths (~13m) making it ideal for non-experienced divers as well as for snorkellers. It’s close proximity to the shore makes it easily reachable by boat from multiple nearby locations and ports. It enjoys good environmental conditions with high visibility, low currents and comfortable temperatures throughout the year. Despite the fact that the wreck was only sunk less than 2 years ago, it has already started harbouring marine life and divers visiting the wreck can also witness an array of different species in the adjacent rocky reef. Small species that can be found within and around ‘LEF1’ include colourful wrasses, the marbled spinefoot rabbitfish, combers, Mediterranean parrotfish, sparids, gobbids, damselfish in abundance as well as the invasive yellow – spotted puffer fish being very common. Medium – sized species often found in this location include grey triggerfish as well as the invasive lionfish which can be easily spotted in the nearby rocks and crevices. Larger species found include the dusky grouper and with some luck schools of Greater amberjack around the adjacent rocky reef.

Area: Oroklini

Access: Boat

Distance from shore: 2 km

Coordinates: 34°57’8.23″N 33°40’8.50″E

Dive type: Wreck (artificial reef) and adjacent natural reef

Diving level: Open water | Snorkelling

Visibility: 20-30m

Water temperature: Up to 28°C in the Summer | Down to 16°C in the Winter

Difficulty level: Low

Scenery interest: 3/5

Marine Flora: 2/5

Marine Fauna: 3/5

General interest: 3/5