Zenobia Wreck

Zenobia was a Swedish ferry launched in 1979. It was capsized during its maiden voyage on the 7th of June 1980, and sank in the coastal zone of the city of Larnaka – Cyprus. Zenobia wreck is considered the best dive in Cyprus and one of the top 10 wreck dives worldwide. Avid divers visit Cyprus from all over the world to explore this captivating diving spot. Zenobia has fans that visit Cyprus repeatedly each year, since exploring all the compartments of this ship requires multiple visits. The Zenobia wreck (172 length) was sunk on its port side at 42 meters (138 ft) while the shallowest point is at 18m. In good weather conditions, the visibility can reach 30m. The current speed at this site is relatively low all year around which makes Zenobia a suitable dive destination for almost all qualified divers. Zenobia wreck is an ideal site for advanced divers or for experienced tech divers that are able to conduct wreck penetration dives. One of the most fascinating facts is that the cargo of the ship (with lorries and trucks) is still onboard for the divers to visit.

The marine life on the Zenobia wreck is abundant and diverse. Since the area surrounding the wreck has been designated as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) for many years, no fishing activities are allowed within the vicinity of 3 miles. Therefore, depending on the season, the divers have a chance to encounter large dusky groupers, schools of greater barracudas, moray eels, cardinals, rainbow wrasses, lionfish, nudibranchs, sea stars, and a variety of schooling fish like damselfish and sparids. Important and fascinating additions are large turtles that patrol the wreck as well as the occasional dolphins. Last but not least, the Zenobia wreck is home for a large number of coral species as well as sponges, bivalves, bryozoans and many crustaceans.

Area: Larnaka bay

Access: Boat

Distance from shore: 3.7 km

Coordinates: 34.9170° N, 33.6568° E

Dive type: Wreck

Diving level: Advance Open Water

Visibility: 30m

Water temperature: 15-28 °C

Maximum depth: 42m

Currents: Low

Difficulty level: Medium – Advance

Scenery interest: 5/5

Marine Flora: 4/5

Marine Fauna: 5/5

General interest: 5/5