Scuba Diving in North Cyprus

North Cyprus welcomes you to one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean and a fantastic underwater world hidden in an unexplored and clean sea.scuba_diving_norra_cypern_magasinet_1

The crystal clear and warm waters of Northern Cyprus can provide an underwater visibility of over 30 meters. North Cyprus with water temperatures reaching up to 30 degrees has a large variety of marine life. The historical richness of Northern Cyprus is reflected visually in the water’s diversity and you will be enchanted by unforgettable adventures down in the depths. When you are in the right places, you will be able to see grouper, sea turtles, parrot fish, moray eels, octopus, Lichia AMIA, stingray, scorpion fish, sea bream and many other species.

Dive centres and courses

There are 10 professional diving centres in Northern Cyprus; in Girne, Gazimagusa and Karpaz region. These diving centres with their qualified and certified divers, which speak English, German, French and Turkish, organize daily diving programs for experienced divers. Test dives are also organized for those who wish to join for the first time.

If you are a beginner diver and want to dive for the first time, then you will choose between internationally recognized and certified courses such as PADI, CMAS, BSAC and SSI. After participating and completing the courses, you can get your international degree within 3 to 4 days. More experienced divers can take dive programs such as: Open Water Diver, Dive Master, Night Diving, Search and Recovery Diver. You can find these classes in packages with your travel agent, or you can search and register for these courses directly from your local dive centre.scuba_diving_norra_cypern_magasinet_2

Dive sites

On the north and east coast of Northern Cyprus, you can find more than 30 different exciting dive sites where you can explore the diverse marine life, with beautiful corals, mysterious shipwrecks and other hidden, historic underwater heritage.

From March to December, the crystal clear and warm sea water in North Cyprus means you are able to dive 10 months of the year.

The underwater world of Northern Cyprus awaits you with an underwater visibility of over 30 meters, average water temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, and an incredible variety of marine species in the hidden depths. Some dive centres provide a service throughout the year when the water temperature does not drop below 15-16 degrees Celsius.

Diver safety

Every effort is made to ensure your safe diving experience in North Cyprus. In the unlikely event of medical emergency, there is a fully equipped decompression chamber at the Dr. Burhan Nalbantoglu Hospital in Lefkosa.

Legal notice

According to rules for scuba diving in North Cyprus, it is strictly forbidden to touch or remove any historic artefacts and marine life.

For more information:

Tourism and Marketing Department

Tel: +90 392 227 8153

Fax: 90 392 228 5625


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