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Dive Review of Alpha Divers/Lordos Beach Hotel in

April, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by David Schwab, AE, US
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Report Number 6020
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
England, Scotland, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Red Sea,
Thailand, Burma, Turks & Caicos, Cayman Islands, Florida, Missouri,
Belize, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
16   to 19    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dived with a guide; specific depth limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Alpha Divers readily provided a substitute memory chip when I needed one. 
Very supportive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
I went to Cyprus with one goal in mind: To dive the MS Zenobia again, this
time with an U/W camera.  Alpha Divers made all the arrangements for
accommodations; offered to pick me up at the airport and drive me to the
hotel; and provided rental dive kit at a reasonable price.  I chose the
10-dive package for a discounted price.  While the dive centre's driver
missed me at the airport, both he and the centre's owner contacted me at
the hotel to apologize and to confirm plans for the next day's diving.  One
of Alpha Divers divemasters picked me up at the hotel each day although the
dive centre is only about 500 m down the road.  Owner Chris Martin met me
at the centre, gave a solid briefing on the plans for the week and arranged
to have me outfitted with some pretty new equipment . . . mostly Mares
(BCD, regulator).  The wetsuits were made by a Cypriot company in Nicosia;
two-piece 5 mm, very stretchable Neoprene suits that fit very well.  They
would prove more than adequate in the cool Mediterranean waters.  I
notified Chris that I am a heart patient (cleared to dive by my
cardiologist); he responsibly and confidentially briefed the divemaster who
would be leading the day's dives.  The diving on days 1-3 had positive and
negative aspects: On the downside, it was windy; too windy to go out on the
boat.  We were turned back on one day due to forecasted Force 6 winds.  So
we shore dived.  Most of the entries and exits were adventurous, thanks to
the rocks and surf, but the diving was easy.  Not much to see but rocks and
grass; few fish; depths to about 14 metres.  Shore diving at some of these
sites during windy conditions would not have been appropriate for novice
divers.  On the positive side, divemaster Marcus was a first class
divemaster.  He gave excellent dive briefings and did everything possible
to make these shore dives more interesting for his clients.  At his
suggestion a repeat dive became more interesting by making a stride entry
from 3 metres.  On days 4-5 the wind had subsided enough to take the boat
out.  Diving was done on the Zenobia and the Alexandria, both wrecks are in
good shape and provide challenging and interesting diving.  Divemasters
Marcus and Sam were very professional throughout; excellent briefings and
ensured safe in-water operations.  Overall, the only downside to the diving
on this trip was the unfortunate wind that prevented diving on one of the
best wrecks on the globe.  Alpha Divers is a first class operation and I
can recommend them to anyone diving in Cyprus.  Chris promotes a positive,
enthusiastic attitude in his diving operation; he does what he does because
he loves to dive . . . and that enthusiasm is reflected in his divemasters.
 Diving in Cyprus is not particularly glamorous, but it is worth the trip
to get the Zenobia in your logbook.  For those who are more accomplished
divers, Chris offers the opportunity to penetrate the wreck at various
levels; I'll make a return trip just for that. Alpha Divers is a BSAC
Premier Centre and PADI 5* IDC.  Plenty to do in Cyprus during non-diving
time: Lots of nightlife, restaurants and sightseeing tours; rental cars are
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