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Dive Review of Alpha Divers in

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by David Schwab, AE, US
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Report Number 6173
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Malta, Red Sea, Burma, Thailand, Norway, England, Scotland, Ireland,
Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Florida, Missouri, Bahamas, Turks &
Caicos, Cayman Is, BVI, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
20   to 30    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dived on a major wreck . . . divemasters kept divers to depths specified by
the dive plan.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The wreck is a great subject, but the dive boat is not set up for UWP
support. Alpha Divers did give me a bucket of fresh water on the boat when
I asked.  All personnel handle cameras with care.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
I returned to Cyprus just to dive on the "Zenobia" (a roll
on/roll off ferry that sank in 1980 with all the vehicles on board) . . . I
told Alpha Divers owner Chris Martin that I was only interested in diving
the wreck . . . no shore dives, please.  Chris was very accommodating. 
Only on the first day was there a possibility he would not be able to take
the boat out . . . and he was prepared to make arrangements for me with
another dive centre; fortunately he was able to take the boat out.  

Diving was superb . . . great conditions and each dive was well planned and
led by capable divemasters.  Except for one dive that I made with my
just-certified friend, I was usually consulted about what I wanted to see
on the wreck.  If I wanted a deep dive . . . we planned a deep dive. 
Divemasters took us on easy penetration routes through the wreck.  Owner
Chris Martin took me on a more difficult penetration through the upper
vehicle deck . . . through lots of wrecked trucks (awesome!!).  Before he
takes divers on difficult penetrations, Chris ensures each diver is capable
after observing them during several dives.  I too, observed him and
determined that I had confidence in his ability to guide me safely through
the more dangerous parts of the wreck.  Chris is very knowledgeable about
the "Zenobia" (history and dive routes through and around her) .
. . developed over several years and many dives.

While there are shore dives available, the wreck "Zenobia" is so
huge that divers can spend several days on her and still not see it all. 
She lies in about 42 metres of water, on her port side; starboard side is
about 16 metres below the surface.  Good amount of the usual fishies in the
warmer water including the usual large Grouper or two.  Didn't see any eels
or octopi, although I suspect there are some there.

Nine dives on "Zenobia"; one dive on the wreck
"Alexandria" . . . an Egyptian fishing vessel in 30 metres of
water (good dive).  

Well planned trips to the wreck included opportunities for those in the OW
and AOW courses to gain experience and demonstrate skills at shallower
depths; this gave the more experienced divers time to set up equipment and
relax during surface interval time.  Dive boat "Kalypso II" is
not a huge boat, but easily accommodates a dozen divers or so.  There are
no frills . . . the boat is not a cattle boat.  All Alpha Divers personnel
demonstrate exceptional enthusiasm and are very helpful to novice and
advanced divers alike.  This is clearly the best dive centre in Cyprus to
dive with (PADI and BSAC instruction available).  

The ten dive package included accommodation in a furnished apartment, pick
up/drop off at the airport and daily pick up/drop off for the day's diving
. . . all this for an excellent price.  Post dive, after the equipment was
clean and hung up, Chris and his divemasters often invited divers to hang
around for a beer and to talk about the dive.

Consider renting a car for all or part of the time in Cyprus; cheap rentals
are available.  Rental cars are preferred for day trips to various sites on
the island.  A local wetsuit manufacturer can make a new wetsuit (3.5 or 5
mm stretchy neoprene) to your measurements in only 2-3 days.  Chris can set
that up.  Chris also readily provides recommendations on day trips,
restaurants and other activities on the island.

August in Cyprus is HOT . . . temps frequently 35-40 degrees C; on the boat
it was very comfortable.  Water temps in August are great . . . about 30
degrees C at the top of the wreck, but there is a thermocline and temps
drop to close to 20 degrees towards the bottom.  Still, all sorts of
wetsuits worn . . . even saw a woman in just a swimsuit (I suspect she
stayed at the top of the wreck).  

Alpha Divers uses good quality MARES dive equipment . . . much of it new,
all of it well-maintained.  Chris accepts credit cards but prefers not to
because of high fees.  He'll request your payment through PayPal . . . I
experienced some difficulty with that on one occasion . . . don't know

Overall, challenging diving . . . safe diving . . . excellent experience .
. .  will do it again.
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