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Dive Review of Dive In Cyprus/Private Accomodations in
Mediterranean/Limassol, Cyprus

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Regan Knapp & John Scudder, MI, USA
Report Number 1386
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Thailand, Australia, Cozumel, Key Largo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
23   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives guided by a divemaster or instructor.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
2 stars    
We chose to go diving in Cyprus because John's parents live there; it's not
really a destination you'd travel out of your way to for the diving.  That
said, we had a pretty good experience.  We chose Dive In because they
answered our questions via email promptly and they seemed to have good
safety measures (boats include first aid kits including oxygen, and boat
crew and dive guides all trained in CPR, and the Limassol main branch of
Dive In has its own recompression chamber!). They also say they have ratios
of no more than 4:1 (or 6:1 if they are very experienced) of customer to
dive guide, which served to offset the large size of their boats  -- they
have boats which hold 12, 16 or 42 people .  The dive guides are all
divemasters or instructors.   

We went in early September -- pretty much the end of the season -- so we
were only sharing the 12 person boat with another couple who was doing the
discover diving course, and had their own divemaster.  John's folks and
brother joined us as snorkellers.  The dive sites we went to (Shark's Cove
and Akrotiri Fish Reserve) were both quite shallow and not that
interesting, but it was fun to look up and see the snorkellers following
us.  Both dive guides, Dan and Christian, as well as boat driver Mahzin
(sp?) were nice and conducted themselves professionally.  There was water
on board the boat, but no snacks.

This would be a great place to learn to dive, or for very new divers
because of the shallow sites, close supervision, and Dive In's emphasis on

Two things I didn't like were that we had to tote our equipment from the
Four Seasons Hotel (one of several Dive In locations all over Southern
Cyprus) to the pier, and that we had to climb out of the water with all our
gear on -- no passing up anything other than fins.

A more interesting-sounding dive site than the ones off Limassol, is the
wreck of the Zenobia, a cargo ferry which sunk with all its cargo on board.
 It's off Larnaca, and Dive In runs all day dive trips there, including
meals and transport from Limassol to Larnaca. Or, presumably, you could
dive this site through their Larnaca branch.  We didn't have time to go on
this dive, but were told that a large boat takes divers from all different
dive operators, and divers stick with their own dive guides.  

We will probably dive with them again the next time we're in Cyprus in the

Their web site is [ link]

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