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Dive Review of Sun Fish Dive Shop/Zenobia Wreck in
Mediterranean/Cyprus

Sun Fish Dive Shop/Zenobia Wreck, Aug, 2004,

by Lisa Vignerot, VA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 1475.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, NC, VA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No penetration except through the pilot house and the cafeteria
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Went to Cyprus for work, and ended up diving with someone in the office who uses the dive shop. Overall, good group, good dive master and professional service. We started out at the shop, had about a 35-minute car ride to the dock, and then loaded up the boat (everyone helped load/unload/pack/unpack). We departed and after a really short 5 minute cruise, we were at the Zenobia. We could see the ferry from the boat- water was crystal clear. The dive boat accommodated several different dive shops, but it was not crowded at all and we all got in easily off the stern. The first dive was a deep dive of the rear of the ferry (110 ft). This boat was HUGE! There were lots of ways into the boat, but it is a very dangerous penetration dive with all the loose cars, trucks, and other tractor-trailers whose chains are starting to rust through. There wasn't much life around the ferry, but we did see a few sea cucumbers and other plant life, but there was so much to see on the ferry, it didn't matter. After the dive, we got back on the boat and went back to the dock. Some of the groups only did one dive, and some people had to get new tanks. After about 1/2 hour, the boat left dock again and we went back out to the site. The second dive was toward the front of the boat, where we did penetrate the cafeteria and the pilothouse. Again, there was a lot to see on this dive. After we finished our dives, we started to go back to dock, but lost the engines, so we sat adrift for a while. Good thing I brought my own drinks and snacks (nothing was provided by the dive shop, which wasn't a problem since they mentioned that when I first talked to them). After they got one engine working, we limped into dock and had to get assisted in docking. After hitting the 'helper' boat and making him do an "abandon ship" and running over his boat, a bigger boat came to the rescue and got us into the slip (only after we hit the bow of the boat next to us trying to get in). We got the stuff unloaded and started back to the shop. We did stop at the bakery on the way home, which was heavenly, and we talked about the adventurous docking experience.

Overall, it was a professional group. The boat problems were not their fault, and they were very informative about the dives. They kept a good eye on us and felt very safe. The equipment was in good shape, and they were fairly inexpensive compared to the other operations around Larnarca ($115 for two dives and equipment). In summary, I rate them a use them again without a thought.
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