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

Dive In Cyprus/Private Accomodations, Sep, 2004,

by Regan Knapp & John Scudder, MI, USA . Report 1386.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Thailand, Australia, Cozumel, Key Largo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 23 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives guided by a divemaster or instructor.
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 2 stars
Small Critters 3 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 3 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 5 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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 safety.

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 summer.

Their web site is [dive-in.com.cy link] />
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