With sunshine almost guaranteed every day of the year, Pafos is ideal for indulging in water activities.
The island’s many picturesque beaches are perfect for all kinds of water sports. Most of the big hotels provide modern equipment which is available to guests and non-guests alike. Wind-surfing, diving, off-shore sailing and coastal cruising can be enjoyed throughout the year due to the mild weather. Professional marine operators are on hand to assist those wishing to participate in specialised programmes like diving, surfing and sailing courses, day cruises and yacht charter holidays. For scuba divers, Cyprus’ exotic sea-life, crystal clear waters and natural rock formations are a veritable paradise.
Water Sports – Aqua Activities
Few places in the world are able to offer so much diversity in water sports. Pafos has a comprehensive range of activities throughout the year. Water sports sites at all resort hotel offer facilities for water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, pedalling, parascending, yachting, jet skiing, and much more
The sea around Pafos is crystal clear and unpolluted, with temperatures ranging from 27 to 16 degrees Celsius. Submarine cliffs and valleys, coral colonies, sea anemones and sponges, brightly coloured fish and sea-shells, not to mention ancient ship wrecks, are among the many breath-taking sights that divers can enjoy and numerous diving centres in Pafos offer a range of services to divers of all levels. There are no dangerous underwater currents in any of the recommended diving areas, so it’s also a great chance to try out the sport. Some diving schools offer lessons with qualified instructors and give certificates to those who successfully complete the course.
Amphitheatre Diving Site
Open water (OW) qualification required. Access is from the shore just past the headland at Coral Bay, a short walk along the rocks.
This is a particularly popular dive, ranging from 4 metres to about 12 metres. It takes its name from the natural formation resembling an amphitheatre that the sea currents have cut out of the rock.
Amphorae Caves Diving Site
Open water (OW) qualification required. There are a number of caves, including one with an amphorae encrusted roof, and gullies to explore at a depth of 5 to 12 metres.
Devil’s Head Diving Site
Open water (OW) qualification required. Access is by boat.
Located off the northwest coast of Pafos in the Akamas area, this dive combines caves and interconnecting tunnels at a depth of some 11 metres. If you are lucky you may spot a green or loggerhead turtle during the turtle season. There is plenty of marine life to admire.
The Vera K Wreck Diving Site
Open water qualification (OW) required. Access is by boat some 25 minutes from Pafos harbour.
This Lebanese freighter ran aground in 1972 and was initially used as target practice by the army, but it was later declared a hazard to other ships and blown up in 1974. It now rests in the crater created by the explosion, 11 metres underwater.
Wreck of the White Star Diving Site
Open water (OW) qualification required. This former Russian fishing vessel sank close to Pafos harbour in 2006 as she was being towed to Limassol to be scrapped. She now lies on the sea bed, 14 to 18 metres underwater and is home to groupers, bream and other fish.
Wreck of the Laboe
The wreck of the Laboe lies next to Moulia rocks in Paphos. The area is now protected, as part of the marine parks project and no commercial fishing is allowed. The 21.5 metre Laboe was built in Rendburg shipyard, Germany, in 1940. It was brought to Cyprus to be used as a liveaboard diving vessel. In June 2014 it was sunk in the area of Moulia rocks as to create an artificial reef. Maximum depth of this wreck, at the bow, is 28 metres. The wreck is open throughout for easy penetration of the bridge, the saloon, and the engine room.
Enjoy a gloriously lazy day aboard a luxury boat that silently skims the waves as you relax and enjoy yourself. Stretch out and take it easy or have a lazy swim and a delicious leisurely lunch on board. For the romance lovers a sunset cruise could be a great option!!! Adventurous travellers can join a deep sea fishing or tuna fishing trip!
Enjoy a gloriously lazy day aboard a luxury boat that silently skims the waves as you relax. Stretch out and take it easy or have a leisurely swim followed by a delicious lunch on board. Sunset cruises are particularly popular with visitors who have romance on their minds, while adventurous travellers might prefer a deep sea or tuna fishing trip.
Angling in Pafos has always been popular and is becoming more so. Freshwater fishing can also be enjoyed in the local dams, which are stocked with a variety of fish, in beautiful, tranquil surroundings. Licences (at very reasonable fees) are required and available from the Fisheries Department (Tel: + 357 26240268).
No licence is required for salt-water rod fishing, and the coast presents loads of perfect spots (you’re almost certain to see locals in the best places, and most will be happy to share their knowledge).
No licence is required, either, for spear-fishing (without aqualung), sea angling, fishing with vertical lines or trawling.
Licences have several conditions attached that regulate the equipment used, the days you are allowed to fish and in certain cases (spearguns with aqualung and fishing at night with a light) how much you can legally catch on each fishing trip.
The types of fish that can be caught include sea-bream, groupers, amberjacks and sea-perch.
Special (sport) fishing licences are required by law for fishermen who use:
– Boats and fishing-nets, longlines and traps
– Spearguns with an aqualung
– Nets without a boat.