Diving the Zenobia in Cyprus


Dive Site: The Zenobia Cyprus
Location located 10 minutes from Larnaca
the wreck is 10,000 ton ferry
the Length: 178 meters (584 feet)
the Depth: 16 meters (52 feet) to the top of the wreck, 43 meters (141 feet) to the seabed
Visibility is usually between 20 meters and 30 meters

The Zenobia is the dive people visit Cyprus for said to be the words 4th best wreck dive. It is a large, roll-on roll-off ferry that was built to operate in the eastern Mediterranean. It was during its maiden voyage from Sweden to Syria that it sank. The steering was not working correctly, so the Captain made the decision to pull into Larnaca Harbour. Here engineers noticed a major problem with the onboard computer system that resulted in water being pumped into the ships ballast tanks.

The Zenobia was towed into deeper waters about half a mile from Larnaca so that the engineers could work on the problem, but it was listing to an angle of 45° so it was decided that there was nothing that could be done to save the ferry. The Captain requested that the Zenobia should be taken back to the Harbour, but permission was never granted as a ship of that size would effectively prevent traffic from entering Larnaca Harbour. It took two days for the ferry to sink, taking the 104 articulated Lorries that it had on board with it.

I have dived there 12 times now 6 times in 2011 and again 6 times again in 2014 each time a deeper penetration inside the wreck I would only dive inside the wreck with an professional dive guide I tend to use the same dive guide Joey Ridge of Easy divers Cyprus (www.ezdivers.com).

The sea temperature during September is between 25-27 degrees.


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