Scuba Diving at Akrotiri Shipwreck

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The Akrotiri Peninsula, a remote beach located west of Limassol, on the island’s southernmost tip, is home to one of Limassol’s most mesmerizing images. The partially sunken Mav Achaios ship, which appears halfway out of the water in the bay, gives the area a chilling, almost spooky aura.

The Akrotiri Shipwreck is a wreck site with a most interesting history. The ship itself, known as the Mav Achaios, was originally built in 1932, and was owned by Akarnania Maritime Company. In the 1970s, it was loaded up with wood, which it was due to transport on a route from Yuogoslavia towards Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea. However, a severe storm swept through the ship, which ran aground in the Akrotiri peninsula and sunk, though all the crew made it off the ship alive.

‘Three Stars Shipwreck’
Due to the fact that the water depth in the Akrotiri Peninsula is only 7 meters, the ship was submerged only partially when it ran ashore. The shipwreck is up to 10 m. deep and the visibility of the area’s waters is quite good, up to 15 - 20 m. As such, it stands halfway out of the water, its rusted shell creating an enchanting image against the backdrop of the sea.

The view is particularly beautiful during sunset, when the entire area becomes bathed in orange and red hues which glow bright against the wreckage and reflect off the water.

There are often good currents for drift diving. The area features the Akrotiri Fish Reserve and the dive sites of Shark Coves and Twin Rocks. Collectively, they are home to groupers, moray eels, bream and bass, as well as octopus. You can occasionally spot Green and Loggerhead turtles at Sharks Coves and Twin Rocks, along with the occasional Mediterranean Seal. Divers may access the area by boat. 

Diving centers in Limassol:
Aloha Divers
: 25 313208
TDI Diving: 97 807523
Free2Dive: 99 447723
Blue Thunder Diving: 25 587277
Dive-in Limassol: 25 311923
Crest Dive: 99 346633, 34.710862
Pissouri Bay Divers: 96 530761
Cyprus Diving Adventures: 97 661046