The appeal of diving

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Aphrodite Rock, Cyprus

Given the rain that we are having today and the wet weather that is forecast at the end of the week it seems entirely appropriate that I look at the deep and diving in particular.

Over the last few years it has become increasingly popular and many resorts and destinations have taken advantage of wrecks that may be in their waters or have created artificial reefs to attract marine life. And where marine life arrives, underwater photographers and divers follow.

Cyprus has more than 200 dive sites and has just started the creation of some new ones. Different types of craft have been sunk (an attraction that draws hundreds of people just to watch the sinking.) and now begins the marking of the sites. That Cyprus is adding even more sites gives an idea of how important diving – as tourism – has become. Over 160,000 international divers visit the island every year.

The sites will be accessible from early 2014 and will reach maturity (by maturity, the authorities mean that the marine population will become established, each attracting a new link in the chain until finally man arrives with camera) within the next two years. Cyprus offers one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean with warm sea temperatures ranging from 27 to 16 ºC, as well as excellent visibility thanks to the absence of plankton. The developments are part of a €1.5 million project that will create five new marine parks, encouraging the growth and protection of marine line in Cyprus’ waters.

Specialist holiday companies that catered for the diving market years ago have been taken over by mainstream tour operators. Although the number of people taking holidays that include an element of diving in them now is only in tens of thousands, who knows what it will number in another ten years or so?

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