Snorkelling with History
Larnaka is already a firm favourite on the world map of diving thanks to its famous Zenobia wreck, and it is now set to add snorkelling to its watersport résumé with the creation of a unique snorkelling park that has the added dimension of local history.
The Larnaka Amphorae Snorkelling Park – located in the seas of Pyla and Voroklini – is an underwater park that combines the cultural aspect of ancient amphorae (clay vases with handles), with enriched Mediterranean marine life, and is a project initiated by the Larnaka Tourism Board and the hoteliers of the area.
Amphorae were a very important part of trade in olden days; these clay vases were invented by the Ancient Greeks and adopted by the Romans as a means of transporting wine and oil. Many intact amphorae have been found in Cyprus waters from several recovered shipwrecks, including the 4th century BC wrecks of the ‘Kyrenia’ – where 380 Rhodian-type amphorae were found – and the ‘Mazotos’ - where more than 500 amphorae from Chios (Greece) were uncovered.
The amphorae used in the snorkelling park, which is due to open in March, are faithful copies of 16 types found in the island’s seas, and have been made by local potters. Their immersion into the waters is set to attract and increase marine life, and it is expected that the biodiversity of the seabed will be greatly enhanced.