The Zenobia: Globally Loved

The island’s most famous wreck dive site – the Zenobia – was recently celebrated with a host of activities under the umbrella of the first Zenobia Week. The event highlighted once again why the Zenobia ranks as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, as well as producing stunning photographic images of the wreck through a competition.

If you haven’t already visited, or don’t know about the Zenobia, here is why it is so great!

  1. As it sank on its maiden voyage, it is known as ‘The Titanic of the Mediterranean’.
  2. It is the largest wreck in the Mediterranean at 174 metres long, 28 metres wide, and 21 metres high.
  3. It is now an amazing reef that is home to hundreds of marine life species such as giant tuna, local barracuda, kingfish, jacks, trigger fish, moray-eels, stingrays, turtles and octopuses.
  4. You can explore its varied cargo from 108 lorries, including cars, military equipment, games, food and telecommunication systems.
  5. After 34 years underwater, many of its one million hen eggs remain intact!
  6. The wreck has enriched the biodiversity of the sea with corals, sea anemones and other sea microorganisms.
  7. Thanks to warm waters that range from 16-25°C, dives are possible all-year-round.
  8. The waters of Larnaka Bay are safe.
  9. The wreck is easy to access and only 10 minutes from the Larnaka Marina by boat.
  10. There is exceptional visibility around the wreck to a depth of 50 metres.

The Zenobia Week photographic competition drew in over 100 entries, and you can view the winning images below.

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