Summertime Sea Sports
With Cyprus enjoying Europe’s cleanest bathing waters, there is no shortage of opportunities to make a splash along Larnaka region’s coastline. Why not make 2020 the summer you try something new in the water?
Sunrise SUP at McKenzie Beach
A sunrise SUP session at one of the town’s most popular beaches is the ultimate way to start the day and the conditions at McKenzie beach make this a must-do activity when visiting Larnaka.
The large and sturdy Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP boards) are used to balance on whilst the user paddles through the water, utilising core muscles to remain upright. Watching the sunrise and enjoying the tranquil morning waters make the activity a great workout not only for the body, but also for the mind.
You can find out more information about the sport and lessons here.
The thrilling kitesurfing has its epicentre along the coastline of Softades-Kiti village thanks to a combination of natural elements that make it one of the best spots in the wider Mediterranean region for the sport.
Lessons are available and are taught by International Kiteboarding Organisation (IKO) instructors. They take place on the same beach where enthusiasts enjoy kitesurfing, and where the annual King of Kite championships are also held, attracting the sport’s top athletes from across the globe. During the sessions you will learn kite control, body dragging, self-rescue and water launch.
An immersive summer camp for children aged 13-17 is also taking place on August 03-08 / 24-29 and covers a range of board sports including kitesurfing, surfing, SUP and windsurfing.
Further information for both the lessons and the summer camp can be found here.
Larnaka is known among the diving community as the home of the famous Zenobia - one of the top 10 wreck dives in the world. This iconic dive site continues to enthral, whilst two new artificial reefs (MV Elpida and LEF1) are also fast becoming popular additions for a diving holiday in Larnaka.
The Zenobia is a Swedish roll-on-roll-off ferry carrying 108 articulated lorries loaded with a vast and rich array of cargo that sank in 1980. Marine life at the wreck includes grouper, barracuda, kingfish, jacks, triggerfish, moray eels, stingrays, turtles and octopus. There is so much to see that two dives are highly recommended.
The vessels MV Elpida and LEF1 were sunk late last year off Voroklini coast to create the region’s first artificial reefs and have since welcomed flourishing underwater kingdoms.
MV Elpida (63m long) was constructed in Germany in 1965 and used as an active cargo vessel in Greece until she arrived to Cyprus for use as an artificial reef wreck.
LEF1 was sunk to create the island’s first artificial snorkelling reef and is ideal for all levels. Donated by Lefkaritis Brothers Ltd, the vessel is 15.5m long and was constructed in 1955.
In addition to the new reefs, the HSM Cricket and Alexandria wrecks located in Larnaka Bay continue to delight more advanced divers.
Find out more about all of Larnaka’s wrecks here.