At a 42-metre depth, the Zenobia wreck offers one of the most spectacular arrays of marine life for scuba divers. Moray eels, groupers, tuna and more are on display in and around the hull of this underwater wreck.
Intended to be a floating paradise, the Zenobia cruise liner sank in Larnaca Bay on her maiden voyage in 1980, making the site one of the world’s best places to go scuba diving.
When the Zenobia arrived in Larnaca on June 2, 1980, the engineers discovered that the computerised pumping system was delivering excess water into the side ballast tanks, creating a serious problem. On June 4, the Zenobia was towed out of Larnaca harbour to prevent her from becoming an obstruction should the worst happen and was left at anchor roughly 1.5-2 km offshore. On June 5, the problem progressed, forcing the captain to dismiss the entire crew as requests to return her to Larnaca’s harbour were denied. In the early morning hours of June 7, the Zenobia capsized and sank in Larnaca Bay.
DIVE SITE DETAILS
Type of Dive: Boat Dive
Dive Time: 30 – 45 Mins
Length of Zenobia Wreck: 165m
Depth from surface to the Wreck: 18m
Depth to the bottom of Zenobia Wreck: 42m
Prerequisites: Advanced Open Water or Equivalent