North Cyprus  

Marine Life in North Cyprus

Scuba diving in North Cyprus coastsWelcome to the fascinating and unique underwater world of North Cyprus, where you can enjoy one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean.

You will find crystal-clear, unpolluted water where the marine life is still undisturbed. Underwater visibility can be more than 30 meters.

Down in the deep and warn blue you will meet sting rays, amber jacks, scorpions, bream, grouper, cuckoo, wrasse, and now and then a sea turtle. The under water terrain is furthermore an ideal place for octopus and moray eel, colorful sponges, soft, soft corals, as well as treasures from ancient times.

You can choose from about twenty diving sites east and west of KyreniaYou can choose from about twenty diving sites east and west of Kyrenia as well as diving safaris to other places along the coast. 

These are sites that will give the experienced diver thrills and the warm, crystal-clear water and limited depth provide perfect learning condition for beginner.

You can experience wreck diving including the site where in the 1960's on of the world's oldest shipwreck was found - 2 300 years old, dating from the time of Alexander the Great. The excavated hull of the ship, together with its cargo of amphorae and millstones is hosed in a special museum in Kyrenia Castle.

You will be accompanied by professional drivers who will do everything to give you an unforgettable diving holiday. We also want to inform you that Scuba Diving along the coast of North Cyprus is not allowed on your own. And it is illegal to move or ouch any historical artifacts.

Chelonia-Mydas sea turtlesThere are two main types of sea-turtles nesting along the coasts of Northern Cyprus; these are: Caretta-Caretta (Sini Kaplumbagasi), and Chelonia-Mydas (Yesil Kaplumbaga). The both are listed as endangered species and under strict protection. 

About 46 sandy beaches in North Cyprus comprise the main nestling ground for these endangered Chelonia Mydas and Caretta Caretta sea turtles in the Eastern Mediterranean. In 1992, about 1,500 rare female turtles laid eggs on the shores of North Cyprus.

The Environmental Protection Office of Northern Cyprus, together with environment related NGOs [such as Society for Protection of Marine-turtles, Turkish-Cypriot Green Peace Movement, and North Cyprus National Trust] are very active in the protection of the sea turtles of Northern Cyprus, which is home to these friendly guests of our island.

Underwater World of North Cyprus coasts
Caretta-Caretta Sea Turtles in North Cyprus coasts
Turtles: Their Offspring Northern Cyprus is The Best Place for Their Survival by Hasan Karaokšu
Scuba Diving in North Cyprus