Technical diving on the Zenobia, Cyprus

On my latest jaunt away to Cyprus I took the opportunity to dive the MS Zenobia. It  was a Swedish built Challenger-class RO-RO ferry launched in 1979 that capsized and sank close to Larnaca, Cyprus, in June 1980 on her maiden voyage. She now rests on her port side in approximately 42 metres (138 ft) of water and was named as one of The Times top ten wreck diving sites in the world in 2003.

There are  many dive centres and numerous other operators that sell dive trips to the Zenobia, but after a bit of research and email conversations I decided to use ScubaTechDivers.  Based in Protaras, they provide both PADI and BSAC approved recreational courses but also technical diving (both open and closed circuit).

The MS Zenobia is a massive wreck with lots to see. Unfortunately due to time constraints and the water temperature (18-19° C) I chose to do a multilevel technical dive for 87 mins using twins on 28 and 50 as a deco gas.  To get an idea of the size of the wreck, look at the size of the diver next to one of the propellers!

Many thanks to Peter Crane from Scubatechdivers.comZenobia-featured.jpg

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