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“Zenobia” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wreck of the Zenobia

Wreck of the Zenobia
1.5 kms from shore in larnaca Bay, Larnaka, Cyprus
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Ranked #2 of 41 Attractions in Larnaka
Type: Historic Sites
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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Great dive, definitely worth your while. Dove with Alpha Divers and no one knows the Zen like they do.

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London, United Kingdom
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“A wreck everybody should dive with Alpha divers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Dived the Zenobia 6 times during my week in Cyprus and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. It really is quite a sight when you first descend and looks bigger than expected. Lots of fish life with several big grouper, one of whom got christened Brian by my buddy. Rainbow wrasse and bream also prevalent. Had the usual photos taken posing by the propeller and inside the lifeboats. To prolong the dive time useful to use nitrox, which we did at 28% If you are going to penetrate the wreck make sure you go with a really good dive outfit and I can thoroughly recommend Alpha divers who knew the layout inside out. Quite a thermocline just above the wreck so be ready for it!
Will definitely go back to dive it again.

Visited September 2013
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Manningtree, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Dived with Marine Divers- outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

Having dived Thistlegorm we were expecting this wreck to be good but not as good as it was. We were lucky with the sea being a mill pond for the first dive. We went into the canteen saw the red tartan carpet and through all the accommodation with the showers and clothes still hanging around. Very eery and very glad no one died when it sunk. However you can see with all the wires hanging down, the dark and how dis- orientating it can be etc that you need to have all your wits about you as well as be with a quality dive guide to ensure you don't become the next victim. Felt very safe and happy with Marine Divers who insist on a check dive to assess your ability prior to allowing you to dive the wreck with them.
Amazing diving. Amazing wreck!

Visited September 2013
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Larnaca, Cyprus
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“Ideal for a first time on a boat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Took my two young girls on this trip. It was only 45mins long but was enough as it was their first time on a boat. We saw the wreck briefly but the views were gorgeous.

Visited September 2013
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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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“Incredible wreck for diving, not glass bottom boats”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

I dived to the Zen as part of my Advanced Open Water with Pissouri Bay Divers (Deep Dive and Wreck Dive). It was a fantastic experience. The wreck itself is huge, and lying on its side. There are still trucks attached to the boat's platform, at 90 degrees. The sea life is incredibly rich as it is a protected area, and the ship provides an excellent artificial reef, even saw a huge turtle mingling with the barracudas, blackfish, white bream, moray eels, etc. The cafeteria is worth checking out, the slowly peeling carpet of the floor (bear in mind that its vertical) make it fairly spooky, and at the end you've got the toilet right at the top which provides a great picture shot. It's easy to get out of that part as the windows overhead have been knocked through. However, don't get tempted to go too deep into the wreck without the proper training and supervision. For non experienced wreck divers (such as myself) this boat provides plenty of fun dives within safe areas, at reasonable depths (the bottom is at 42 metres, but most of the interesting stuff is at 30m).

I used the Queen of the Zenobia to get to the wreck - it was actually included as part of my PADI Advanced course package with Pissouri Bay Divers (I believe most dive schools do not include this in the Advanced course). There is a meal included on the boat, which is available shortly after having done the two dives with a surface interval in between. This includes barbecued chicken souvla, salad, etc, and I highly recommend it.

*** NOTE TO GLASS BOTTOM BOAT GOERS*** as the top of the wreck is at a minimum depth of 20m, it is likely you'll not to see anything from the surface unless the visibility is crystal clear. The Zen is a "deep sea attraction", and although visibility is good, it's not always good enough for this kind of depth. Tourist boats are advertising it as one of their ride attractions - but if you didn't see anything interesting, please give your bad rating to the boat company, not the wreck itself (it didn't lie to you).

Visited August 2013
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