Cyprus > White Star
The White Star originated as a Russian fishing boat in the Black Sea and after
refurbishment served as an excursion boat on Cyprus. The vessel hit a shelf
in February 2007 and sank only a few miles from Pafos. Today, the White Star
lies cushioned by seaweed and rocks at a depth of between 14 and 18 metres.
A winter storm split up the wreck into two pieces, causing the ship's bow to
be scattered like a jigsaw puzzle on the ocean floor. The shallow location and
excellent visibility combined with the swift descent make this a relaxing dive,
which is also suitable for beginners. Further diving tips The rocky coast off
Pafos has lots to offer when it comes to land and boat dives. Experienced divers
should have no problem organising their own individual, unguided land dives.
Wreck-diving enthusiasts will be thrilled by the remains of the Vera К with
her overgrown archways nearby or with the Greek freighter Achileas and its propeller,
which is covered by a plethora of bronze sponges. Explorers will be lured into
the many caves and concealed grottos which are embedded in the jagged underwater
landscape of Pistol Bay. Lovers of natural beauty will be enchanted with the
flora and fauna of the Roman Walls: Broadnosed pipefish, hermit crabs, octopuses
and cuttlefish dart among the ancient remains in fairly shallow waters - incidentally
also a great location for a night dive. The unrivalled Amphora Cave needs to
be mentioned, featuring ceilings and walls peppered with encrusted amphora.
The Mediterranean monk seal inhabits this
wonderful stretch of coastline, which can only be reached by