Location Category: Seas
The Akamas Peninsula, as described by the Conservation Management Plan of World Bank/EU, covers around 230 square kilometers and is located at the western end of the island. It is an area of unique natural beauty that continues to grow despite the effects of development. The uniqueness of the area for Cyprus, and for the whole of the Mediterranean, is centered on its precious ecology. The diversity of flora and fauna living in this relatively small area is truly impressive.
According to Greek mythology, the Goddess Aphrodite emerged from the foams of the sea at this location and, therefore, is known as her birthplace. This idyllic and unique sight can be enjoyed throughout the year.
The wreck that is known among divers as Manitzin is located on the island of Geroniso, between Laras and Paphos and opposite the Ayios Georgios harbour. It is 10-15 metres deep and can be accessed either by land or by boat.
The Zenobia Wreck is ranked among the ten best wrecks in the world. Zenobia is a Swedish ferry that captised and sank on its maiden voyage in 1980, giving it the name ‘The Titanic of the Mediterranean.’ The ferry currently lays on her port side in a layer of sand and rock. The 172 metre ferry was carrying 108 tractor-trailers carrying a variety of cargo, including cars, military equipment, food and telecommunication systems, as well as a million eggs which remain undamaged under water.