For most of the year the island of Cyprus offers a range of experiences, from the relaxation of sunbathing to the thrill and challenge of trying a new water sport.
From secluded bays, to lively resorts and sandy beaches to rocky coves, the island’s expansive coastline is home to a variety of different-style beaches; each unique in its appearance and the facilities it offers.
Try your hand at reeling in the ‘catch of the day’ on a fishing trip, or discover the coves and caves of the different coastal areas on a boat trip.
Diving: With warm waters that range from 16-27 degrees almost all-year-round, the island enjoys one of the longest diving seasons in the Mediterranean. A range of wrecks, spectacular underwater caves and tunnels, and interesting paths await exploration – always with the promise of discovering something unique, from the remains of ancient amphora and stone anchors, to the exotic residents of their underwater worlds. And whilst the coastal reefs of the island range from natural to artificial, both share the same characteristics, acting as areas of reproduction, growth, feeding and refuge for a multitude of marine organisms.
Water Sports: A large number of licensed water sports operators can be found directly on public, organized beaches, and on the coastline of hotel strips, where a selection of both fun or challenging sea activities can be booked on the spot, including: banana boats, tube rides, pedalos, water skiing, wakeboarding, bodyboarding, SUP, parasailing, jet skiing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking. The relevant guidance and/or safety equipment is provided by the water sport operators, who also offer arrangements for water sports courses.
Sailing: A variety of important races and regattas also take place throughout the year for the sport of sailing, whilst leisure yachters can find community and facilities at two marinas, five ports and numerous bays. All the relevant information for sailing on the island, along with the calendar of events, and important guidelines can be found on the website of the Cyprus Sailing Federation (CYSAF).
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing: With consistent sea and wind conditions all year round, two of the biggest and most adrenaline-filled sea sports can be enjoyed in Cyprus, with the island known worldwide as a top destination for both windsurfing and kitesurfing. The more established sport of windsurfing can be practised on a number of different organised beaches, and with various licensed and established operators and clubs.
A relative newcomer, kitesurfing is going from strength-to-strength and is especially popular on the Larnaka beaches of the Mazotos/Kiti villages. Its suitability for the sport which takes advantage of both wind and water elements – is thanks to steady, consistent winds throughout the year, which peak from May to October.
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For more information on windsurfing: www.windsurfcitycyprus.com