3 Remarkable Reasons You Should Trust in Scuba

3 Remarkable Reasons You Should Trust in Scuba

Trust in Scuba

Trust in Scuba

Learn to dive and you learn to live. The world is for experiences. The world is for joy. The world is the world, so get involved! Scuba diving is one of the last things that you can do on earth that is truly an escape. It is true freedom. Every dive is an adventure.  I don’t understand people who don’t dive, but that’s OK, because i was put on this earth to teach them. To teach you.  So here are 3 remarkable reasons you should trust in scuba.


1. Stop your brain in its tracks if it tells you that you can’t breathe underwater.

Millions of divers worldwide know better. I’m here to tell you that you can, it’s just the gray matter in all of us that puts us in the gray zone of caution. Can you fly? Can you flap your arms so fast that you can whisk yourself up into the air? Of course you can’t, but how did you get here? How did you get to Cyprus or to your last holiday destination? You took a plane didn’t you? Lacking the ability to personally fly you packed yourself and your mini bottles of shampoo into a metal giant that weighs thousands of tonnes. You flew at 30,000 feet at a shocking 700 km per hour. Chances are that you were nervous the first time that you flew, but given time and experience you came to trust the technology that hurtles you through the sky,

2. Trusting your equipment.

Trust in Scuba Equipment

Trust in Scuba Equipment

Isn’t it fair to say that scuba diving is the same thing as flying? We lack gills, we lack fins, flippers and webbed toes. We cannot breathe underwater and breathing is pretty important to us humans. SCUBA stands for self contained underwater breathing apparatus; as  it has everything we need to breathe underwater. . SCUBA technology never stops advancing, and it has never been easier. Just like flying, diving has risks, but when you learn how to dive you learn how to trust your equipment. It will open doors into another world.


3.Trust In Your Scuba Instructor. Don’t let the unknown stop you.

Trust In your PADI Scuba Instructor

Trust In your PADI Scuba Instructor

Trust in your PADI Scuba Instructor. It is their passion. It is their job to keep you safe. Let the unknown inspire you. Let it heal the stresses in your life. Allow it to recenter your whole being and discover what it really means to be free. PADI certify over 1 million new scuba divers every year. Be one of them! Be the best – Be PADI!


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PADI Women’s Dive Day Almost Here!

PADI Women’s Dive Day is almost here!

Grab your Bikini!

PADI Women’s Dive Day is Almost Here

As a fellow female who is addicted to scuba it’s hard for me to understand why diving is still such a male dominated sport. Women’s dive day is here to change all that and has been so, one bikini at a time for the last 3 years.

This year is no exception and July 15th is the official  day for us to dominate the ocean!


What is The PADI women’s dive day? Why is special?

PADI Women's Dive Day is almost here

PADI Women’s Dive Day is almost here..wanna come?

The PADI women’s dive day is exactly what it says on the tin – women all around the world will take to the ocean on mass and have a blast underwater! PADI sunglasses are everywhere, but never before have we had them in PINK!

We will pick you up from your hotel, take you to Scuba Monkey headquarters and have a little briefing. For those of you new to diving you will then listen to your very first scuba lesson and get yourself ready to hit the water with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program. You’ll be a scuba addicted chimp in no time.

A 10 minute drive will take you to Greenbay, a stunning dive spot that is a favorite on the island – you’ll know why when you get there. Its so beautiful.

After the dive we will then go to the  brand new restaurant Appetite  in Ayia Napa for some healthy post dive treats and pink cocktails!

Film crews and free goodies will be everywhere – so book early to ensure a pair of sunglasses have your name on them.

I’m a woman, where can I dive?

With Scuba Monkey of course! Call us on (+357) 23 724622 and book your space. We only have 20 spaces available so call now OK?

It will be the highlight of your holiday, I promise.

OK, I’m in – whats it gonna cost me?

75 Euro All In – that’s it girls! You will get a 4 hour experience that covers all the fundamentals of diving plus lunch and cocktails!

Want a PADI-Pedi for PADI Women's Dive Day? Book it when you call us!

Want a PADI-Pedi for PADI Women’s Dive Day? Book it when you call us!

Additional cost is the optional PADI-Pedi at 15 Euro

Whats that I hear you ask? Well, its a Gel Shellac nail polish done in the design of the international dive flag on your toes. It will last for weeks after your tan starts to fade, I promise. Please book this when you call us for your dive to ensure your spot.



Your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience

What to Expect from your  PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience

What is it?

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

You will love Scuba Diving!

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is your first taste of scuba, your first breath underwater and the first day of your addiction to the underwater world. It’s so much fun! You get to meet new people, make new friends and see a whole new world that has been at your doorstep your entire life, but has always been out of reach.

Until now

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is designed for those who want to try something new, and no prior experience is required to discover the feeling of breathing underwater. Blowing bubbles is uniquely liberating, you’re free to move in any direction in full HD color and it will be the best thing you do all year!


What does it involve?

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience has three parts:

  1. Your PADI professional will be with you for the entire process and it starts with a little theory in the dive center. You will be taught about the body, more specifically what happens to the body when you go underwater, how to communicate via hand signals and how to name and use the equipment that you will be using. Its informative and fun!
  2. PADI Discover Scuba Diving

    Step 2 : Shallow water training. Learn simple skills in shallow, crystal clear water


    Shallow water training. Your instructor will then take you to the pool or to a very secluded dive site that has the same conditions as your hotel pool (albeit a salty one). You will be shown a few skills that make your dive more enjoyable and then asked to show us what you have just seen. It’s so easy its child’s play. We spend a lot of time in the shallow water, practicing breathing, practicing swimming with the fins and generally getting you comfy before we progress onto the last, fun part of the program – the dive itself.

  3. PADI Discover Scuba Diving

    Step 3: Your First Dive! Descend to a Max Depth of 9 meters


    Scuba Diving: Your instructor will then lead you into deeper water very slowly. You guys will swim forwards, your instructor backwards and you will slowly descend to a maximum depth of 9 meters. Fish will swim around you, curious as to what you are – because we must look very strange to them.



PADI Discover Scuba Diving

Check each hole to find the cool stuff!

Top Tip: swim as slowly as possible, you will see more and your dive will last longer! Check under every rock, look in every hole – the truly curious are the most rewarded. Underwater critters are everywhere – but remember: look, but don’t touch! We are visitors in their world and we must respect them. Just observe and be amazed – it truly is the most absorbing activity on the planet!


I loved it – now what?

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

Your PADI Discover Scuba Diving earns your credit towards your PADI Open Water Course! Get Certified!

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving can be credited towards the PADI Open Water Diver Course. For the next 12 months, you have credit at Scuba Monkey – the entire cost of your experience will be deducted from your course costs because you have done the work and so have we! Your 4-day course now takes just three and a half days and will give you a certification that will last a life time. It will allow you to dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters, dive without an instructor and allows you to rent equipment from your local PADI center and go and explore the underwater world!


Top Tip: Always go scuba diving when you visit a new country! It lets you truly see your destination – above and below the water, in all its glory and paints you a more complete picture.


Life is better under the sea!! You’ll see.


It doesn’t take long…..

Need scuba gear, but have no Idea? Fear Not. Part 4: Regulators

Need scuba gear, but have no Idea?? Fear Not.

scuba gear

You regulators are an essential piece of Scuba Gear

Part 4: Regulators

Cost: €200-2000

Scuba Gear. What do I need a regulator for? What do they do?

Scuba gear regulators give us the air we need for scuba diving A regulator is the cool bit of gear that facilitates your breathing underwater. It converts the highly pressurized air from your cylinder directly, giving us breathable air at ambient pressure in just two stages. The first stage reduces the high tank pressure into intermediate pressure (from 200 bar to around 10-12 bar). The second stage (the bit you stick in your mouth) then reduces it again, from 10-12 bar to breathable pressure (ambient)

When divers talk about regulators they are usually referring to a complete set – a first stage, hoses, second stage, redundant second stage (octopus or alternate air source) and an instrument console containing, at the very minimum, an air gauge. All of these can be bought separately, but manufactures will usually preassemble elements that suit each other together to meet the requirements of the different diving environments worldwide. For example, the regs you need for warm, tropical diving are different to those that you would use in cold water. The great news is that over the years regulators have been perfected to the point that even the most budget reg will offer high performance. Be this as it may, it is always good to do a little homework before setting out to buy this vital piece of gear.

Scuba Gear Regulator Options:

  1.   First stages: There are 2 ways that your first stage can fit onto your scuba cylinder – DIN or A-clamp (yoke). The DIN system can handle higher working pressures of up to 300 bar and offers a more secure coupling to the cylinder as it traps the o-ring between the cylinder valve and the first stage. A-clamps are more common worldwide and can handle working pressures of up to 232 bar. Don’t worry if you are tempted by the DIN system but are worried that it won’t fit a cylinder while you are traveling – adaptors exist that can quickly convert a DIN reg to fit onto an a-clamp cylinder.

Another option for your first stage is the number of ports that it has. There are two types of port – the high pressure (HP) and the low pressure. You need both because your air gauge gives you an exact pressure reading from your tank – it lets you know how much air you have, and so it needs a high pressure hose from a high pressure port. The hoses that feed both you and your BCD require low pressure – as we will be breathing from here and don’t want to blow up like an angry pufferfish every time we take a breath or inflate our jacket. Some regulators have more ports than others – you will always need one high pressure port for your air gauge, but some divers want two. The second HP port can be utilized by a transducer – a cool little device that screws into the HP port of the first stage. It reads your cylinder pressure and then delivers this information directly to your dive computer in digital form. Pretty cool (although pretty costly)

Environmentally sealed first stages are for cold water diving. Cold water may interfere with the internal mechanical workings of your first stage making it prone to free-flowing. The environmental seal prevents the surrounding water from interacting with the internal mechanisms, allowing them to breathe smooth and easy in even the coldest of waters.

  1.   Second stage options are either balanced or unbalanced. Balanced second stages deliver consistent performance and flow rates regardless of depth. Unbalanced second stages will struggle to maintain a uniform performance at deeper depths.  Balanced regulators are more complicated than unbalanced ones and so cost a little more. Budget conscious divers beware, ease of breathing is a very, very good thing, but a decent compromise would be to take a balanced first stage with an unbalanced second stage. This combo delivers a good balance of performance at a reduced cost.

Second stages can also have an inhalation adjustment feature that alters the effort required to open the valve. These are great for deeper dives where you can turn the air “up” and breathe freely at depth and turn it “down” again before shallowing up (a comfortable resistance at depth may result in a freeflow at the surface.)

  1.   The Octopus or the redundant second stage is the most common type of alternate air source. Both the front cover of this second stage and the hose that connects it to the first stage are coloured a bright yellow, making it easily identifiable for an out of air emergency. The hose is generally longer than that of your primary one, allowing it to be donated to your buddy should they need it. The octopus doesn’t have to cost the earth either. Most people opt for one that is either the same model as their primary or a more basic option – with any luck, you won’t be using it that often.

Another form of a redundant second stage is one that combines an alternate air supply with the BCD’s inflator. The benefit of this choice is that you need one less LP port on your first stage and it is always readily available and easy to find. One disadvantage to this is that in the event of an emergency the donor diver needs to relinquish their primary second stage and switch to the alternate themselves. The hose for the primary is shorter too, meaning that both divers’ movements are rather restricted.

Scuba Gear. What am I looking for in a set of regulators?

  •         High performance: you want a reg that can deliver a high volume of air at depth, even under strenuous conditions with low tank pressure.
  •         Comfort: you want a mouth piece that sits comfortably in your mouth with hoses that are the right length for you.

Always test as many regulators as possible: breathing from a regulator in a dive store will tell you very little about what it is like to breathe with it underwater.

What do I use?

scuba gear

I adore my Aqualung Legend regulators. This piece of scuba gear has been my best friend for over 10 years now!

My favorite set of regulators are my Aqualung Legend LX. I bought them in 2005 and although I have bought a few more since then I always seem to go back to these. They breathe dry and true in any position and the wide exhaust tees minimize the bubble interference as I breathe out. Perfect in my book.

Whatever you choose, take your time. Talk with your local dive center. Ask your diving friends. Do a little homework to ensure that you find the perfect set of regulators for your budget. Dive as many as you can and read current review sites to get a feel for what’s out there. Once you have found your ‘new best friend’ then treat them well. If you service them annually, keep them out the sun and wash them after every dive then they will be your new best friend.



Need Scuba Gear, but Have No Idea? Part 3: BCD’s (Buoyancy Control Device)

Need Scuba Gear, but Have No Idea?? Fear Not.

Scuba Gear

Scuba Gear: The BCD is an essential and personal piece of kit

Part 3: Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)

Cost: €200-1000

What do I need a BCD for? What do they do?

Scuba Gear: The BCD. Buoyancy control is one of the most essential skills that a diver must master. It not only gives you greater control, but also streamlines your body while diving and protects the delicate marine life. It is part of your life support system. It allows you to float at the surface by offsetting the weight of your gear and so should have adequate “lift” for you and the rest of your equipment. It is also what holds your tank on your back and secures all the hoses from your regulators. It is a vital bit of kit, and one that has many options to choose from.

Before you buy a BCD there are many things to think about. What style should you get? What accessories will you need (more metal D-rings or more pockets etc.)? Is it easy to operate? What kind of inflator/deflator do you want?

Scuba Gear. BCD Style

There are two main styles of BCD – the traditional “jacket” or the back inflated “wing”. The “jacket” has a bladder that wraps around you and is extremely comfortable to float at the surface with. The “wing” has its bladder behind you and can give you an excellent profile under the water. It does take a little getting used to however as it has a tendency to push you forward and makes floating comfortably at the surface a little more challenging.

There are also hybrid BCD’s which combine features from both the wing and jacket styles. There are even BCD’s for ladies. Most equipment manufacturers now produce BCD’s with ladies in mind. Specially designed, ladies BCD’s work to move the majority of the weight of your heavy equipment from your upper back to across the hips (where were are better suited to carry it). They may cost a little more, but are very comfortable and safer for your back too.

Travel BCD’s are also an option. Travel BCD’s are generally those that are lighter in weight and are less bulky to pack. They typically have fewer stainless steel D-rings and they’ll usually be made with in a lighter fabric. Many of them lack any kind of back-plate to reduce weight and make them easier to pack.

Scuba Gear. BCD Lift – How much do you Need?

Simply put, lift capacity is a measurement of how much weight the BCD can hold on the surface when the bladder is fully inflated. Lift has many factors that determine it, and is hugely complicated, so the following is a general guideline that you should look for when making your selection.

  •         Tropical Diving (with little or no wetsuit protection) = 8-12kg
  •         Recreational Diving (with a full wetsuit or dry suit) – 10-20kg
  •         Technical Diving (or diving under other demanding conditions) – 20-40kg


Scuba Gear: Weight integrated BCD

Weights are needed to offset the buoyancy in our bodies and wetsuit in order for us to actually get under the water.  Weight belts can be quite uncomfortable or even painful. The last decade has seen a huge rise in popularity of the integrated weight BCD. These have removable pockets to hold your required weight and are very comfortable. They have a quick release mechanism (the most important feature of a weight system) that allows you to dump your weight in the event of an emergency. Your weight system is a personal choice, but I think that being comfortable is ideal at all times – not only while scuba diving.

What am I looking for in my scuba gear?

Correct size and fit. Don’t try on a BCD without first thinking of the exposure protection that you will be wearing with it. If possible, test the size with your exposure protection on to give truer feel for the correct size. You want your BCD to fit snugly, but it shouldn’t squeeze you when it is inflated, inflate it all the way until the overflow valves vent while trying the BCD on. You should also be able to reach all the adjustment straps, hoses and inflator easily, for fluid motor muscle movements on every dive. You don’t want there to be any restrictions.

Another thing to look out for is the inflator itself. Does it have clearly distinguishable buttons for both the inflator and deflator? Look for ones that have two colours, one for each button, so you can avoid making a mistake.

Scuba Gear. What do I use?

I love my Aqualung Soul i3. It is a ladies BCD with the new inflator design (the Balanced Power Inflator or BPI) that moves the orientation of your inflator/deflator from the shoulder to where your left hand usually rests. It is fixed and does not move, unlike the floppy hose of traditional BCD’s. It is intuitive too – push the lever up to add air and push it down to release. It is filled with a soft gel too – so may back has a soft cushion between me and my cylinder.

Scuba Gear

Scuba Gear: Buy the best BCD that you can afford. With the right care it will last you for years.

My best bit of advice is to spend as much as you can afford on a BCD. With the right maintenance and annual servicing it will last years if not decades, so don’t buy the cheapest option. The BCD, along with regulators and dive computers, are the three bits of kit that I would never watch my pennies over. Choose the best one for you, take care of it and never forget to go through its workings with your dive buddy before EVERY dive. Always dive S.A.F.E. and be happy!


Need scuba gear, but have no Idea? Part 1: The Mask and Snorkel

Scuba Gear

Scuba Gear: The Mask and Snorkel are vital bit of kit, choose wisely!

Need scuba gear, but have no Idea? Part 1: The Mask and Snorkel. Scuba Gear choices are huge. It’s a big old blue world out there and if you are new to scuba diving then maybe you have started thinking about buying your own scuba gear. The amount of options out there are countless and it’s easy to get lost under a mountain of choices.  Don’t Panic! Between your instructor, dive center and this series of blogs, you will be educated and confident to make the right decisions for your life underwater.

When buying scuba gear it can be helpful to break it into 2 phases:

  1. The basics: needed for your scuba classes (masks, fins, wetsuits etc.)
  2. The major pieces of life support which you are allowed to buy after you become a certified diver. (Regulators, BCDs dive computers etc.)

The following blog entry is the first of many. This series will give you all the information that is required when making an educated purchase.

Scuba Gear Part 1: The Mask

Cost: €20-€200

Scuba masks have evolved since the times of the old James Bond movies. Gone are the single pane oval shaped masks, and they have been replaced with a huge variety of shapes for every face. Find yours!

Scuba Gear: Why do we need a mask: What does it do?

A mask is an essential piece of scuba gear. If you want to see the underwater world clearly. Our eyes need air to focus: opening your eyes underwater without one gives us a fuzzy unsharp view of all the glorious things to see. For this reason, the mask is considered as one of the ABC’s of scuba gear; it is one of the first things a new diver buys and gets the most use of (after all – its small enough to pack into even the smallest carry-on bag.)

What 6 things should I look for when selecting the perfect mask?

As with all scuba Gear, Fit is essential. Do not look at the price tag. Let your face decide!

  1.   Place the mask skirt on your face, but without the strap. It should fit without gaps. Make sure there isn’t any hair trapped under skirt of the mask.
  2.   Try this again with a regulator mouthpiece in your mouth. Does it still fit without any gaps?
  3.   Look forward and inhale gently. The mask should now seal onto your face and should stay there without having to hold it.
  4.   Try this again with a regulator mouthpiece in your mouth. Does it still make a seal?
  5.   Now you can place the strap around your head. Does it feel comfortable? Your nose should not touch the end of the nose pocket and it should also feel comfortable on your upper lip. If it doesn’t feel comfortable then select a softer material for the skirt: Liquid skin latex is a great option.
  6.   Lastly – try a regulator again. Can you reach the nose pocket easily for equalizing?  If so then this mask is the right one for your face.

There are also options for increased field of vision – some have additional panes above or below the main lens are completely up to the diver. There is also colour to consider, and masks come in an ever increasing variety of colours, but please note that colour should be the last thing that you consider. Fit is of primary importance for comfortable dives in full high definition vision.


Scuba Gear Part 2: The Snorkel

Cost: €10-€50

What it does:

The snorkel allows you to breathe with your face in the water and without using your tank air. It is a hollow tube that attaches to the left side of your scuba mask. In theory it is a very simple piece of kit – but technological advances have made even this piece a little daunting when selecting the right one for you.

What am i looking for?

As with all scuba gear, comfortable fit is what you’re looking for in a snorkel. It should fit nicely in your mouth and you shouldn’t feel like your mouth is being overly stretched. It should breathe dry and easy.

Modern snorkels have purge valves near the mouthpiece to make clearing easier, and some have features that boast extra dry use. Both are great, but as you add features the overall drag of your snorkel will increase and may distract you when you go underwater completely for you scuba dive. If you are only planning on using a snorkel while diving then you can happily be content with the most basic snorkel. If you plan on using it for snorkeling alone then maybe you should think of a modern one with all the bells and whistles.

Scuba Gear: Mask and Snorkel Combos

When buying scuba gear a combination set is also an option. Some retailers offer better prices on mask and snorkels together. As long as you get to try on both using the advice from this blog and they tick all the boxes then go for it. This is where colour can be matched and make you look like the true Diving Diva that you are when under the water.

Above all being safe and comfortable is the best thing for your peace of mind while scuba diving. Having your own scuba gear means that you are dedicated to your diving and most dive centers will give you a discount for every piece that you already own. A good investment will always give you the most return – so start with the basics and enjoy yourselves!!

One happy diver in her new scuba gear

One happy diver in her new scuba gear

Come back next week for more scuba gear top tips when buying a set of fins……

Ciao for now!

Need scuba gear, but have no Idea? Fear Not. Part 2: Fins


Scuba Gear : Fins (not flippers!)

Need scuba gear, but have no Idea? Fear Not.

Part 2: Fins (not flippers!)

Cost: €30-200

Scuba gear: Why do I need fins for? What do they do?

Fins allow our powerful leg muscles to propel us through the water extremely efficiently. Without fins it is extremely difficult to move in water as it is 800 more dense than air. The best advice that I can offer you is not to choose the cheapest option here – leg cramps, muscle fatigue and a thoroughly unenjoyable dives are just some of the risks.

What am I looking for?

Open heel fin

Scuba Gear: Rigid fins lead to lowered energy expenditures over a longer distance

Scuba Gear Fins: Efficient or flexible?

As with most scuba gear, comfort and a good fit are paramount. Efficiency is also a good thing to look out for – as more efficient fins lead to lowered energy expenditures over a longer distance. More meters per kick is a good thing, especially in areas of high current. High efficiency fins however use a stiffer material and are often larger and heavier – meaning those of us who are slightly smaller in size often opt for a more flexible fin blade. Flexibility vs efficiency is a debate best resolved by your own body and preferences.

Stiff, efficient fins are better for frog kicking. They are good for more advanced propulsion techniques such as helicopter kicks or finning backwards. More flexible fins are perfect for the flutter kick and are perfect for those who are new to diving, smaller in size or for areas of low current.

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Scuba Gear: Full foot fins perfect for warmer waters and boat diving

Scuba Gear Fins: Full foot or Open Heel?

Full foot fins do not require a separate boot and are perfect for warmer waters. They are also perfect for boat diving when you do not have to walk over any rugged terrain to enter the water. In Cyprus most dives are shore dives and you often walk over rocks that have been roasted in the 45 °C sun – so open heel fins with separate boots are best here. Open heel fins are also perfect for children as the heel strap simply slips over the boots and do not need to be replaced every time they grow. They can also be used by multiple family members (as long as not diving together of course).


Scuba Gear Fins: What do I use?

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Scuba Gear: I love my very flexible Scubapro Sea Wing Nova fins

I am 160cm (5ft,4 inches) and I do the majority of my diving in the Mediterranean so I choose the very flexible Scubapro ‘Sea Wing Nova’ while diving at home. They are open healed and I love them. They are perfect for Cyprus where there is very little current for most of the year. However, I do take a more rigid fin when traveling (if I can I take both) so I can keep up with the big stuff like sharks and mantas.

So if you are slowly building up your scuba gear closet then congratulations! Investment in your passion usually means that you will continue it for years to come. Fins are perfect for keeping you in the water, they are big enough to take up a decent amount of space among your clothes and are a constant reminder to get in the water to  keep your fins wet and happy!!


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Marine Parks in Cyprus

Marine Parks in Cyprus

Marine Parks In Cyprus

Marine Parks In Cyprus Will Only Regenerate Fish Stocks if they are Enforced by the Authorities

Marine parks in Cyprus are becoming an integral part of the effort to increase fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea.  This is great news; fish stocks have been rapidly declining over the last two decades as the human demand for seafood steadily increases. Stocks are so worryingly low due to overfishing that there is a risk that fish populations will suffer a reduced ability to reproduce if no action is taken. Meta-analysis of 9 species of fish by Greek Scientists in 2014 will be  used as the key species indicative to fish populations as a whole. These species include cod, red mullet, anchovy and sardines.


The plan to tackle this problem started two years ago in 2013.  Funded by the Cyprus Dive Centre Association, the Department of Fisheries and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, four  large fishing vessels and a multitude of reef poles will be installed around the Cypriot coastline, creating a total of 5 Marine parks over 12 square kilometers. Three artificial reefs in the form of purposefully sunk wrecks have already taken place. The Liberty, Nemesis III and Kyrenia wrecks are all happy at the bottom of the sea already. Fish and other aquatic species are already colonizing them. They are  all beautiful dives and are all at Scuba Monkey’s doorstep, so why don’t you book onto the next trip and see for yourselves?


Fishing bans will be enforced by the fishery department and local law enforcement. This sounds good on paper, but myself and the majority of dive centers in cyprus believe that 12 square kilometers of protected waters will not be sufficient for fish stocks to regenerate. An island-wide fishing ban is hoped for. Fishermen will not be happy, but surely fish stocks for the future have to be considered. Is it not better to ban fishing completely for a while, allowing fish to repopulate this corner of the Mediterranean that we call home? I think so. Whether the Cypriot fisheries department will take further action is hoped for.


Another problem of marine parks is the enforcement side. Will local law enforcement actually actively penalize those found fishing? Will these penalties be harsh enough to successfully deter fishermen? I live in Agias Triada,  my apartment is on the coast and I am inside the supposed marine park.  Every morning I have coffee on my balcony and every morning I see fishermen on the rocks and fishing boats on the water. The marine police have an office less than a nautical mile away.  I have never seen a police boat enforcing the fishing ban. This is worrying to say the least.


Marine parks only work if they are enforced. On one hand the positive side is that marine parks are being set out.  This means the Cypriots are making a move in the right direction. It marks a much needed paradigm shift in at least the minds of the local people. With a little brute force and a lot of cash penalties the re-population of fish stocks is an achievable goal. This would benefit not only the aquatic life,  but the nation’s economy too.  Cyprus offers one of the longest diving seasons of Europe.  Our seas never drop below 16 degrees Celsius and the visibility is fantastic due to the lack of plankton in the Med. The Cyprus Tourism organisation’s dream of creating a diving destination of excellence would be more achievable if there was more to see under the surface.  I am dubious but hopeful that over time the 5 marine parks will improve our dive sites and give us more to see.  The tourists, divers and fish are all crossing their fingers and fins in the hope that the marine parks will be policed and protected.

Marine Parks in Cyprus

One of the Signs Placed on the Coastline clearly Displays the Marine Parks in Cyprus. Now Fishermen Need to Respect Them and Police Need to Enforce Them