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The Zenobia Week

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

PDD-Zenobia-560x200This special wreck event, the Zenobia week, is fast becoming a tradition in Cyprus and this year was no exception. Dive centers from all over the island have been bringing their guests to Larnaca to dive the Top 3rd wreck in the world and to compete in the PADI Selfie competition.

Winner Core Regulator

Winning Selfie!

PADI loves special events, nothing excites them more. This year PADI sponsored the Zenobia week by offering a free pair of sunglasses to every diver who signed up for either the deep diver or wreck diver speciality course. If that wasn’t enough, participants were asked to get creative above the water by taking a cool selfie and  entering  PADI’s selfie competition. The coolest selfie was carefully selected and the winner won an amazingly beautiful Aqualung CORE regulator…thankyou Mercury Divers!

Larnaca was full of the hustle and bustle of busy divers over the weekend, all running around in “cool” yellow PADI shades snapping shots in the bazarest of angles. Dive equipment was lugged, tanks were filled and suncream was applied as truck after truck arrived at Larnaca Marina. Happy smiles and damp hugs were everywhere as dive buddies reunited on one of the best dives of their lives. Instructors and divemasters were practically dancing at the PADI Pavilion,and their divers were all eager to meet Sascha Engeler, the PADI Regional Manager, to hopefully make their selfie the winning one. Nice try guys,.. The positive energy was everywhere and it was such a joy to be part of it.

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Jurg Dahler from Coral Bay Divers with the new Aqualung CORE Regulator

Thanks to everyone who took part of this epic Event. Jurg Dahler from Coral Bay Divers took the winning scuba selfie, so the Aqualung CORE Regulator has gone to a good home. It definitely will get to dive regularly and will be allowed to play with all of its underwater friends!

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Cargo ship sinks in Egypt’s Red Sea

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Photos: Cargo ship sinks in Egypt’s Red Sea, passengers saved – Politics – Egypt – Ahram Online http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/134564.aspx

Zenobia Shipwreck Cyprus

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Zenobia Shipwreck Cyprus is an important source of income for the dive community.

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Dive the zenobia wreck with Easy Divers Cyprus

The Zenobia shipwreck off Larnaca contributed over €14mln to the economy annually, officials said on Thursday, calling on the government to ban fishing in the area, which has become an important artificial reef.

A statement to mark the end of Zenobia Week, organised by the town’s authorities, diving centres, and the company that owns the wreck, said it was admittedly a one of a kind artificial reef, contributing significantly to biodiversity in the area.

It was also a source of income for Cyprus, contributing over €14mln to the economy per year.

“A large number of tourists chooses Cyprus and Larnaca as a holiday destination just to dive at the specific location,” the statement said.

Local authorities estimate that Zenobia attracts some 45,000 a year, making it one of the best wreck dives.

Unfortunately, according to the town’s tourism promotion association, government departments appeared to ignore the fact. The forget that a boom in Malta a diving tourism mecca has brought billions of euros to the country!

“It is inconceivable for illegal fishing to be continuing in the location, which constitutes the most important reef in Cyprus and should have been protected,” Dinos Lefkaritis said.

The Zenobia  only a two year old ship sank in June 1980 on its maiden voyage in the mediterranean from Sweden to Syria. It is the largest shipwreck in the Mediterranean at 174 metres long, 28 metres wide and 21 metres high.

Its hold contained 108 Lorries full of cargo such as cars, military equipment, telecommunication systems, air conditioning systems, toys and food.

It was also carrying a million eggs, many of which are still intact on the seabed.

The wreck has turned into an artificial reef that hosts thousands of fish species such as groupers, barracuda, bream, and others, along with coral, sea anemones and other underwater vegetation.

Sank at a depth of around 42 metres is easily accessible and is just 10 minutes by boat from the mainland.

The CTO (Cyprus Tourism Board) need to take control of this wreck and make it a cyprus heritage and monument. At present the Zenobia wreck is owned by a private company that can dictate who dive here and who dont!

Zenobia Shipwreck Cyprus important source of income for the dive industry.