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The World's Best Wreck Dives

The World's Best Wreck Dives

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MS Zenobia, Cyprus

MS Zenobia has arguably had a longer career as a wreck than a functioning vessel. The 178 metre Swedish ferry sunk outside Larnaca, Cyprus on her maiden voyage in June 1980, just one stop from her final destination of Tartous in Syria. Technical problems were the cause of her demise and although the crew were evacuated safely prior to the sinking, MS Zenobia took almost £200 million worth of cargo down with her.

Fortunately, MS Zenobia and the 104 vehicles she was carrying have been well preserved, meaning that she now makes for an intriguing dive. Lying 42 metres below the surface, there is a multitude of marine life around the MS Zenobia and divers are most likely to spot moray eels, barracudas, jack fish and grouper fish. Advanced divers can explore the accommodation block, where part of the red tartan carpet can still be seen and the two full lorry decks. Though rusting, the lorries still have their windscreens and maintain the original paintwork on their cabs. MS Zenobia makes for a spectacular technical dive, with options for divers of varying levels.

The MS Zenobia shipwreck dive is located very close to Larnaca marina, which can accommodate yachts up to 49 metres.

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