History of Zenobia
The Zenobia is a 10,000 tonne roll-on/roll-off cargo ferry built in Sweden in 1979. She left Malmo, Sweden on her maiden voyage on the 4 May 1980, bound for Syria. She experienced steering problems on route and began listing to port. The computerised pumping system was pumping excess water into the side ballast tanks and the problem became progressively worse. At 2.30am on the 7 June 1980, Zenobia capsized and sank in Larnaca Bay taking the 104 lorries and cargo estimated at £200 million with her. According to local legend, the Zenobia’s owners never collected the insurance money and no formal investigation has ever been published.
Zenobia is now rated as one of the top ten wreck dives in the world and number one in the Mediterranean. An absolute must for any qualified diver visiting Cyprus.
The Dive Site
Zenobia now rests on her port side at a maximum depth of 42 meters, with the top of the wreck at 16 meters, she provides excitement for all diving qualification levels.
We will take you on 2 guided dives of this magnificent 178m wreck, where you will see the propellers, funnel, anchors and lifeboats, explore the canteen and bridge and see some of the over 100 lorries which went down with her, also not forgetting the abundant marine life that you will see including big groupers, sea bream, moray eels and barracuda.
Zenobia lays 1km outside Larnaca harbour, so we meet at the centre at 07.30hrs to provide enough time to meet the boat in Larnaca to ferry us to the wreck, there are refreshments, toilets and changing facilities on board. This is an experience you most certainly will not forget.
The Zenobia provides a wide range of challenges to scuba divers, from a fairly simple dive to 16 metres depth along the starboard side of the ship (suitable for newly qualified divers); moving up to a more advanced dive inside the upper car deck and accommodation block, right up to extremely adventurous dives within the lower car deck or the engine room (which are only suitable for very experienced divers). At 174m this wreck goes on and on and every dive brings something new and interesting to the diver. An absolute must for any qualified diver.
Enjoy 2 guided dives on Zenobia.