Dolphin Boat Safari - Aiya Napa to Famagusta
Duration: Half Day
A trip to Ayia Napa would not be complete without a tour of Cyprus' spectacular coastline, and a boat trip is undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore. Blessed with crystal clear waters and miles of golden sandy beaches, this beautiful island is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. Embarking on a Dolphin Boat Safari will reveal some of the coastal highlights as you cruise past tranquil bays, striking cave formations and historic landmarks, looking out for dolphins and turtles on the way.
Your three-hour tour begins at Ayia Napa Harbour, where you will board your safari boat for an exhilarating adventure on the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Relax on deck, feeling the sun on your face and the cool breeze in your hair as we cruise leisurely across crystal clear turquoise waters towards Ayia Napa Cave and the famous Palaces beyond the beautiful Cape Greco. These magnificent rock formations have been sculpted by the waves over hundreds of years, creating a palace-like structure, hence the name. Get your camera ready for some spectacular photo opportunities.
We cruise onwards, past impressive sea caves, canyons and dramatic rugged coastline to picturesque bays such as Queen's Bay, Amfora Bay and Konnos Bay, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the calm, crystalline waters. We continue to Ayioi Anargire sea caves, which is a popular area for scuba diving, before reaching the tranquil Konnos Bay, one of the prettiest beaches in Cyprus. Other tour highlights include the popular Green Bay and Fig Tree Bay at Protaras, the pretty beach resort of Pernera and the Golden Coast.
Before the end of the tour, you will also see the peaceful coastal village of Kapparis before reaching the Famagusta border. Here you will stop and learn all about this famous "ghost town" which has been occupied by Turkish forces since they invaded Northern Cyprus in 1974. Varosha, the modern part of Famagusta city, was once the most popular tourist resort in Cyprus, if not the Mediterranean. After it was seized by Turkish troupes, who forced the local residents to flee their homes, this abandoned resort sadly became a ghost town. Entry is still forbidden today.
On our return journey, we go in search for dolphins, stopping at one of the best areas on the coast to spot these beautiful mammals. Dolphin sightings are not guaranteed but if you're lucky, watching these graceful creatures swimming alongside the boat or flipping and diving playfully is a magical experience you won't forget. If you look carefully, you may also be able to spot sea turtles on the way. Not to be missed, this will be one of the most memorable tours you can take during a holiday in Cyprus.
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