Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on January 26, 2024
The Blue Lagoon of Cape Greco is one of the sites not to be missed when visiting Cyprus. From its cliffs, you’ll never tire of admiring the deep, crystalline blue of the lagoon, which contrasts with the surrounding arid landscape. Underwater, the spectacle is also fascinating. The exceptional underwater visibility allows you to explore rocky chaos and sandbanks where many fish live.
The Blue Lagoon is located on the northern shore of Cape Greco (also called Kavo Greko), a peninsula in the southeast of Cyprus. It can be accessed in two ways:
From the car park, a path leads to a large concrete platform, from which you can easily enter the water. If you’re visiting as part of a boat tour, you’ll usually have to enter the water directly from your boat.
You can snorkel along the cliffs on both sides, but the heart of the Blue Lagoon is about 150 meters to the left. A large number of boats come and go in the area: do not go too far from the shore, except where lines of buoys mark the swimming area.
As soon as you enter the water, you’ll find yourself relatively deep areas (↕6-18 feet/2-6 meters), with rugged rocky reliefs. Huge blocks, plateaus and scree form varied underwater landscapes, before giving way to sandy bottoms (↕12-24 feet/4-8 meters).
The common sea bream, the ornate wrasse and the damselfish, often associated with rocky bottoms, are very common fish in the Blue Lagoon.
More rarely, you may surprise small groupers, who take shelter in their hiding place as soon as they feel spotted. Two species live here: the brown grouper and the mottled grouper. The open areas are conducive to encounters with trumpetfish, yellowspotted puffer, and schools of saddled seabream.
The Blue Lagoon is not a location where green turtles, the most popular inhabitant of Protaras shore waters, are usually seen. To get better chances of spotting them, head to Konnos Beach or Green Bay, a little further north.
A food truck is generally present in the Blue Lagoon parking lot.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
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