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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 jetty at the Blue Lagoon, Cyprus
The snorkel entry at the Blue Lagoon.

How to get to the Blue Lagoon snorkeling location?

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:

  1. By the road. The site is well signposted from the road between Ayia Napa and Protaras and, in summer, bus 101 also serves the site. Once at the visitor center, you can choose to continue on foot or by car. The Blue Lagoon is located next to the parking lot on the left of the asphalt road, about 1200 meters after the visitor center, where there is often a food truck. Access is free.
  2. On a boat. Many tour agencies offer day boat trips to Cape Greco, which can be booked online or in town in Ayia Napa and Protaras. Several options and programs are available, but if you really want to enjoy snorkeling try choosing an excursion with a limited number of participants. Make sure that a snorkeling stop at the Blue Lagoon is included in the program before booking.
Blue Lagoon Cape Greco snorkeling map
Blue Lagoon (Cape Greco) snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling the Blue Lagoon

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.

The Blue Lagoon snorkeling exploration

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.

Rocky seabed and fish at the Blue Lagoon
Saddled seabream are very common around the Blue Lagoon rocky beds.

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.

Mottled grouper at the Blue Lagoon
The Mottled grouper is occasionally spotted at 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.

Pair of sabella on the Blue Lagoon rocky shore
A pair of sabella noted near the concrete platform.

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.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

A food truck is generally present in the Blue Lagoon parking lot.


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Maximum depth20 feet/6 meters
  • Water entranceFrom a concrete platform (shore access) or from a boat (snorkeling tour)
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costsFree from the shore

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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.