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Located near Ayia Napa, at the southeastern tip of Cyprus, Green Bay is one of the best snorkeling spots in the Mediterranean. It has all snorkelers might dream about: vibrant rocky beds loaded with fish, underwater statues, and seagrass beds visited by green sea turtles. With its free shore access, it is a must-do snorkeling if you visit the island!

Green Bay, Cyprus
Green Bay coastline.

How to get to Green Bay snorkeling spot?

Green Bay is located in Protaras, very close to Cape Greco, the southeastern tip of Cyprus. It is just 3 kilometers south of Proratas city center and about 10 kilometers from Agia Napa (15 minutes by car). Free parking is available near the beach, but it is frequently full in summer.

This spot can be easily reached on foot from neighboring hotels/accommodations, such as Cavo Maris Beach, Emerald Bay Suites and Thalassa Apartments.

Green Bay beach snorkeling map, Cyprus

Water entrance for snorkeling Green Bay

You can enter the water from the rocks at Green Bay, or from nearby Nisia Loumbardi Beach.

Green Bay snorkeling exploration tips

Green Bay snorkeling includes the various coves found between Nisia Loumbardi Beach and Loumbardi Island, approximately 300m apart. It includes several underwater attractions.

Green sea turtle in Green Bay, Protaras
Green Bay is probably the best snorkel location in Europe to spot green sea turtles.

1/ The bay’s rocky edges

Green Bay is bordered by rocky areas (↕2-10ft/0.5-3m), providing interesting environments to explore. It is here that you will see the most fish, which shelter in this beautiful underwater scenery.

Hundreds of damselfish and saddled seabream swim in the gin-clear waters, but you will also occasionally encounter gilt-head seabream, sargo, lionfish and wrasse.

Underwater sculptures in Green Bay, Protaras
Green Bay underwater statues park.

2/ The underwater statues park

At the foot of the rocky reef, you will find a series of underwater sculptures planted in the sand some 30 ft/9 m deep. You can spot the statues from the surface, but the best is to skindive a bit to see them closer. Lonely fish, including damselfish and saddled seabream, swim in the area.

Seabed at Green Bay
Green Bay’s rocky beds.

3/ The seagrass beds

Green Bay’s seagrass beds are what make this location so special. These meadows (↕10-30ft/3-10m) indeed attract numerous green sea turtles, an emblematic species that is very rare in the Mediterranean. To find them, snorkel above the seagrass beds, where they are often seen grazing or resting. By waiting for a little, you might see them coming to the surface to breathe.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There are several food and drink options in Green Bay, all within a 300m walk from the snorkeling area: The White Kiosk, The Bay – Bites and Brew, the To Kyma Sea Side Cafe and the Nisia Bar & Grill.

 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth30ft/10m
  • Water entranceFrom rocks or a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium to high
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

MAP Spot

These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

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.