The Akamas National Park has many beautiful coves, bays and scuba diving sites to be explored on a journey by boat. You’ll have a memorable time along the coastline from Latchi, both above and below the water.
You may be wondering where you can stop and relax or where you can swim and snorkel when you hire your self-drive boat on a visit to the Akamas National Park. Or, where we might take you on a Luxury Yacht Charter direct from Latchi Harbour.
When you hire a boat with Latchi Watersports Centre the first place, you’ll visit will be our Head Office. You cannot miss our building; it’s a three-storey turquoise building right at the heart of Latchi Harbour.
Having hired one of our boats, you’ll be dropped off outside the harbour by one of our team. Heading west follow the coastline along to the Akamas National Park. On the way, you’ll pass the stunning 5 Star Anassa Hotel. On the beach, you will likely see more of our team. They’ll be teaching wakeboarding, water skiing, windsurfing and dinghy sailing. Don’t go too close to those activities but, be sure to give them a wave…
The first beach in the Akamas National Park where you may want to stop your boat and relax, swim & snorkel is Takkas bay.
A wide-open sandy beach just below Aphrodite Beach Hotel. Right next door to Takkas bay is Aphrodite’s Rock. Situated below the fabled baths of Aphrodite. The rock has a cross mounted at the highest point. There are many legends as to why the cross exists. From the absurd to the tragic. Drop anchor here to see if “you can find the answers”!
Insight of Aphrodite’s rock and, around a 2.5km away headed west is St George’s Reef and St George’s Island.
The reef is a maze of cliffs and caves that provides a habitat for marine life. On land, the highest peak in the Akamas National Park towers above. Meanwhile underwater the wreck of a yacht is waiting to be explored. St George’s Island is a relatively barren volcanic outcrop. Albeit beautifully green in Springtime. It is home to multiple species of seabirds. Below the surface, however, it is home to a vast array of marine life. You’ll find tuna, grouper, trumpet fish and octopus. It’s an excellent place for snorkelling. And, is known as one of the best places to scuba dive in Cyprus.
Once you have passed the St. George’s Island, you’ll come to Amphitheatre Bay. It gets the name from the stone that was mined there around 2000 years ago. And, because it resembles a Roman Amphitheatre. The bay has a little beach at the eastern end where you can drop anchor and explore more of the Akamas Peninsula on foot.
Manolis Bay is next. Many of the Latchi Watersports Team say that this is their favourite bay. See what you think. Manolis bay is famous for its caves and jumbled rocks that make it so incredibly satisfying. When snorkelling, look out for the large family of trumpet fish that have made this bay their home. And, observe the way they change colour relative to their environment.
And, what you’ve all be wondering. Next is the famous Blue Lagoon. The most popular bay in the Akamas National Park and, in the whole of Cyprus.
As soon as you arrive, you will be dazzled by the beautiful clear turquoise water and white sandy bottom. The beautiful island in the middle of the bay provides a vital habitat for many types of marine life with excellent snorkelling visibility. This Bay is a definite must see!
A few minutes beyond the Blue Lagoon you will come to a quieter bay called Fontana Amorosa literally “Fountain of Love”.
However, for the Romans, it was known as the Fountain of Life. Four cutouts in the rocks are visible where the ancients used to dock their boats. And, underwater many pieces of amphora are still visible. It’s an excellent spot for snorkelling. And, finally, situated at the tip of the Akamas National Park and which is also the furthest point you are allowed to take your boat is The Beach. This golden sandy beach is an ideal spot for a picnic, and its seclusion makes it a perfect place to get away from it all.