‘Elpida’ and ‘LEF1’ vessels are being suitably prepared by the Fisheries Department to be sunk off the coast of Voroklini with the aim to enrich marine biodiversity and cement Larnaka’s status as a top diving destination worldwide.
History of ”Elpida”
Elpida (which means ‘hope’) is a commercial vessel from Greece that is 63 metres long and has been sunk to a depth of metres. The LEF1 vessel is 16 metres long and will be 27 sunk to a shallower depth of 13 metres to make it accessible to snorkelers too.
The new artificial reef is Larnaka region’s first and is co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (2014-2020).
Credits for photos to the diver :Aleksey
It is anticipated that marine life will flourish soon after the establishment of the reef, adding to Larnaka’s existing dive propositions that include the world-renowned Zenobia wreck dive (one of the top 5 dive sites globally); two more wrecks in Larnaka Bay; the Pyla sea caves, and the Meneou-Kiti area, which is considered to be one of the richest areas in terms of marine biodiversity due to the abundance of Posidonia Oceanica – a seagrass species endemic to the Mediterranean Sea that is an important part of the ecosystem.