Northern Cyprus is a place on its own; it is much more relaxed and less crowded than the Greek part of Cyprus and a holiday in North Cyprus is about enjoying the rich culture and nature in a relaxed manner. This part is the shallowest and warmest part Cyprus and the Mediterranean with over 300 days of sunshine a year. The coastline is about 400 km with many beaches. Although the south is the most popular area for diving, North Cyprus also has something to offer with fewer crowds. Shipwrecks, rocky formations, and some interesting marine life can be found due to the currents that the Red- and Black Sea bring.
Typically the sea bed is made of sand, rocks and forests of Neptune grass, providing a safe haven for many species of aquatic life to mature, and food for the Green turtle. Both the Green Turtle and the Loggerhead Turtle make their way to the beaches of North Cyprus during the early summer to lay their eggs.
In relation to diving, North Cyprus is also known for excavating the oldest commercial shipwreck in the world: The Kyrenia ship, a 4th-century BC Greek merchant ship that today is on display in the Girne/Kyrenia Castle’s Shipwreck Museum.