Leisure Activities in North Cyprus
For wind surfing, water skiing, mono-skiing, banana riding, knee boarding, canoeing, wake boarding, power boating and jet-skiing the shores and beaches of Northern Cyprus are the place to be!
Visitors and owners at Aphrodite Beachfront Village in the Guzelyurt area will have the chance to have lessons from world-class Kite Surfers as part of the Aphrodite Watersports Club based on the West Coast Bay area. This club also offers kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and wind surfing.
If you are not staying on the west coast, head to any of the main beaches from Diana Beach to Deniz Kizi to Acapulco for all your water sport requirements.
For those who would like to learn to sail Dolphin North Cyprus offer one to one or one to two training from fully qualified RYA instructors at a pace to suit you. They will also hire out vessels for experienced sailors who want to go it alone. They are currently based at Diana Beach in Catalkoy .
There are currently two main riding schools in Northern Cyprus offering regular treks and hacks. You can ride up into the Kyrenia mountains or round to Bellapais Abbey. Both Dortnal Riding Stables and Tunac Riding Stables are based in Karaoglanoglu to the west of Kyrenia and arrange group or individual riding activities for the novice to the experienced rider.
New to North Cyprus is Paintballing and there's a brand new centre opened up in Lapta, West of Kyrenia, for anyone with pent up aggression and excitement who needs to find a release for it all! Call +90 (0) 533 865 4959 for more details. There is also a new Paintball centre on the Kyrenia to Guzelyurt road.
Quad Bike Safaris
Also out Lapta way are the North Cyprus Quad Bike Safari team. For personalised safaris, day trips, half days and all tuition and for a guaranteed thrill call +90 (0) 533 847 3732 to book your place.
North Cyprus is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving, with clear visibility and lovely warm waters. There are also marine reefs which provide shelter for a myriad of different fish which allows diverts to get up close for a really good look! There are opportunities to glimpse rare turtles and octopus, you can see beautiful coral, and of possibly the most unique interest is the fact that you can see ancient amphora and pottery remains on the ocean floor dating back thousands of years.
The oldest shipwreck in the world was raised from the seabed off the coast of Kyrenia and is now housed in Kyrenia Castle. It dates back to around 300 BC – divers can seek the items including beautiful pottery remains and other fascinating relics on the sea bed around Northern Cyprus.
It doesn't matter whether you've never dived before there are many schools offering to teach you. You can even do all your BASC and PADI dive courses here...Ocean Diver, Sports Diver and Dive Leader for BASC certification and Scuba Diver, Open Water & Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Dive Master and Medic First Aid for PADI certification. Scuba Cyprus, Mephisto Diving and Blue Dolphin are just three of the schools offering scuba diving training and opportunities...come to North Cyprus and find everything a diver could want.
Leaving from Kyrenia harbour daily are a variety of boat trips. You can sail out west to Escape beach and sunbathe, snorkel and swim in the calm shallow waters, or you can sail out east to Alagadi beach and scuba dive or picnic. Alternatively you can take a sunset dinner cruise around the coast. Do ask the boats' captains to find out what's on offer for the next day as itineraries change and can be changed, and you can even hire boats to sail to your own favourite personal destinations.
Highline Tandem Paragliding
Taking off from 2500 ft above the town of Karaoglanoglu and near to St. Hilarion's Castle you and your pilot can either gently float or head for an adrenaline ride down towards the sea! You'll have an incredibly breath-taking bird's eye view of North Cyprus. To book your flight experience speak to your hotel receptionist or visit Kyrenia Harbour and look out for the highline tandem paragliding agent. Not for the faint hearted.
North Cyprus Walking
There are the most beautiful walks to be found in North Cyprus and many ways to enjoy them. There are organised day walks, organised walking holidays, North Cyprus Trails, themed walks such as Orchid walks etc. To find out more there are various websites to visit. The Kyrenia Mountain Trail Association is a useful point of contact and various organisations organise walking holidays.
Walkers can benefit from the stunning 230km trail along the length of the Bespamark (Five Finger) and Kyrenia mountain chain, which traverses the whole northern coast of Cyprus, east to west.