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Karpaz Gate Marina offers perfect base for diving in 2015

Karpaz Gate Marina in Northern Cyprus is offering boat owners and visitors a range of diving courses in 2015 at its on-site school, Mephisto Diving.

Based on the relatively undiscovered northern shore of the island’s pan-handle, the 5 Gold Anchor-rated marina is ideally located for divers of all levels to discover and enjoy the warm, clear waters off of the Karpaz Peninsula, which offer some of the best diving conditions in Cyprus.

The school provides a variety of PADI courses and offers its clients the benefit of more than 11 years of experience and knowledge of the region’s best dive sites.

The Mephisto Diving Centre facility is among the extensive leisure options at luxury Karpaz Gate Marina, which include the Hemingway's Resto-Bar and a beach club, with 33m infinity pool, additional water sports facilities, beach bar and a gym.

Deniz Akaltan, marina harbour master of Karpaz Gate said, “Our marina is an ideal base for a diving school and very convenient for boat owners, crew and marina visitors. Whether they are experienced or beginners, divers who take advantage of Mephisto’s local knowledge and expertise have access to the stunning coastline and waters of the Karpaz Peninsula. In addition, they can also enjoy a full day’s entertainment here at Karpaz Gate Marina, relaxing by the pool and dining at one of our restaurants.”

Mephisto places a strong emphasis on providing relevant courses and exciting new teaching tools to cater for all ages and abilities.

The school offers courses starting from one-day beginners’ programme Discover Scuba Diving through to the full Open Water Course, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and the professional level of Dive Master. In addition, specialty courses are available, such as Deep Diving, Enriched Air Diver and Peak Performance Bouyancy.

Marion Buckmueller, owner or Mephisto commented, “The eastern tip of the island is a must for every diver coming to Cyprus. It is a magical region with a beautiful coastline and Karpaz Gate Marina is the perfect base from which to explore.

“Our aim for 2015 is to enable even more visitors to discover and experience the beautiful Karpaz Peninsula. The clarity of the water is exceptional in North Cyprus and the diving is unique due to the geographical position near the Suez Canal and the colourful history of Cyprus.

“We run our courses from a shallow sandy beach that soon gives over to rocky ground with a maximum depth of six metres which is an ideal spot for a first diving experience. There are also good alternatives for qualified divers to improve on their diving skills at dive sites such as the Grand Canyon and the Lighthouse Reef.”

With a long season stretching from April until almost the end of the year, Northern Cyprus features some of the best sites in the Mediterranean for scuba diving, with warm seas, crystal clear waters, with visibility of 25 to 30m, and a scenic rocky coastline.

For more information, visit Karpaz Gate Marina.

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