Atlantis Turtle Watching Cruise, Paphos 

There are loads of boat cruises from Paphos harbour, of varying durations and prices, but we were after one particular experience of seeing turtles and the Atlantis Turtle Watching Cruise promised just that. 

It sets off from the second pier in the harbour twice a day (3-5 and 5.45-7.50) and costs €20 per person. The boat is small and in need of a little TLC but the owner George was good fun and makes the most of your time on board. The main difference to other boats is the underwater windows that enable you to see the turtles up close.

It takes about 20 minutes to reach the turtle site, and this was the worst part of the trip as the skipper drove like a madman into the waves and made everyone feel a little sea sick. Once we had stopped to spot the turtles however everyone perked up.I spotted 3 turtles but they were surprisingly much too fast to take a picture of!

We then headed a bit further on to see a shipwreck ( not sure which one though,  maybe the famous Zenobia? ) before going back to the turtles to make sure everyone had the chance to see them.

Our final stop was for swimming and snorkeling. George provided the snorkels and lowered the steps so everyone could jump in- some brave people jumped from the top of the boat but I wussed out! There was also the opportunity to take pictures of your friends/family swimming through the underwater turtle viewing windows which was cool.

This was a fantastic experience and worth the money (despite the seasickness) but I would recommend doing the later cruise as apparently you see more turtles in the evening and the sunset over the sea must be beautiful- we now know this for next time!

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