At around 2:30am 7 June 1980, Zenobia capsized and sank in Larnaca Bay at 34°53.5′N 33°39.1′E (1500 meters from the shore) to a depth of roughly 42 meters (138 ft), taking her estimated £200 million worth of cargo with her. There were no casualties in the disaster.
The wreck is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 recreational dive sites worldwide. As a dive site, Zenobia provides a wide range of challenges to scuba divers, from a fairly simple dive to 16 meters (52 ft) depth along the starboard side of the ship (suitable for newly qualified divers); moving up to a more advanced dive inside the upper car deck and accommodation block, right up to extremely adventurous dives within the lower car deck or the engine room (which are only suitable for very experienced divers).
North Cyprus British Scuba organises day trips to the Zenobia. We normally set off from the Dive Centre Shop in Catalkoy at about 6.20am and arrive back at the shop at about 3:30pm approximately. The day includes two dives on the Zenobia and a bbq lunch. See latest news for next trip.