MS Zenobia was a Swedish built Challenger-class RO-RO ferry launched in 1979 that capsized and sank in the Mediterranean sea, close to Larnaca, Cyprus, in June 1980 on her maiden voyage.\ She now rests on her port side in approximately 42 meters (138 ft) of water and was named by The Times, and many others, as one of the top ten wreck diving sites in the world.
Zenobia is the perfect wreck for all certification levels of diver as the top of the wreck sits at 18m. At 28 metres wide, she stretches down to the sea-bed at 42 metres and is partially buried in it.
Diving the outside of the wreck, there is plenty to see. The articulated trucks that went down with Zenobia are scattered at varying depths from 25 metres to the sea floor and there are still 2 trucks hanging on chains from Zenobia’s deck.
The propellers of Zenobia are found at the stern of the wreck. The first is at 23 metres while the second is down at around 38 metres. Monty our resident Moray Eel lives in the top propeller and is usually ready for a photo shoot.
The canteen and the Bridge are both found at around 27 metres and are nice little swim-through penetrations for all levels of diver.
For more advanced Divers, there is the possibility of penetrating the Zenobia Wreck through the main lorry deck.
This is a 72 metre swim through the upper cargo Deck of the wreck, allowing divers to see the wreckage of the trucks and cargo by torchlight.
For Divers who have technical diver training, there is a second lorry deck that runs beneath the main cargo deck on Zenobia.