5 best beaches in Cyprus to visit by boat!

The island of Cyprus lies in the eastern Mediterranean, described as the island of love,  where the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, is said to have emerged from the waves that crash on the shores of Cyprus. The third-biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea is home to astonishing natural wonders: mountains, sea caves, fine sand beaches, and shallow dreamy lagoons.

Sites such as Coral Bay, Konnos Beach, or Cape Greco are some of the few you should definitely visit. However, many of these sites can be hard to reach by foot or car. Luckily for you, there are many daily boat trips that navigate to observe the rugged coastline of Cyprus. Here you can find the perfect boat trip for your adventure across the island!

  1. Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra tou Romiou)
  2. Blue Lagoon in Akamas National Park 
  3. Coral Bay 
  4. Cape Greco (Ayia Napa)
  5. Konnos Beach (Protaras)

Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra tou Romiou)

View of Aphrodite's Rock in Cyprus where people go swimming.

Located southwest of the island, it is in the region of Paphos. This part of Cyprus offers a wide variety of activities, ancient sites, and natural landmarks, as well as great wineries and cultural agenda. 

The highlight of this region is without question the legendary “Birthplace of Aphrodite”. In the seashore of one of Paphos beaches lies a giant rock, where the Goddess of Love is said to have been born from the sea foam. 

This part of Paphos is a must-see scenery, with its impressive coastline with hidden coves and cliffs. From the pebbly beach at the Birthplace of Aphrodite, you can see rugged white cliffs surrounded by glassy azure waters. 
The popularly named rock of Aphrodite is also a concurred swimming stop during boat trips. The legend has that anyone who swims around the rock will be blessed with eternal beauty, and many people seek to dive in these waters.

Blue Lagoon in Akamas National Park 

The Blue Lagoon in Akamas National Park where boat tour providers anchor.

This unmissable natural attraction is hidden away in the Akamas National Park, a peninsula on the western tip of Cyprus. In the heart of this reserve, you’ll find a secluded shallow lagoon where you can see the bottom of the sea without having to dive in.

The area surrounding this lagoon, rich in endemic island flora, outlined by the golden rocky coastline, makes this site a great location for both swimming and snorkeling. Since the lagoon is within a protected nature reserve, the easiest way to reach the Lagoon (also known as Fontana Amorosa) is to take a boat trip.

There are various routes departing from Latchi or Paphos, and some of these excursions include unlimited drinks and a delicious lunch onboard. Depending on the duration of the tour, they usually do 1 or 2 swimming stops, as well as visiting other iconic locations around the island.

Coral Bay

Coral Bay in Cyprus where boat tours providers stop and anchor for a swim.
© Paphos Sea Cruises Cyprus

Coral Bay constitutes another of these sought-after locations for visitors and locals alike. This side of the island is characterized by its impressive cliffside villas, golden sandy beaches, and fine restaurants and hotels. Its scenic views from the sea, multiple beaches, and transparent and warm water make it a very busy area where boats usually drop anchor. 

A cruise along the bay is a great choice as most of the beaches are lined with sunbeds and umbrellas that you need to pay for, especially during the summer months.

Cape Greco (Ayia Napa)

Cape Greco in Ayia Napa where boat trip providers go to anchor.

This natural cliff formation is a strategic and famous spot for hikers, divers, and curious visitors for good reason. Exploring the sea caves, admiring the sunset, or swimming in its turquoise waters are some of the activities that you can enjoy in this privileged setting, declared a national forest park, which is also part of the Natura 2000 program

Located in Famagusta, between Ayia Napa and Paralimni, is it said to be one of the oldest settlements on the island, where an ancient shipwreck dated from the 2nd century A.D was discovered.

Cape Greco’s age-old sea caves are up to 10 meters high and are only accessible from the sea. From group to private tours, there are many options to choose from depending on your budget or point of departure such as Pernera, Protaras or Ayia Napa.

Konnos Beach (Protaras)

Stunning views of Konnos Beach in Cyprus.

This blue-flag beach lies next to Cape Greco, between Ayia Napa and Protaras. Konnos Bay. This bay features some of the most beautiful beaches on the island with white sand in contrast with the blue sea, being one of the favourite spots for yachts and motorboats to stop by.  

The lush vegetation, together with the golden cliffs, make up for amazing views from any point of the island. 

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