- Point of interest
Due to the strategic location that the island was occupying, in the crossroad of major shipping lines, the waters off its coast are the resting place of numerous shipwrecks. At the Akrotiri Peninsula, in the southern coasts of the island, sits the abandoned cargo ship called MAV Achaios also known as "The Wreck of Three Stars".
The construction of Achaios ship dates back to the 1930s. In 1976 though, the ship loaded with wood, initiated its trip from Yugoslavia with destination towards the port city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. However, a sudden storm surge grounded the vessel to Akrotiri Peninsula. Due to the relatively shallow waters of the coast, the ship was only partially submerged with its upper part remaining above the surface of the sea.
Wreck diving is definitely an incredible way to witness first-hand the fascinating history lost to the waves. Aside from the historical importance, shipwrecks also provide a haven for aquatic life. Therefore, and since it is easily accessible from the shore, Achaios Shipwreck makes a perfect recreational wreck dive, and the shallow waters are ideal for snorkelers.
Every wreck carries its own story and the combination of the beautiful coast, and the magical view created from the rusty vessel, makes Akrotiri an alluring spot for discoveries.