A beautiful day Bob, Stuart and I were up early to go scuba diving, leaving the house at 9am. It's only a 10 minute drive to the Cyprus Scuba Shack on Escape Beach. We have dived with them for a number of years and found them to be both friendly, fun and technically unimpeachable. Good hire kit. Good boat. Good boat handling. Good dive leading. Can thoroughly recommend them.
There were 6 of us diving and we visited a site about 10 mins max by boat from the dive centre. The dive centre must be one of the sweetest locations ever. You literally stagger about 10 steps from the kit up area to the water where the boat is waiting. We dived on one of the reefs and there were a good variety of fish including large grouper, parrot fish, and then at the end of the dive, a lovely turtle. The water was about 30C down to about 22m when it dropped through a thermocline to around 23C. And you felt it.
Our dive cost £25 included hire kit. A good price for a quality experience. Excellent guys.
We then spent the afternoon in and around the pool. Bob and Stuart finished off the underwater lights and we now have two lights working properly again. Looks brilliant.
Then, this evening we went to Efendi restaurant in the old Turkish quarter of Kyrenia for dinner. It is a British owned restaurant serving a very fine dining European menu. We ate in their charming courtyard area which was brilliantly lit with cleverly structured trees and quirky artefacts. I started with King Prawns in tempura batter. Yum. Stuart had Moules Mariniere which was sumptuous. Bob and FI saved themselves for dessert. For mains, 3 of us had the lamb shank in an aromatic gravy while Bob had duck in plum sauce. Everything was just top class and very delicious. The lamb shank was outstanding. For dessert, Fi had apple and cinnamon crumble with vanilla ice cream. We all followed with complimentary Turkish coffee and massive brandys or liquors.
Would highly recommend Efendi especialy for a special dinner. BTW I noticed babies and small children at various tables. Not noisy but proof that it is a child friendly restaurant. Proof you can offer fine dining with kids.
On the way home we stopped to admire St Hilarion Castle up on its mountaintop. It looked stunning illuminated against the night sky. Rather magical.
Scuba Diving and Divine Eating
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The Boler family love travel, food and drink. Not necessarily in that order! The villa is our home from home which we love to share with our friends, old and new.