2 hour safari
The 2 hour safari is ideal for beginners or families with small kids.
Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start time to fill in and sign the paperwork.
We start our route near the famous Coral Bay beach of Pegeia, carry on towards St George churches and marina.Then we coninue off-road to Turtle and Lara Bays.
A little bit about each site
Pegeia is situated mainly on the steep slopes of the coastal hills inland from Coral Bay, at the southern end of the Akamas Peninsula. The origin of the name Pegeia is said to derive from the Latin word Baia (Bay). The village itself was first settled by Venetians, during the Venetian Domination of Cyprus (1489-1570).
St George (Agios Georgios)
In this area, between 1952 and 1955, the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus excavated three Early Christian basilicas and a bath, all dated to the 6th century AD. The settlement was probably a port of call for the ships that transported grain from Egypt to Constantinople. The archaeological site next to St George’s is considered to be the most significant early Byzantine site in Cyprus.
Off of the coast lies Yeronisos Island (Holy Island) that is supposed to have been part of the mainland at some point.
There is a church you can visit, as well as catacombs, and a little scenic marina adding to the charm and the spectacular view.
Akamas is the last large unspoiled coastal area remaining in Cyprus and one of the very few important sea turtle nesting grounds in the Mediterranean. Both the Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta-caretta) and the rarer Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) nest in Turtle Bay; the latter depends on the Akamas beaches for its very survival in this region. The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) lists Loggerheads as “vulnerable” and Green Turtles as an “endangered species”. According to the IUCN, the annual number of Green Turtle nesting females in the entire Mediterranean could be as low as 325-375. From end of May to September, you can see the nests that are protected by little enclosures.
In 1989 the Lara coastal region and adjacent sea was declared into a Protected Area. We explain more about the turtles as well while we are here.