If you’ve seen photos of Ayia Napa, it’s likely you’ll have spotted the beautiful Ayia Napa sea caves. Situated beside Ayia Napa in Cape Greco, the Ayia Napa sea caves draw hundreds of tourists every year thanks to their jaw-dropping scenery. Visiting the sea caves is one of the best things to do in Ayia Napa so read on to discover how to get there (and where to find the exact location of the Ayia Napa sea window!)
Suggested read: How to get to Ayia Napa from Larnaca Airport by bus
Where are the Ayia Napa sea caves?
As mentioned above the Ayia Napa sea caves are found in Cape Greco, which is located just next to Ayia Napa on the eastern side of Cyprus. You can find their exact location on this Google Maps link here. As you can see, the sea caves are found less than a 15 minute drive from Ayia Napa, making them very accessible to visitors to the region.
How to get to the Ayia Napa sea caves
You have a few options depending on your budget, preference and timeframe as to how to get to the Ayia Napa sea caves.
Car/ Buggy/ Quad
One of the most popular methods for transport in Ayia Napa is to hire a car (or more likely a buggy or quad bike). As you’ll see when you arrive at Ayia Napa a lot of tourists are travelling around in a car, buggy or quad and there are a lot of car rental shops available.
Another great way to get to the Ayia Napa sea caves is by hiring a bicycle and cycling there. The main road out of Ayia Napa to Cape Greco is well maintained and there is a dedicated cycle path beside the road, which makes cycling a very easy option. This is a better activity for earlier in the morning or late in the afternoon as the sun in Cyprus is very hot. When you reach the turn off to the Ayia Napa sea caves (more on this below), you may have to disembark from your bicycle and walk beside it as the road from this part on is unpaved and on a slope. When I visited bicycles were available for hire for about €10 a day.
There are numerous boat tours in Ayia Napa (suggested read: 7 non-tacky things to do in Ayia Napa) and almost all of them will stop at the Ayia Napa sea caves for a photo opportunity. From here you’ll see the Ayia Napa sea cave (and the sea window) but as you are viewing them from the water, your perspective will be different to photos you may have seen online. Therefore, I would recommend that in addition to visiting the sea caves by boat tour, you also view them from the land as well.
When I was researching Ayia Napa and how to get to the Ayia Napa sea caves, I didn’t find a lot of easy information on the public bus service that runs out there. However, after visiting Ayia Napa I found that the public bus service is very well run and very easy to use and so I would highly recommend it to travellers in the region.
How to get to the Ayia Napa sea caves by public bus
I was staying in the centre of Ayia Napa so I went to the Ayia Napa monastery bus stop (Google Maps location here). This was the same bus stop I used to go to and from Larnaca Airport (suggested read: How to get to Ayia Napa from Larnaca Airport by bus). The OSEA bus company services this stop and the bus stop is well signed with their timetable, as well as a QR code you can scan for live bus arrivals. While the QR code is really good, the website it takes you to isn’t well equipped for mobile usage, so it can be a bit difficult to use on the go.
Bus route 101 travels from Ayia Napa out to Cape Greco and bus route 102 does the return journey. The bus stop for each service is on opposite sides of the road so make sure you are standing on the correct side of the road.
When I visited a single bus ticket in daytime hours was €1.50 and a one day pass was €5. This is paid to the bus driver in cash when you board. The bus comes frequently and you can find updated timetable and ticket prices on the OSEA bus company website here (just click on the route you are interested in).
There is a digital screen inside the bus letting you know where you are and what stops are coming up next. Helpfully the bus stop you want is called Sea Caves so you know when to get off (I also always track with Google Maps to make sure I’ve not made an error). The bus trip takes less than 15 minutes; however, the bus drops you off at the turn off to the Ayia Napa sea caves and from here you need to finish the journey on foot.
The next part of the journey is again very easy if you have no accessibility issues. The sign to the Ayia Napa sea caves is easy to see (and you just go down the only road available to you!). As you walk down the road, be wary for cars/buggys/quads travelling past you. It took me approximately 12 minutes to walk down from the bus stop to the Ayia Napa sea caves.
From here, enjoy!
How to find the sea window at the Ayia Napa sea caves
When I was researching the Ayia Napa sea caves, what I was most interested in finding was the sea window that overlooked the area. I researched quite extensively online for someone to reveal its exact location, but failed to find anywhere that did. I then assumed it just had to be really obvious at the sea caves or that there were lots of different sea windows along the coastline. However, if other people at the sea caves hadn’t been coming out of the sea window, I don’t know if I would have spotted it easily. So please read on to discover exactly where to find the Ayia Napa sea window.
Follow the steps above to get to the Ayia Napa sea caves and once you are there, stand and look out at the ocean. From here walk to your left, past the sign below.
The sign is warning you of the dangers of diving, swimming and getting too close to the edge at the sea caves and for good reason, so be sure to remain cautious while exploring the area and looking for the sea window.
Once you’ve passed the sign, you want to go towards the edge (be careful while doing so) and as you approach (close to where the man is standing in the photo I took below) you’ll see where you’ll be able to climb down. It is underneath this area that you’ll find the famous sea window at the Ayia Napa sea caves.
I personally think the photos do make it look more dangerous than what it was. Just be careful when you do make the descent and don’t play around and if you suspect you may have problems, don’t make the climb down. Once you make the climb down there is room underneath to put your belongings down and enjoy the sea window.
If you struggle to find the sea window at the sea caves, walk to the right of the sea caves (if you’re facing the ocean) and look back and from there you’ll be able to see the sea window in the cliff (as shown in the photo below).
Just remember that everything you are doing here is at your own risk and responsibility. I’m just sharing how I got here and how I saw other people get here but I don’t take responsibility for your actions if you want to come here.
I visited on an overcast morning so there were less people around. When I saw the Ayia Napa sea caves again when I visited via boat tour on a sunny day I was shocked by how crowded the place was so be warned the sea caves are a popular spot that you are unlikely to get all to yourself.
How to get back to Ayia Napa by bus
It is very simple to get back to Ayia Napa by bus, simply head back up the road you came from (allow a bit more time for this as you’ll now be walking uphill). Make sure you are standing on the correct side of the road (it is well marked) and wait for the returning bus (remember, this is 102 not 101 that you arrived on). You can find the most up-to-date information on the OSEA bus company website here.
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