Quad or Buggy Tour to Akamas Forest and Latchi Harbour

5 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Day Trip
  • E-Ticket
  • 6 hr

The best way to see Akamas! This tour is the most adventurous way to explore the Akamas Peninsula and the National Park. The quad bike will give you the feeling of freedom and the buggy will give you the comfort to enjoy this ride. You can both get the experience of driving an off-road vehicle in the dusty streets but also swim in the blue waters of Lara bay and Turtle beach. The top 3 reasons to join this tour are to ride a quad bike or buggy on a sightseeing tour including visit landmarks like the baths of the goddess Aphrodite. Explore the nature and treasures of the National Park and make unforgettable memories with family and friends. The option of 3 seat and 4 seat buggies is available.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Golden Ride Rentals and Safari

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At:

The tour starts at 10:00, but drivers must be here at least 20 minutes in advance to complete the paperwork, meet the drivers who will instruct the vehicles and safety regulations. In the middle of the route, there will be stops in cafes for water and restroom. Keep in mind that off-road driving can be dusty, so we recommend face cover and informal clothing. For those who plan to swim, please bring with you anything you consider necessary, such as swimwear, towels and sunscreen.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By:

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).

Stop At: Edro III Shipwreck

The Sierra Leone-flagged EDRO III ran aground on 8 September 2011 in heavy seas, during a voyage to Rhodes with a cargo of plasterboard. At the time of the accident, the ship had nine crew members – seven Albanians and two Egyptians. The crew were rescued and airlifted to safety. The EDRO III weighs about 2.5 tons and is over 80 meters in length. Embarking on the ship is no longer permitted as it is dangerous.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Sea Caves

The area boasts caves, as well as spectacular rock formations, which have taken thousands of years to form. Earlier, when the human presence was less prominent, there were seals (Monachus monachus) inhabiting the caves, which added to the popularity of the area among the sightseers.

Stop At:

Here, you can buy drinks/snacks and use the restroom. 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. The archaeological findings have shown three major periods of settlement: Chalcolitic, Hellenistic and Early Byzantine. There is a church you can visit, as well as catacombs, which are thought to have belonged to the earlier version of it, as well as a little scenic marina adding to the charm and the spectacular view of St George’s.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station

At this stop, we swim and info about the turtles. We stop in a cafe near Lara Beach were you can enjoy your lunch or have a snack/drink (not included in the price). 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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Akamas Peninsula

Akamas is named after the son of Theseus, the mythical king of Athens. The main vegetation of Akamas forest consists of very rich, bush-like flora, and the most dominant trees are pines, wild olive-trees, and wild carobs. Many Magnesium mines used to be operated in the region of Akamas. Today, one can come upon abandoned mines’ galleries, close to which stand the remains of furnaces and kilns that were used for the on-sight processing of the ore. There are no settlements in Akamas today. However, there are remains of many churches; today most of them are known as names of places or are deserted.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At:

This is Akamas's view. We stop here to take photos and enjoy the view of the mountains and the Akamas Peninsula.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Latchi

Latchi or Lakki is a small village that belongs to the area of the Polis and has a small port and number of souvenir shops. Here we stop for lunch, for those who ordered, and then more to our last stop, Baths of Aphrodite.

Duration: 30 minutes
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