The owners of a boat which the Green Party claimed unloaded tourists to have a party on the shore of the protected turtle beach at Lara in the Akamas said on Monday the allegation was completely false.
The Green Party claimed on Sunday that the boat anchored on the shore of the beach at noon “blaring loud music and dropped the tourists off on the beach to have fun on the very sand where turtles lay their eggs”.
Wave Dance Shipping said however they solely bring tourists to the area for “a nice swimming experience” during the months when this is permitted in the area, from April until May and October to November.
“The sole purpose of our passengers going to the beach is to be able to enjoy the beauty of the area and to go for a swim. We can assure you that there never has and never will be a party on the beach. The majority of our passengers at this time of the year belong on average on the age group of 40s-60s. These passengers when getting off the boat are not allowed to take any drink or food with them,” the announcement said.
Yianna Andreou, on behalf of the family-run business which has been operating since 2006, said the company encourages passenger not to leave anything disposable on the beach but to use the bins provided on the boat.
“At the end of our stop the members of our crew are instructed to clean up any possible rubbish that they might spot on the beach that has been left behind by other visitors of the day that arrive there by other means,” she added.
The company stresses the boat is inspected on a yearly basis by the appropriate authorities in order to secure the licence to operate and the authorities are aware of their trips to the area which comply fully with the law.
“We are in agreement… in relation to the fact that night parties or quad bikes or other visitors who litter the area and we are, as a company, in complete disagreement in such irresponsible behaviour. We, in fact, support the environmental move in stopping such behaviour, but surely people should not be stopped from visiting this beautiful part of Cyprus within the allowed by law times, if they do so with full respect to the environment.”