Wreck Dive Malta, Zurrieq
The Um El Faroud is one of the best wreck dives in Malta, at least for recreational divers. The Um El Faroud was at dry docks in Grand Harbour of Malta for maintenance works, when on 3rd February 1995 during the night an explosion occurred. Nine shipyard workers lost their lives in the explosion, and the tanker suffered structural deformation. Following an inspection and survey, Um El Faroud was considered damaged beyond repair. After three years at the dock in Valletta, it was decided to scuttle her as a diving attraction and an artificial reef.
The wreck broke into two parts during a heavy storm in the winter of 2005-2006. The wreck is amazing to explore inside. The overall length of the ship is about 110m. The Depth at the propeller is 36m. The average depth is around 30 m which makes it great for recreational divers.
The stern of the ship (seen in the image above) is an impressive site to be seen. The wreck sits completely upright in the water and the depth of the stern is 36 m in the sand.
The Engine Room
The engine room is one of the largest on the island and is worth a visit on your dive (if you are qualified). Our team have done hundreds of dives on this wreck and know the best routes through this huge wreck.
You must be certified to dive to a depth of 30 meters to dive this site. If you wish to penetrate the wreck you will be required to have a Wreck Diver certification. We would also recommend Nitrox Diver and Deep Diver.
DIVE SITE SPECIFICATION: The Um El Faroud - Oil Tanker
- Location: Zurrieq, Malta
- Type Of Dive: Shore Dive
- Max Depth: 38m
- Minimum Certification: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
- For Penetration Dives: PADI Wreck Diver
- Recommended: PADI Deep Diver & PADI Nitrox Diver