Malta’s warm temperatures, clear waters, culture and traditions are what intertwine together to create such vibrancy and make up our beautiful islands. Diving on the main island of Malta one can find an abundance of wrecks some of which are still being discovered till this day. Our middle island called Comino inhabited by only a few people is also a renowned UNESCO world heritage site. With regards to Diving it is known for Santa Maria caves and it’s waters are home to the P31 wreck, which is the only one found nearby Comino so far. Moreover, three wrecks could be found on the island of Gozo – which is a more rural alternative to Malta
Gozo Malta sister island has beautiful rose landscapes and also was home to three wrecks which are situated at the bay of Xatt l-Ahmar. It’s most popular dive sites however is called the Blue Hole found in Dwejra where one of the Mediterraneans most popular landmarks could be viewed by tourists – the Azure Window. Unfortunately it collapsed on 8 March 2017. But there is still much to see while diving since it’s now created another underwater reef with its collapse. One can do the dive route from the blue hole, to the inland sea in one dive passing over the fallen rocks of the Azure Window. (Please note that you will have to have a certain level of certification to do this dive).
You can view all wrecks, reefs and caves on our dive sites map.
Malta has one of the richest marine life populations in the Mediterranean than most other countries. Some marine species you are likely to see wile out on your dive are octopus, lobsters, swordfish, Grouper, red mullet, Wrasse, Seabass, sea bream, and crabs. Many divers hope to get a glimpse of the maned seahorse (possible sighting spots are – HMS Maori and Mgarr ix-Xini.)However, during the late summer and autumn months migratory shoals of blue-fin tuna, bonito, dolphin fish and mackerel, sardines and sprat.
On our main island of Malta – at Cirkewwa commonly sightings of amberjack, squid, tuna and barracuda. On Comino, the middle car-free island has a series of Caves called Sabta Marija Caves where saddled bream and cow bream can be spotted.Another marine animal that is occasionally seen within Maltese waters is the Loggerhead Turtle. For the first time in 100 years, back in 2012, turtles had laid eggs at Genjna Bay, a beach commonly known and visited by tourists.
On another note, dolphins (common and bottlenose) are normally occasionally sighted while out on a boat trip on the way to your dive. Shark sightings closer to the shore are very much unlikely.
Take the padi peak performance buoyancy and padi deep diver courses to help you hover effortlessly along the walls. The padi digital underwater photographer course is a must to capture the beauty of the place. Malta and gozo are also technical diving destinations, so look into padi tecrec courses, including the padi rebreather diver course, if interested.
Malta and Gozo have a hot, dry summer and a short, cool winter. Some consider the climate here to be the best in the world. Air temperatures average between 10-15°C/50-59°F in January and 21-30°C/70-83°F in July. Diving in malta is some of the best in the meditteranean. If you would just like to do some diving, there are lots of dive sites to choose from. Is doesn’t even matter if you don’t have a buddy, let one of our experienced instructors guide you around some of our stunning dive locations.
The Wreck of the Um el Faroud– Some consider this the best wreck dive in the Mediterranean. It’s mostly intact, more than 100 metres/330 feet long, and was prepared and scuttled in 1998 as a dive attraction. She lies upright on the seabed, with the propeller and rudder at about 33 metres/108 feet. If you have the time and the air, you can also explore the ledges and caverns on the adjacent reef. HMS Maori – This wreck sank in Valletta Harbour, Malta, in 1942. She lies in 16 metres/55 feet or less which makes her accessible to divers of all levels. She’s pretty well scattered over a relatively soft bottom so careful buoyancy control is rewarded with the best possible visibility. Keep an eye out for John Dorys and conger eels.
Reqqa Point – Perhaps the best shore dive on Gozo, the entry here puts you on a nearly vertical wall. Late in the season dorado (lampuki) come in to hunt small schools of fish, making for some spectacular predator versus prey action. Macro life populating the rocky ledges keep divers interested when the pelagics don’t show. Double Arch Reef – A short boat ride from Marsalforn on Gozo are two archways rising from about 40 metres/130 feet to 18 metres/60 feet. Sea bream and barracuda can be spotted here against a stunning backdrop.
Comino – This small island, flanked by two larger neighbors, is well worth a visit for its rural charm and superb diving. The dive at Blue Lagoon ranges in depth from about 2-15 metres/7-450 feet and is sheltered making it an ideal nursery for a wide variety of aquatic animals. The sandy areas are home to Mediterranean flounder and flying gurnards, while octopus abound in the rocky areas and young barracuda are frequently encountered.
The warm Mediterranean waters around Malta provide a great variety of fauna, flora and fish. The sea beds are gardens of seagrass where wrasse hide, and a fanworm’s tentacles are like delicate petals on a flower as they gently sway to scoop up plankton. Orange and red starfish slowly traverse the rocks, and an octopus squirts ink from cracks. During the summer months seahorses can be found, and lucky divers may catch a glimpse of their ‘courtship dance’ as they hold tails and waltz on the current’s ebb. Groupers shelter in crevices, moray eels hide in holes, and red mullet dig for food in the sand with their whiskers. John Dory rise from the deep blue to the warmer waters during the winter – long spines decorate their dorsal fin like a centurion’s helmet.
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