DIVE SITES IN MALTA
1. UM EL FAROUD
Rated as one of the best dive sites in Malta, the Um el Faroud will definately be a wreck dive to remember.Scuttled in 1998, this wreck has attracted an array of marine life with shoals of barracudas a common sight.
It’s an easy 7 min swim from shore to reach the wreck and descend to fascinating views.The Um el Faroud was an oil tanker that exploded at the Malta Dockyards in 1995 and measured 110m.
Wreck diving and penetration doesn’t get better than this!
The Rozi is a 40m tugboat that was scuttled on purpose in Cirkewwa in 1992. It is blessed with very clear seas, giving you some of the best underwater visibility you’ll get around Malta. Sitting in an upright position and fully intact, numerous sea breams will accompany you during this unique dive.
3. Madonna & The Arch
The beginners’ favourite dive is also highly ranked with the experienced divers due to its numerous swim- throughs, caves and tunnels. This wall dive will lead us to a spectacular underwater arch which originates from a collapsed cavern at 18m. The Madonna statue is also at the same depth, usually visited before the safety stop as it is close to the exit point of the dive. Great visibility, amberjacks and night diving possibility make this easy dive different from others
The P-29 is a former patrol boat used by the Armed Forces of Malta and was scuttled in Cirkewwa in 2007. Forming an artificial reef, it is attracting more marine growth and a rapid increase in the fish population in the area. Measuring 51m long, wreck penetration to the engine room and other parts are easily accessible. Sting rays can be sighted in the vicinity too.
A great dive on the Cirkewwa reef for Open water divers and also great as a second dive for the Advanced certified divers. Sea bream, groupers and moray eels are usually seen on this relaxing dive.
6. Sugar Loaf and Anchors
A night-dive favourite but also a great second dive of the day after exploring one of the wrecks in Cirkewwa. Due to the sandy bottom around in the area; stingrays, eagle rays and flying gurnards can be spotted. Maximum depth of 24m.
7. Anchor Bay
Also referred to as Popeye Village, due to the film set still present on site, this is a very pleasant dive with great photography opportunities. A relatively shallow and long dive, we will visit an underwater cave at 10m depth where we can surface inside and enjoy the dome shaped ceiling. An abundancy of rockfish, starfish, moray eels, salemas and groupers are all present here.
8. Blue Hole
The Blue Hole in Gozo is rated amongst Europe’s top dives and is located just beneath the pintoresque ‘Azure Window’. The dive starts in the Blue Hole and at a depth of 12m we’ll find an arch that takes us to the open sea. Depths of up to 55m welcome us with a vast variety of fish, marine life and great visibility. It is not for beginners. It’s a dive ideal for experienced divers, who also get the opportunity of seeing 2 underwater caves with spectacular light reflections. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
9. Inland Sea
Another top dive and possibly our favourite dive! This dive starts in the Inland sea behind the Azure Window and will lead us to an 80m underwater tunnel with maximum depths of 22m. Fantastic photo opportunities here! Once we reach the open sea we’ll follow the reef that makes this dive a top wall- dive. We’ll finish the dive heading back to the tunnel and surfacing once again in the Inland sea.
10. Santa Marija Caves
A maze of caves, tunnels and abundancy of sea bream make this dive Comino’s best. We will start the dive by feeding the sea-bream and take the opportunity for some great photography. We will then enter the most easterly cave and upon return we will start discovering the adjacent interconnecting caves. A paradise for photographers, these caves will take us to the other side of the inlet where we’ll find a pinnacle at 18m. Return to the boat is either through the caves once again or by navigating the reef. Top dive!
A recently scuttled wreck part of a project undertaken by the Malta Tourism Authority to further promote scuba diving in Malta. An ideal second dive option when visiting Comino. Resting on a bed of fine white sand with and impressive clarity of water being one of the dives with greater visibility, sometimes more than 40 meters! It’s maximun depth of 18 meters and its impressive visibility make this dive enjoyable from Open Water divers to more experience ones. It is ideal as first or second dive of the day when you visit Comino.
12. Lantern Point
This dive starts at The Chimney, a tunnel that takes us from 5m to 18m. Here we’ll encounter various large boulders with lots of marine life around them, mainly groupers, moray eels and lobsters. Being in the channel between Malta and Comino, strong currents may be present here.
13. Imperial Eagle
The Imperial Eagle served as a ferry between Malta and Gozo until it was scuttled in 1999. Measuring 45m long, there is the possibility of penetrating the wreck but more time should be spent on the flying bridge. Before reaching the wreck, we prefer to stop and visit the statue of Jesus Christ and take some photos. Very possible to enter into a bit of decompression time on this dive, thus recommended only to those with low air consumption.
14. Bristol Beaufighter
A WWII plane that is an ideal second dive after the Imperial Eagle. Only for the very experienced divers!! It now lies at 36m, thus once again a Nitrox 28% is highly recommended to extend our bottom time. The aircraft now lies upside down but good visibility permits us to explore this wreck properly.
A recently scuttled wreck, the Karwela measures around 50m long. Once again, this is a dive sheltered from the strong north westerly winds that hit Malta. After a short surface swim, we’ll descend to the wreck which has various possible safe penetration points. Due to its depth, one has to keep an eye on the bottom time as deco adds up quickly.
Another interesting wreck in the south of Gozo, a dive we prefer to do as a second dive of the day after the Karwela wreck. It lies at 36m, thus Nitrox 28% is compulsory for this dive. The Cominoland measures 34m and penetration is possible on this wreck.
17. Middle Finger
A pinnacle that rises from 40m to 12m, where it opens closer to the surface. It’s a dive site not visited by many but sheltered from the north westerly winds. Lobsters, octopus and moray eels are common sights here.
18. Wied Iz Zurrieq
A combination of caves, colorful sponges along the wall and lots of different species of fish makes this dive very different from others. Its ideal for both beginners and experienced divers but one has to be careful of the boat traffic passing on the surface.