Scuba diving Malta
Diving holidays and stays in Malta
You don't need to go around the world twice to discover an incredible diving spot at the gates of Europe!
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The archipelago of Malta, composed of 8 islands, with only 4 inhabited islands, Malta, Gozo, Comino, Manoel, promises you beautiful and varied dives in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. From Malta, go to the small island of Gozo in 20 minutes of navigation with the coaster. The charm of Gozo is undeniable with its small villages and fields. Uninhabited, Comino is the smallest of the three islands and is located between Gozo and Malta. There is only one hotel with a beautiful blue lagoon with translucent water.
Diving around Malta, Gozo, and Comino is perfect for photographers, wreck divers, as well as tek, trimix and rebreather divers. There is a wide variety of dive sites to discover: secret shoals colonized by a St. Peter's Day; large steep drop-offs where groupers have taken up residence; caves where moray eels stick their heads out of the holes; beautiful wrecks with schools of barracudas. Sometimes, during navigation, the large fin of a sunfish beats on the surface of the water.
A panel of about fifteen wrecks of destroyers, steamboats, tankers, cargo ships, ferries, barges, and airplanes, is either part of the history of the last world war or part of a desire to create an ecosystem. It is not for nothing that Malta is often considered one of the best wreck diving destinations in the Mediterranean! Some of them were deliberately sunk to serve as artificial reefs like the Rozi, a 40 m long tugboat. The P29, the Um el Faroud, the Blenheim Bomber, and the MV Karwela are the most beautiful wrecks in Malta, but you will also discover with surprise, the Polynesian, a large cruise ship dating from the end of the 19th century, less famous but nicknamed the "ship of dishes" due to the number of objects found including kitchen utensils!
These dive sites are accessible either from the shore or by boat. Some of them also allow the initiation of beginner divers, facilitated by the departure from the coast. The more experienced ones are happy to specialize to become Wreck Diver or to experiment with the use of the CCR rebreather.
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Best dive season
The best time to dive in Malta, Gozo, and Comino is from April to November. The water temperature varies from 17° C (December to April) to 25° C (May to November).
The richness of the heritage, vestiges of the many civilizations that have left their mark here, provides a pleasant alternative of visits during your diving holidays in Malta. A visit to the capital Valletta is a must during your trip to the Maltese archipelago. The Knights of the Order of Malta founded Valletta in the 16th century.
It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its extraordinary architecture of narrow streets, balconied facades, fortifications lighting up at dawn, churches, and port.
To the east of Malta, large cliffs fall into the sea with small, very sheltered bays and beautiful scenery, while to the north the beaches are more concentrated. Nevertheless, for lazing by the water, it is easier to go to the poolside of a hotel!
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Malta : Dive centers
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Dive Systems Dive Centre is located in Malta, 90 kilometres south of Sicily, Italy, a few hours flight from Europe, served daily by several low-cost airlines. Situated on the seafront on the Sliema promenade, this training school, the oldest in Malta with 40 years of existence, is a founding member and active participant of the Professional Diving School Association of Malta (PDSA) with recognition from the Ministry of Education as a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre and PADI TEC-REC Authorised Centre.
Here you can safely follow a PADI recreational and/or the training course with instructors and dive guides giving courses in several languages. As they are familiar with the dive sites, including wrecks, you will have the opportunity to explore the underwater world. During the summer, BBQ parties are organized after the night dives. Malta is declared one of the best diving destinations in Europe, due to the incredibly clear water down to 40 meters, which is warmer than anywhere else in the Mediterranean as during 6 months it is at least 15°C.
Explore here World War II ships such as HMS Maori in Valletta as well as aircraft such as the Bristol Beaufighter located just opposite the Dive Systems dive club. Other wrecks of submarines and warships are deeper. These relics also serve as artificial reefs with an abundance of marine life including sea urchins, starfish, and octopuses. Groups are welcome at Dive Systems from April to the end of June, and from October to November. [+]
- PADI 5 star Career Development Centre
- PADI TEC-REC Authorised Centre
- Member of local organization
St Andrews Divers Cove
- Xlendi Bay, Gozo
Andrew's Divers Cove is located in Xlendi Bay, Gozo, Malta. This dive club has an inflation station where a scuba diver can have his or her tanks filled with air and weights taken in. If you have the level, you can dive with your buddy from the Maltese coastline. However, don't forget to show your level card and log book to prove the number of dives you have made.
Ideally located in front of the sea, this training center offers PADI courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster level with practical exercises in front of the premises! This protected bay is ideal for beginner divers, for organizing night dives, and for offering diving for children.
And, of course, underwater explorations of wrecks and drop-offs take place around the island of Gozo, from the shore and by boat which is moored at the quay just across the road. Expect to see beautiful waterscapes of caves, tunnels, chimneys, vaults, and drop-offs such as the Double Arch, one of Gozo's most famous sites with its typical Mediterranean fauna of cuttlefish, scorpionfish, octopus, groupers, and barracudas during your diving holiday in Gozo.
The village Xlendi Bay is a pleasant place for a diving holiday. The bay offers opportunities for water sports and swimming during the day. In the late afternoon and evening, there is a lively atmosphere on the terraces of the bars and restaurants, occupied by tourists and villagers. Hotels and flats at all price points are located close to Andrew's Divers Cove. [+]
- Between 10 and 20 dive sites
- Near beach
Blue Waters Dive Cove
- Qala, Gozo
Blue Waters Dive Cove is located in Qala on the island of Gozo. At the request of the divers, a taxi will pick you up at Malta airport and take you to the port where the ferry links the islands of Malta and Gozo in 25 minutes. The Blue Waters Dive Cove team will then meet you in Gozo and take you to your accommodation. A jeep, sedan, or motorbike can also be hired on arrival. The Blue Waters Dive Cove training center offers PADI courses from beginner (Try scuba) to advanced with freediving (basic freediver) and tek (PADI TEK).
There are about 50 dive sites around the island of Gozo, which are accessible from the shore, such as Inland Sea and Blue Hole, at Regga Point. A 15-minute boat ride will take you to the high cliffs. Head to the northwest of the island for underwater exploration of the sumptuous caves where the characteristic Mediterranean fauna of octopus, scorpionfish, cuttlefish, and barracuda reside. The Double Arch is one of the best sites to visit during your diving holiday in Gozo, due to its two large arches at 20 meters and 45 meters depth.
Try your hand at many activities such as horse riding, jeep tours, bike rides, nature walks, beach barbecues, a boat trip to the famous Comino Blue Lagoon, and a visit to Qala village. In the evening, the café terraces are alive with music, song, and discussion in the streets of Qala. Hondoq Bay is one of the most popular bays on the island because of its crystal clear waters, pebble beach, and white sand. Ideal for sunbathing, relaxing, swimming and snorkelling! [+]
- Friendly atmosphere
- Diverse Diving Area
- Shore diving