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Maori HMS

Characteristics of the wreck

16 m

Mediterranean Sea
Destroyer (1937)


A diving trip from Marsamxett, Malta allows you to explore the wreck of the HMS Maori, a steel destroyer of 115 m and 11 m wide.Built-in Scotland, the ship belonging to the British Royal Navy was launched on 2 September 1937 with a crew of 190 men on board along with 15 other destroyers named after an indigenous people.On February 12, 1942, the HMS Maori is moored in Grand Harbour, Valletta. A bomb, dropped during a German air raid, hit the Maori directly in her engine room.
The ship caught fire, the stern section exploded and she sank by the stern, blocking the entrance to Dockyard Creek Harbour.In 1945, the HMS Maori was refloated and then towed out of the shipping channel. While under tow, part of the vessel broke and sank, and the remaining 42 m long section was scuttled in St. Elmo Bay, on the south side of the entrance to Marsamxett Harbour.The wreck lies on a sandy bottom, between 16 and 13 m deep depending on its starboard or port side, with superstructures up to 9 m deep. It is also accessible from the shore of La Valette. Storms have damaged it extensively.
To be seen: the main deck, the upper superstructure, two large round hatches, the mooring bollards, the windlass, the anchor chain. Holes in the hull allow to see the forward holds and corridors running the whole length of the wreck.
Nevertheless, despite these highly photogenic skylights, it is risky to enter them even with the required certification because the superstructures are fragile, the deposit of particles covers the inside of the wreck and the edges of the shredded metal plates stick out everywhere.
Nearby, a blue car carcass was washed away by a storm, motorcycle wrecks, old tires, and barrels are scattered on the seabed, colonized by sea bream, octopus, hermit crabs, nudibranchs and fireworms.

On the sand, bothus change the color of their livery to blend in with their surroundings, starfish spread out, red mullets scour the sediment with their barbels in a cloud of dust, stingrays bury themselves in the substrate, and cuttlefish attract divers in their flight. Moray eels hide and sometimes you catch a seahorse hugging a grass by the tail.
St. Elmo Bay is sheltered from the winds and diving is possible almost year-round. Nevertheless, visibility drops to only one meter, depending on the currents and the proximity of the muddy harbor. Several accesses are possible from the waterfront with incessant small boat traffic in St. Elmo Bay. Do not leave anything of value in the vehicles in the parking lot during the dive.

Dive centers


Blue Waters Dive Cove
Malta  - 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
From 24,00 €


St Andrews Divers Cove
Malta  - 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. [+]

  • Wrecks
  • Between 10 and 20 dive sites
  • Near beach
From 13,00 €


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Where to see, swim, and dive with Maori HMS ?

Malta - Malta, Gozo and Comino