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Um Al Faroud MV

Characteristics of the wreck

36 m

Mediterranean Sea
Tanker (1969)


A diving holiday in Malta allows you to explore the wreck of the Um El Faroud, a Libyan oil tanker 110 m long and 16 m wide.This ship was built in Middlesborough, England, and launched on May 31, 1969. When used in Norway, this steel tanker was called the MV Seafalcon. In 1973, in Libya, she was renamed MV Um El Faroud. Until 1995, it carried refined fuel on the route between Italy and Libya.

On 3 February 1995, while Um El Faroud was at the dry dock in Grand Harbour, an explosion took place during the night, killing 9 people. The oil tanker was seriously damaged and, considered irreparable, it remained at berth in Valletta for three years. It was then decided to convert it to serve as an artificial reef on a diving site. On 2 September 1998, the oil tanker Um El Faroud sank parallel to the reef, 50 m south-west of the Wied Iz-Zurrieq crossing point.

A commemorative copper plaque bearing the names of those who were killed in the explosion was fixed to the wreck. The wreck lies on a sandy bottom at a depth of 36 m and its superstructures are 16 m high. During the winter of 2005 to 2006, the wreck broke into two parts during a storm and became accessible from the shore. It is one of the most popular dives in Malta. The scrap merchants removed all doors and windows and cut out the entrance and exit holes in the hull with many penetration possibilities for experienced and certified divers.

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 Um Al Faroud MV ?

Malta - Malta, Gozo and Comino