The clear blue seas and almost-guaranteed good weather makes Malta the ideal place for diving whether you’re a professional or just starting out, it offers a good number of wrecks, reefs and caves for you to enjoy. The depth of the dive can vary greatly at different locations – with shallow dives starting from 12 metres to those well over 50 metres.
Um al Faroud in Wied iż-Żurrieq
This is one of the most popular dive sites on the islands. Wrecks of the Um Al Faroud, a 10,000 ton oil Libyan tanker, sit at the sandy bottom of this site in Wied iż-Żurrieq and can be accessed at 15m. The tanker was scuttled off the coast of Malta in 1995, following an explosion while it was at the Grand Harbour for maintenance. As a result of the explosion, 9 workers lost their lives.
Gozo & Comino Dives
Off the shore at Xatt l-Aħmar in Gozo, there are three wrecks which you can explore – MV Xlendi, MV Cominoland, and MV Karwela. The first ship was scuttled in the year 1999, while the last two were scuttled together in 2006. The three wrecks have plenty to explore with depths ranging from 30 to 40m deep. If you love to take some beautiful photos to share back home, why not try diving in the crystal waters at the Santa Maria Caves, a shallow dive of 10m which can only be reached by boat.
If you’d like to try a boat dive, then there are plenty of diving sites you can try out. A popular one is the P31 patrol boat wreck, a former patrol boat of the Armed Forces of Malta, 52m in length and 7m wide. If you fancy something different, the imperial eagle dive lies at 42m deep and if you explore the surrounding areas, you can even find a statue of Jesus.
If you’re new to diving, we can recommend the best diving courses that are delivered by fully qualified diving schools around the island. If you’re already licensed, we will recommend the best dive centres to guide you into the best diving spots for you.