Sands Apartments

Hotel Overview

The Sands Apartments are very conveniently situated just off the main road through St Paul’s Bay and about 100 metres from the Maltaqua Dive Centre. Their position just on the edge of the town means they are close to all of the amenities. Designed for divers, there is no need to lug gear upstairs as there is a basement room to wash and store equipment.

Maltaqua are a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre and BSAC Centre of excellence so you are sure to be in safe hands.

Founded in 1970 by Mike and Agnes Upton, both CMAS National Instructors, PADI Staff Instructors and BSAC Advanced Instructors who have both logged thousands of dives since they started diving in 1968. Both are teachers by profession so diver training has always been of particular interest to them.

In the 40 years that Maltaqua has been one of Europe's leading dive bases it has serviced tens of thousands of clients and trained thousands of divers and hundreds of highly skilled instructors. They have always strived to improve the range and quality of service they offer to their clients but always maintain a policy of Safety First.

Over the years their standards of safety and service have brought them world wide recognition and acclaim.


One Bedroom Apartment


  • Living Room
  • kitchenette
  • WC/Shower
  • Air Conditioning (Extra Cost)
  • Double or Twin beds

All apartments are supplied with linen and bathroom towels, cutlery and crockery. You will need to bring your own beach/bath towels. Water and electricity are included in the price. Sleeping arrangements should be advised at the time of booking. You have a choice of one, two and three bed apartments. Please see the Gallery for more photos.

Food and Drink

Your holiday package is on a self-catering basis and there are many different cafes and restaurants to choose from in St Paul's Bay and the neighbouring town of Bugibba.

There are restaurants that cater for all tastes be it roast beef, fish and chips, hamburgers, haute cuisine, Chinese, Indian or Italian.

Flights and Transfers

There are many flights each day from most of the regional UK Airports. Transfers are also included in your price and take approximately 1 hour from Malta International Airport by car.

Diving Information

The standard dive package includes 10 escorted shore dives around Malta.

The dives can be spread out over the duration of your stay and can be made up of wreck, cave or reef dives.

Most of the diving around Malta is from shore so there are many dives to choose from. Use of cylinder, air, weights and road transport is also included.

Should you wish to join any of the dive trips to Gozo or Comino it is possible to do so by just paying a supplemet of €25 for the day.

Most of Malta's wreck dives are easily reached from shore. Should you wish to dive on the deeper wrecks (40 meters plus) - Blenheim Bomber , Stubborn Submarine, Imperial Eagle, Mosquito, Beaufort fighter , Polynesian etc. these can also be included as part of this package against a boat supplement charge of between € 15-€ 25 per dive.

You can opt to use Nitrox (32%) on any of the dives, at a minimal cost of €5 per dive

Pricing Information

Based on a 7 night self catering stay prices start from £835 per person and include:

10 Escorted dives
Cylinders & weights

Optional excusrions to Gozo and Comino are available, booked and paid for locally.