Malta has for many years been a firm favourite for the British diver! This destination boasts natural harbours, bays, sheltered creeks, cliffs, reefs, and wrecks where marine life flourishes in a vibrant display of colours. The waters in Malta are some of the clearest in the world with excellent visibility to a depth of around 30 metres making it great for the budding underwater photography and year-round diving.
There are fantastic opportunities for technical divers due to the depth and visibility found in the exciting variety of wrecks and caves. It is these wrecks that have put the Maltese Islands on the map as divers will find an intriguing mix of artificial and genuine historic examples. These include Um El Faroud a huge oil tanker, Imperial Eagle with a large statue of Jesus Christ close by, HMS Maori a shallow wreck dive, HMS Stubborn a S-class British submarine, and the Bristol Blenheim Bomber, a unique and rare find.
Cirkewwa, a Marine protected Area in the North, is a popular dive site for all levels of diver. Here you will find the famous Madonna statue along with a wonderful selection of archways and swim throughs teaming with marine life. There are also two deep wrecks, Tugboat Rozi and P29.
Ghar Lapsi, on the southern coast, is a secluded beach with a rocky inlet offering easy access into a myriad of shallow dive sites. The beautiful 40m long cave system is lit by beams of sunlight from cracks and holes, and beyond here there are a series of parallel reefs with some nice walls and caves that are home to a wonderful selection of sea life.
Species common to Malta include parrot fish, octopi, silver bream, scorpion fish, nudibranch, squid, flying fish and red mullets.
Malta offers a fantastic mixture of shore and boat diving, and with dive sites just a stone's throw away from each other you will be able to explore a variety of underwater worlds easily during your stay, along with enjoying day trips to the close by islands of Gozo and Comino.