Malta

Destination Overview

Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, it measures 27km long and 14km wide. The Maltese Islands have a sunny climate averaging at around 12 hours of sunshine a day during the hot, dry summer months and with a short flight of just 3 hours from the UK you can be in the water in no time at all! Winters are short and mild and as Malta is located in the middle of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea there is little tidal activity, the clear blue ocean is perfect for scuba diving due to the calmness, and the excellent visibility makes it a great place for beginners and those wanting to learn to dive.

With over 7000 years of history there is so much to see and do, this destination is home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites and is often described as one big open-air museum. You can experience Valletta, the capital of Malta, which is home to The Grandmaster’s Palace and the majestic St John’s Co-Cathedral. The Silent City of Mdina is another must see, this small town sits on top of a hill with panoramic views across the island and beyond, it dates back 4,000 years and is surrounded by tall bastion fortifications and filled with historical buildings.

Sweethaven, also known as Popeye Village, is a favourite with children of all ages wanting to explore the film set of the Robin William’s 1980 Popeye film and meet the famous cartoon characters, along with enjoying many of the other attractions such as boat rides, beach lido, water trampolines, food outlets and winery.

In addition to the fascinating culture and history, Malta also has stunning countryside, quaint villages, wonderful beaches, mouth-watering cuisine, outdoor sports, and lively nightlife so on a dry day or for non-divers the choices are endless!

Average temperatures in Summer (March-October): Air 16-30c / Sea: 21-28c

Average temperatures in Winter (November-February): Air 12-17c / Sea 16-19c

Diving Information

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.