SCUBA Travel

Dive in Malta and Gozo

22 August 2016
The Maltese archipelago lies at the centre of the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north of Africa. It comprises three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. With clear waters and rocky scenery the islands are very good for diving. Indeed, two of her dive sites are in the top dives in Europe list: namely the Blue Hole in Gozo and Cirkewwa in Malta. [Tweet This!]

Diver in the Inland Sea, Gozo
Diver leaving the Inland Sea on the way to the Blue Hole.
Photo credit: Runeng

Although there is diving year round, the best time to go is from February to June - away from the summer heat and the winter rain. January and February are the coldest months, but temperatures even then average 13oC.

Almost everyone speaks English with Italian also being widely spoken (and Maltese of course). Malta has one airport. To get to Gozo you take a short ferry ride from Cirkewwa which lasts about half an hour. Ferries run 24 hours.

Malta is just 27 km (17 miles) long by 15 km (9 miles) wide. Gozo is even smaller.

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The Dive Sites of Malta and Gozo

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Gozo
Inland Sea and Blue Hole

The most spectacular stretch of coast is on the west of Gozo at Dwerja. Here you find the Inland Sea. This cliff-surrounded lagoon is linked to the open sea by a tunnel (see the picture above).

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (2)

"Scenery going to the dive is awesome, looking at the Azure window. Next door is the inland sea, which is a good dive in itself, but if your navigation and air is good the combo is awesome. Start in Inland Sea, down to 10m, through to Ocean down to 22m and keeping wall on left shoulder gradually back up to 15m, across first inland part (10 fin kicks) to join wall on left, the through Azure window and 30 fin kicks to Blue Hole at 12m. If your air is good, then go past blue hole cave entrance and turn right keeping wall on left, and then in through chimney swim-through up to 7m, then back round to right (wall now on right) and rejoin blue hole cave entrance, explore cave before ascent into the Blue Hole itself. Smile at the tourists as you surface. "
Jamie Furness
"It is a beautiful sharp drop off into the blue hole with what seems like limitless visibility and literally feels like you are on the very edge of the world. It really is the most extraordinary dive!"
Bianca

Reviews:

"The dive starts off into a fissure in a cliff wall then opens up into a magnificent inland sea. As you come out of the cavern the rocks form a triangular shape like a window with the most startling bright blue water on the other side. This then goes into a beautiful steep drop off with amazing vis. "
Bianca

The Azure Window, Gozo
The Azure Window: part of the world class Inland Sea / Blue Hole dive on Gozo.
Photo credit: Joonas L.

Entry to dive is down a ladder. Swim to your left along a cliff. Big shoals of chromis.

Xlendi Bay > Gozo
Xlendi Cave

Enter the water by the 6th lampost. Swim across the bay to a cliff where the cave, or tunnel, is at 6 m. The cave is straight and you can see daylight at either end.

Xlendi Bay > Gozo
Xlendi Harbour

Reviews: 4 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"Easy walk in site, some fish including rays."
Scott, UK, August 2015
St. Elmo Bay > Valletta > Malta
HMS Maori

Reviews:

"It's a beautiful wreck in Marsamxett Harbour with lots of swim throughs and holes to investigate and a great place to spot the illusive sea horses "
Jane Bell, Malta, December 2012
"Malta diving: it's great. The HMS Maori wreck dive at St. Elmo Bay, Valletta was excellent. Lots of marine life it also makes a good night dive!
Steve Naz
Valletta > Malta
SS Polynesien

Built in 1890, the SS Polynesien was a French ocean liner which used sail and steam. She was sunk by a torpedo from the German U-boat UC-22 in 1918. She is 152 m long and lies upright between 45 and 63 m, seven miles from Valetta Harbour.

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"Massive steam ocean liner Polynesien was torpedoed in WW1 when it was serving as troop carrier. Depth 45-63m. Current (ripping) to be expected. One of the best wreck you will ever see and arguably the best wreck of the Maltese Islands. "
Kevin, Malta, March 2016

Reviews: 4 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"British S-class submarine purposely sunk by the British to act as a ping target. Depth 45-56m. Being a sub, there's not much to see beyond its hull and conning tower, however makes for a splendid wreck dive."
Kevin, Malta, March 2016

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"British destroyer mined in WWII. In two parts, 300m apart. Depth 67m and 74m. A time capsule of WWII action. A superb wreck site. "
Kevin, Malta, March 2016
Popeye Village > Malta
Anchor Bay

This dive features a long, straight cave. In this you can always see the opening if you look back. At the end of the cave is a big air chamber - but don't remove your regulator as the air is not fresh. Swim into the cave keeping the wall on your left. If you carry on with the wall on your left, when you leave the air chamber you can enter another passage leading to another chamber. Still keeping the wall on your left, another exit from this chamber takes you back to the original entrance passage and out.

Reviews:

"Has good reef and cave dives. "
Steve Naz

Reviews:

"Drop-offs, ledges, gullies and caves."
Steve Naz

Um El Faroud was a 10,000 ton tanker. Following a gas explosion during maintenance work in 1995, she was scuttled at Wied iz-Zurrieqoff. She is large - 115 m long and lies, in two parts, between 18 and 36 m. You can swim into the wreck.

Um El Faroud shipwreck
Um El Faroud shipwreck by Pstraudo CC BY-SA 4.0

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"Simply breath taking, I have dived the Thistlegorm and numerous other wrecks. Not a patch on this oil tanker, it was spectacular.
Joanna Davies, 2015

The Rozi sits on the seabed at 36 metres. Her shallowest point is at 30 m. This tug boat was deliberately sunk as an attraction for tourists on the glass bottomed boat. An attractive dive site with many fish due to divers feeding them. So good that it has been voted one of the best dives in Europe.

Wreck of the Rozi
The wreck of the Rozi in Cirkewwa, Malta. Photo credit: Richard Kingfelt.

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (4)

"Wonderful dive to 36 meters, circumnavigate the wreck and drop to the wheel house to feed the thousands of fish waiting for the divers. Also at Cirkewwa is Right arch: a beautiful full arch to swim up and over and a great place to spot thousands of barracuda
Jane Bell, Malta, 4 December 2012
"A perfect place to go diving: full of colour and adventure. A nice smooth dive where you can see anything from a small jellyfish to a shark.
Danielle, 2008
"Excellent dive site with wreck of ROZI as well as stunning underwater topography (swim through's, drop offs etc.) Vis stunning usually 30 m+ occasionally 50 m+. Sea life in abundance, barracuda, morays, octopus, cuttlefish and even dolphins!
Danny Jones

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"This mine sweeper is fantastic, guns still in place, such fun to penetrate.
Joanna Davies, 2015
"Condor Class Patrol Boat. (Dived with Dive Med.)
Daniel, 2012
"A perfect place to go and do a couple of hours boat diving and if you want adventure then this is the place to go with the pristine reefs.
Danielle, 2008

Dive at the North West tip of Malta, near where the ferry for Gozo docks. Good access to a little gully to the left of a tower. Down to the left there is at 7 m a drop off down to around 15 m. A few small caves, several wrasse. Worth doing.

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"The Blenheim Bomber (plane) is one of the best dives in Malta! Its history is unclear, but when it crashed into the water it landed on its belly, loosing the front of the cabin and nose wheel. It is dived by boat, but not all dive Centers know of its exact location. There is sometimes a current running so it is important to descend as quickly as possible holding onto the shot line which will be provided. This is a dive for more experienced divers only. (Dived with Dive Med.)
Daniel, 2012

Malta & Gozo Dive Centres

St Pauls Marsaskala St Julians Cirkewwa Bugibba Qawra Gozo

Mosta Road
St Paul's Bay
SPB 03
Malta
Tel: +356 21 57 1873
Fax: +356 21580064
E-mail: [email protected]

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"I'd like to add that Maltaqua is another dive operator that is very professional and the people are great!! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them last year in October.
Lynette Maczuga, 13 July 2012

Divemed
Zonqor Point
Marsaskala
Malta
MSK 1570
E-mail: [email protected]

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"I will dive with them again and again and again. They organized boat trips to any dive site. Excellent value for money.
"Daniel, 2012

Cresta Diving Centre
Cresta Quay
St Georges Bay
St Julians
Malta
Tel: (+00356) 21371459
Tel: (+00356) 9982 0460
E-mail: [email protected]

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"Excellent customer service, great instructors"
Conrad, 10 April 2014
St Julians > Malta
Neptunes Diving Centre

Neptunes Diving Centre
Main Street
Balluta Bay
St. Julians
Malta
Tel: (+00356) 2137 6865
Skype: neptunes.diving.malta
E-mail: [email protected]

St Julians > Malta
Dive Malta Dive Centre

DiveMalta Dive Centre
St.Julian's Aquatic Sports Club
George Borg Olivier Street
St.Julian's
STJ 1083
Malta
Tel: (+00356) 2136 9994
Skype: stuart_rhys_jones
E-mail: [email protected]

St Julians > Malta
Divewise

Divewise
Westin Dragonara Complex
St.Julian's
STJ 3143
Malta
Tel: (+00356) 213 56441
E-mail: [email protected]

Instructors speak Russian, English, German, French and Hungarian and have PADI, IANTD, CMAS and PSAI certifications. Offer both recreational and technical diving.

U-Dive St. Julian's
Portomaso Hotel, Hilton
St. Julians
Malta
Tel: + 356 9974 4000
Email

U-Dive Bugibba
Bugibba Hotel Dolmen Resort
Bugibba
Malta
Tel: + 356 9974 4000
Email

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"U-Dive has two diving centres - one in St. Julians, the other - in Buggiba. Instructors speak in 5 languages."
Alina, Russia, 11 April 2014
Bugibba > Malta
Dive Deep Blue

Dive Deep Blue
Deep Blue Lido
100, Ananija Str,
Bugibba / Qawra
Malta
Tel: (+00356) 21 583946
Fax: (+00356) 21 583945
E-mail: [email protected]

Bugibba > Malta
Subway Dive Centre

PADI 5* Instructor Development Centre, National Geographic Dive Centre and Project AWARE Official Partner.

Subway Dive Centre
Vista Complex
Pioneer Road
Bugibba SPB2800
Malta
Tel: (+00356) 21 572997
E-mail: [email protected]

Bugibba > Malta
Diving into Malta

Bugibba
Malta
Tel: +356 21573962
Mobile: +356 99253956
E-Mail: [email protected]

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

"Accommodation at Diving into Malta is excellent and cheap."
Steve Naz

Paradise Diving Centre
Paradise Bay Resort Hotel
Cirkewwa
Malta
Tel: (+00356) 21 524363
E-mail: [email protected]

Maskli Street
Qawra
SPB 1484
Malta
Tel: (00356) 99008378
UK: +44 (0)7775 500353

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (3)

"Fantastic service offered by Dawn Diving. Would highly recommended this company. Their service is the highest ever service I have experienced as a diver. "
Colin Scott, UK, August 2016
"5 star dive centre situated in the North of the island @ Qawra. Most excellent dive centre and caring , professional staff. "
Jane Bell, April 2013
"I recommend Dawn Diving Training Academy in Qawra malta. A brilliant brand new dive centre and the guys are great instructors. "
Jack, April 2013

Gozo Diving & Gozo Technical Diving
Mgarr Road
Xewkija
Gozo
Malta
Tel: +356 79009575 / +356 79009565
E-mail: [email protected]

Mobi Dives
Gozo
Malta

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (2)

"Friendly helpful dive team. Individual instruction excellent for novice diver. Dive centre also runs mini bus to other, more adventurous, sites in Gozo "
Scott, UK, August 2015

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Malta and Gozo Accommodation

Bugibba > Malta
Diving into Malta

Bugibba
Malta
Tel: +356 21573962
Mobile: +356 99253956
E-Mail: [email protected]


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Further Reading

The Wreck Site has more information about the various wrecks in Malta's waters.