Dive in Malta and Gozo: Diving Sites and Centres
22 January 2013
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 scenary the islands are very good for diving. At time of writing, two of her dive sites are numbers 2 and 3 in the top dives in Europe list: namely the Blue Hole in Gozo and Cirkewwa in Malta The best time to go is from February to June - away from the summer heat and the winter rain.
|Inland Sea and Blue Hole||Gozo|
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.
"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. "
"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!"
"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. "
Entry to dive is down a ladder. Swim to your left along a cliff. Big shoals of chromis.
|Xlendi Cave||Xlendi Bay > Gozo|
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.
|HMS Maori||HMS Maori and St. Elmo Bay > Valletta > Malta|
"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, 4 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!
|Anchor Bay||Popeye Village > Malta|
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.
"Has good reef and cave dives. "
|Wied iz Zurrieq-Wes||Malta|
"Drop-offs, ledges, gullies and caves."
|Cirkewwa and Rozi Tug Boat||Malta|
"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.
"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, 2006
"Condor Class Patrol Boat. (Dived with Dive Med.)
"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.
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.
"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.)
|Maltaqua||St Pauls > Malta|
St Paul's Bay
Tel: +356 21 57 1873
Fax: +356 21580064
"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
|Dive Med||Marsaskala > Malta|
"I will dive with them again and again and again. They organized boat trips to any dive site. Excellent value for money.
|Cresta Dive Centre||St Julians > Malta|
Cresta Diving Centre
St Georges Bay
Tel: (+00356) 21371459
Tel: (+00356) 9982 0460
|Neptunes Diving Centre||St Julians > Malta|
Neptunes Diving Centre
Tel: (+00356) 2137 6865
|Dive Malta Dive Centre||St Julians > Malta|
DiveMalta Dive Centre
St.Julian's Aquatic Sports Club
George Borg Olivier Street
Tel: (+00356) 2136 9994
|Divewise||St Julians > Malta|
Westin Dragonara Complex
Tel: (+00356) 213 56441
|Paradise Diving School||Cirkewwa > Malta|
Paradise Diving Centre
Paradise Bay Resort Hotel
Tel: (+00356) 21 524363
|Dive Deep Blue||Bugibba > Malta|
Dive Deep Blue
Deep Blue Lido
100, Ananija Str,
Tel: (+00356) 21 583946
Fax: (+00356) 21 583945
|Subway Dive Centre||Bugibba > Malta|
PADI 5* Instructor Development Centre, National Geographic Dive Centre and Project AWARE Official Partner.
Subway Dive Centre
Tel: (+00356) 21 572997
|Diving into Malta||Bugibba > Malta|
Tel: +356 21573962
Mobile: +356 99253956
"Accommodation at Diving into Malta is excellent and cheap."
|Dawn Diving Training Academy||Qawra > Malta|
Tel: (00356) 99008378
UK: +44 (0)7775 500353
" 5 star dive centre situated in the North of the island @ Qawra. Most excellent dive centre and caring , professional staff. "
Jane Bell, 22 January 2013
"I recommend Dawn Diving Training Academy in Qawra malta. A brilliant brand new dive centre and the guys are great instructors. "
Jack, 22 January 2013
|Gozo Diving & Gozo Technical Diving||Gozo|
Gozo Diving & Gozo Technical Diving
Tel: +356 79009575 / +356 79009565
|Chikarma Diving (UK)|
|Diving into Malta|
Tel: +356 21573962
Mobile: +356 99253956
- Maltese Islands Diving Guide
- Ned Middleton.
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