Malta is an island country in the Mediterranean Sea. The main islands are Malta, Gozo and Comino. The Maltese archipelago also includes a number of tiny uninhabited islands. The Maltese feel that they live in the capital of Mediterranean diving and this opinion is justified. The rich underwater world and wrecks from different eras, combined with excellent visibility usually in excess of 30 meters, make diving in Malta an experience without parallel.
The temperature of the water from midsummer to mid-fall is 25 degrees Celsius and, in the coldest months from mid-winter to mid-spring, doesn’t fall below 15 degrees. So you can dive here all year round and your comfort is dependent only on your properly selecting your equipment.
“The ships are broken, the chests are opened.” Off the coast of malta, a myriad of commercial, military and transport ships have long suffered calamity and so many treasure seekers come full of hope for new riches from the mysterious underwater treasures. If you don’t have the time to comb the depths clean in thousands of dives, we offer you the chance to visit the most interesting sites of the Mediterranean’s diving capital.
In 1995, aboard the Libyan tanker Um El Faroud (length 115 meters), there was an explosion which killed nine dockers. The ship was deemed irreparable three years later, moved from the bay of Valletta and, especially for divers, sunk in the Bay of Wied il Zurrieq. The area’s extensive visibility allows you to inspect the wreck from the top, even if you’ve only Open Water training. Pipes are located at a depth of 12 meters, the lower deck at 25 and the screws at a depth of 35 meters. There may also be found a memorial plaque within dedicated to the destruction of the ship and the lives lost. Wreck divers can get into the engine room and get a good view of the lower deck. Like many similar wrecks, the tanker has become an artificial reef and home to many species of fish. Though sharks are scarce, there are often large schools of barracuda.
St. Mary's Cave is located on the island of Comino and makes a perfect second or third dive of the day. The maximum depth found here is 18 meters. Crystal clear water enhances the beauty of the local cave interiors. In the light of a torch, all sorts of fish, moray eels and octopuses are visible, clear as day. When exploring the cave, shafts of sunlight become apparent and, should you ascend to the surface, you’re greeted by a beautiful view of illuminated cave arches. It’s said that some scenes from the film "The Count of Monte Cristo" were filmed nearby. It’s then possible to study nearby grottos, caves and crevices, getting to know the local inhabitants along the way, of which there are many.
Malta has its own Blue Hole and it too, as in Dahab, is interesting for all divers. Blue Hole is located on the island of Gozo and separated from the open sea by a stone wall. The maximum depth here is 55 meters, with the arch being located at 8 meters. It’s particularly impressive when viewed from a depth, when dabbled by sunlight it seems to resemble some entrance to an ancient city or palace. Many divers say that Blue Hole is the best dive site in Malta. We can agree that, at the very least, this is the strangest place for diving in the archipelago.
Flooded specifically for divers near Martha Reef in 1992, the towboat ‘Rozi’ is nestled on the sandy bottom at a depth of 35 meters. Engines, screws, doors and the wheelhouse were removed before flooding. The wreck is situated about 120 meters from the shore. If you dive from the shore of the old wharf and move to the wreck along the bottom, you’re sure to come across a huge ship's anchor on the way, which in and of itself is more than enough to warrant a dive. Around Rozi there’s always an abundance of animal life. The bottom is strewn with large anemones, around which octopuses are often caught. During this dive you’re sure to meet bream, groupers, wrasses, parrotfish and, if lucky, anglers.
Around Malta there are many different wrecks, but while sunken ships may be quite common in other Mediterranean islands, military aircraft of the Second World War are very rare. A British Bristol Blenheim high-speed bomber is located approximately half a mile from Malta down at a depth of 42 meters. The engines and the wings of this once deadly machine are perfectly preserved, as well as the pilot's seat. The fuselage of the aircraft is also present, but has separated and is partly submerged in the sand. The cause of the crash remains unknown.
And finally, a famous statue of Christ was erected under the water not far from St. Paul Island where, according to legend, one of the Apostles beached their ship. The statue was made in honor of the visit to the Maltese archipelago by Pope John Paul II. After 10 years, the 13-ton statue was moved to another place, the Cape of Aura, where visibility was much improved. But Christ still faces this island. Jesus looks up from the abyss and welcomes approaching divers. This is not the only underwater statue of the Savior in the world, but definitely one of the most impressive. During this dive you will also be able to visit a couple of wrecks: the foremost being the famous transport ship "Calypso", from which Jacques Cousteau conducted his research of sea depths and shot the very films that motivated so many of us into becoming divers.