With such a fantastically favourable climate and an astonishing array of underwater sites, it’s easy to see why Malta is consistently voted one of the best diving destinations in the World!
It’s hardly surprising that divers flock to the Maltese Islands from far and wide to explore its crystal clear waters. Offering a wide choice of shore and boat dives at varying depths, there’s something to suit divers of all abilities. With the possibility for anyone over the age of 10 to attain recognized diving qualifications, Malta really is the ideal destination for a family holiday!
Want to experience Malta’s underwater delights without venturing far from shore?
With an endless choice of shore dives easily accessible from land, you certainly can! With a variety of marine landscapes and wreck sites to choose from, and depths ranging from 5 to 60 metres, a plunge in Malta’s crystal clear waters is well worth putting on your flippers for.
Popular diving sites
SS Margit - Kalkara Creek
Um El Faroud
The Um El Faroud was sunk in 1998 following a terrible explosion on board that killed nine Maltese dockyard workers. It sits upright on the sandy seabed Southwest of Wied iż-Żurrieq. The Um El Faroud weighs 10,000 tons and is 115 metres long. The depth to get to the top of the bridge is 18 metres, and 25 metres to arrive to the main deck. Divers might even come across some squid and barracuda when they arrive at the stern. The port side is usually teeming with large schools of sea breams, parrotfish, and silversides. You might even come across the occasional amberjack, and tuna. The wreck can be entered fairly easily, but due to its size, this should be restricted only to divers with advanced wreck diving training.
St Paul's Islands
These islands can be found at the western entrance to St. Paul’s Bay, and the only way of reaching them is by boat.
There are various dive sites at St Paul’s Islands, including the location where St. Paul is alleged to have been shipwrecked. Although there are no ship remains to prove this, other objects such as some plates, ribs form an old destroyer, and a small ferry sunk purposely in 1984 can be seen.
Another dive you can do here is an open water reef dive. The seabed is covered in rocks and boulders, and small sea urchins and fireworms can be seen.
Yet another dive is the one at St. Paul’s valley, found between the two islands. The seabed is of white sand and is covered in boulders and Posidonia, where numerous wrasse can be found. Between the seagrass, broad-snouted pipefish can also be seen.
Situated in the north-eastern point of Malta, at the surface you will find a number of caves, inside of which are several tunnels.
The entry is a simple narrow inlet that goes down between 3 to 10 metres. A 10-minute snorkel will get you to two separate options – a reef rich in marine life and an impressive drop-off to the left, and to the right you will find an underwater entrance to a large cave.
All throughout the dive you will see plenty of cardinalfish, bright corals, and red sponges.