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Diving in Malta

Discover the spectacular underwater world of the Mediterranean and you may find the treasures of the ship wrecks in the deep cerulean waters


There is a lot to see in Malta, but have you ever thought of discovering this Mediterranean island underwater? Some Maltese Islands were voted as the best destinations for diving in the Mediterranean. You can find everything you might possibly be interested in—shipwrecks, bays, caves, sheltered creeks, cliffs, reefs, and natural harbours flourishing with marine life.

The signature dive spot of the Maltese Islands is Gozo, especially the site of the Blue Hole in Dwejra. It is situated next to the Azure Window, which was destroyed by the storm in 2017, and starts with an inland sea pool which leads into the open sea via a large creek. Expect to see some great natural rock formations and fantastic marine life such as octopi, parrot fish, and coral. This is one place where both beginners and experienced divers can equally enjoy the beauty.

The Maltese islands have a riveting history to tell. Much of the legacy of the battle for Malta now lies in the clear blue waters that surround it—torpedoes, boats, and shipwrecks like the HMS Maori, the X127 Lighter, the Um El Faroud, a Libyan oil tanker, the P31, the MV Xlendi, the passenger ships Karwela and Cominoland, the Bristol Blenheim and many others can be found here. In total, there are 17 sites for wreck diving in Malta. The very intact wrecks lying at a depth of over 50 meters have been seen by very few divers. Malta is divable year-round, with the weather more stable in the summer months (between June and September).

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What time of year is recommended for diving in Malta?

Diving in Malta is best between June and September due to more predictable weather and higher water temperatures, reaching up to 25°C. Diving is possible throughout the year, but water temperatures may drop during the winter months to 14-18°C. Diving visibility is often better in winter due to less plankton in the water. Show more

What is the Blue Hole dive spot in Malta known for?

The Blue Hole is a popular dive spot in Malta, situated near the former Azure Window. Divers start from an inland pool, leading them to the open sea through a creek. The natural rock formations at the location contain a wide variety of marine life, such as octopuses, parrot fish, and coral. The dive spot offers an interesting experience for both novice and advanced divers. Show more

What species can be seen while diving at the Blue Hole dive site?

A diverse marine life thrives in the Blue Hole dive site. Visible species include parrotfish, damselfish, wrasse, sea urchins, cuttlefish, rock formations covered with colorful coral growth, and schools of small fish. Advanced divers may also witness barracudas or moray eels. Show more

How many shipwrecks can be found in Malta that are suitable for diving?

Malta offers 17 shipwreck dive sites, allowing divers an insight into the island's history. Some of the most impressive wrecks are the HMS Maori, the Xlendi, the Um El Faroud, a Libyan oil tanker and the Bristol Blenheim. Many wrecks remain very intact, attracting advanced divers who enjoy their challenging dive experiences. Wrecks can be found at depths of over 50 meters. Show more

What does diving in Malta entail?

Malta has an impressive range of dive sites suitable for all levels of ability, from beginner to technical diver. The beautiful blue waters and diverse underwater terrain teeming with marine life offer an exciting experience for both novice and experienced divers. Malta's coastline is home to natural harbors, sheltered bays, and stunning wrecks, providing an excellent opportunity to explore the island's cultural heritage and splendid natural beauty. Show more

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