DIVE  SITES

The Madonna

Location

Cirkewwa, North Malta

Depth/length

18m, 40-50 mins

Madonna Statue photo

The Dive:

Entry is easy into a 1m deep pool, then out into a life-packed shallow reef of 5m, down a valley to 11m. Once at the drop off you follow a beautiful wall with a gentle sloping bottom towards a small cavern, where the Madonna watches over the divers and marine life. This is a great dive for searching for critters and usually your first dive on the Island. It is also a fabulous site for night dives‚ and strongly recommended during your visit.

Sightings:

Wrass, Parrot Fish, Grouper, Large Bream, Octopus, Moray Eel, Cuttle Fish, Cardinal Fish, Slipper Lobster, Unicorn Shrimp

The Right Arch

Location

Cirkewwa‚ North Malta

Depth/length

18m, 40-50 mins

Right Arch photo

The Dive:

Enjoyable wall and reef dive, involving some nice swim-throughs. The destination is a breathtaking natural archway in the reef, behind which is often found large schools of Barracuda and Amber Jack.

Sightings:

Barracuda, Amber Jack, Tuna, Giant Sea Snail, Octopus, Scorpion Fish, Anemone Crab.

Paradise Bay

Location

Cirkewwa‚ North Malta

Depth/length

18m, 40-50 mins

Paradise Bay arch

The Dive:

One of the most scenic dives in Malta, stunning rock formations, swim-throughs, and a beautiful natural rock arch which has been affectionately named Temple Arch due to its stunning symmetry and grandeur. Large Morays are common poking their heads from the large boulders. As this is a little known dive site, large and strange encounters are often reported. During the winter, we even had a resident Trigger Fish chasing divers away from its nest!

Sightings:

Moray Eel, Nudibranch, Octopus, Grouper, Bream, Serpent Seastars, Trigger Fish.

L`Ahrax

Location

Dwejra ‚ North/West Gozo

Depth/length

18/35m, 40-50 mins

L`Ahrax photo

The Dive:

Starting at the nursery area on the shallow reef, air permitting it`s possible to make it to the underwater entrance to a large blow hole - however this can be a challenge to get to, and is usually better to be attempted by boat.

Sightings:

Bream, Parrot Fish, Cuttle Fish, Dusky Grouper, Saupe, Cardinal Fish, Nudibranch, Moray Eel, Octopus.

Blue Hole, Gozo

Location

Dwejra ‚ North/West Gozo

Depth/length

18/35m, 40-50 mins

Blue Hole Gozo photo

The Dive:

A must do! This is the signature dive site of Gozo - it begins with a breathtaking 10m wide chimney, previously overlooked by the gigantic Azure window. As you descend, a natural rock arch appears, forming a doorway before you, leading to the open sea. Large Grouper are a common sight here, along with the occasional Spiny Lobster. Leaving the chimney behind you, large boulders provide cover for countless families of Parrot Fish. The jagged fallen boulders have come from the ex-Azure Windows which dramatically collapsed in 2017, forming a whole new underwater experience! Heading around the base of the arch leg you can pick your depth up to 40m. Wherever you choose to go, an amazing variety of marine life awaits. Heading back to the reef wall there are a number of swim-throughs, towards an enormous vertical crack in the reef. Starting at 18m and climbing up towards a coral garden at 4m‚ this is one possible exit - however you can return to the Blue Hole from here too, and the cavern at the base of the Hole is always worth a visit, with regular sighting of huge conger eels hiding in the dark of the cavern, before ascending.

Sightings:

Schools of Bream, Parrot Fish, Large Dusky Grouper, Saupe, Cardinal Fish, Nudibranch, Moray Eel, Lobster, Octopus.

Lantern Point‚ Comino

Location

South East Comino ‚ Boat Dive

Depth/length

18/35m, 40-50 mins

Lantern Point entrance to crack in reef floor

The Dive:

There`s nothing nicer than jumping off the back of a boat right over your dive site - as the anchor drops you can feel the excitement building. We jump in over a shallow 6m reef, taking a westward bearing, a short swim brings us to a crack in the reef floor. This is the opening to a large, exciting chimney, which we descend passing interesting rock formations as we go. The cave levels out and continues towards the outer wall of the reef at 15m. From here you can pick your depth around the boulders, and along a beautiful wall, the deeper sections beyond 30m offering swim-throughs. Normally this dive offers incredible visibility, and the chance for encounters with larger marine life.

Sightings:

Grouper, Moray Eel, Bream, Saupe, Painted Comber.

Alex`s Cave‚ Comino

Location

West Comino, Boat Dive

Depth/length

18m, 40-50 mins

Alex`s Cave, Comino

The Dive:

Entering through a small archway in the reef, out to a rocky reef and wall area, we head over to a huge sandy area where we find Cleaver Wrass, Turbot and other interesting life. Then it`s over to the wall to find the cave entrance - a huge crack in the reef wall. As you enter, and your eyes adjust to the new light, ahead a vertical opening in the ceiling, stretching up to the surface, becomes visible giving you more daylight which entices you further inside. At this point the cave bears left, and the light seems to disappear - however a quick look over the shoulder reassures you that the exit can clearly be seen‚ even from the very back of the cavern. For an added bonus you can surface inside this cavern - but it is from a depth of 15m, so only those who don`t have issues with equalising should attempt this as the only exit is back through the underwater entrance of the cave.

Sightings:

Cuttle Fish, Sting Ray, Wrass, Turbot, Flying Gurnard, Turbot.

HMS Maori

Location

Valleta

Depth/length

15m, 40-50 mins

HMS Maori photo

The Dive:

Situated in St. Elmo`s bay in Valleta, the HMS Maori is just a 5 minute swim from our entry point. This World War II wreck lies in just 14m, and is an ideal dive for divers of all levels. The wreck, which was bombed on the 12 February 1942, is easy to navigate and although it`s nearing 70 years old, parts of it are clearly visible, like the gun turrets and main deck. You are also able to swim through the structure, but be careful not to kick up the silt. One of the most exciting parts of the dive is seeing the 3 shell cases which were uncovered by rough seas a few years ago, still with the date markings on them. After exploring the wreck, take a few minutes to look in the sea grass for Sea Horses, or on the sandy seabed for Octopus and Flying Gurnard.

Sightings:

Cuttlefish, Octopus, Fling Gurnard, Bream, Wrasse, Moray Eels, Cardinal Fish.

P31 Patrol Boat

Location

Comino

Depth/length

18m, 50-60 mins

The P31 Patrol Boat Photo

The Dive:

Visitors to the P31 would be excused for having that deja vu feeling, as this is the sister ship of the ex-mine-sweeper Boltenhagen (P29). However this wreck sits in only 18m of water, and offers amazing bottom time and therefore every nook & cranny can be explored. Although the exterior of the ship is the same, the internal layout differs quite considerably, with more rooms to investigate. The shallow depth also provides great light for photography. As for marine life, it seems the inhabitants of Comino have been waiting for some new real-estate, as it`s becoming rapidly populated by Bream, Chromis, Octopus & even Cuttle Fish have been spotted around the stern. Finally, a really impressive wreck that divers without the higher certifications can enjoy!

Sightings:

Bream, Cuttle Fish, Chromis, Saupe, Nudibranch, Octopus, Sand Smelts.

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