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Deluxe 3 Island Tour - Dive Sites

Below is a selection of dives included in the
Deluxe 3 Islands Tour.

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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.

The Blue Grotto

Location

Wied iz Zurrieq ‚ South West Malta

Depth/length

12-30m, 40-50 mins

Blue Grotto photo

The Dive:

This reef is very pretty, with a sloping wall - starting in the valley, it curves around the entrance and drops away to around 30m. However you can easily choose to do it shallower - most of the life is around 12 to 18m, but experience has shown that the sighting of large grouper happens at the deeper depths. Various channels and cracks in the wall are ideal hiding spots for the Octopus, and this site boasts a healthy number of Red Cardinal Fish, which hang motionless in the crevices and caves in the wall. The elusive John Dory, giant Bearded Fireworms, and the rare Sea Hare are spotted here more than any other site.

Sightings:

Grouper, Octopus, Bream, Cuttlefish, SeaHare, Bearded Fireworm, Cardinal Fish.

Ghar Lapsi

Location

North of Wied iz Zurrieq ‚ South West Malta

Depth/length

12m, 40-50 mins

Ghar Lapsi photo

The Dive:

Starting with a spectacular cavern, where light penetrates through cracks in the ceiling and exits along the cave, this dive is ideal for photography. You can choose your exits, making the cavern easy or squeezy! The squeezy is fun and very safe. Located in a beautiful secluded cove, which makes it a perfect second dive after either the Um el Faroud wreck or the Blue Grotto.

Sightings:

Flying Gurnard, Stingray, Lizard Fish, Octopus, Cuttle Fish.

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.

Inland Sea‚ Gozo

Location

Dwejra‚ North/West Gozo

Depth/length

18/35+m, 40-50 mins

Inland Sea Gozo photo

The Dive:

As the name suggests the dive starts in a large scenic inlet - a natural lake surrounded by stunning rock faces. A short surface swim across to the open cave, 70m long, which leads through the Island to the open sea. The cave is open, with 8m above the surface for tourist boats to travel through, out to the Azure Window. Below the surface it begins at 5m and drops to beyond 30m at the exit to the sea. Light is not normally an issue on this dive, but some divers use a small torch to investigate the cavern walls. As you travel along the cavern towards the exit, a shaft of blue light beckons you onward, getting bigger and bigger until you are suspended at the exit, surrounded in the bright light. Although the reefs here are beautiful and have lots of life on them, the cave is something you will always remember - it`s something completely different to do, and another must do during your visit!

Sightings:

John Dory, Octopus, Cardinal Fish, Barracuda, Parrot Fish, Spotted Doris.

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.

Santa Maria Caves‚ Comino

Location

East Comino, Boat Dive

Depth/length

10/21m, 40-50 mins

Fish-feeding at Santa Maria Caves

The Dive:

Dropping in over a large sandy area, you are immediately surrounded by the local welcoming committee of Sea Bream. We begin this dive with a dramatic fish feed, which is a great opportunity for some amazing photos. Then it`s off to explore the beautiful caves, most of which are non-overhead environments‚ suitable for Open Water Divers. The openings in the cave roof offer great light, and because of the caves` natural beauty they were used for the treasure scene in the movie The Count of Monte Cristo. Once through the cave the dive heads towards a large pinnacle out in open water, which is home to lots of marine life. When ready to return it`s back through the cave system using other channels so you have a good chance to really explore this amazing natural cavern.

Sightings:

Cuttle Fish, Octopus, Flying, Saupe, Bream, Nudibranch, Moray Eel, Grouper.

The Rozi Tugboat

Location

North Malta

Depth/length

35m, 40-50 mins

The Rozi Photo

The Dive:

The most famous wreck dive in the Maltese Islands, scuttled in 1992 as a tourist attraction, the Rozi has been delighting divers for nearly 20 years. Sitting on a sandy seabed not far from the reef edge, this 40m long Tugboat is home for an incredible array of marine life. From the smallest Nudibranch to the huge Morays & Wreck Fish there`s something for everyone. Penetration is available and interesting but limited on this wreck. The rear section is open, allowing easy access to the engine area. The deck level has some passageways and rooms, the wheel house is still perfectly intact and offers some great photo opportunities. At 34m, this dive is recommended for advanced or above – well worth taking your wreck, deep or advanced course to see!

Sightings:

Bream, Eagle Ray, Wreck Fish, Barracuda, Dusky Grouper, Saupe, Nudibranch, Moray Eel, Octopus.

Video:

Video of the Rozi dive, Feb 2015

P29 Patrol Boat

Location

Cirkewwa, North Malta

Depth/length

35m, 40-50 mins

The P29 Patrol Boat Photo

The Dive:

If you`re a metal head, then you`ll love this dive! Scuttled in 2007, this wreck is in pristine condition. With it being relatively new, marine life is growing day-by-day. The P29 has so many doors and holes chopped in it, you can go almost anywhere inside. Penetration is still very easy, all knobs and levers can still be turned and twisted. Average depth for this dive is 30m, and visibility ranges from 20-40m.

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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