DIVE  SITES

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.

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.

Um el Faroud

Location

Wied iz Zurrieq ‚ South West Malta

Depth/length

34m, 40-50 mins

Um El Faroud

The Dive:

The Um el Faroud is a tanker ship sitting upright at a depth of 35m. This is a large wreck‚ approx 110m long and 16m wide. This dive is recommended for advanced divers and above due to the depth, distance and currents that can be experienced here. The Um el Faroud is great for penetration as doors and windows have been removed for your safety. The rudder and propellor are still intact making a great photo opportunity, and there`s an abundance of marine life both on the wreck and nearby reef.

Sightings:

Barracuda, Large Bream, Nudibranch, Damsel Fish, Jacks, Spanish Dancers, Octopus.

MV Karwela

Location

Xatt L Ahmar‚ Gozo

Depth/length

42m, 30-32 mins

MV Karwela

The Dive:

Scuttled for divers in 2006, the MV Karwela was previously a passenger ferry used by the Captain Morgan tour company. 50m in length, sitting upright & intact on the sand, there`s plenty to explore. The twin screws are still in position and penetration is easy, using the doors and stairways, eventually bringing you up to the wheelhouse. There is also a surprise find situated on the rear deck platform, for those with keen eyes. This wreck is close to a dramatic wall, and has a nice reef to make the required safety stop, enjoyable on the return journey.

Sightings:

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

MV Cominoland

Location

Xatt L Ahmar, Gozo

Depth/length

42m, 30-40 mins

MV Cominoland

The Dive:

Built in 1942, serving as passenger & car ferry, then scuttled in August 2006 alongside the Karewla, the Cominoland is another superb wreck to play on. Only recently sunk, marine life is just beginning to make it home, but excellent penetration is available and with some slight storm damage to the bow end this gives the wreck a spooky feel. With the addition of these two new wrecks in Xatt L Ahmar, Gozo is worth a couple of visits, with the famous Blue Hole and Inland Sea sites making an excellent 2nd day. Again, the depth of this dive would be better suited to those with training or experience in the deeper side of diving.

Sightings:

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

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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