Malta and Gozo are home to some of the best diving opportunities in the Mediterranean. Several travel companies specialize in diving holidays on the islands, and there are a number of diving schools and dive centres all around the islands. Malta has some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, and although there aren’t as many species of fish as in The Red Sea, underwater life is abundant.
There are some famous and spectacular dive sites all around the coastal waters, and here is a list of just some:
- Wied Iz-Zurrieq (Blue Grotto – Zurrieq). Enter the water via the slipway on the headland and head out of the mouth of the bay and turn right to follow the cliffs. 23m down, you’ll find the first cave on the right. Keep going and and more, larger caves are just around the corner.
- HMS MAORI – Dockyard Creek, St. Elmo, Valletta. This is an 18m dive on the wreck of the ship that sunk the Bismarck. The ship went down in 1942, and there are plenty of entrances and exits for divers.
- Qawra Reef – Qawra. 500m off Qawra point is a reef that has many caves and a variety of sealife. This site is safe for divers of all levels.
- Tugboat Rozi – Cirkewwa. This boat was scuttled in 1992 and sits upright. This is one of the best dive sites in Malta.
- Caves and the Madonna – Cirkewwa/Marfa. Spectacular drop-off with a cave containing a statue of The Madonna.
- Ahrax Point – Marfa. One of the most spectacular dive spots with crystal clear water and massive Posedonia meadows home to over 300 species of marine life. There is an impressive drop-off.
- Santa Marija Caves – Comino. A number of caves with some swim throughs, and one has an open shaft making for some excellent photography. The caves are literally teeming with sea bream. This dive is accessed by boat.
- Dwerja – Gozo. With such natural features as the Inland Sea, the Azure Window and the Blue Hole, this is arguably the best dive site in the Maltese Islands. There are several dives in this location.