Introduction

Malta is known to be one of the best diving destinations in the Mediterranean. The archipelago offers beautiful, crystal-clear water to splash around in and explore!

The water has a high visibility with very warm temperatures in certain spots throughout the islands.

In addition, there are beautiful wrecks and sea caves to explore all around.

These are 8 of the best places to dive in Malta!

Oil Tanker Um El Faroud

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Oil Tanker Um El Faroud

Located in the south of Malta, this 10,000 tonne oil tanker measuring 115 meters is considered to be one of the best dive wrecks in Malta.

After an explosion in 1995, the boat was beyond repair and after 3 years of sitting at the dock in Valletta, the Maltese government decided to make this ship as an artificial reef and a tourist attraction.

There is plenty of marine life to observe and much more to explore!

Be sure to attempt this dive with a local diver who knows the conditions of this area well.

 

MV Karwela Wreck

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MV Karwela Wreck

This is considered to be one of Gozo’s best diving spots because it is easy to access and the structure is undamaged.

This 58m long boat was launched in 1957 and later used as a ferry until 2002. It was sunk in 2006 to make it the purpose of becoming a touristic artificial reef.

During this dive, you will have the chance to explore the three bridges composing the boat.

 

Maltese Patrol Boat P29

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Maltese Patrol Boat P29

This wreck lies around 35 metres deep with the highest point being at 12 metres deep from the surface, while the entire dive can be done at 25 metres.

The Maltese Patrol Boat P29 has many interesting, distinct features like a machine gun that is still intact which is a sight to see!

This patrol boat was once an East German minesweeper until 1997. It sunk ten years later after becoming a Maltese patrol boat.

This diving spot requires some time to attract a good amount of marine life inside and around it.

 

Double Arch Cave

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Double Arch Cave

This is another one of the best and most impressive dive spots of Gozo.

This diving spot is an extended underwater rocky headland which lies about 200m offshore.

There are two large archways that have been carve through it by nature which has managed to create one of the more peculiar and spectacular formations that can be found in Maltese waters.

The first smaller archway starts at 27m and directly under it is largest of the two which stretches to the seabed at 36m.

This diving spot is full of sea urchins, small octopus, cuttlefish and scorpionfish.

As the sea is free and open, you never know what other creatures you might meet while diving here!

 

The Blue Hole

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The Blue Hole

This is one of the best diving places to dive in Malta that is enjoyed even by local divers.

Here you will witness beautiful rock formations and many marine species swimming about.

It is possible to reach the Blue Hole in different ways and depths. For example,you can start at what used to be the Azure Window and follow a vertical wall that is 60m deep to then find the chimney that will lead you from 18 to 7 metres so that you can admire the Blue Hole.

 

The Blenheim Bomber Wreck

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The Blenheim Bomber Wreck

This sea wreck is meant for only advanced divers, which makes it an exclusive treat.

The location of this wreck is just as mysterious as is the crash that happened so long ago. Only a few dive centres know the exact location of this wreck!

What you’ll see at this location are colourful sponges, anemones, lobsters, coral and turtles.

 

Santa Marija Caves

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Santa Marija Caves

Divers at all levels can explore the Santa Marija Caves.

There is a large marine life that can be observed here like octopus, lobsters, crabs, eels, shrimp, red mullets and moray eels.

Enter the caves from one end and exit on the other side while admiring the light reflections against the vertical wall.

 

Inland Sea (the tunnel towards open sea)

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Inland Sea (the tunnel towards open sea)

The Inland Sea is located close to the Blue Hole and is mostly an 80m long tunnel.

The light effects that are created by the sunlight are amazing on its own, however, the deeper you go in you’ll need to use a torch to continue to explore the walls.

Once you get to the end of the tunnel you can either go left or right. Both ways will allow you to go as deep as 30m down to see the reef. At the reef, you can witness barracudas, parrotfish and octopus.

Be cautious because boats are following the same way!

 

Conclusion

Those are just some of the best places to dive in Malta, Gozo and Comino!

If you are interested in visiting these spots, the best is to find a diving centre that knows the areas well and can guide you as well as provide you with the proper equipment.

Be cautious and have fun exploring these beautiful sites!

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