The Dive Sites of Malta, Gozo and Comino

 

Malta is relatively small and consists out of three large limestone islands; Gozo, Comino and Malta, separated in North and South. There are four uninhabited islands named Fifla, Cominotto, St. Paul’s and Fungus Rock. Malta is one of the most southern countries of Europe in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea which provides for excellent diving and snorkeling conditions. She is less than one hundred kilometers from Sicily, Italy and less than three hundred kilometers from North Africa. Visibilities are clear with nice counterexamples of fish. In short – diving in Malta is excellent especially for the caves and underwater topology

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1 – Tugboat Rozi 
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Depth:  36m
Description:  Probably most known site in Malta. Look out for colourful nudibranchs on the wreck and other hidden residents such as morays and congers, scorpion fish and seahorses. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Access from Shore
– Wreck

2 – Cirkewwa Arch 
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Depth:  24m
Description:  Natural Arch indicating a collapsed cave top. A few swim-tru’ around may house resident groupers. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Possibility of Strong Currents
– Suitable for all levels of diving
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

3 – Cirkewwa Pool and Madonna Statue 
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Depth:  22m
Description:  Statue of the Madonna situated at 16m along the wall from the main pool used for training. A few boulders give rise to lots of places worth inspecting. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Suitable for all levels of diving
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

4 – Cirkewwa Pool Left Wall 
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Depth:  27m
Description:  Plenty of boulders and crevices at depth. One can back on a shelf and 8m ideal for safety stop and yet explore fish life at the shallows. A nice vertical swim-tru is found. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Suitable for all levels of diving
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

5 – New Entry – Cirkewwa 
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Depth:  38m
Description:  A stairway leads to another shallow pool area. At the deep end, a series of big boulders create various swim-trus homing various underwater creatures. The shallow part is also worth inspecting for fish life. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Possibility of Strong Currents
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

6 – South Quay – Cirkewwa
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Depth:  25m
Description:  A different entry point closer to the ferry’s quay gives rise to a different route along the cliff wall. Plenty of rocks and swim-trus to inspect. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Suitable for all levels of diving

7 – Marfa Quay 
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Depth:  8m
Description:  Easy shore based dive used for training. Gives divers a good taste of the diving in Malta in terms of underwater habitat. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Suitable for all levels of diving
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

8 – Ahrax Point 
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Depth:  26m
Description:  Fathermost northern tip of Malta. Best done by boat to have time to explore a series of caves, one of which leading to an open air pool in the rocks. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Underwater Cave
– Possibility of Strong Currents

9 – St Paul’s Islands – Outer Reef Side
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Depth:  25m
Description:  Boat dive. Anchor is weighed at around 5m, but underwater cliff wall drops from 14m to around 25m. Watch out for pelagics such as amberjack, tuna, dentex and others. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Possibility of Strong Currents
– Wall or Underwater Cliff

10 – St Paul’s Islands – Inner Reef Side 
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Depth:  22m
Description:  Anchoring at around 8m, one first finds a drop to around 19m leading to a canyon being around 22m deep. Going around the reef wall at an average depth of 20m, the safety stop is done on the top side of the reef with some areas being no more than 4m deep. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Wreck
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Suitable for all levels of diving

11 – Qawra – Outer Shelf 
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Depth:  25m
Description:  A small drop leads to a wall and a little swim-tru. On the return one can inspect a cavern with a partially collapsed roof and surface in the cave. Safety stop at 5m; nice sponge formations to inspect 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Suitable for all levels of diving

12 – Qawra Drop-Off 
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Depth:  40m
Description:  A 10 min surface swim gets you to a deeper drop that may extend beyond 40m. One can also visit an ‘L’-shaped cave at depth. A dive for suitably qualified and experienced divers 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Possibility of Strong Currents
– Wall or Underwater Cliff

13 – Imperial Eagle Wreck 
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Depth:  40m
Description:  This former ferry lies adjacent to the wall; deep end at around 42m. Closer to the cliff wall a statue of Christ is situated at 23m. Safety stop by anchor line underneath the boat. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Possibility of Strong Currents
– Wreck
– Wall or Underwater Cliff

14 – Qawra Bay 
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Depth:  14m
Description:  Mainly used for open water training, but keep an eye open for WWII machine gun shells in the sand 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Suitable for all levels of diving
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

15 – Merkanti Reef 
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Depth:  26m
Description:  Preferably done by boat to avoid a long swim. Look out for the reef residents along its crevices. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Suitable for all levels of diving

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17 – Exiles Point 
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Depth:  22m
Description:  Easy dive along the reef wall. Return is done on the upper reef bit at around 8m. Ideal for beginners. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Suitable for all levels of diving
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

18 – X-Lighter 
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Depth:  25m
Description:  WWI era Landing craft, formely known as the Carolita barge. Recent studies indicated it is a unique wreck. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Wreck
– Suitable for all levels of diving

19 – HMS Maori 
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Depth:  15m
Description:  Royal Navy Warship Stuck in the Grand Harbour was towed to present site to clear the waterways. Lots of authentic stuff such as spent shells and interesting fish too. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Wreck
– Suitable for all levels of diving

20 – Marsamxett Harbour 
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Depth:  28m
Description:  Veering left from the Maori there is a wall going all the way to 30m. Conditions are such to permit sponges to reach relatively large sizes. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Suitable for all levels of diving

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22 – Zonqor Point Tugs 
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Depth:  20m
Description:  A gradual slope leads to two small tugboats found at around 50m from each other. May be dived seperately. Watch out for fish life on the sea bed while going for the tugs. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Wreck
– Suitable for all levels of diving

23 – Blenheim bomber 
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Depth:  42m
Description:  Dive in the blue to over 40m to reach the wreckage of another WWII plane. May encounter current in mid water. Definitely for experienced divers. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Possibility of Strong Currents
– Wreck

24 – Wied iz-Zurrieq Left Wall 
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Depth:  30m
Description:  Zurrieq Valley in Maltese (& Zurrieq is a corruption of the Arabic word for blue). Veering on the left is is possible to follow the wall and come along a shelf situated at around 12m and back in the valley 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Possibility of Strong Currents
– Wall or Underwater Cliff

25 – Zurrieq – Right Wall and Bell Cave 
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Depth:  28m
Description:  Small bell-shaped cave and another crack to explore. Right side has a prolonged shelf of average depth of 8m where to look for fishlife hidden in various cracks, before exiting. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Large Boulders
– Possibility of Strong Currents
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Suitable for all levels of diving

26 – Zurrieq – Um-El Faroud Wreck 

Depth:  37m
Description:  Scuttled tanker split in two. Possible to inspect bridge and holds. Long swim and exposure to a transversal current make it a dive for experienced divers. Look out for pelagics such as amberjack and barracuda hunting along the wreck.

Details:

– Access from Shore
– Possibility of Strong Currents
– Wreck

27 – Ghar Lapsi – Left Reef and Cave 
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Depth:  13m
Description:  Entry from boat slipway area. Following the outer reef wall and some small cracks, one comes to a series of rocks heading towards shore where there is a small cave having some air pockets. The depth on the return is all at around 7m. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Suitable for all levels of diving
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

28 – Ghar Lapsi Tunnels 
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Depth:  15m
Description:  Entry from cove. One may explore the entire underwater tunnels in confident enough. Otherwise one may exit to the outer sea and inspect the seabed for stingrays. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Suitable for all levels of diving
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

29 – Ghar Lapsi – Right Reef 
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Depth:  22m
Description:  Entry from cove and via tunnels. Veering right one finds a large circular reef having plenty of cracks to inspect. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Possibility of Strong Currents
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

30 – Anchor Bay Cave 
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Depth:  16m
Description:  Shallow dive. One may either enter the first part of the cave watch out for brittle stars – large and surfacing is possible. The cave goes in further though for over 80m – for suitably qualified divers! 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Large Boulders
– Suitable for all levels of diving

31 – Anchor Bay – Right Side 
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Depth:  23m
Description:  Jumping off the far end of the jetty one encounters a large anchor. Following the boulders it is possible to come across varied fishlife. The centre of the bay houses large fan mussels. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Suitable for all levels of diving

32 – Popeye Film Barge 
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Depth:  21m
Description:  Small barge used for the film “Popeye” in the 80’s. Houses various sea creatures. Easy wreck penetration but watch out for some sharp edges. Safety stop along boat anchor line. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Wreck
– Suitable for all levels of diving

33 – Lantern Point Tunnel 
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Depth:  40m
Description:  Plenty of boulders and swim-trus to explore along the wall that extends beyond depths of 40m. Exit is from the top of an ‘L’-shaped cave at around 7m depth. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Underwater Cave
– Large Boulders
– Possibility of Strong Currents

34 – Latern Point, Comino Side 
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Depth:  28m
Description:  One can follow a wall easily and inspect a series of boulders and crevices. Boat is normally anchored at around 6m; ideal for a safety stop. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Suitable for all levels of diving

35 – Crystal Lagoon 
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Depth:  15m
Description:  Different routes may be taken but, there are plenty of swim-trus and a large cavern (where you can surface). Boat is normally in a very shallow bay (3m) 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Underwater Cave
– Suitable for all levels of diving

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37 – Santa Maria Caves 
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Depth:  19m
Description:  A series of interconnecting tunnels give rise to some fantastic views at shallow depths (5-7m). And fish expect to be fed here! 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Underwater Cave
– Suitable for all levels of diving

38 – Santa Maria Reef 
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Depth:  22m
Description:  Less visited part incorporating lots of swim-trus and small tunnels on the Comino-Gozo channel side. Safety stop underneath the boat. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Large Boulders
– Suitable for all levels of diving

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41 – MV Xlendi Ferry Wreck 
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Depth:  45m
Description:  A small mini moke contrasts with the size of the sheer size of this former ferry situated upside down. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Access from Shore
– Wreck

42 – Fessej Rock 
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Depth:  45m
Description:  A unique pinnacle. On the seaward side the depth goes beyond 40m, but on the other side, a small shelf of around 4m makes it ideal for anchoring and performing safety stops. Watch out for pelagics. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff

43 – Mgarr ix-Xini 
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Depth:  15m
Description:  Two small caves make up this dive, both of which have air pockets. Look out for seahorses in the bay along the sea grass. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Suitable for all levels of diving
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

44 – Ta Cenc 
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Depth:  40m
Description:  Cliff dive and another small cave to inspect. Depth goes all the way to 40m. Look out for resident groupers along the crevices. Shallow entry/exit point permits an easy safety stop at around 5m 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Suitable for all levels of diving

45 – Sanap Cliffs 
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Depth:  40m
Description:  A great wall dive plus a cavern and a large swim-tru may be combined in one dive. Pelagics abound on the outer wall part. Sheltered cove provides a secure anchor point 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Underwater Cave
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff

46 – Xlendi Cave and Reef 
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Depth:  23m
Description:  Large cavern goes on to exit in the actual bay. Very good visibility in the cave. Watch out for fish life on the outer reef. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Suitable for all levels of diving
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

47 – Crocodile Rock 
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Depth:  45m
Description:  Stunning wall that goes beyond 40m, plus plenty of fish life. One can inspect a few small caves on the way back. Safety stop on the inner reef at 7m. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff

48 – Coral Cave 
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Depth:  30m
Description:  This large cavern makes it a relatively easy dive. Look out for sea horses and nice sponges in the cavern. Exit normally from Blue Hole. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Wall or Underwater Cliff

49 – Blue Hole – Left wall & Chimmney 
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Depth:  40m
Description:  Wall goes beyond 40m, but best inspect some boulders at around 30m then up the chimmney – a vertical crack in cliff wall exiting in a pool at 6m. May be adapted for inexperienced divers. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff

50 – Blue Hole – Azure Window 
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Depth:  45m
Description:  Veering right from Blue Hole past the Azure Window one finds a sheer drop going well beyond 40m. Watch out for some really large groupers and other pelagics that come close to feed such as tuna. One may inspect a small cave just underneath blue hole. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff

51 – Inland Sea
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Depth:  45m
Description:  Easy shore entry, going along large tunnel from Inland Sea to the open sea. Look out for pelagics on the outside. Dive gets deeper gradually and it is possible to keep the cliff as a reference. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Accessable for Special Needs Divers

52 – San Dimitri Reef 
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Depth:  35m
Description:  Reef top is at 4m, but it is worth going along its walls and down to around 35m to inspect various boulders that are found. Watch out for one of the largest schools of barracuda found in Malta. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Large Boulders
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Suitable for all levels of diving

53 – Ghasri Valley/Cathedral Cave 
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Depth:  40m
Description:  Best done by boat to avoid going down some 100 steps down the cliff. The large cavern is at shallow end of the dive at around 12. Possible to surface and admire the colours viewed. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave
– Large Boulders

54 – Ghar il-Widna/Billinghurst Cave 
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Depth:  35m
Description:  Large cave with airpockets where to surface. Cave extends for over 80m therefore divers need to have appropriate qualifications and experience. Exit is via Reqqa Point 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Underwater Cave

55 – Reqqa Point/Reef 
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Depth:  45m
Description:  Drops immediately to over 20m upon entry. Watch out for large fishes whilst rounding the reef wall. Safety stop may along the wall for reference. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Possibility of Strong Currents
– Wall or Underwater Cliff

56 – Anchor Reef 
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Depth:  35m
Description:  Dive goes along the same dropoff leading to Double Arch. Excellent wall dive for inexperienced divers. Return route is on top of the drop-off at no more than 10m depth. 

Details:  – Access from Shore
– Wall or Underwater Cliff
– Suitable for all levels of diving

57 – Double Arch
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Depth:  40m
Description:  Very unusual rock formation found at drop-off. Look out for groupers and amberjack at the deep end. A long swim to reach the arch but at shallow depth. Good navigation skills are required. 

Details:  – Boat Diving
– Access from Shore
– Large Boulders
– Possibility of Strong Currents