Alongside a number of purposely sunk wrecks dating back 10 years, there are also a number of historic shipwrecks and aircraft at both recreational and technical depths. Malta and Gozo's geology has created some beautiful natural features above and below the water, with famous dive sites such the Blue Hole and Azure Window as well beautiful underwater caverns such as the Santa Marija Caves. For the underwater photography fanatics, all these dive sites are home to a range of wildlife both big and macro.
We endeavour to get you to the dive sites you want to see during your visit, read about them below and start planning your trip now.
The HMS Stubborn was a British s-class submarine commissioned in February 1943. Most of its lifespan was spent in the North Atlantic, but in 1945 it was moved to the Mediterranean. In 1946 the Stubborn was scuttled to be used as a sonar target. To reach the HMS Stubborn you need to dive from a boat. It makes an excellent dive, but is only a possibility for experienced divers due to the depth at which it lies.
The Polynesian was built for "La Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes" at Cirtat, France and was launched on 18th of April 1890. A gross tonnage of 6659, 152 metres in length, she was sunk in August 1918 by a torpedo from 'U' boat UC22 as she approached Malta. It only took 35 minutes for the vessel to sink with a loss of ten lives. Many of her artifacts still remain.
HMS Southwold description - the HMS Southwold was a Type 2 British Hunt class Destroyer built in 1940 and commissioned in October 1941. After she was completed, she went to Scapa Flow for sea trials before heading over to join the Mediterranean Fleet in November 1941. After being used on many escorting duties, in March 1942, HMS Southwold carried out anti-submarine sweeps along a planned path for Malta relief convoy MW10 along with other destroyers. On 21st March she joined this same convoy and took part in the Second Battle of Sirte a day later. On the 23rd she and HMS Beaufort left the convoy to escort HMS Breconshire to Malta. On 24th March, just 6 months after she was commissioned, she activated to pass a line to the HMS Breconshire she activated a British mine which exploded killing an officer and 4 ratings, sustaining major structural damage flooding the engine room while electrical supplies failed. Attempts were made to try and tow her back to port by tug boat Ancient but unfortunately the hull split and she began to sink. The HMS Southwold lies about 1.5 miles from Marsaskala in the South of the island in 2 sections, the Bow section is the largest section at approximately 40 meters long and lying on her Starboard side in 65 meters of water, the stern section, about 300 meters from the bow, is about 28 meters, and lies upright in 72 meters of water.
Built in 1938 and weighing 257 gross tonnes, the Imperial Eagle is a spectacular dive that requires at least deep course training. If you navigate well, you can also check out the statue of Jesus Christ raising his arms to the sky from the depths of the Maltese Blue...
Three and a half years after an explosion in Grand Harbour, Valletta the ill fated tanker was scuttled on 2nd September 1998. She is upright in around 35m of water and is roughly 110m long and 16m wide with the prop and rudder still in place. After a bad storm in winter 2005/6 the ship has now broken in two so that the the right of the rear section aligns with the left of the front section.
The wreck of the P29 was scuttled on the 14th August 2007, just off Cirkewwa reef, intentionally for divers. Even though this wreck has only been underwater a relatively short amount of time, the marine life is starting to build and big schools of fish and marine life are starting to make this wreck their new home.
A sister ship of the P29 wreck which was sunk at Cirkewwa, the P31 is another great wreck dive. Sat in only 19m of some of the clearest waters on the islands, this newer wreck makes a nice dive for photographers. This day trip dive is often combined with the Santa Marija Caves, which is another stunning dive.
Lying at 42m, This is just about possible for deep divers. With Technical courses by Techwise, you can afford to stay a little bit longer of this amazing WWII bomber carcas. Still in great shape, preserved by the fact that the depth keeps many divers away from the wreck.
The wreck of The Rozi was deliberately sunk in 1992 as an underwater attraction for Captain Morgan’s Underwater Safari Tours intended as a submarine tourist attraction. The Rozi, a 40 meter long tug boat, sits upright on the sandy seabed, just off Cirkewwa reef.
This is a wonderful, easy and shallow dive with all the excitement of the wreck, plus the chance to see beautiful wildlife. At around 14m depth, the Maori is a real WWII wreck. Nearly every dive you can see Flying Gurnard fish, Moray eels and octopus. If you know the right people, you might even find the sea horse!!
The Cirkewwa Arch was once a large cavern. The roof collapsed and left a spectacular arch, the top of which stands at 12m and reaches down 8m to the sandy bottom.
Gozo 'Diving Wrecks' is a shore dive with 3 wrecks close together sitting on the sea bed between 35 and 45 meters. The double-ended car ferry Xlendi was sunk on 12 November, 1999, unfortunately rolling in the process and landing upside-down. When the passenger ferry and tourist boats Karwela and Cominoland were sunk on 12 August, 2006, stacks of drums for buoyancy were strapped to the tops to hold them upright. All three lie roughly in line in 42m.
The picturesque cove at Ghar Lapsi is the main entry and exit point to access the site. Down at 22m in a cavern a crib has been placed. They are life sized figures of the nativity scene cut from plate metal which is now decorated with colourful sponges and algae.
Lying at a depth of 42 metres you will be met by the remains of the WWII bomber built in Bristol, UK. Lying flat in the sand, its fuselage now almost unrecognisable due to time and weather. A historic wreck which should be on everyones bucket list.
Sat upright at 22m in the sandy seabed alongside one another the two tugboats, St. Michael (20m long) and 10 (16m long) were left to provide the area with a large artificial reef. All doors and windows have been removed to make the wreck diver friendly. The wrecks attract all sorts of marine life from the small painted comber to large electric ray.
Our dive centre is ideally located right next to the sea in St Julians. Going out from our purpose made open water training pools, a large reef stretches far out to sea. You can find a whole bunch of wildlife here, from conger eels, octopus, cuttlefish, scorpion fish and many more. Perfect for a night dive as well.
This is a shallow reef, best accessed by our fast rib. The underwater geology has created a variety of gullies, swimthroughts and tunnels. Combined with plenty of marine life, it makes a great dive for beginners and experienced divers alike.
Comino is well known for its crystal clear waters which always result in brilliant photographs. The Santa Marija Caves are a pleasant shallow dive with a max depth of about 10m. This site can only be reached by boat. A dive certainly not to be missed.
Entering into the 2m deep inland sea, at first it may appear to not be that impressive however once you swim 60m across and reach the entrance to the 80m long tunnel that’s bigger than a bus you’ll marvel at the dramatically shaped walls and the way the light changes as you descend from 9m down to 26m where the tunnel opens out into the sea.
A bit of a walk/rock climb in your kit to get there, but absolutely worth it! Drop into the frothing waters of the blue hole, and once you're underneath its all peaceful. Sink down to 15m or so to swim out through the Blue Hole. You can either visit the coral gardens, cave and chimney, or go for an exit at the Inland Sea.
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