The Maltese islands offer some of the finest dive sites in Europe. No wonder ths islands are listed as being in the top 5 diving destinations in the world for scuba diving. They may not be as rich in fish variety, like many other Mediterranean countries, but do provide excellent light, sea visibility and underwater scenery with few tides or currents, which is second to none in the Mediterranean. You can find beautiful diving spots, for any level of diving and an interesting marine life. One can enjoy good sea conditions (even at 50 meters depth, one has a view from 30 meters in clear water) and pleasant water temperatures (even in winter, not less than 13 degrees) as well as a wide choice of dive sites. A number of great dive sites are dotted around the island ranging from the Um El Faroud wreck in Zurrieq and Ghar Lapsi, located in the southern part, to the Blenheim Bomber near Delimara and even near the harbour in Cirkewwa. In Gozo there is the spectacular Blue Hole in Dwejra not to be missed. If you are a beginner you can try the HMS Maori, located at the Marsamxett Harbour in Valletta where the waters are relatively shallow. There are many wrecks in the waters, some of which remnants from the war. The short flight times of the Maltese islands make it an attractive destination for divers. The best time for diving is between April and October. One can find more than 70 diving operators on the islands.
Most diving sites in Gozo are easily accessible from the land. The best diving spots are in Dwejra and Mgarr ix-Xini however there are various points of interest around its 27 mile coastline. All dive centres offer daily trips and training. Diving in Gozo is fun and safe! Gozo is ideal for learners due to the water clarity and stable conditions the island enjoys. The dive sites around Gozo are very diverse when one considers the size of the island and they include reefs, caves, overhangs, wrecks, drop offs, arches and tunnel formations. The underwater topography around Gozo is spectacular for every driver. The caves go about 120 to 130 metres deep. You can find courses for beginners and advanced students as well as refresher courses and immersion programs. Comino is well known for its extensive caves and fish-feeding places. Snorkelling in Gozo and Comino is the best all over the Maltese islands. Check out the following map showing the main dives sites on Gozo and Comino.
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In Malta one can find great diving in Cirkewwa, Delimara and Ghar Lapsi. Diving courses are available for beginners and experienced divers. You will be amazed by the colours of the flora and fauna, watching through the crystal clear water. Diving in Malta is easy. The lack of tides and currents, and the great underwater visibility and warm waters provide ideal conditions. No matter how experienced you are, you'll find a good diving site for you!