Malta is a diving destination that is often overlooked by a vast majority of divers. This country is composed by three islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino, and is situated in the Mediterranean Sea, south of the island of Sicily. It has many reasons to be one of the main diving destinations in Europe, but we offer you 10 reasons why you should consider Malta for your next diving trip in Europe.
1. Dozens of shipwrecks full of history
During the First and Second World War Malta became a strategic control point in the Mediterranean Sea. During 1942, and in just one month, the Luftwaffe tried to gain the control of Malta by launching more than 11,000 tons of bombs that ended up sinking dozens of British ships… and that has made Malta one of the major destinations in the world for wreck diving, with submarines to dive around, huge cargos or destroyers already colonized by colorful marine life… Even today local technical dive centers perform expeditions in search of undiscovered wrecks.
2. The Blue Hole
The Blue Hole in the island of Gozo is one of the most spectacular dive sites in Malta. This is a 10 meter wide limestone cavity and falling through it can only be described as magical. Its opening out to sea lets you admire many different blues as the light filters through the vast hole. On the descent you’ll enjoy walls full of life: corals, barracudas, tuna, nudibranchs… an essential point for any diver who comes to Malta.
3. Affordable diving destination
The Malta dive centers packages offers for all kinds of dives (and in most of them nitrox is free) plus accommodation at great prices. Throughout all year long these packages are available to enjoy many dives for little money and you can enjoy a good diving holiday getting to know Malta both in the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea and in the surface. The flights to the capital of Malta, Valletta, can be purchased for less than 200 euros during August and it is really close from almost any airport in Europe.
4. Diving for all levels
In Malta you can make all kinds of diving. Both technical divers and those who are learning to dive can appreciate the value of Maltese waters. For those who prefer to snorkel, there are very interesting shallow places and for those who prefer nitrox or even rebreathers, Malta offers great deep diving points and appropriate specialized centers for those levels.
5. Tech Diving Paradise
Malta is one of the most suitable places for technical diving. There are more than 10 technical diving centers that will take you to dozens of historic shipwrecks sunk during World War II, most submerged more than 30 meters deep. Malta has also over 50 caves in which you can dive with some of the technical dive guides that work in Malta.
6. Diving in every language
It does not matter if you only speak Russian, Spanish, French or Polish, as most of the dive centers in Malta speak many languages. You can do the briefing in your language and have at your disposal instructors and guides who speak your language.
The water that bathes the Maltese archipelago is of exceptional quality and has a great biodiversity, one of the most enviable in the Mediterranean Sea. Rocky bottoms, caves, meadows and wrecks hosting a wide variety of typical Mediterranean Sea life such as octopus, barracuda, parrotfish, moray eels, sea urchins, sea bream, maidens, scorpion fish, devil fish, rays, flying fish, jellyfish, damsels… an almost endless list with some very interesting visitors: huge schools of gigantic red tuna, very difficult to find elsewhere.
The Rozi shipwreck is one of the most famous wreck in Malta. Sunk in 1992 as a tourist attraction for divers, it is a 40 meter long tug full of underwater life: from the smallest nudibranch to the biggest moray eels and wide variety of fish inhabits the remains of this sunken ship. Access is easy and safe, giving you the opportunity to enter the machine area, hallways and rooms. An excellent choice for underwater photography.
9. Professional diving center network
More than 40 dive centers operate in Malta and carry out day and night dives in the three islands. Diving is a very powerful industry in Malta which generates a lot of revenue to the country, demanding very professional dive centers, great customer care and a perfect knowledge of both diving areas and their wildlife.
10. Tourism for everyone
Malta has over 7,000 years of history, different civilizations have occupied these islands and the mixture of cultures is evident in both the architecture and cuisine. Roman remains, medieval or baroque make each walk through the streets a jump in time that you can only find in a few other places in Europe. Temples, palaces, cathedrals and forts surrounding islands washed by large infinite blue tones where photo enthusiasts can fill their cards with magical sunsets. Those who prefer the nightlife in Malta find concerts, bars, nightclubs and restaurants not forgetting the legendary Casino of Malta.