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TECHNICAL DIVES

HMS SOUTHWOLD - 65 to 75 meters

These destroyers had a top speed of 25 knots and were used for convoy escorts. HMS Southwold had a crew of 168 men and carried 3 x 2 barrel 4" guns one at the bow and 2 aft sections. She also carried anti-aircraft guns, and anti-submarine depth charges.

Le Polynesien - 70m

The Polynesien was built at La Ciotat in France like her sister ship "Australien", "Armand Behic", "Ville De La Ciotat". The ships were quickly recognisable by their length, low profile on the water, and by their double funnels painted black. The ships were painted white between 1895 till 1905.

HMS STUBBORN - 56m

'P238' was armed with 13 x 21 inch torpedoes. She has 6 bow torpedo tubes & 1 stern tube, 1 x 3" Gun in front of the conning tower and 1 x 20mm Oerlikon machine gun at the back. She had a crew of 44/48 under the command of Lieutenant Duff and later on in 1944 under Lieutenant Davies.

HMS RUSSELL - 113/115m

The HMS RUSSELL was built at Hull, laid down at Jarrow on the 11th March 1899 and launched in February 1901. The HMS RUSSELL was a DUNCAN CLASS Battleship, distinguishable by the equally sized funnels, lower freeboard and lack of prominent ventilation cowls. Armour had to be sacrificed in order to increase speed whilst a the same time reducing size. With a speed of 19 Knots she was one of the fastest warship afloat of her time.

Bottleneck Cave - Shore dive 58 meters

Bottleneck Cave, located on the western side of Reqqa Point, drops down through the reef from 37m to 58m. The entrance hole at 37m, large just enough for a diver to swim through, soon takes the shape of a vertical cylinder about 5m in diameter. Along the walls of this cave there are many cracks inhabited by various types of shrimp. At the deep end of the slightly sloping, sandy floor there is a narrow tunnel spectacularly leading out of the chimney to the bottom of the cliff. Looking up from this depth towards Reqqa Point is breathtaking. Unfortunately, because of the depth and condition of this chimney, this dive is restricted to very experienced divers only.

Ras il – Hobz - Shore dive 8 – 100 meters plus

Ras il-Ħobż, or as otherwise known Middle Finger, is best described as a huge column rising from the deep and stopping just 8 metres below the surface. The narrow channel between this rock and the shore is 35 metres deep whereas on the seaward side, the bottom drops dramatically to 100+ metres. These features make this dive ideal for all level of divers. A nearby plateau is just 5 metres deep, perfect for training or for making a prolonged decompression stop more interesting! At 63 metres technical divers can find a huge 3-prong anchor protruding out from the reef wall. Moreover, an abundance of fish life is generally encountered on this site.

Schnell boot – 73 meters

The outside of S-Boats were covered by mahogany casing, with an internal hull of light metal. The mahogany would have rotted away. S-31 had three Daimler Benz MB502 diesel engines = 4800 BHP total. With 3 propellers. Maximum speed 38 knots. Range - 800 sea miles at 30 knots. Armament: 2 x 533 mm torpedo tubes, 2 x 20mm guns. Crew: 24 men. At the time of loss S-31 had 2 Italian officers as observers, who were among the survivors. 

Imperial eagle – 40 meters

The Imperial Eagle made its maiden voyage between Malta & Gozo on 1/6/1958. It had been modified to accommodate 70 passengers with room for 10 cars. It remained on the Mgarr to Marfa route until March 1968.

Mellieha

AQUAVENTURE

THE WATERS EDGE, MELLIEHA BAY HOTEL, MELLIEĦA, MLH 9065, MALTA

TEL: +356 21522141 / +356 21522356

EMAIL: INFO@AQUAVENTUREMALTA.COM

 

EXTRA DIVERS

RIVIERA RESORT & SPA, MARFA BAY, MELLIEĦA, MALTA

TEL: +356 21520220 / +356 99711470 / +356 99711471

EMAIL: MALTA@EXTRADIVERS.ORG

 

GO DIVE MALTA

PERGOLA HOTEL CENTRE, NO 2B, TRIQ DUN FRANGISK SCIBERRAS, MELLIEĦA, MLH 2025, MALTA

TEL: +356 27550182 / +356 99050182

EMAIL: INFO@GODIVEMALTA.NET


ORANGESHARK DIVING CENTRES

RADISSON BLU RESORT & SPA, GOLDEN BAY, L/O MELLIEĦA, MLH 5510, MALTA

TEL: +356 23561950 / +356 79001802

EMAIL: INFO@ORANGESHARK.EU

 

ORANGESHARK DIVING CENTRES

RAMLA BAY RESORT, MARFA BAY, MELLIEĦA, MALTA

TEL: +356 21521329 / +356 79001802

EMAIL: MAX@ORANGESHARK.EU / INFO@ORANGESHARK.EU

 

PARADISE DIVING CENTER

PARADISE BAY HOTEL, PARADISE BAY, MELLIEĦA, MLĦ 9068, MALTA

TEL: +356 21574116 / +356 99491877

EMAIL: NOEL@PARADISEDIVING.COM

 

SEA SHELL DIVE COVE

NO 2B TRIQ DUN FRANGISK SCIBERRAS, MELLIEĦA, SPB 10, MALTA

TEL :+356 21521062 / +356 99442809

EMAIL: INFO@SEASHELL-DIVECOVE.COM

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Sliema

DIVESHACK

NO 14A, QUI-SI-SANA SEAFRONT, TAS-SLIEMA, SLM 3111, MALTA

TEL: +356 21338558 / +356 21320594 / +356 99993483

EMAIL: INFO@DIVEMALTA.COM

 

DIVE SYSTEMS LTD

TOWER POINT, TOWER ROAD, EXILES, TAS-SLIEMA, SLM 1601, MALTA

TEL: +356 21319123 / +356 79319123

EMAIL: INFO@DIVESYSTEMSMALTA.COM

 

WATERCOLOURS DIVING SCHOOL

SLIEMA AQUATIC SPORTS CLUB, TOWER ROAD, TAS-SLIEMA, MALTA

TEL: +356 99821829

EMAIL: INFO@MALTADIVING.COM

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St Julians

DIVEWISE

WESTIN DRAGONARA RESORT, ST. JULIAN’S, STJ 3143, MALTA

TEL: +356 21356441

EMAIL: INFO@DIVEWISE.COM.MT

 

STARFISH DIVING

CORINTHIA BEACH RESORT, ST. GEORGE'S BAY, ST. JULIAN’S, MALTA

TEL: +356 21382995 / +356 99276998

EMAIL: INFO@STARFISHDIVING.COM

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St. Paul's Bay

ABYSS DIVING CLUB

C/O NEW DOLMEN HOTEL, QAWRA, ST. PAUL’S BAY, MALTA

TEL: +356 99744000

EMAIL: INFO@U-DIVE.COM.MT / INFO@DIVE-MALTA.EU

 

AQUATICA

54, TONI BAJADA STREET, ST. PAUL’S BAY, SPB 3225, MALTA

TEL: +356 79063462

EMAIL: INFO@SCUBADIVINGMALTA.COM

 

BUDDIES DIVE COVE

24/2, PIONEER ROAD, BUĠIBBA, ST. PAUL’S BAY, SPB2808, MALTA

TEL: +356 27576266 / +356 77779558

EMAIL: DIVE@BUDDIESMALTA.COM

 

CORSAIR DIVING

14/16 TRIQ IL-QROLL, BUĠIBBA, ST. PAUL’S BAY, SPB 2550, MALTA

TEL: +356 21570118

EMAIL: INFO@CORSAIRDIVINGMALTA.COM

 

DIVE DEEP BLUE

DEEP BLUE LIDO 100, ANANIJA STREET, BUĠIBBA, ST. PAUL’S BAY, SPB 06, MALTA

TEL: +356 21583946

EMAIL: DIVE@DIVEDEEPBLUE.COM

DIVE ON MALTA

TRIQ IS-SAJF, ST.PAUL'S BAY, SPB2601, MALTA

TEL: +356 77071419

EMAIL: OFFICE@DIVEONMALTA.COM

 

MALTAQUA

MOSTA ROAD, ST. PAUL’S BAY, SPB 3114, MALTA

TEL: +356 21571111 / +356 21571873

EMAIL: DIVE@MALTAQUA.COM

 

NEW DIMENSION SCUBA

TOWER PLACE, TRIQ SAN GIRALDU, ST. PAUL’S BAY, SPB 3341, MALTA

TEL: +356 21340511 / +356 79050069

EMAIL: INFO@NDS-MALTA.COM

 

OCTOPUS GARDEN

GILLIERU HARBOUR HOTEL, CHURCH SQUARE, ST. PAUL’S BAY, MALTA

TEL: +356 21578725

EMAIL: INFO@OCTOPUS-GARDEN.COM

 

PLONGEE-MALTE

43 TRIQ IX-XITWA, ST PAUL'S BAY SPB 3582

TEL: +356 27132152 / +356 99988876

EMAIL: INFO@PLONGEE-MALTE.FR

WEBSITE: WWW.PLONGEE-MALTE.COM

 

SCUBATECH DIVING CENTRE

42, ALKA STREET, ST. PAUL’S BAY, MALTA

TEL: +356 21580617 / +356 99497619

EMAIL: KERED37@HOTMAIL.COM / DIVE@SCUBATECH.INFO

 

 

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GOZO AND COMINO DIVE SITES - SHORE DIVES

Ghar Qawgla - Shore dive 10 meter depth

The entry for this dive is close to an offshore rock rising about 5m from the surface. Up till the mid 20th century, this rock was still connected to the land, forming a spectacular archway above water. Rare black-and-white photographs show a boat passing from underneath this arch. The dive itself is not exactly inspiring, but tiny moray eels and small octopus are often found among the many small boulders littering the seabed. This site is generally used for training purposes.

 

Santa Maria Breakwater - Shore dive - 6 meter depth

This is a gently sloping dive generally used for training purposes. The sandy seabed here is interspersed with large boulders and small beds of neptune grass.

 

Qbajjar bay - Shore dive - 6 meter

This is an easy dive suitable for beginners. The site features extensive beds of neptune grass amongst small sand patches.

 

Xwejni Bay - Shore dive 12 meter

This sheltered inlet is mostly used for training purposes. There is a very shallow entry over small banks of neptune grass leading down to a series of rocky passageways. A small ledge drops down to a bottom littered with pebbles on one side and sandy on the other. Boulders of various sizes are found all around the seabed, ideal for hiding tiny moray eels and small octopus.

 

Double Arch Reef - Shore or Boat dive 36 meters

This extended underwater rocky headland lies approximately 200m offshore. Two large archways have been naturally carved through it, creating one of the strangest and most impressive formations to be found in Maltese waters. The first, smaller archway starts at 27m and directly beneath it is the larger of the two, stretching to the seabed at 36m. There is prolific fish life here especially around the outer leg of the reef, with groupers and spectacular shoals of barracuda dominating.

 

Ta’ Swejda - Shore Dive 12 meters

Access to this site is by walking between saltpans until reaching a small rocky inlet. On the west side of this inlet there are many large rocky canals, extending in irregular patterns for a couple of hundred metres, most probably formed by fresh water thousands of years ago. This relaxing, easy dive is ideal for open water divers.

 

Anchor Reef - Boat or shore dive 25 meters

This is a submerged rocky ledge which starts just a couple of metres wide and then expanding to around 150m towards the east. The depth on the plateau starts at 5 metres and at the most distant point is 15 metres. Two options are possible; either a dive down and along a vertical wall or an easy, relaxing dive on top of the plateau along the edge of the drop-off.

 

Reqqa Point - Shore dive 20 to 40 meters

This rocky promontory, jutting out several metres into the sea, is the most northerly point of Gozo. Underwater, this headland extends northerly approximately another 50m. Surrounded by deep water, the vertical walls are cut by several fissures and crevices. Around the point of the reef, large boulders lying against the wall are an excellent refuge for groupers, octopus, and large scorpionfish. To the east of the headland there is a chimney that drops down through the reef from 6m to 17m. To the west one can find Shrimps’ Cave.

 

Bottleneck Cave - Shore dive 58 meters

Bottleneck Cave, located on the western side of Reqqa Point, drops down through the reef from 37m to 58m. The entrance hole at 37m, large just enough for a diver to swim through, soon takes the shape of a vertical cylinder about 5m in diameter. Along the walls of this cave there are many cracks inhabited by various types of shrimp. At the deep end of the slightly sloping, sandy floor there is a narrow tunnel spectacularly leading out of the chimney to the bottom of the cliff. Looking up from this depth towards Reqqa Point is breathtaking. Unfortunately, because of the depth and condition of this chimney, this dive is restricted to very experienced divers only.

 

Billinghurst Cave - Shore dive 25 meters

This large cave is located in a tight corner of a rocky coastline, and facing due north, it sees almost no direct sunlight, thus having very little natural light penetration. After swimming for about 60m into the cave over a bottom of fine sand and shingle, several loose boulders form an upwards slope leading to second massive cave where we are able to surface in a large air pocket totally enclosed in rock. The ceiling of this cave is about 5m above the water level while the furthest walls are approximately 35m away. The sight of the blue open water with the sun shining through from the outer reef on the way out of this cavern is very impressive.

 

Cathedral Cave- Ghasri valley - Shore or Boat dive 20 meters

Starting from Ghasri Valley, Cathedral Cave is located on the right hand wall just out of this spectacular narrow gorge. The entrance is only 5m below the surface and leads to a huge domed vault where we can surface in a very large air pocket, the ceiling of which is approximately 15m from the water level. As this cave faces due west, it is better to be dived in the afternoon when it is very well lit with direct sunlight. Besides this, a small crack in the cliff face 2m above water provides fresh air as well as adds to the light in the ‘dome’. At the far back of the cave, where the ceiling is only a metre above the surface, there are two shafts hewn from the rock going straight to the top of the cliff; a sort of well used long ago to fill the saltpans above. However, today this shaft is covered by a stone slab. The cave’s seabed is littered by huge boulders and the view to the outside blue of the ocean is breathtaking.

 

Inland Sea - Shore dive 25 – 40 meters

A small enclosed bay at Dwejra Point is connected to the open sea through a large tunnel stretching approximately 80m. The walls on both sides are deep, vertical and overhanging for most of the way. This tunnel is only 6m deep at the start of the dive, immediately dropping down to 15m, and halfway through, the seabed is at 25m. The view as you look out into the deep indigo blue of the open ocean is spectacular. Around the corner to both left and right, there are further vertical fissures and caves in the cliff face to be explored, while the marine life in this area is very prolific.

 

Blue Hole- Azur Window - Shore dive 20 – 40 meters

The Blue Hole is reached via a fairly difficult walk over ancient coralline limestone. The rough path leads down to the shore, where a shallow-water shelf stops abruptly where the Blue Hole is formed. This natural rock formation resembling an upright tube and carved out over thousands of years by wind and wave power, offers a sheltered entry for this dive through a huge archway starting at 6m stretching right down to the bottom at 15m. A large cave at the bottom of the hole, exactly opposite the archway, is also worth exploring, offering spectacular scenery from the back. Out of the Blue Hole, we follow the wall to the right going straight towards the Azure Window, an impressive archway attracting thousands of tourists above water and quite as striking underwater. Diving around the outer leg of the Azure Window, the steep slope is covered with massive boulders home to several groupers, adding an extra bonus to this incredibly scenic dive.

 

Blue Hole – Chimney & Reef - Shore dive 20 – 40 meters

The Blue Hole is reached via a fairly difficult walk over ancient coralline limestone. The rough path leads down to the shore, where a shallow-water shelf stops abruptly where the Blue Hole is formed. This natural rock formation resembling an upright tube and carved out over thousands of years by wind and wave power, offers a sheltered entry for this dive through a huge archway starting at 6m stretching right down to the bottom at 15m. A large cave at the bottom of the hole, exactly opposite the archway, is also worth exploring, offering spectacular scenery from the back. Out of the Blue Hole, we follow the wall to the left until we reach a fissure in the rock at 18m. Up this sloping Chimney we emerge at a depth of 7m finding ourselves on the edge of a drop-off. Actually, going up the Chimney, we have taken a shortcut right through the headland. Thus, down the drop-off and following the wall to the right, we keep going on along this Reef which leads us back to the starting point. Around the point of this reef, the marine life is abundant making this incredibly scenic dive even more spectacular.

 

Coral Cave - Shore dive 25 meters

The large entrance to this cave starts from 17m and stretches right down to the seabed at 28m where it is a good 30m wide. A tumble of boulders lie at the entrance but the cave’s floor is actually covered in silt, sloping up to 21m meeting the ceiling at the back. The walls and the ceiling of this magnificent and unique cave are literally covered with many different types of encrusting coral sponges, glass bell tunicates, yellow creeplets, orange sea fans, sand coral, gold cup coral, virgin lace coral and other small young corals with masses of cardinal fish and marine goldfish seeking refuge amongst them. It is very common to spot seahorses in this cave which adds another bonus to this fantastic dive. The view to the outside brilliant blue of the ocean is breathtaking.

 

Skuljetti - Shore dive 20 meters

Skuljetti, meaning ‘Couple of Reefs’, stands to its name. After a fairly difficult walk over ancient coralline limestone, two rocks lying close together approximately 30m offshore come into view. Between these reefs and the shore, the rocky seabed is only 5m deep and leads to a vertical drop-off. Precisely beneath the two rocks, there is an interesting cave with various small corals and sponges covering its sides and ceiling. Out of the cave, we follow the wall to the right around the bigger rock. Boulders of all sizes litter the seabed here, giving excellent refuge to many species such as the grouper and the brown meagre.

 

Crocodile Rock - Boat or shore dive 20 – 40 meters

This crocodile-shaped, low-lying rock lies approximately 150m offshore between Dwejra Point and Fungus Rock. Commencing from the sheltered side of the rock, we take a westerly direction towards the left of the rock where a natural amphitheatre with near-vertical sides drops towards deeper water, reaching a steep wall directly below the seaward side of the rock. Continuing around to the right, there are a number of deeply incised fissures inhabited by a variety of marine creatures. The bottom of the wall is littered with huge boulders, an excellent refuge for the many groupers in this area. The marine life in general is very prolific with damselfish, bogue, and salema dominating, while barracuda, tuna, dentex, amberjack and obviously groupers are a common sight.

 

Xlendi Cave & Reef - Shore Dive 10 – 25 meters

On the northern wall of Xlendi Bay, a very shallow tunnel opens up from the back of a Cave and runs right through the headland. Emerging from this tunnel, we follow the cliff wall to the left towards the gentle outer drop-off and around the Reef, which extends underwater from the headland.

 

 

Il – Kantra Boat or shore dive 20 – 30 meters

This dive starts off a small rocky ledge 10m deep which soon falls down to a sandy bottom at 20m. Following the wall on the right hand side, the sloping seabed is mainly made up of neptune grass at first but further on the area becomes littered with huge boulders creating a couple of swimthroughs and providing shelter for a variety of marine life.


Mgarr ix Xini - Shore dive 15 meters

This valley is our favourite spot for night dives. The seabed is mainly made up of sand with small boulders on the side and neptune grass meadows along the middle. Two interesting caves are also found on the west side of the valley. Although this site is not that striking at first, it is here that divers will encounter numerous species of fish that are rarely seen elsewhere, such as various species of gurnard, seahorses, pipefish, weaver-fish, sea-hare and star-gazer. Other species include lizardfish, goatfish, seabream, scorpionfish, octopus, cuttlefish, flounder and baby rays.

 

Ras il – Hobz - Shore dive 8 – 100 meters plus

Ras il-Ħobż, or as otherwise known Middle Finger, is best described as a huge column rising from the deep and stopping just 8 metres below the surface. The narrow channel between this rock and the shore is 35 metres deep whereas on the seaward side, the bottom drops dramatically to 100+ metres. These features make this dive ideal for all level of divers. A nearby plateau is just 5 metres deep, perfect for training or for making a prolonged decompression stop more interesting! At 63 metres technical divers can find a huge 3-prong anchor protruding out from the reef wall. Moreover, an abundance of fish life is generally encountered on this site.

 

MV Xlendi - Wreck dive from shore 42 meters

The 80m long MV Xlendi, an old ro-ro ferry, was scuttled in November 1999 to form an artificial reef on Gozo’s south-east coast. Unfortunately, this wreck ended up completely upside down and due to the weight of the hull, the whole section above the deck was crashed. However, the MV Xlendi still offers a good dive for experienced divers. The propellers, one on each end, are found at approximately 32m depth and fish life is quite abundant all around the wreck. Wreck penetration is not recommended due to its very unstable condition. An old car lies next to the ferry on the coast side.

 

MV Karwela - Wreck dive from Shore 30 – 40 meters


The 58m long MV Karwela, an old tourist ferry around the Grand Harbour, was scuttled in August 2006 to form an artificial reef on Gozo’s south-east coast. This wreck stands perfectly upright and approximately 80 metres from the entry point. There is plenty to explore on its three decks including the shell of an old but well decorated Volkswagen Beetle on the sun-deck. The close-by reef offers an excellent way to continue the dive, gradually ascending along the wall and making a safety stop on the 5m-deep plateau above.

 

MV Comino land -Wreck dive from shore 30 – 40 meters

The 39m long MV Cominoland, an old ferry used for tourist day-trips round Comino, was scuttled in August 2006 to form an artificial reef on Gozo’s south-east coast. This wreck stands perfectly upright and approximately 80 metres from the entry point. The two decks offer plenty of potential for exploriation and the sandy bottom around the wreck is an excellent home to several rays, gurnards and giant tuns. The close-by reef offers an excellent way to continue the dive, gradually ascending along the wall and making a safety stop on the 5m-deep plateau above.

 

Xatt L-Ahmar - Shore dive 10 – 30 meters

This dive starts from a wide 5m-deep plateau. This rocky ledge extends underwater and drops down from 9m to 35m. Most of this wall is formed by large boulders and fields of neptune grass.

 

Hondoq Bay - Shore dive 15 meters

This is a sandy-bottomed bay with meadows of neptune grass. A water pipeline runs out through the middle of the bay heading towards Comino. Hondoq Bay is an excellent spot to carry out training dives for beginners.

 

Ghar Dorf Anchors - Boat or shore dive 35 meters

Starting at around 6m, the reef gradually slopes down to around 35m. The highlights of this dive are 5 huge anchors found amidst the boulders on the slope.

 

Dahlet Qorrot - Shore dive 1o meters

This is an easy dive suitable for beginners. The site features extensive beds of neptune grass amongst small sandy patches.