Yestarday we talked about the Mediterranean number 2 dive spot – which is widely considered to be the Blue Hole off Gozo. Gozo’s bigger sister and neighbouring isalnd Malta is very close behind Gozo when it comes to diving. The government has over a number of years pursued a policy to encourage divers to visit the island. It has scuttled a number of boats which has enhanced the experience of every diver who visits – not only do you now have spectacular topography, caves, wall dives and great visibility – the diver can now explore a number of wrecks.
The fact that Malta is only a few miles from Gozo means that you are able to complete a number of dives off both islands during the same holiday.
We mention below just 3 wreck dives of about 14 to choose from which include two World War II planes.
Probably the main dive site in Malta is Cirkewwa. When diving off Cirkewwa you are likely to encounter spectacular visibility and you will marvel at the colours of the flora and fauna in this crystal clear water. There are impressive wall dives, caves and wrecks including the ocean tug boat Rozi which is safe to explore.
The Rozi was sunk in 1991 and she lies in 37 meters of water in an upright position and is still fully in tact.Near the Rozi is the minesweeper/patrol boat P29 which was scuttled in 2007 specifically as an attraction for divers. The 52 metre ship was originally built in Germany before serving with the Maltese navy as a patrol boat. She now acts as haven for marine life lying in 30 metres of water having been stripped of both engines and all contaminates.
The Um Al Faroud was finally scuttled in 1998 after a bad accident 3 years before had killed 9 men when she was in the docks. The boat was so badly damaged that it was decided to sink her – she now lies in two parts in 30 metres of water and is a haven for a number of different species of fish
This great video from scubavidz shows vividly what it is like to dive on the P29 patrol boat, sunk off Cirkewwa Point. The Med is yielding a rich feast for scuba divers. To dive these sites you will need the appropriate qualifications – open water as a minimum and up to an advanced qualification.