Malta – Great Wreck Diving From Shore
Overview of diving in Malta
The country of Malta consists of 3 main islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino. Each of these have excellent diving. Visibility is usually good and the variety of dive sites makes it perfect for all levels of diver. The Mediterranean has suffered from decades of overfishing, therefore the marine life around the islands of Malta is not as abundant as it once was. There are a lot of wrecks though which are easy to access from the shore, and some deeper ones accessible to tech divers. The good visibility and relatively warm water attracts divers year after year to Malta.
Best dive sites in Malta
Um El Faroud, Malta
One of the best wrecks in Malta for recreational divers, the Um El Faroud is an oil tanker that was scuttled just off the south west coast of Malta. The 115m long wreck is huge and can be explored all the way down to the engine room.
The famous Blue Hole is a sink hole that drops down to around 15m with an underwater arch at 8m depth that leads out to the sea. The walls of the hole are covered in sponges and tube worms, while octopus and reef fish can be can be found among the boulders outside the hole.
P31 wreck, Comino
Resting in some of the clearest waters in Malta, the P31 wreck is an old navy patrol boat the was purposely scuttled. The P31 has some great swim throughs to explore.
A fantastic wreck dive just off the coast of Malta. The stair case of this 50m long passanger ferry is easily recognizable in photos.
Santa Maria Caves, Comino
A range of shallow caves and tunnel litter the coastline and are great for exploring. Seabream frequent the dive site which are often fed by local divers.
Dive reports from Malta
Dive site reports and useful information from our scuba diving and freediving trip to Malta.
Comino is an island between Malta and Gozo which hosts dive sites such as the P31 wreck and Santa Maria Caves.
Gozo is situated to the north of Malta and is home to famous dive sites such as the Blue Hole, Azure Window and Inland Sea. There is also a large sprinkling of wrecks in the waters around the island.
The main island of the country of Malta, Malta has a large array of wreck diving, a large percentage of which is accessible from the shore.
How to get to Malta
Malta International Airport has numerous flights to major cities in Europe, as well as routes to North Africa and the Middle East. Ferries also run between Malta and Sicily in Italy.
Capital City International Airport Malta International Airport (MLA)
Best time to dive Malta
Like most European countries, the main diving season runs through the summer when tourist numbers are highest. During the summer months, water temperatures can reach 27ºC and the sea is generally calm. A 3mm wetsuit is recommended for diving in the summer or a 5mm if you get cold down at depth. Visibility in the summer is generally in the region of over 20m.
Diving in Malta runs all year round, however during the winter sea conditions are rougher and the water temperature drops 15ºC, making a 7mm wetsuit or drysuit more suitable.
Water Temperature 15° to 27°C
Visibility 10m to 30m+
Useful information when traveling to Malta
Time Zone UTC + 2 hours
Currency Euro (EUR)
Electricity 230 V
Plug Socket G
Language Maltese, English
Calling Code +356
Our dive trip to Malta
In 2017 we spent 10 days in Malta staying in the northern part of the island in Qawra. We did a days freedive training in Cirkewwa with One Breath Freediving, along with exploring the local caves and tunnels. On the following days we went on trips to Comino to freedive the P31 wreck and also Gozo to freedive at the Blue Hole. The P31 wreck is the perfect depth for freediving, while the Blue Hole is an amazing place to dive.
Later on in the week we dived the famous Um El Faroud wreck, and also freedived the HMS Maori wreck in Valletta. The HMS Maori is a historic wreck from WWII and is only 50m from the shore. You can read more about these dive sites in our dive reports.