Diving in Malta, October 2014
Do not be surprised if a lot of diving is melting away. A trip by car and in 30 minutes maximum, you arrive on the spot. And these spots are numerous and there are several on the same sector. I have not seen an immense life but the small caves and the tunnels are also a great pleasure.
The water temperature is also nice. I dived in October and the water was 77F (25°) with great visibility.
In addition, the Maltese are very friendly, so more reason to get there. I admit to being a little biased since my family is from Malta.
The Dive Center
Dive Shark in Sliema and Comino:A diving club quite friendly and helps you in case of problems. I had a problem with my dive computer. 2 days after entrusting them, the problem was solved.
St Andrew’s Divers Cove in Xlendi: A fairly well-known club, present every year at the Salon de la Plongee in Paris. The team is very friendly and we speak French.
Les sites de plongées
HMS Maori, La Valette (14m/46ft): HMS Maori is a Royal Navy destroyer sunk during the war on February 12, 1942 by the Luftwaffe (German Air Force). The ship is not complete because it was broken in two when towing for scuttling under Fort Saint Helme. He lies at the foot of the citadel of Valletta in the middle of the harbor. Two turret bases are still in good condition as well as beautiful metal structures still emerging from the ship’s deck.
Cirkewwa, La Valette (15m/49ft): After passing through a few tunnels, the stop at the Viergen you will find the ark, which is a kind of big hole in the ceiling of a huge cave. It’s pretty beautiful and disturbing.
Xlendi Reef, Gozo (14-40m/46-131ft): A departure in the bay of Xlendi then the crossing of a tunnel passing under the mountain and bypassing the mountain to return to the bay. A nice meeting with a barracuda bench just when you enter the bay.
Inlay Sea (5-30m/16-98ft): Near the Blue Hole, this dive site consists of a tunnel connected to the sea of 262ft (80m) long that tourist boats roam. It is necessary to remain well at the bottom and to hear the engines above oneself is rather frightening, since we are at 5m (16ft) hardly. Then, small tunnels and finally back in the inland sea with great effects of light.
Santa Maria Caves, Comino (11m/36ft) : A succession of rocky cavities, schools of fish that we cross, a fear of pleasure. I am ashamed to admit that I thought in the middle of the bench: “Sashimi, Sashimi”. The best moment was the ascent in a chimney to be found in a cave filled with air, a great moment.
Crocodile Rock, Gozo (50m/164ft): The spot of Crocodile Rock is located in Dwerja on the west coast of Gozo A little further from the shore than the other spots, it deserves a bit of walking and that is what makes it so pleasant. Few divers, little known, it will however delight experienced divers. The dive begins along a wall before meeting a real underwater cliff, impressive! You can see many barracudas, but if you see the gaps and cracks in the wall you will also see lobsters and eels.
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