Malta Offers The Best Diving In The World?
Chris Hendry - 27th May 2019
The Best - Really ?
Ok this is a very subjective statement as it totally depends on what you as an individual enjoy most but according to one of the largest German speaking online portals for Scuba Diving, Malta is the World’s best place to dive.
Recently at one of Germany’s largest water sports events in Dusseldorf, Taucher.net presented the award of “The World’s best place to dive” to Malta. During the presentation they stated “the Maltese Islands cater for all aspects within the scuba diving community, with Malta playing an exciting, positive and pioneering role worldwide in relation to diving sports’.
So why is Malta considered by many as being one of the best places to dive?
The simple answer in my opinion is that diving in Malta offers great variety and offers something for every level of diver. It doesn’t matter whether you are a total novice who has never worn a mask or fins let alone a full set of Scuba equipment or whether you have 1000’s of dives under your belt and love to progress beyond the recreational limits with multiple cylinders there is something in Malta for every diver to enjoy.
When diving in Malta we have historic shipwrecks at depths as shallow as 5 metres and as deep as 100 metres plus. The X-127 was built in 1915 in England for the British Royal Navy to be used in World War I as a landing craft however afterwards was converted into a water lighter and later again into a fuel lighter prior to World War II. The X127 was sunk by German bombers on 6th March 1942 at Manoel Island where it was stationed in support of the Submarine base close by. It now lies on the reef at Manoel Island at a depth as shallow as 5 metres. For those who love some serious diving we have shipwrecks such as the Kujawiak which was a Polish destroyer, about 85 m in length and now lying at a depth of average 98 metres. She was built in Britain for the Royal Navy as a Hunt class destroyer but was later transferred to Poland. Kujawiak was on protective escort duty in Malta when on 16th June 1942 she struck a mine and sunk. Combine the history on the island with the number of scuttled shipwrecks, the rust lovers could happily spend a week diving on the island and complete all their dives on shipwrecks without visiting the same wreck twice.
Although Malta is very much known as a Wreck divers heaven there is also much more to diving in Malta. With the landscape generally made of limestone it lends itself to impressive natural features such as Arches, Tunnels and Caves, the most famous of which, the Azure Window collapsed in 2016 however there are others completely submerged such as the 2 arches at Cirkewwa or the Double Arch off the North coast of Gozo. We also have an impressive selection of caves/caverns across all three islands such as at Anchor Bay or Ghar Lapsi in Malta, Santa Maria and Alex’s Caves in Comino or Billinghurst and Cathedral Caves in Gozo.
With impressive dive sites across all three islands at depth ranges suitable for all levels of diver combined with the usual crystal clear waters we experience around the Maltese isles and the fact that temperatures are usually warm (as high as 28-29 degrees in August and September), Malta definitely offers some great diving for everyone. The World’s best diving though? Well that is for you to decide, book your trip and see what we have to offer.
Photo 1 - Billinghurst Cave
Photo 2 - Blue Hole
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