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With deep clear water just a step off the rocks, much of the Maltese Islands’ scenic diving is accessible from the shore. Cirkewwa and Marfa Point in Malta have been popular locations throughout the history of recreational diving. The locations are easily accessible for parking and entry into the water, sheltered when other areas can be too windy to dive and host a variety of exceptional sites that can be reached from three close entry points and dives that can be undertaken by the least to the most experienced of divers. It is here that the underwater terrain is at its most dramatic, with drop-offs, caves, grottos and even a shipwreck in the form of the tug Rozi.
A must-do on Malta’s sister Island of Gozo is the Blue Hole. After a scramble over and down the rocks (with care) a circular pool of the deepest blue water cut off from the sea is just too inviting! Below the surface in the luminescent blue water is a cut-off to the open sea. Through this the underwater terrain is nothing less than spectacular with sheer walls, caves and prolific sea life. Adjacent to this site is the Inland Sea – where after an easy entry before submerging into the tunnel that eventually opens out onto a sheer drop-off, large Grouper slowly patrol the rock face.
Whilst Gozo boasts some of the most superb scenic dives with prolific marine life there exists only one official wreck site – that of the Ferry Xlendi which lays inverted on a sloping reef at approx 40 metres depth. This ship can be dived both from shore and boat. The sheltered cove at Mgarr ix Xini is most dived when sea conditions prevent diving in other locations but it is worth a visit anyhow. It is here that Seahorses can be located in about 8 metres on the left hand side of the cove. On the right hand side are a number of interesting caves, whilst Stingray and Stargazers habit the sandy area in the middle of the cave.
There are many other diving locations in Gozo, which can be identified by the diving school.
Recommended Scenic Dives
• The Comino Caves, where divers have fed scraps to a large shoal of Bream over the years. The shoal has grown in numbers and size of fish.
• Lantern Point, where just about anything can be spotted in visibility to 40 metres.
• The little dived Cominetto Reef – a haunt of large marine species that patrol the deeper reef wall and rest within the many small caves and indentations on the reef.