Lawrence Spagnol knows the “three sisters” like the back of his hand. He spent his whole life as a fisherman in the waters of the Maltese archipelago. He circumnavigated Malta, Gozo and Comino. These are the names of the three islands. They lie between Sicily and the Tunisian northeast coast in the Mediterranean Sea. Comino is just three square kilometres small. There divers can drop out of bed directly into the top dive sites. The two larger islands Malta and Gozo are not stingy with attractions either. The long beaches are also missing there. But why build castles out of sand when real fortresses are waiting around the corner? Where even the legendary crusaders once lived? Okay, for families perhaps no argument for a beach holiday. The pool at the hotel is still more convincing. On the other hand: Where there is no sand, there is stone. And rocky coastlines should be ideal for diving.
What you can see while diving in Malta
Fortunately, the Maltese underwater world has long since recovered from fishing with explosives. Large fish, however, are still in short supply in the waters. But the scenery under water is beautiful! Gigantic rocks are there. Imposing canyons and slender fireplaces. In addition caves and grottos. Sometimes huge like cathedrals, sometimes small and angled. There are all kinds of Mediterranean fish and crawling animals. Sea grass meadows and sand are decorated with boulders. Bizarre rock arches open in the background. At the sight you forget that you actually wanted to see fish…
Brilliant visibility, hardly any current and over 25 dive sites lure you around Malta. Gozo has the same number. And also the small Comino offers many attractive sites. From all three islands the dive bases head for the top spots. Who lives on Gozo or Comino, has some highlight a little closer. On the three islands there are about 40 diving schools. Already the number shows that the Maltese islands are a real highlight for diving. With the appropriate infrastructure for divers. From beginner training to nitrox to tech descents to deeper wrecks. Diving in Malta has something for everyone.
Also on land there is a lot to see
Rock and stone can also be seen over water everywhere. Of course it’s like at the Dingli Cliffs in the west. Then artfully carved for walls and magnificent buildings. As for example in the island capital Valletta. Even those who weren’t a fan of history in school will be cheered up in Valletta. At the beginning we can recommend the show “Malta Experience” in the St. Lazarus Bastion. Afterwards on the traces of the crusaders by the open-air museum Valletta. And at the latest when the children ask why the knights’ armour is so small, Malta has a few more fans. No holiday destination for families? Not at all!
The British influence
Unsinkable aircraft carrier, that’s what Churchill called Malta in World War II. For years, the population withstood the bombing of German and Italian fighter planes. The bravery of the Maltese was even honoured by the English king. In Malta there are still some British relics from the colonial period. On the one hand the cross on the flag and red telephone booths. English as the second official language is common practice. Last but not least there would be left-hand traffic and British pubs. Fortunately, there is hardly any British cuisine. Here, the Mediterranean influence of the region has prevailed. This shows that the Maltese keep only the best on their islands in the long run.
Malta still hides many secrets in its depths. Of course, Lawrence was also looking for the sunken wrecks of the Second World War. But in vain. Because Malta doesn’t just rise like a rock in the surf. The sea drops steeply around the islands. It quickly reaches depths of several hundred metres. Lawrence will hardly explore these depths at the age of 83. But he was able to experience another milestone in the history of his homeland. EU accession. Does this mean an even better future? It will be seen.
The best dive sites in Malta, Gozo and Comino
Qawra Reef (Malta): Can only be reached by boat. There are three beautiful caves at a depth of 30 to 35 metres. They are colourfully overgrown. There you will find bear crabs and lobsters.
L’Ahrax Point (Malta): Can also only be reached by boat. A tunnel to an inland lake inspires with its perspectives. Also surrounding blocks and canyons offer top motives.
Rozi Wreck (Malta): The Rozi is regarded as a highlighg when diving in northern Malta. It is a former harbour tugboat. The easy to dive wreck has been on the bottom since 1992. Beside the silhouette the fish swarms inspire.
Blue Hole & The Chimney (Gozo): From the open sea a chimney-like shaft leads from five to 18 meters depth. It ends inside the Blue Hole. It is connected to the sea and the neighbouring steep face by an archway. Here a cave with magnificent vegetation attracts.
Inland Lake (Gozo): A tunnel connects a shallow inland lake on the west coast of Gozo with the open sea. At the end of this tunnel, steep, colourfully overgrown walls lure you into the open water.
Coral Cave (Gozo): Also recommended for beginners. The cave convinces by its vegetation and is hiding place for numerous fish species.
Lantern Point (Comino): Top spot off the island of Comino. A cave is dived from the shallow area. It is overgrown with colourful vegetation. At the end in 18 meters you reach a steep wall in the open water. They form up to 30 meters grottos and canyons.
Diving in Malta at a glance
The main island Malta is three times as densely populated as North Rhine-Westphalia. Large hotels are characteristic of places like St. Pauls Bay, Bugibba or Mellieha Bay. Here you will find some of Malta’s few sandy beaches. Otherwise, stones characterize the landscape. The small neighbouring island Gozo offers another picture. Rural idyll characterize the character. The tourism concentrates on the places Marsalforn, Xlendi and the island capital Victoria. As well as the beach of Ramla Bay.
Diving: The three islands offer the best conditions for diving. Hardly any current, excellent visibility and a great underwater landscape. With drop-offs, grottos and rocks in all depths. You will also find caves that are easy and safe to dive.
Arrival: About three hours flight from many German airports to Luqa/ Valletta. The identity card is sufficient for entry. You can reach Gozo and Comino from the north of Malta by ferry.
Best travel time: Climatically it is most pleasant in spring. You can dive until November.
Other activities: all water sports, golf, tennis, sightseeing.
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