Shore Dives

The islands invite you to discover their natural harbours, bays, sheltered creeks, cliffs, reefs and wrecks. The waters here are some of the most limpid and clear in the world. Visibility is excellent down to around 30 metres. So Malta is a dream destination for underwater photography. Marine life flourishes in a vibrant display of colours.

Images featured in this section are derived from: SCUBA DIVING MALTA GOZO COMINO - A Complete Diving Guide to the Maltese Islands by Peter G. Lemon. All rights reserved. Copyright material used by permission from the author.


Anchor Bay

Anchor Bay

limits of Mellieħa, Malta This is an ideal location when strong north-easterly winds prevent diving in many other areas. Entry to the water is from a pier. Read More
Blenheim Bomber

Blenheim Bomber

Delimara, limits of Marsaxlokk, Malta The Bleinheim was a light World War II bomber in the English air force, now lying in the waters of Xorb il-Għaġin. Read More
Carolita Barge

Carolita Barge

Marsamxett Valletta, Malta The Carolita Barge is reached from the Manoel Island in Marsamxett Harbour. Read More
Ċirkewwa

Ċirkewwa

near Ċirkewwa, Malta Situated in the north of the island, this location has long been a favourite among local divers, mainly for its impressive drop-off from eight to 30 metres. Read More
Crocodile Rock & Coral Cave

Crocodile Rock & Coral Cave

Dwejra, limits of San Lawrenz, Gozo The crocodile-shaped rock is just offshore between Dwejra Point and Fungus rock. It can be reached both by boat or from the rocky shore. Read More
Delimara Point

Delimara Point

limits of Marsaxlokk, Malta At the tip of the Delimara Peninsula, past Marsaxlokk, is a small square rock which indicates the diving area. Read More
Double Arch Reef

Double Arch Reef

Xwieni Bay, near Marsalforn, Gozo This dive site is found a short distance to the east of Xwieni Bay, on the north coast of Gozo. It requires a 200 metre swim in a northerly direction, where a drop-off is reached. Read More
Dragonara Cave

Dragonara Cave

Aħrax Point, limits of Mellieħa, Malta This is the north-eastern point of Malta. There are a number of caves at the surface, inside of which there are several tunnels. Read More
Għar Lapsi

Għar Lapsi

limits of Qrendi, Malta In the Maltese language 'għar' means cave. Għar Lapsi is a fishing hamlet on the southern coast. Read More
Għasri Valley

Għasri Valley

near Għasri, Gozo This dive site is located between Reqqa Point and Forna Point, on the North coast of Gozo. Għasri Valley is a spectacular deep cut which widens as it reaches the sea. This dive site is also known as the Blue Dome or Cathedral Cave. This dive is ideal for all levels of divers. Read More
HMS Maori

HMS Maori

Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta The site is found below fort St. Elmo, in front of a cafe which has its outside walls covered with a number of painted Destroyers, amongst which is the HMS Maori. Read More
Il-Kantra

Il-Kantra

Mġarr ix-Xini, limits of Xewkija, Gozo This site is located inside the western entrance to an inlet called Mġarr ix-Xini. At the western side of the inlet a number of rare fish can be seen... Read More
Marfa Point

Marfa Point

Marfa Ċirkewwa, Malta This dive is a shore dive, and starts off from a shallow lagoon. There is a reef which drops down to about 18 metres. Read More
Merkanti Reef

Merkanti Reef

near St. Julian’s, Malta This reef lies off St. Julian's Bay. A boat dive is recommended although stronger swimmers can easily reach it from land. The many nooks and crannies house a variety of fish... Read More
Mġarr ix-Xini

Mġarr ix-Xini

limits of Xewkija, Gozo The caverns at 10m and 16m in this bay can be reached from both Mġarr ix-Xini and Ta' Ċenċ. Read More
MV Odile

MV Odile

Kalkara Reef, Kalkara, Malta The MV Odile (also known as the Margit) was an old steam-freighter that sank in course of a bombing attack on April 4, 1942 at Kalkara reef, off Grand Harbour. Read More
Qawra Point

Qawra Point

Qawra, St. Paul’s Bay, Malta This is the southern tip of St. Paul's Bay. A large Roman anchor was recovered from the sea in this area. The profile drops slowly at first... Read More
Reqqa Point

Reqqa Point

limits of Għasri, Gozo This is the northernmost tip of Gozo. The beach road is rough, the entry is tricky with a strong swell, but it is a fantastic dive. Read More
St. Paul's Islands

St. Paul's Islands

near St. Paul’s Bay, Malta These islands are at the western entrance to St. Paul's Bay and the only way of reaching the islands is by boat. There are various dive sites at St. Paul's Islands, including the location where St. Paul was supposed to... Read More
The Blue Hole & The Chimney

The Blue Hole & The Chimney

Dwejra, limits of San Lawrenz, Gozo Reportedly one of Jacques Cousteau's favourite dives...This site is located at the bottom of Dwejra Point. It is a shore dive, which is reached via a fairly difficult walk over rough coralline limestone, however steps... Read More
The Tugboat Rozi

The Tugboat Rozi

near Ċirkewwa, Malta At the North of Malta there is Marfa Point. Here there is an old metal jetty, and approximitely 135 metres out from here lies the tugboat Rozi. Read More
Um El Faroud

Um El Faroud

Wied iż-Żurrieq, near Żurrieq, Malta The Um El Faroud was sunk in 1998 following a terrible explosion on board... Read More
Wied iż-Żurrieq

Wied iż-Żurrieq

near Qrendi, Malta Wied iż-Żurrieq is a valley on the south coast of Malta. The steep slope of the valley continues underwater. Read More
Xlendi Cave

Xlendi Cave

near Xlendi, Gozo Xlendi Cave is found in Xlendi Bay. It is best to swim across the bay either on the surface on underwater. The maximum depth of this dive is... Read More
Xlendi Reef

Xlendi Reef

near Xlendi, Gozo Xlendi Reef is located in the middle of Xlendi Bay. Part of the reef forms a pinnacle, which reaches up to within a metre of the surface. Read More