Boat Dives

With dive sites just a stone's throw away from each other, you will be able to explore a variety of underwater worlds. We've listed some of the best known dive sites ranging from labyrinthine caves to reefs and wartime wrecks. For more excitement, try a night dive or dive deeper to 30 or 40 metres. Colours appear almost fluorescent by torchlight. For the more experienced, these dives offer a unique adventure.

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.


Billinghurst Cave

Billinghurst Cave

near Għasri, Gozo Billingshurst Cave is found to the west of Reqqa Point in the Northern part of Gozo. The top of the cave entrance is just above the surface and the bottom is at 27 meters. Read More
Cominotto Reef

Cominotto Reef

near Cominotto, Comino Cominotto is a smaller island off the north-west corner of Comino. Northwest of Cominotto is an underwater reef. Read More
Dwejra Point

Dwejra Point

Dwejra, limits of San Lawrenz, Gozo Dwejra is one of the most spectacular dive sites in Malta, with deep water (60 metres) and many caves and arches. The most dramatic is the 35 metre long tunnel... Read More
Fairey Swordfish

Fairey Swordfish

near St. Julian’s, Malta The Fairey Swordfish was a biplane that punched well above its weight. Originally designed in the 1930s, the “Stringbag” was operated by both the RAF and Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy. By the outbreak of the Second World War, the Fairey Swordfish was considered rather obsolete, yet it still pl ...
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Fessej Rock

Fessej Rock

Mġarr ix-Xini, limits of Xewkija, Gozo Fessej Rock is a tall, circular and vertical column of rock which rises about 15 metres above the water and plunges vertically... Read More
Fungus Rock

Fungus Rock

Dwejra, limits of San Lawrenz, Gozo Fungus Rock is a huge rock in Dwejra Bay, on the western coast of Gozo. Access is only by boat. The average depth is of... Read More
HMS Olympus

HMS Olympus

near Valletta, Malta The World War II Royal Navy Submarine, HMS Olympus, lies seven miles off the port of Valletta. She was first detected in 2011 using high-frequency sonar, and lies 115m below sea level. An ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) was deployed to photograph the site, and revealed that the ship was in extraor ...
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HMS Russell

HMS Russell

near Valletta, Malta To maintain the supremacy in 1889 Britain embraced the doctrine that the Royal Navy’s establishment should be equal to the combined naval strength of any two other countries. In ‘reply’ to Russian Peresviet class of battleships capable of challenging the British, Sir William White was asked by t ...
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Imperial Eagle

Imperial Eagle

Qawra Point, near St. Paul’s Bay, Malta The Imperial Eagle was one of the ferryboats connecting Malta and Gozo.
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Irqieqa Point

Irqieqa Point

near Cominotto, Comino A thin of land on the southwestern tip of Comino with a sheer drop-off to 40 metres. The water is clear and the cold currents support large shoals of sardines and... Read More
JU88

JU88

near Salina, St. Paul’s Bay, Malta As a former British colony, the island of Malta had a pivotal role to play in the Second World War. Throughout the conflict, it was the only Allied base between Gibraltar and Alexandria in Egypt, and it became a military and naval fortress. In 1940 the North African campaign increased its strate ...
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Lantern Point

Lantern Point

near Cominotto, Comino This dive is a boat dive and starts from a shallow rocky shelf at 6 metres, where the boat usually anchors. Above the entrance to a 'chimney', an almost vertical tunnel, drops down to... Read More
Nasturtium

Nasturtium

near Marsaskala, Malta When WWI broke out, the British Admiralty was faced with the problem of not having an adequate number of ships which were considered suitable for anti-submarine operations. Under the Emergency War Programme they embarked on a rapid construction of smaller anti-submarine vessels. The Arabis class ...
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ORP Kujawiak (L72)

ORP Kujawiak (L72)

near Valletta, Malta Like HMS Olympus, ORP Kujawiak was struck by a mine off the coast of Valletta in 1942. The crew, who were part of the Polish Navy, were conducting a rescue mission while escorting allied convoys carrying supplies to Malta.
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San Dimitri Point

San Dimitri Point

near Għarb, Gozo San Dimitri Point is at the most westerly point in Gozo. It is an imposing rock jutting out from the shore, and is only accessible by boat. Read More
Schnellboot

Schnellboot

near Valletta, Malta Schnellboot S-31 was part of a sub-group of eight boats (S-30 to S-37) which had been under construction for the Chinese Nationalist Government, but at the outbreak of World War II they were impounded and completed for the German Navy, the Kriegsmarine. She was built by the shipyard of Lurssen a ...
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Southwold

Southwold

near Marsaskala, Malta HMS Southwold was a Type II British Hunt-class destroyer built for the Royal Navy during World War II. She was ordered on 20 December 1939 and was built by J. Samuel White and Company of East Cowes as part of the 1939 emergency program. The vessel was completed on 9 October 1941.
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SS Luciston

SS Luciston

near Marsaxlokk, Malta SS Luciston (also known as Luciston Collier) is the only World War I wreckage in this list. The British steamer was built by J.L Thompson & Sons in Sunderland in 1890, measuring 100m in length and weighing 2,877 tonnes. Her primary role was to transport coal between ports and refuel coal-burning ...
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SS Polynesian

SS Polynesian

near Marsaskala, Malta SS Polynesian was built in 1890 by Messageries Maritimes in La Ciotat in France. She was a Risbec class ocean liner, one of four sister ships, measuring 152.5 m in length with a beam of 15 m. Polynesian was a 3-masted barque made of steel, with a steam engine, double funnel, and a four-bladed pr ...
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St. Marija Caves

St. Marija Caves

near Cominotto, Comino This is an ideal second dive location for those who have made the boat trip to Comino and want an interesting shallow location. Read More
Trusty Star

Trusty Star

near Valletta, Malta HMD Trusty Star was a naval drifter built in 1919 by Ouse Shipbuilding for British Royal Navy. The steel vessel was about 26 m in length with a beam of 5.5 m and had a triple expansion steam engine. Her original name was HMT Groundswell; she was later renamed FV Elie Ness when used in fishing in ...
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Xatt l-Aħmar

Xatt l-Aħmar

near Mġarr, Malta This site is a small bay southwest of Mġarr. Access is generally from the shore. The dive starts across a wide horizontal ledge, about 9 metres deep, which is covered with... Read More