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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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