Malta's rich history and its location between Libya and Sicily has made it something of a wreck-diving heaven. The island waters are the sort of place where Roman amphora left over from a wreck 2,000 years ago are just a few miles from a ship deliberately sunk to provide an artificial reef, and both of them accessible as shore dives. In deeper waters, Malta has World War II-era planes and ships that were lost in combat.
Wrecks, as artificial reef habitats, have provided a home for a great number of species in recent years and make excellent dive sites. There are wrecks of all shapes and dimensions that make Malta and Gozo a clear cut ahead for wreck diving in the Mediterranean.
Some wrecks have also been scuttled as artificial reefs and all offer perfect living conditions for fish and marine organisms. Dives on offer in Malta are either from land or from a boat, depending on the level of experience and the dive sites selected.
BEST WRECKS FROM SHORE
The original artificial reef, with a mature coating of marine life.
Bigger and more to see than on the Rozi, but still gray paint.
Fantastic wreck, though diving from the shore you are pushed for time to see it all.
The smaller of Gozo's wrecks, but seems to be a favorite.
For the Volkswagen Beetle with pink fur on the aft deck.
BEST WRECKS FOR OPEN WATER DIVERS (20M MAX)
Start your wreck-diving career with a war hero.
Pass the wreck 10 on the way.
As a boat dive, superstructure only.
Boat dive to a less-dived wreck.
A bit murky in the harbour, but a fair amount to see with a good guide.
BEST WRECKS FOR TECHNICAL AIR DIVING
Swim around the conning tower and above the deck.
Wreck penetration strictly for properly equipped and experienced divers only.
Spend time with the paddle-steam machinery and build up some deco.
HMS St Angelo
Stay above the deck, look in detail at the wheelhouse.
As HMS St Angelo.
Blenheim Bomber Plane
Sometimes there might be a current so it is important to hold on to the descent line and descent as fast as possible.
Due to its depth in clear “mid water”, we will use a descend line for guidance and slowly “fall” on the wreck. Safe penetration is possible, as the gangways are spacious and free from obstacles.
BEST TECHNICAL DIVES
For the guns, depth charges, ammunition and color.
Because there is so much of it.
For the guns, torpedo tubes, ammunition and color.
For the conning tower and detail beneath the stern.
There is stuff on the seabed too deep for air.