Diving Holiday Malta

Top Dive Sites: Just take your pick!

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Our Diving Holiday Malta page details the most popular dive sites in Malta.

Time and again Malta has been voted one of the top diving destinations in the world and it’s easy to see why.


Diving Holiday Malta: Why all the fuss?

Just the small size of the island is alone to make it very easy and enjoyable to dive on the Maltese islands.

Couple that with many cave dives and wrecks to explore, great visibility and awesome weather almost all year round ...

... and you’ll definitely understand why thousands of divers each year choose Malta as their diving holiday destination.

If you’re thinking of diving in Malta, have a look at our list of the most popular dives sites in Malta for ideas and inspiration …


Top Dive Sites in Malta

diving holiday malta

Rozi Tugboat

Location: North of Marfa Point, Cirkewwa

Diving Holiday Malta: Dive Site Conditions ... Care should be taken with some rusting sharp metal parts of the tugboat

Dive Details: Maximum depth 35 metres (Average 25 metres).

This dive site is popular with all levels of divers.

The tugboat is 40 metres long and was sank deliberately to serve as a tourist attraction in 1992.

This is perhaps one of the most known dive sites on the Maltese Islands. A Madonna statue is close by as well.

Plenty of marine life to enjoy here. The crystal clear waters, nice setting and marine life make this one of the most beautiful dives on the Maltese islands.

Imperial Eagle & Jesus Statue

Location:Qawra Point and St Paul’s Islands

Diving Holiday Malta: Dive Site Conditions ... Visibility can be sometimes bad here.

Dive Details: Maximum depth 45 metres. Visibility 20 metres.

The Imperial Eagle is a very popular dive site.

The Imperial Eagle used to be a ferry boat and later on also a cargo ship. It now stands upright on a sandy bottom.

Close by there’s a huge 3 metres high statue of Christ. The statue was sunk and blessed by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Malta in 1990.

Some fish which you may see here are conger eels, groupers, rockfish, damsel fish and sea breams and barracuda.

You can access this dive by boat.

HMS Maori

Location:Below Fort St Elmo, Marsamxett Harbour

Dive Details: Maximum depth 19 metres. Visibility ranges from 10 to 15 metres.

The HMS Maori was a destroyer which sank the German Battleship Bismarck. The HMS was sunk in 1942 with an air raid and is today one of the most popular wreck dives in Malta.

Some of the fish which you will see here are sea horses, bream, scorpion fish and groupers.

Carolita Barge

Location:Marsamxett Harbour near Manoel Island

Diving Holiday Malta: Dive Site Conditions ... Sheltered

Dive Details: Maximum depth 25 metres (Average 10 metres). Visibility ranges from 5 to 10 metres.

Not one of your usual popular tourist dive sites, this dive is very popular in winter because of its location. Due to being quite a sheltered dive, you can dive the Carolita Barge even in stormy weather.

Particularly interesting for World War II enthusiasts. The Carolita is 32 metres long and was sunk in 1942 when it got struck by a torpedo during an air raid.

You can access this dive site from the shore at Manoel Island or by boat.

Blenheim Bomber

Location:Xorb l-Ghagin

Diving Holiday Malta: Dive Site Conditions ... Only for experienced divers

Dive Details: Maximum depth 42 metres. Visibility ranges from 15 to 20 metres.

Located some 800 metres east of Xorb l-Ghagin, this is a very nice dive if you’re into wreck diving.

The Blenheim Bomber is said to be the only one of its kind in the world! It was an RAF plane which was shot down by a German aircraft. The wreck is very well preserved when you consider the fact that it’s 66 years old.

Don’t expect to see much fish here. You can access this dive by boat.

Wied iz-Zurrieq

Location:Zurrieq Valley

Dive Conditions: Be very careful of the boats. This area is a major tourist attraction and boats are in the area all the time.

Dive Details: Maximum depth 30 metres.

Close to the much visited Blue Grotto, divers can explore a stunning underwater valley and many caves of differing depths.

Some caves you can explore here are the Bell Tower Cave and Mouse-Hole Cave. An area called the Aquarium will reward you with a diverse amount of fish life.

You can access this dive from the shore or by boat.

Um El Faroud

Location:Blue Grotto - Limits of Wied iz-Zurrieq

Diving Conditions:Only enter the wreck if you’re an experienced wreck diver

Dive Details: Maximum depth 35 metres.

The Um El Faroud is a huge container ship. Tragedy struck when a gas explosion occurred on board. The wreck can be found some 200 metres away from the Blue Grotto.

Some fish you will see here include amberjack, tuna, triggers, mullets and barracuda.

You can access this dive from the shore or by boat (which is preferable).

Ghar Lapsi

Location:Limits of Siggiewi

Dive Details: Maximum depth 16 metres.

At Ghar Lapsi (meaning Lapsi Cave) you will find some caves and reefs.

One of the caves is more than 40 metres long. The cave is quite shallow and has many open air spaces where you can surface. A very nice cave dive.

There are some three other smaller caves and also a huge rock called the Black Rock.

This is a popular site for those who like cave diving.

Anchor Bay

Location:Mellieha (On the other side of Mellieha Bay)

Dive Details: Maximum depth 12 metres. Visibility ranges from 10 to 20 metres.

Anchor Bay is known for its many caves and stunning passageways. Located between two cliffs, divers here can enjoy some nice swimthroughs and small caves.

Some of the fish that you will see here are scorpion fish, morays, groupers and parrot fish.

At the bay, you will also see the set for the Hollywood movie, Popeye. Today, this set is a tourist attraction and is called Popeye Village.

If you like cave diving, then you should also consider diving at Marfa Point and L-Ahrax Point.

Another dive which is often overlooked is Delimara Point, which provides many nice caverns and vertical cliffs with plenty of flora and fauna.


If you’re thinking of doing some serious scuba diving while on your Malta holidays, be sure to have a look at our other diving pages, which detail the most popular dive sites in Gozo and Comino ...

Favourite Gozo Dive Sites

Top Comino Dive Sites

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