Offers Some Unique Diving Experiences
Noted For Their Scuba Diving Than Their Checkered Past
On a map of the Mediterranean Sea, if you let your eye fall to the center – just South of Italy’s heel and to the west of the Mediterranean’s heart – you’ll find an enchanting archipelago comprising Malta, Gozo and Comino, along with the smaller, uninhabited islands of Cominotto, Filfla and St.Paul. The administrative capital for all the islands, Valletta, is on Malta itself under the watchful gaze of impressive fortifications commissioned by the Knights of St. John in 1524. Malta’s geographic position was beneficial for both trading and military purposes for centuries. More recently, however, the Maltese Islands are noted more for their scuba diving than for their long and checkered past. The clear blue Mediterranean sea offers some unique diving experiences with reefs, caves and wrecks to explore.
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Visibility – Generally more than 30 meters/100 feet.
Water Temperature – You’ll dive in water that is 15-17°C/58-63°F from December through April and 18-25°C/65-77°F from May through November.
Weather – Malta and Gozo have a hot, dry summer and a short, cool winter. Some consider the climate here to be the best in the world. Air temperatures average between 10-15°C/50-59°F in January and 21-30°C/70-83°F in July.
Featured Creatures – Expect to see barracuda, some of the Mediterranean’s bigger groupers, stingrays, cardinal fish and parrotfish. The limestone caves and craggy nooks are also ideal living quarters for moray eels, octopus, squid, and conger eels. Summer time is seahorse time in Malta, but these beautiful critters are small and masters of camouflage, so challenge your dive guide to find some.
Recommended Training – Take the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy and PADI Deep Diver courses to help you hover effortlessly along the walls. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course is a must to capture the beauty of the place. Malta and Gozo are also technical diving destinations, so look into PADI TecRec courses, including the PADI Rebreather Diver course, if interested.
Language – Maltese and English. Italian is also widely spoken.
Currency – Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – Malta International Airport is the international hub.
Electricity and Internet – Electricity is 230 volts, 50 Hz. Internet service is widely available, especially in hotels.
Topside Attractions – Malta features Baroque palaces, Napoleonic fortifications, Renaissance cathedrals and some of the oldest known human structures in the world. Malta is also home to the Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni, which was excavated in 2500 BC. It is currently the only prehistoric temple officially named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
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