Diving Sites Malta

At OK Diving Malta diving centre you can discover all the most interesting dive spots on the islands and always in the best atmosphere. You could discover ship wrecks, caves, reefs and bays full of life.

We have prepared for you a selection of the most popular dive sites in the archipelago. Choose the places you like more and just let us know when are you coming to visit us ?

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Cirkewwa

Cirkewwa is probably one of the most popular dive sites Malta. Located on the north-west side of the island. Perfectly equipped for divers, the site offers from ship wrecks to arches, small caves and tunnels.

Rozi (30-35 Meters)

This ship is a tug of 40 m. It was built in Bristol, England, in 1958. Its original name was changed to Rozi Rossgarth when it was bought by Tug Malta. The maximum depth of this dive is 36 meters. It was deliberately sunk in 1992 for an underwater attraction for divers. The Rozi lies 36 meters deep on the sandy bottom and the condition is perfect, except engines and propeller. This is one of the most popular dive sites in the Maltese Islands, where there is much to see and explore. The ship wreck is surrounded by thousands of fish, including groupers, scorpion fish, barracuda, maidens, nudibranchs, moray eels and occasionally rays.

P-29 (30-35 Meters)

The P-29 called Boltenhagen is a patrol boat that rests at 35 meters deep in Cirkewwa. Kondor 29 is a model designed and built in Peenewerft Wolgast, East Germany, in 1960 and is 52 meters long, and its weight of 360 tons. Originally used as Minesweeper, also it was used to control fishing on the border of the German Federal Republic. From 1997 to 2004 the patrol boat was working under the Maltese government, participating in search and rescue operations, as well as protection of fisheries. In September 2005 the P-29 was sold to the Malta Tourism Authority for its collapse as a tourist attraction for divers. It took two years to prepare the boat to sink it on a friendly manner. It sank on August 14, 2007.

Arch & Madonna (15-20 Meters)

Located in the north of the island, this place has been for long time the favourite dive sites of local divers, mainly because its spectacular drop off from eight to thirsty meters. There’s a beautiful arch and numerous caves. The arch is a cavern which has a large hole in the top, creating a narrow bridge of rock that divers can easily access from below.
It is a highly recommended site for underwater photography. The diver can penetrate into small tunnels, arches around the reef, an there is a huge wall that goes from 5 to 30 meters.

The virgin “The Madonna” rests on one of the small caves, it is a sanctuary for divers.

Zurrieq

Located in the south-west of the island, this small fishing village has become one of the major tourist attractions of Malta. From there, there is the possibility of visiting the famous Blue Grotto, a natural rock arch about 20 meters high, which can be explored by boat from the small village. It is also one of the most famous dive sites for divers. On the deep lies one of the most spectacular wrecks of the island. It is the “Um el Faroud”. There is also the possibility to visit the reef in the narrow valley of Zurrieq.

Um El Faroud (30-35 Meters)

This wreck is surely one of the most impressive of the island. It is called “Um el Faroud”, that means the mother of the Faroud. The tanker was sunk in September 1998 after an explosion in the large bay of Valletta, it provoked the death of nine workers while performing maintenance. His 3147 tons rest about 30 meters deep, and because it is so close to the shore, it makes the accessibility easy. The size of the tanker is 110 meters long and 16 wide. Generally it is surrounded by thousands of fish, among which you can find groupers, scorpion fish, barracuda, maidens, nudibranchs, moray eels, rays and triggerfish occasionally. One of the dive sites you should not miss!!

Popeye Village

Popeye village is located on the border of the municipality of Mellieha, in north of the island. Specifically it is located on the west coast in a lovely little bay, it is called anchor bay due to the large anchor that sits in the middle of the bay.
It is the scenario that was built for the famous musical film POPEYE, in the 80’s.

Reef & Caves (10-30 Meters)

Zurrieq reef is characterized by its narrow valley, in just 15 meters wide reaches 20 or more meters deep, on the open sea area reaches up to 30 meters deep. There is a vertical wall from both east and west sides. It can be found cave formations at 25 to 30 or more meters deep.

Anchor Bay Cave (10-20 Meters)

The access to the sea is from a pier. The bottom is gradually inclining to a depth of 20 meters. The seabed is covered of large rocks with interesting nooks and curious formations. There, octopuses, groupers and fish are hiding between the rocks. At 150 meters from the bay, approximately, there is a large cave. The bottom of the cave is at a depth of between 5 and just a couple of meters, divers can easily rise to the surface inside and admire the dome-shaped ceiling, rich in red algae. A bit further beyond the cave, there is a large window at the top of a rock ledge. All the way, usually you can see parrotfish, groupers medium sized, moray eels, flounders, and occasionally rays.

Anchor Bay Reef (10-20 Meters)

The reef anchor bay is characterized by its many labyrinthine corridors and numerous blocks, that make different this dive sites in this area. Very interesting for the underwater photography, there is a lot of algae and light. You can also find small passages and tunnels to go through.

L'Ahrax Cave (10-20 Meters)

This dive site is one of the less crowded but not because of that less spectacular. Located north-east of the island of Malta, this beautiful bay, with crystal clear water and shallow, flows into the strait between Malta and Comino. Direct access from beach. The route starts from the shallows of the bay to the most northern point, where the platform falls on a vertical wall from 6 to over 20 meters.
After rounding the cave we find the tunnel that leads to the great well and its interior lagoon that lies in this dive site called L’Ahrax Point.

Ghar Lapsi Caves (10-20 Meters)

In the Maltese language ‘ghar’ means cave. Ghar Lapsi is a fishing village on the south coast. Access to the water is easy. There is a fairly closed bay of calm waters, from where you get a series of shallow underwater caves that receive sunlight from numerous openings. Ghar Lapsi area is no more than 15 to 20 meters deep and there is a large area of reefs, with most of the typical marine fauna of the Mediterranean. It’s a pretty spectacular site and the visibility is usually more than 20m like in the rest of the island.
It is a very good place to find rays on a sandy background area fairly wide right out of the caves.

Imperial Eagle (30-40 Meters)

The Imperial Eagle was one of the ferries linking Malta and Gozo. The wreck lies on the sandy bottom at a depth of 40 meters and is situated only 300m northwest of Qawra, right next to where our dive centre is located. Near the boat we can find the statue of Jesus Christ. This statue of 13 tons was relocated here in May of 2000. Originally sank near the island of San Paul and was blessed by Pope John Paul in 1990 to protect the fishermen of Malta.

beaufighter

The Bristol Beaufighter (40 Metres)

This aircraft of the Second World War, was one of 9 Beaufighters 272 Squadron. Along with 9 others from the Squadron 39 were part of an operation to torpedo boats during the war. On March 17 of 1943 the unit, performing training practices, entered in auger to break down one of its engines. Fortunately the pilot and his companion survived to the accident, saving their lives doing an emergency landing. They were later rescued by a fishing boat passing by.

Valletta, HMS Maori (10-15 Meters)

The HMS Maori is a II world war ship wreck located in St. Elmo bay next to Valletta city. HMS Maori was launched in 1937, and saw considerable action in the Mediterranean, the Norwegian campaign, Atlantic convoys and the North Sea. On February 12th 1942, it was moored at the entrance to Dockyard Creek, when it received a direct hit in her engine room. She was eventually set down in the back-water of St. Elmo’s Bay, on the sandy bottom at a depth of around 18 metres. Her guns were removed and the bows and stern are gone, however part of the raised bridge is still there.  Although silted up, there are plenty of different types of fish and other creatures in and amongst the wreckage, which is covered with greenweed and tube worms.

Exiles, TUG 2 (20 Meters)

The Tug 2 it was sunk just few years ago and it is at a depth of 20 meters resting in a sandy bottom. Just around 200 meters from the shore is possible to get here from the beach. Although is just since 2013 under the water , the Tug 2 is getting a lot life quite quickly. From sponges, variety of flora to many kind of small reef fish and even nudibrachs are already living there. Big fish is not yet very abundant but slowly they are coming next to the wreck to get some small fish. Amberjacks , dentex or small groupers is possible to find there. Also moray eels, octopuses and cuttlefish is possible to find around the rocky reef next to the ship wreck.

Comino

The small island of Comino is sited between Malta and Gozo. This tiny island is almost inhabited , just few costumers and the staff from a small hotel. It offers many different dive sites around itself. In general shallow dives and crystal clear water ti is possible to dive into caves and even in a ship wreck. Is also very famous the blue lagoon with the small white sandy beach.

St. Maria Caves (15 Meters)

The St. Maria caves are sited in the northeast coast of the small island. A small bay hardly 15 meters deep it offers the possibility to penetrate into a small caves formation, a couple of caves where is possible to pass from one to the other trough a tunnel. It is also quite interesting the big school of saddles breams. Highly recommended for underwater photography.

P 31 (20 Meters)

P 31 is the sister patrol boat of P29 in Cirkewwa. Sited in the west of Comino, P 31 is resting at a depth of 20 meters and is a very good choice to combine with St. Maria caves in a day trip boat. Is also a very convenience dive site for free diving practice. It seems that our free diver instructor Matt enjoys a lot in this place.

Gozo

The North island of the arcipielago Gozo is also a very good option  for diving. It is connect with Malta by Ferry , and it takes just 20 minutes to cross the channel. The rural character of the island make it a bit different from Malta. Gozo in general it offers a very good quality diving. Good conditions and quite deep in general. Being maybe the most famous attraction the Azure window, a natural rocky arch of around 30 meters high next to the sea cliffs of Dwejra on the west coast of the island.

Azure Window, Blue Hole (20 - 40 Meters)

Probably the most famous dive site in the island is the blue hole, Azure Window, the blue Window. It is a very curios rocky formation who contains a natural pool protected by rocks from the open sea. Water comes from underneath  trough a big opening at the bottom. Exist also a small cave not to deep at the bottom of the hole, at around 8 meters deep. Once out of the hole there is a sallow bay where is possible to pass under the azure window wich is at surface. Is also quite interesting a very vertical chimney in the other site of the bay.From 20 to 5 meters.

Inland Sea (20-40 Meters)

Perfect combination with the blue hole dive site. It is just next to the Azure window. This dive starts from a very sallow and confined bay in the inland and goes to open sea trough a long tunnel. From just 3 meters to 20 or more at the end of the tunnel , out of this one we can find an amazing vertical wall who drops down to 50 or more meters. These walls are the extension of the sea cliffs next to azure window. There are also few caves not to deep and quite bright where is possible to penetrate. The colours in these walls are so special. Groupers and amber jacks are very common in these area.