Diving has become more than just a hobby or a sport, the appreciation, respect, and charm of marine life need a story to tell those who visit it.
Where is the shipwreck P29?
Being one of the best diving spots in the North of the island of Malta, the Shipwreck P29 is located in the depths of Cirkewwa, just opposite the ferry station. Cirkewwa is surely the most important diving point of the entire archipelago, with at least four diving points quite differentiated. It has an exclusive parking for divers and also has facilities such as showers, toilets and food and drinks stand.
Information of the P29
Known by all as the Shipwreck P 29 and being a tourist Jewel for Diving in Malta, this was baptized with the name of Boltenhagen in the East of Germany after its construction in Peene Werft Wolgast, the ship is about 60 meters long. Highlighting his machine gun in the bow, point of all the looks and photographs.
It was intended to be identified as P29 Patrol boat, mine digger, and fishing controller. After fulfilling its patrol activity in September 2005, it was sold to the Malta Tourism Authority to turn it into a wreck. Work that lasted two years to be completed until August 14, 2007, when it was prepared for divers and was shipwrecked because of artificial reefs and to this day has been one of the biggest diving attractions in Cirkewwa.
To access to the place where the P 29 Boat is located, access to the sunken ship is made from the coast, there are 3 different entry points and 2 exit points perfectly equipped with stairs and railings for your safety. The most recommended is the entrance 2 right in the middle of the reef, which is closer to the shipwreck. In summer there are yellow marking buoys on the surface that serve as a reference for navigation up to. From the entrance to the boat, dive into the west direction, after leaving the reef at a depth of 5-6 meters, you can find a vertical wall which falls more than 20 meters down. After 5 minutes of navigation, we will arrive at the shipwreck. The Patrol boat wreck in concrete is on a flat sandy bottom about 35 meters depth, with the top part of the ship about 20 meters. Sometimes there is a little current that can turn us off course during navigation.
To be able to do this immersion, the Advanced course is required, for more information please click here.
Marine species that can be seen diving near P 29
Accessing this place in addition to enjoying the beauty of the P 29 Boat also gives us the opportunity to observe reef fish such as sea breams and thousands of damselfish that abound around the ship. Also common are rockfishes or large scorpionfish both in rocky areas and around the ship. Common rays on the sand around the boat are sometimes possible to spot. In addition, large fish such as dentex and snappers are visible to the public. Sometimes it is also possible to see the barracudas that usually go in a group and some triggerfish but less common. Groupers and moray eels are quite common although the latter hide quite well and are difficult to find. The nudibranchs are also part of the marine fauna in the wreck, which lives attached to the hull of the ship.
When to go?
To have an unforgettable experience in Malta, the invitation is open at the best time of the year, to enjoy between Spring and Autumn in Malta from the month of April to October as it maintains a temperature of more than 20 degrees Celsius at the beginning of May reaching up to 29 degrees in Summer in shallow waters. Visibility is one of the virtues of diving in Malta, often reaching more than 30 meters of visibility, making diving in this shipwreck a more than pleasant activity.