What Makes Malta a World-Class Diving Destination?
The Maltese Islands might be a speck on a map but like many of its other traits, diving in Malta is surprisingly amazing.
Between Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Malaysia’s Barracuda Point, it seems hard to believe that Malta might be one of the world’s top destinations for diving - but rest assured that it is! Consisting of more than six islands but only covering an area of 316km2, the Maltese archipelago is unparalleled when it comes to the number of diving spots that are only a short distance from each other.
Just last April, in fact, Gozo was named the third best diving spot on the globe via a poll by Diver Magazine, being surpassed only by Egypt, which boasts the SS Thistlegorm (the world’s most visited wreck), and the Maldives, which are formed of over 1,900 islands.
So what, makes Malta so special?
Natural Beauty: Although Malta’s aquatic life is not as biodiverse as many of the other world-class diving destinations, its geology is unique and that which many locals and foreigners have come to appreciate in our seven layers of rock above sea level, divers can experience below.
Colourful: The colour of the water in certain areas of Malta - most famously at the Blue Lagoon in Comino - makes for dramatic surroundings when underwater. This, with a wall of limestone as its backdrop, and the various coloured caterpillars, starfish and sea urchins, creates quite a palette of hues for divers to appreciate.
Wrecks: Malta may not have the most visited wreck in the world, but it does have over 20 wrecks which divers can visit - with some being only 100 metres apart. A number of these wrecks are over 100 years old and you can actually see the history of Malta unfolding beneath the surface of the sea.
The Blue Hole, Gozo: There is many-a-cave that divers can dive into, and tunnels that can be swum through by those who are more experienced, but one of Malta’s most beautiful underwater spots is the Blue Hole in Gozo. Stretching to a depth of 45 metres, this chasm is a breath-taking site, particularly because of the large, vertical limestone wall that frames the crystal waters of the area. This location is so beautiful in fact, that CNN Travel have named it the 48th best diving spot in the world, despite its lack of marine life.
Anything we’ve missed out? Have you got any other reasons why Malta is a world-class diving destination? Let us know in the comments box below!