Sitting in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta, Gozo and Comino is a three island chain collectively known as the Maltese Archipelago.
Comino is a small, uninhabited island sat in between Malta and Gozo, the two larger islands being connected by a regular ferry service which takes around half an hour each way (you only pay on the Gozo to Malta trip).
Gozo is much, much smaller and quieter than Malta, which is why it is our preferred place to stay. Nothing to do with the scuba diving, we just like the slower, quieter pace of life.
Located around 3 hours flight from the UK the island offers year round diving with warm, benign waters - although the winter months do require a dry suit.
It offers a rich history, crystal clear waters, stunning topography and some of the best wreck diving in the world.
Although you can dive year round we would recommend diving in Malta and Gozo from May - November for the warmest waters. You should expect to lose a day or two to rain in the autumn (the topography makes runoff a problem) but the thunder storms make for impressive viewing.
All flights arrive and depart in Malta and flight times from the UK are around three and a half hours. If staying on Gozo then the drive to the ferry port takes typically 40 minutes and then the crossing will be 25 - 30 minutes.
Gozo takes no time at all to drive across unless you need to go through the capital, Victoria (Rabat in Maltese) which is a pinch point and can take 20 minutes to negotiate.
Diving in Malta and Gozo offers the complete range, from beginner right up to the most technical deep and cave diving. There is an abundance of both shore and boat dives and visibility is typically excellent - often 30m+
The topography of the island means that there are some great wall dives as well as unique passages such as The Inland Sea. Wrecks are another key attraction that attract divers from around the world.
Currents are generally light and the water temperature usually reaches 26 degrees celsius in the summer dipping to 15 degrees celsius in February.
What to expect diving in Malta and Gozo - Sea Grass, Octopus, wrasse, groupers, moray eels, red mullet, Stone fish, wrecks
Who to dive with:
We have always dived independently so only ever relied on dive centres for tanks and weights. That said, Blue Waters Dive Cove and Gozo Diving get our vote.