MALTA & GOZO

About:

Malta, Gozo and Comino is a three island chain collectively known as the Maltese Archipelago slap bang in the middle of the Medeterreanen Sea. 

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.

Gozo is quieter and much much smaller than Malta although offers a slightly richer history. 

Located around 4 hours flight from the UK the island offers year round diving

When:
Although you can dive year round we would recommend visiting 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).

Getting there:
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:
Malta and Gozo offer the complete range of diving 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.

Marine Life:
What you can expect - 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.