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23 Apr 2014, Jane H

malta, Gozo, comino, wreck diving, short break

The Maltese archipelago is a jewel in the Mediterranean. Crystal clear warm waters, 300 days of sunshine a year, a wealth of fascinating history, and a warm, welcoming culture… add to this some incredible underwater topography and multiple shipwrecks, plus just three hours flying time from the UK, and it’s easy to see why Malta has become such a hotspot for British divers.

Best visited in the main season between May and October, Malta, Gozo and Comino’s clear, calm waters and sheltered bays offer the ideal conditions for divers of all levels, from complete beginners to deep and technical divers. The islands’ offer a tremendous diversity of underwater experiences and with many sites accessible from the shore, as well as by boat, Malta really does offer divers it all.

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Malta offers a cosmopolitan and lively stay, being the main and more developed island of this small Mediterranean group. Malta’s history as a disputed land has led to an impressive collection of ship, plane and submarine wrecks that have led to Malta becoming known as the wreck capital of the Mediterranean. Dozens of shipwrecks, historic and artificial, mean that Malta is a key technical diving destination but the island is also an ideal place for beginners with plenty of sheltered coves. Malta’s calm, warm seas also make for excellent visibility and superb conditions for underwater photography.

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Equally photogenic, the smaller island of Gozo is an unspoilt paradise with a simple, rural charm. The action here is underwater where the spectacular scenery draws divers back to Gozo time and time again. Arches and tunnels have been carved out of the coastline and offer endless points of natural rugged beauty around its 27 mile coastline, coupled with tremendous underwater visibility. The Blue Hole is perhaps the most famous dive site on the island but there are many more caverns, tunnels and swim throughs, plus two artificial wrecks to explore at your leisure.

Above water attractions

Above the water, the Maltese islands offer plenty to keep visitors entertained after an exciting days diving. Guests can explore the ancient streets of the World Heritage City of Valetta. Malta's capital is renowned for its rich collection of prehistoric artefacts, the impressive Grand Master’s Palace and majestic St. John’s Cathedral. A visit to the 'Silent City' of Mdina is also a must.

Gozo is home to the world’s oldest free-standing structures, the Ggantija Temples, which even pre-date the pyramids. Also worth a visit is the picturesque hilltop citadel of Victoria (Rabat). For a true Maltese experience however, take a walk or cycle ride around the pretty villages and find plenty of hidden treasures – medieval churches, fresh local cuisine, private sandy coves, and a warm Mediterranean welcome at every turn.

Close by, the tiny island of Comino lying between Gozo and Malta, is car free, and offers a lovely diversion and peaceful visit with some of the archipelago’s prettiest coves and quiet beaches.

Experience the Maltese Islands

Malta is very easy to get to with an almost daily choice of scheduled and charter flights and little more than three hours flying time from the UK. This makes the Maltese Islands top choice for a short break destination. Both Malta and Gozo offer a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and dive centre managed apartments are available for the ultimate in value for money and convenience.

Seven night packages start from just £323 per person to include flights, accommodation and transfers. Diving is totally flexible with a range of shore, boat, and combined diving packages available in most areas including self-drive options. Divers really can have it all in Malta.

Want to find out more? Contact the Regaldive specialist team on

01353 659 999 and let us help you plan your Maltese adventure.