Malta and Gozo

The diving in Malta and Gozo is known to be among the best in Europe and Mediterranean Sea. You can get there in just a few hours and it's easy and comfortable when you arrive Malta International Airport. Visibility here is often over 25-30 meters and sometimes even longer. The water temperature varies depending on the season, but compared to the Nordic region it is always warmer. In summer, the temperature can pass the 30 degree mark, but 25-26C is more normal. Today, along these small islands, there are plenty of wrecks and at varying depths. Here there are wrecks from both the First and Second World Wars - bombers, fighter transport ships, submarines, minesweepers and destroyers among many others.

Diving around the main island Malta offers a mix of wreck, cave and wall dives. There are dive sites here suitable for both beginners and technical divers. In addition to wrecks mainly from the First and Second World Wars, new wrecks are continuously being sunk for divers. One example is the famous Um el Faroud, which offers fantastic diving experiences. It is a 120-meter-long, intact oil tanker that lies between 16 and 35 meters deep.

The marine life is quite sparse but here you can sometimes see barracudas, different types of wrasse are quite common, sea urchins and starfish and with a lot of luck you can actually see seahorses as well as various nudibranchs or nudibranchs.

Gozo and Comino

Gozo is a small island compared to Malta but here you will actually find even nicer water with better visibility and more marine life. There are also some wrecks here and some dive sites are very famous among divers. Inland sea with its underwater tunnel. Blue hole and former Azure window at Dwejra, which unfortunately collapsed in 2017, was a must to visit but to this day it is a fantastic dive site. Gozo is a small picturesque island that you reach by ferry. Even if you live in Malta, Gozo is well worth a visit one day. Renting a car and driving over is highly recommended. Keep in mind that it is left-hand traffic.

The small island of Comino with its blue lagoon is a popular place for day trips by boat and here too there is good diving outside the lagoon with dramatic rock formations. In the summer, many boats come here for its magical blue water and beautiful setting of the rocks. You can also dive here.

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Travel information Malta

  • Time zone: + 1 GMT in winter and + 2 GMT in summer (same as Sweden)
  • Currency: Euro. It is easy to exchange foreign currency at bank offices or exchange offices, an exchange fee is usually added. International bank cards are accepted. Banks, ATMs and exchange offices are everywhere on the islands. In larger hotels, shops and restaurants, it is also sometimes possible to pay with the major international currencies.
  • Languages: Maltese and English.
  • Water: It is fine to drink the tap water, but there is also both domestic and imported bottled water.
  • Visa: Malta belongs to the EU, therefore EU citizens do not need a visa.
  • Health: Tetanus vaccination is always recommended, but contact your nearest vaccination clinic for advice. Malta has a good standard when it comes to medical treatments and most things can be bought at pharmacies.
  • Pressure chamber: St. Luke's Hospital in Malta.
  • Country code: +356
  • Electricity: 220 volts, adapter with three prongs is needed. It is easy to get hold of adapters on the islands.
  • Climate: Mild short winters and hot, dry and very sunny summers. It is fine to swim in the sea well into the winter.
  • Current Water temperature and average sea temperature by month, Valletta
  • Tipping: Tipping in restaurants, hotels and for baggage handling is common courtesy. (15% of the total in restaurants, €1-3/day for cleaning staff, €2 per bag).
  • Religion: Roman Catholic is the major religion. On the islands there are several beautiful churches that are open to the public. However, remember to dress appropriately when visiting, shoulders must be covered.