Advantages Fairly warm, easy to get around, plenty of wrecks
Disadvantages Lots of deep sites - make sure you're qualified!
I recently came back from my first diving trip to Malta. It's been heavily promoted in recent years as a rival to the Red Sea for British divers, and they've sunk a number of wreck deliberately as artificial reefs. It's only a 3 hour flight away from here, and as an already popular destination makes for a pretty easy trip. The water temperature ranges from about 25C in summer to 14C in winter, with good visibility at most times.Due to the size of the islands you're not particularly tied to any particular sites. The main choice initially is whether to stay on Malta or Gozo (there's also the option of staying on Comino, the smallest island - though it only has one hotel). I actually got round that by staying a few days on each of the 2 bigger islands. While Malta has a large number of resorts with plenty of restaurants and clubs, Gozo tends to be much quieter - not to say that there aren't quiet areas on Malta. But I'll mainly focus on the diving.
Among the wrecks I dived were the HMS Maori (the only one which wasn't sunk deliberately or semi-deliberately), the Karwela and Cominoland, the Rozi tugboat and the Umm el Faroud. The Maori is sunk in fairly shallow water near to capital of Malta, Valletta, and is a pretty easy dive, though the vis wasn't very good, and doesn't tend to be due to its position. It's an old WWII wreck, of which there are plenty in Malta - other examples are the Blenheim Bomber, a plane in about 40m of water, and the Carolita barge, which also lies near Valletta.The Rozi is a pretty little wreck near to the Gozo ferry which was sunk as an attraction for a tourist submarine, but now serves as a magnet for divers. It can apparently get very busy, but when I was there there was only one other small group on the wreck. She's a small boat, but the upper deck in particular is covered in fish.
The Umm el Faroud lies near to the Blue Grotto on Malta, and as such you have to be a bit wary of boat traffic around the site. After an explosion while being cleaned in Valletta harbour (resulting in the deaths of several Maltese dockworkers) she was towed round the island and sunk as an artificial reef.
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