Malta and the neighbouring island of Gozo are a big hit with divers. In fact, Malta has consistently ranked as one of the top three in the ‘Best Diving Destination in the World’ category at the Diver Magazine Awards.
Malta is home to over 100 dive sites. In the crystal clear water around the rocky coasts, you can experience a diverse underwater world, dive on reefs and explore caves, as well as several sites for wreck diving. You can find half-day dive trips from £30.
Not a certified diver? No problem, There are also plenty of opportunities for those who are looking to become certified divers through courses on the island. Become certified open water diver with PADI from £345.
The P31 shipwreck, Comino
Patrol Boat P31 was a former East German minesweeper from 1969. Malta bought and used the boat until 2009 when it was sunk in Comino where it lies 18 metres underwater.
Qawra Reef, Malta
Located 40 metres off the shore of Qawra, the reef is home to several large caves. You can see Spiny lobsters, hermit crabs, nudibranchs and spider crabs can also be found hiding amongst the rocks on the sandy seabed. Qawra Reef is great for beginners.
The Blue Hole, Gozo
One of the most popular dive sites in Europe, the Blue Hole is teeming with marine life against dramatic rock formations. Some of the possible sea creatures you can see on your dive include parrotfish, bream, lobster and octopus.
The Statue of Christ
The statute, which is also known in Maltese as Kristu tal-Bahhara (Christ of the Sailors), was created by the Maltese sculptor Alfred Camilleri Cauchi to commemorate Pope John Paul II’s first visit to Malta in 1990. You can swim around his body, which stands 3 metres tall.
Azure Reef, Gozo
Unfortunately, the famous Azure Window collapsed into the sea in 2017, but the shattered remains of the limestone Azure Window archway have been renamed the Azure Reef. Divers can explore the narrow caverns that the stone has created.
The Maltese Islands boast over 1,300 climbing routes in Malta, Gozo and Comino. Due to its naturally rocky terrain and sheer cliffs, the islands are ideal for those looking to try traditional climbing, bouldering, deep water soloing, sea level traversing or abseiling. You can find more information about different routes here.
While exploring Malta by the usual means of transport (bus, car, or bike) is very easy and a great way to discover all that the islands have to offer, there is also another, more unique way to take in the beautiful countryside and sweeping ocean views: horse riding. There are a few different places on the islands that you can ride horses, including along the northwest coast and on Gozo. Hourly rates usually start from £21 per person. Pirate tip: take a sunset ride at Golden Bay (great for both families and a romantic activity for couples) from £35 per person.
Malta’s many caves, coves and pools allow for prime snorkelling. Marine life that you just might see while snorkelling includes jellyfish, octopus, parrotfish and the blue damselfish. Most hotels have snorkelling gear that you can rent.
Malta is home to many idyllic bays that can be explored with a kayak. You can rent a kayak for a few hours from various places on the islands. For example, Kayak Gozo has a few different packages that allow for morning or afternoon kayak rentals. Prices for a 3-hour rental plus guide are around £28 per person.
Just a three-hour flight away, the English-speaking Maltese Islands are a great destination for those looking for a beach holiday or a city break. Located in the Mediterranean, south of Sicily, Malta offers everything you could want in a holiday destination: wild bays, wonderful sandy beaches and extremely interesting historical sites with temples, fortresses and underground burial chambers.