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Scuba DivingThe Maltese Archipelago  - the main Island Malta, the smaller island of Gozo and the tiny little  island of Comino is a real paradise for divers and snorklers. These  islands have fortunately retained their natural state due, to a large  extent, to the sea and its fauna.The attraction of the Maltese islands  for the diver, however, is based on their unique topographic structure, their healthy water situation and their rich fauna. Apart from other positive aspects, one of the most important is that the Maltese Islands  are an all-year-round centre for the diver. Even in a severe winter  (which is extremely rare) the sea temperature never drops below 13°  Celsius. The climate and duration of sunshine at that time of year are  similar to an average North European summer, sometimes even better.  In stormy weather, sheltered coasts offer a sufficient number of interesting diving sites. Diving in winter offers the advantage that many species  of fish move inshore to shallower, slightly warmer waters and as they are not disturbed by swimmers during this season, the diver has even better opportunities for observation and photography than in summer.  Sea temperatures in summer are about 23° Celsius, and divers may  wear a light 3 mm diving suit or even swim without one. The Maltese  Islands are within easy reach of the European mainland—two to three  hours at most—the facilities compare favourably with other more  distant and expensive countries. The Maltese people make you feel at  home and practically everyone speaks English.The islands offer a well-developed infrastructure for divers, which represents a high standard and is capable  of coping with the most sophisticated demands. The Maltese diving schools have organised themselves into the Association of Professional Diving Schools, with the result that the staff are well-trained and responsible.  All schools offer up-to-date equipment of the best quality with an excellent  follow-up service. It is not necessary to bring along your own equipment for a short diving visit of 8-10 days as it is possible to lease equipment  at a favourable rate.The diving schools have compressors which are regularly checked by the Department of Health. Against presentation of the Maltese  diving permit any diver can get his cylinders filled or can rent cylinders. Beginners and advanced divers will receive all help and assistance from the schools to ensure that their diving holiday in Malta is trouble  free and enjoyable. Diver safety is target number one. The seas around  Malta are virtually tide less. Underwater currents are very rare in  Summer and more frequent in Winter. However, due to the small size of the island, divers can shift to an alternative dive site very easily.In places which are hard to reach, it is more comfortable to dive from a boat, especially as there is always somebody available for assistance  and control of the divers. The schools also make sure that at all interesting dive sites the diver finds entry without problem.

Site Info.As you browse through my site you’ll find links to Dive Operators,Dive Sites,and useful Diving, Fish Identification Books and Travel Books relevant to Malta.

 

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Getting ThereAir Malta flies to the UK and various other European cities Alitalia, KLM, Lufthansa, Swissair and Tunisavia also fly to the Island.

 

 

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