I dubbed this report “Diving deep in Malta” because during this trip my shallowest dive was about 88 feet, the deepest 125 and the rest in-between. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but just stating a fact. Actually, since my usual modus operandi is no deeper than 40-60 feet, I kind of like going a bit deeper for a change, I’d say it was a welcoming alteration of my routine. Plus, if normally I use a macro lens and very rarely Canon 17-40, in Malta the pattern was reversed, out of the total of 7 dives, I dove just once with 100 mm and the rest of my dives with wide angle setup.

Getting to Malta

The only inconvenience of the whole trip was my flight arrangement. Hunting for a chipper way to get to Malta and then back to Dublin (after enjoying a week of diving with OceanAddicts, I had to fly to Boston from Ireland), I’ve made a mistake, booking each leg of a trip with different airline carriers. I had a stopover in London, and not only must to pick up and recheck my bags, but also pay for them again.

Malta under the wing

Ghand in-Nanna B&B

I stayed in a Ghand in-Nanna B&B, situated in the northern region of Malta, the town of Mellieħa (Mellieħa means salt in Arabic). The building is located in less than 1500 feet (500 meters) from the Parrocca tal-Mellieha – Parish Church of Mellieha. There is a very picturesque plaza in front of the church with various small restaurants and a wonderful view of a bay.

Triq il-Parocca, Mellieha

Managed by two very attentive hostesses Sue and Maria, Ghand in-Nanna was nice, recently renovated, inexpensive, lovely place, nestled in a narrow, quiet street. A few immaculate, spacious, air-conditioned rooms had all amenities one needs to rest after a day of walking under debilitating sun (about 111F (44C))

Besides that Sue and Maria cooked each morning delicious breakfasts, they also were very helpful advising and then, if you desire, reserving spaces for the evening meals. I utterly enjoyed my stay at Ghand in-Nanna and can’t wait to go back to that charming place.

Fisherman Village in Marsaxlokk

Bezz Diving Malta Center

To my search “diving in Malta” Google presented me with quite a list, on which Bezz Diving Malta Center had the most positive reviews. With the late arrival and early departure I only had 3 days available for underwater exploration. So I checked their website and was pleasantly surprised that in the 6 dive package deal, each dive was going to cost me about 28€. Plus, Bezz was offering an extra incentive, 28% NITROX at no additional charge. I checked availability and decided to give ‘em a shot.

My email inquiries were answered straightway, with clear and proper response to all my questions and concerns. Upon arrival to the shop and closer acquaintance with all members, I found out that good spirit and lots of genuine smiles are the distinct signatures of each member of the Buzz’s dive team. From the day one, it seemed to me that I already knew those guys for quite a while.

Diving wrecks of Malta

Tess Curnow

For the first two dives, guided by Tess Curnow, we went to the Fisherman Harbor, Wied Iż-Żurrieq, Qrendi, to explore the wreck of Um El-Faroud. We arrived at a beautiful place, were lots of tourist and locals enjoyed swimming in a very picturesque bay.

Diving Um El-Faroud Wreck. Wied Iż-Żurrieq, Qrendi

Tess carefully explained the dive-plan and we giant strode into turquoise water of the Mediterranean.