Northern Region Diving
Diving in the Northern Region of the island of Malta means a plethora of different dive sites for divers of all levels and interests. Whether it’s shipwrecks, natural arches, night dives or reefs that divers are looking for, it can all be found just offshore here.
Crystal clear waters, a variety of exciting marine species and underwater topography and an exciting, lively village; Bugibba caters to so many different types of divers and has so many types of diving to be enjoyed.
Diving off the coast of St Paul’s on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea will provide divers with a diving experience which combines relaxing conditions, clear waters and a large collection of marine species to be admired, for divers of all levels.
Diving in the Northern Region
The Northern Region of Malta is one of the five regions of the island, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea. The Northern region also houses some of the best diving around Malta from areas such as St Paul’s, Cirkewwa, Bugibba, Meliaha and Qawra. The main highlights which attract divers to this region for diving are the crystal clear waters, calm diving conditions, variety of types of diving which cater to divers of all levels and interests and the high abundance of marine life which inhabits this area. There are multiple of dive centres on the island with expert dive guides which will take divers to the best spots around.
Malta definitely has four seasons, with air temperatures ranging between 10 degrees Celsius in winter and 30 degrees Celsius in the summer and water temperatures ranging between 27 degrees Celsius in the summer to 13 degrees Celsius in the winter. Visibility is above average here throughout the year; between 20 and 40 metres! Some of the must-see dive sites here include the impressive wrecks MV Rozi and Patrol Boat P29, the impressive natural Arches off of Cirkewwa which divers of all levels can swim through due to them being quite shallow, St Paul’s Island Reefs; which are reefs just teaming with marine life, and so much more! Most of the dives here are done from shore with a few boat dives as well. This is the type of diving destination which provides a combination of easy relaxing dives with some more thrilling dives, but all in relaxing, pristine conditions.
Best places to dive
St Paul's Island Inner and Outer Reefs are located around 100 metres off the coast of St Paul’s and are made up of two islands and the outer reef starts at 4 metres and drops down to 25 metres via multiple drops. These flourishing reefs also feature a car wreck, rock formations and a vast amount of marine life.
Patrol Boat P29 is a patrol boat which was sunk in 2007 to create an artificial reef and a new dive site. It is 52 metres long and lies between 34 and 12 metres. It is possible for divers to penetrate the wreck and there is a lot of marine life to admire here.
Rozi is the other wreck here but she lies quite a bit deeper, so this is a popular site for more advanced divers and technical divers. It was sunk in 1992 to become an artificial reef and so far it’s done a great job and over time has attracted a vast amount of marine life for a thrilling wreck dive.
Sirens is the protected bay dive site which is used mainly for dive courses and night dives, it has a sandy bottom and is scattered with boulders which inhabit many smaller marine species. This site lies directly off the village of Bugibba.
The two Cirkewwa Arches are two stunning underwater arches which are at depths that divers of all levels can swim through them for a unique experience.