Scuba Diving Sites Malta


 

The Blenheim Bomber


Engine This aircraft is located approximately 800m due east of Xrobb il-Ghagin at a depth of 42m. The wreckage is not marked on any chart and with its low underwater profile, will not be detected by position finding equipment. The precise location of the wreck is therefore known to very few people, and you are advised to contact Ray Ciancio of Aquabubbles in order to dive this wreck. Ray has conducted considerable research into the aircraft and it was he who identified it as a Blenheim and not a Beaufort Bomber as it was thought to be. There are also the remains of a De Havilland Mosquito nearby - but that is another story!

 


Throughout WW2, Allied resources and manpower were always at a premium. At one point a squadron of Wellington Bombers were stationed in Malta but, with their much greater range were much needed elsewhere. They were eventually replaced by much smaller 3 man Mark IV Blenheim. Although there is no doubt that it is indeed a Blenheim, this aircraft's specific identity and call sign has yet to be established

 

 

The Dive

This is a fabulous and very exciting dive and now rates as one of my own private top ten dives ever! As the diver descends, the aircraft quickly begins to take shape. The wings and engines are virtually intact although the port side propellors are missing. the cockpit cover has also disappeared and this might suggest the crew safely ejected prior to ditching. The pilot's seat and control column are quite intact and altogether these form the main section of wreckage.


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Ahrax Point

This dive is located in the North East of Malta. Entry point is from a narrow inlet which starts off around 3m and goes down to about 10m. There is a 10 minute snorkel to a point where you can choose to either dive to the left where there is a reef rich in marine life and a nice drop-off or to the right where you will find a large cave.

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Anchor Bay

Entry into the water for this dive site is from the pier. The bottom slopes gradually down to a depth of 28m to a sandy bottom, there you will find a large cave with an abundance of red algae. This is an ideal site when the wind is blowing in a North East direction.

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Cirkewwa

This site is located in the North of the Island very close to where the Gozo Channel Ferry crosses from Malta to Gozo. The site is very popular with local divers for its very impressive drop off which goes from around 10m down to 30m. There are a number of caves and a very grand arch which is very popular with photographers.

The visibility is nearly always extremely good. You can expect to see several varieties of predators like Amberjacks, you can also perhaps see one or two resident groupers.

This dive site is one of the best on the main Island of Malta and not to be missed.

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Ghar Lapsi

This site is located on the West coast of the Island and is a small fishing village. The entry into the water is easy and within a few metres you will find a system of shallow caves lit up by sunlight from many exits within the caves. The site depth is between 15 and 20m with many reefs and depressions running parallel to the coastline. The site is easy to navigate and is covered with a large variety of marine fauna. This is a great dive for beginners.

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Merkanti Reef

This reef is located on the northern tip of St. Julian's Bay. It is recommended to go by boat for this dive although strong swimmers can reach it from land. The reef has many hundreds of hiding places for a great many fish species and offers good opportunities for the marine photographer. The depths are variable and is therefore suitable for all categories of divers.

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Qawra Point

Is on the southern end of St. Pauls Bay. The dive profile drops slowly at first then drops away to a steep slope down to 40m. Here you will find many sponges with a wide variety of shapes and sizes. There is a large C-shaped cave where you may find some magnificent Bream.

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Wied iz-Zurrieq

The Blue Grotto boat trip starts here. Entry into the water is from a small concrete key. Beware as there are many boats crossing into and out of the small key entrance which is dotted with anchor lines to catch you unawares. Upon entry into the water you descend to the bottom of the harbour which has a depth of 10m. The bottom is covered with rocks which have been carried there over the centuries. As you head out to sea the bottom descends gradually down to 30m plus. To the right is a small cave, to the left is a beautiful wall. Exit from the site is at the end of the key, where you will find a boat ramp to assist your exit. Be careful when ascending as there is a great deal of boat traffic in this area.

The text for all above paragraphs was reproduced verbatim from Sportdiver Magazine July 1997 issue.

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New dive site located in Marsascala Bay

Two tug boats were sunk at the entrance to Marsascala Bay in 1999. I am waiting for a report on this site.

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