Being an island, Malta is known for its numerous water-related activities. The climate is the biggest encouraging factor for divers, and diving in Malta is suitable for all levels of divers, from learners to intermediate divers.
There are numerous diving sites in Malta, with the most popular one being the Blue Hole, which is to the west coast of Gozo. Malta also offers tourists different types of diving such as scuba diving and deep-sea diving in the surrounding blue waters.
Diving in Malta is generally an all-year affair, though there are special times of the year when iis most ideal, and when a diver is guaranteed complete fun. Below is a list of some of the best times to go diving.
- During summer
Visibility during sunny conditions is fairly good for divers. Malta is generally hot, and during summer, the water goes to temperatures as high as 28 degrees. Due to the hot temperatures, divers in summer can dive wearing just a short one-piece wetsuit. These are ideal temperatures for deep sea diving since they minimize the possibility of divers freezing. In sunny conditions also, divers are able to bask in the sun to regulate body temperatures once they get back on land.
- When there is no possibility of rain
Diving in the rain may sound fun, but it has a lot of disadvantages. During rain, the wind is a normality, which makes navigation in the sea troublesome. Rain also reduces the water temperatures in the deep sea, which can lead to freezing. It also leads to poor visibility, because of the cloud cover, reducing the possibility of divers watching marine life.
- During off-peak days
Malta is a tourist destination, and many tourists such as diving enthusiasts and local expert divers flood the diving areas. To enjoy a full-scale diving experience in non-crowded waters, a diver can opt to dive on a weekday as opposed to weekends. This is helpful for learners since the guides and trainers can pay maximum attention to one student. Off-peak days also mean lower prices, since the demand for diving services goes down.
Diving in Malta is not only restricted to the warm temperatures of the summer. More advanced divers have been known to enjoy diving during the chilly months of winter. Visibility under water during winter is not clear, hence the need for underwater torches especially when diving through the Maltese underwater tunnels.
During winter, temperatures in the water drop to lows of 14 degrees centigrade. This means the divers need to make use of two-piece wet suits or dry suits of approximately 6 millimeters to keep warm.
Diving, whether snookering or scuba diving should be done under strict supervision for learners, or people who have not dived for some time. When choosing the best time for diving, a diver should consult experts in Malta to help them study fish behavior, to increase their chances of diving and swimming among fish, which is an exciting excursion in Malta.