Got a mail from a club that use the underwater film studio in Basildon advertising a holiday in Malta. My wife has always wanted to go there, so decided that 10 boat dives in September, basic hotel, b&b and flights for £650 was just the ticket. She is around £200 cheaper as a non-diver. We will dive with Paradise who are on a beach on the North coast. Tripadvisor gives them decent ratings, particularly if you are a competent diver rather than a beginner. I think that it will be a culture shock from our normal five-star Madeiran hotel but, hey, it's only a week. I'll not make any Essex jokes.