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Discussion in 'Diving Trips and Locations' started by Stuartlamberth, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. Stuartlamberth

    Stuartlamberth Active Member

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    Looking at going Malta next year. It won't be a diving holiday but while weover there I'm going to try and get a couple of dives in. I'll be going with my girlfriend who also dives so should be good fun
    Where would people recommend. Stay, dive, rough idea on costs
     
  2. Chimpus

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    Dived in Malta last year, August/September. Stayed in a village called Mellieha at the north end of the island and did half a dozen dives with a dive company called Seashell. Lovely, friendly bunch of people. Water lovely; warm with fantastic visibility. We did four shore dives and two boat dives. Wreck of the P31 of island of Comino was a real treat (was first ever wreck dive for us) as were diving the Santa Marija caves. Most towns & villages have an annual festival or festa; lots of celebrations going on. Mellieha village has a week long festa around the beginning of September, with all sorts of celebrations happening during the week; marching street bands, musical concerts in village square, fireworks, singing, dancing... great atmosphere and was all a great hoot.

    We went for a budget hotel, half board. Cost was ok, can't recall exact figures though.

    Decided that we would head back there next year, but staying on island of Gozo rather than Malta.
     
  3. Stuartlamberth

    Stuartlamberth Active Member

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    Good advice there
    Thank you
     
  4. Doomanic

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    Malta is so small it doesn't matter where you stay as far as diving is concerned. You're better off choosing a location based on what you want out of the rest of the holiday.
    Sandy beach your thing; Mellehia.
    Nightlife; Paceville or St Julian's.
    Low cost; Buggiba, Qwara, St. Pauls
    Reet posh; Sliema
    Historic; Valetta

    Good diving outfits; Maltaqua, Divewise, New Dimension Scuba all well regarded by folks on here.
     
  5. JohnL

    JohnL Well-Known Member

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    Stuart, what temperature was it when you went? Once it gets above 30, my wife and I go into meltdown.
     
  6. Stuartlamberth

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    I've not been yet, I'm looking at going next year
     
  7. Doomanic

    Doomanic Dinosaur Wrangler
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    I've been in May, July and October. October was the most comfortable and early July was a little to "spring" for a full on summer holiday.
     
  8. Griffalo

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    I'd recommend Divewise in St Julian's or Go Dive in Mellehia. The area around St Julian's gets very noisy at night and isn't suitable for families. There a tons of good Dive sites at 18m or less. My favourite dives at that kind of depth would probably be the Comino caves and P31.
     
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    What's the dive costs like ? Shore vs boat?? Hire or take own gear?
     
  10. Doomanic

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    Depends what diving you want to do. IME, the cost is higher than Egypt but lower than the Canaries. It's mostly shore diving but boat diving is also possible for the deeper wrecks. I'd hire if it was one day diving, but I'd still take regs, mask and computer. All my own gear for anything more
     
  11. Kufdam

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    Hi. New to forum but not Malta. Dived Malta every year since getting ticket there 5 years ago. Like the previous post mentioned stay anywhere and travel by bus. I use Dive Malta in St Julian's. Weeks diving will be in region of 300 euro. Plenty of choice there. My favourites are faroud at 36 metres (tanker) or comino for p31. Shallow dive and good day out. Most diving by shore. As for places to stay I like Fortina in Silema or Cavielerri in St Julian's. Spent three weeks there in summer and am away there again in two weeks. Brilliant place, good diving. You'll love it.
     

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    By the sounds of things think I need to be doing my advanced before going?
     
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    Or do it there.
     
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  14. Stuartlamberth

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    Didn't think of that
     
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    Nice trim!

    Welcome to the forum
     
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    We've dived many times with Ocean Mysteries based in Mellieha. They'll do hotel pick up from area hotels and give you friendly personal diving. I see many of the other outfits try and get divers in the water, do the dive and ship them out again as fast as possible. Ocean Mysteries don't do that.
     
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    I dived with Bezz Diving in Mellieha when I was there last Summer.

    They seemed OK to me, but mostly I just followed the guide as it was a couple of days diving within a family holiday.

    I watched them with some trainees one day and they seemed thorough and patient.

    We did a couple of dives on the Um El Faroud and then a couple at Cirkewwa.

    M
     
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    Just got back from Malta ( stayed 9-19th of October ) and stayed in Mellieha, temp during the day was average 27-28 and evening around 23 degrees. Water temp at surface was 26-28 and at 18m about 21-23 degrees.

    Boat dives if staying around Mellieha are about 10 Euros extra for north of the island, 15 Euros for south of the island and about 20 Euros for Gozo. These prices are per dive.

    Warm enough for a 2-2.5mm shorty, the coldest water was in the hotels swimming pool.
     
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    How do you mean by extra per location? What's the flat rate?
     
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    JohnL Well-Known Member

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    Malta seems very reasonable compared with other foreign parts I've dived in. With 10 others, I got a 10 boat-dive package for £200 including transport from hotel to dive centre return. This didn't include kit beyond tin/weights and I paid around Euro 50 for shortie/bcd/regs and a Euro 56 surcharge for eight tins of Nitrox. We were diving just next to the Gozo ferry with no dive site more than 10 minutes away. Mellieha is a few miles south, so trips would be longer - it does have a lot of places to eat including a fabulous fish restaurant where we went on our last night.
     

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