Diving the Maltese islands

diving maltese islands

Climate – Surface Conditions

These can be split into a ‘wet/cold’ season November to March and a ‘dry/hot’ season from April to October. The coldest weather is normally in January where daytime temperatures may go down to 10 degrees (C) whereas the months of July and August are usually the hottest. The average temperature is usually above 30 degrees (C) with occasional peaks of 40 degrees. You can dive  recreationally in January at 15C the sea is it warmest usually in August at approximately 27C

Wintertime can be windy so warm clothing is recommended to avoid the wind chill especially when diving. In summertime, there is plenty of sunshine therefore, it is advisable to take the necessary precautions in terms of sun protection and to drink plenty of water.

Climate – Sea Conditions 

Relatively less extreme than the surface conditions, the sea temperature rarely goes down below 15C irrespective of the depth. *normally catered for in recreational diving around the month of January whereas it is warmest at around August at approximately 27C. In summer the sea temperature may vary with depth as it is usual for thermoclines to form during this period. Below 20m, sea temperature may be a bit fresher at around 22C. During the cold months it is more frequent to get windy conditions. The nature of the Maltese islands is such that there are always dive sites that are well sheltered from the prevailing wind of that particular day. In the warm months it’s unusual to get strong winds, so most of the time all the sites would be suitable for diving. Note: that while the effects of tides are insignificant, there are a few areas that are occasionally subject to significant current. If diving unaccompanied by our instructors, please do not hesitate to ask about the weather conditions pertinent to that particular day.

Local Regulations – Diving Medical Statement 

Divers are expected to complete a medical statement form prior to any diving indicating that you are fit to dive. If you are unsure about any section on the form indicated, we can provide the service of a diving doctor. The price is usually €50.00. Medicals from your country of origin are acceptable ensuring that the diving centre is provided with a copy.

Local Regulations – Unaccompanied Diving 

All divers who wish to dive on their own or with their buddy may do so, on presentation of PADI Advanced Open Water, equivalent certification by other agencies (e.g. CMAS Two Star Diver, BSAC  sport Diver, SSI Advanced Open Water, etc) or higher diving qualification. It is always recommended to check with the diving centre as to where would be suitable to dive, depending
on weather conditions and experience.

Local Regulations – Conservation 

In some sites it is easy to encounter archaeological artefacts some of which may date up to the Roman era. Some of the wrecks are from the Second World War. Souvenir collecting is strictly prohibited by local laws and offenders will be prosecuted. Should you think that you have come across an item of potential archaeological interest, please inform your instructor/dive centre who will in turn relay the information to the Maltese Museums Department. As divers we all have a collective responsibility to take care of the aquatic environment by practicing ‘environmentally friendly’ diving. Our concern is that you get the best of the diving around the Maltese Islands have to offer with the minimum disturbance to aquatic life. Should you wish to engage in any activity involving local fish life (e.g. photography) please inform us and we will be happy to provide advice.