My ultimate 2-week Malta itinerary for scuba divers

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Who would have thought I would need 3 trips to Malta to find the best itinerary to visit the smallest country in the EU as a scuba diver? There are so many tempting dive sites around the islands that if you want to indulge in the wealth of culture on offer, you’d better be organised to make the most of your time. Thanks to my 2-month stay in Malta, I was able to try out just about everything there, and only picked the best for a 2-week stay, including one week 100% dedicated to scuba diving.

My itinerary will take you across the 3 main islands: Malta, Comino and Gozo. Feel free to adjust the time dedicated to diving in Malta if you want to spend more time underwater. Be aware the country is only 316 km², so even on the same day, it’s easy to balance it all and cover a lot of ground. Besides my favourite shipwrecks and cavern dives, you’ll find here all my favourite addresses of where to eat and stay.

Map of my Malta itinerary

Plan your underwater adventures in Malta with the interactive map below. It showcases the main attractions on Malta’s main island, Comino and Gozo and the airport and the ferry terminals to organise your trip. Note I did most of this itinerary by renting a car. You will also find some of my favourite shipwrecks and dive sites.

1 – Valletta & Sliema: 5 days

Sunset viewpoint Valetta Malta

I cannot think of a better way to start a trip to Malta than by its magnificent capital city, Valletta. The 16th-century fortified city may have streets perfectly aligned like Manhattan, it is still the smallest capital city in Europe. However, chances are you’ll be baffled like me by the density of treasures to be found corner after corner. No wonder the entire city of Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Note, if there is something I learned from my previous stay in Valletta, the best way to enjoy Malta’s capital city is by staying in Sliema, its neighbour city.

What to do in Valletta?

There is so much to see that you could spend an entire week exploring every street, garden and church. However, to make time for the epic diving awaiting you around the Maltese Islands, here are my personal highlights for a 2-day visit.

Gardens along the wall

If you had time only for one thing in Valletta, that would be my pick, plus it’s free. With a perfect mix of architecture, flowers and views, you can’t go wrong by visiting the Upper Barakka & Lower Barakka gardens on the east side (the best spots to be early morning). If you are looking for the perfect viewpoint for a selfie, I recommend getting to the west side at the golden hour (1 hour before sunset). Go to the end of the Hastings Garden until you find a small parking lot. This is where you have a perfect alignment of Valletta landmarks in the background.

Museums & churches

I didn’t have the time to visit any museum this time as two conferences kept me busy (but I got to see the old campus of the University of Malta thanks to the Rebreather Forum, so there is that!). I kept a fantastic memory of visiting the Grandmaster Palace and the St Elmo Fort from my previous visit. These two are the best way to learn about Malta’s history and understand why Malta became became so famous for wreck diving. During Easter celebrations, I revisited the St John Co-Cathedral, a jewel of Baroque architecture. I also still have a keen thing for Saint Paul’s shipwreck church (it celebrates Malta’s first famous shipwreck).

More about museums & monuments in my weekend in Valletta blog post.

Going for drinks on quirky step streets

While I found Valletta pretty sleepy in 2016, things have significantly changed. It’s almost a party every night on the steps of St Ursula, St John and St Lucia streets. People enjoy drinks, pizza and an occasional open-air karaoke on the stone steps lighted by suspended glass chandeliers. If you want a table (or a cushion!), it’s better to come before sunset. My go-to address for cocktails, wine and pizza : 33 Steps (185, St Lucia Street).

What to do in Sliema?

Taking the ferry between Valletta and Sliema is the best way to commute while enjoying the best view of the Valletta skyline, especially at the golden hour. What I discovered the first time and confirmed the second is that Sliema is way more than a place to sleep. Beyond having the largest concentration of dive centres in Malta, its charming streets and rocky beaches made my 1-month stay a delight.

Getting lost in Sliema’s back streets

I guess it’s my best travel tip of Malta: if you fancy taking pictures in streets lined up with colourful doors and Maltese balconies, Sliema is a much better setting than Valletta. I recommend the area between Stella Maris and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart churches. My favourite spot was the cross-over between Saint Marin, Sir Adrian Dingli and Kbira streets and its iconic British red phone box below a tree.

Sunset at Tigné Point

Sliema has a beautiful 6 km long seafront promenade overlooking its golden rocky beaches. Carved into the globigerina limestone, at the Fond Ghadir beach, you’ll even find pools that were made in the 19th century but got named the “Roman Baths”.

Of all my pleasant morning or evening walks, the most stunning is definitely Tigné Point. The view of Valletta is breathtaking at twilight, after sunset, when the lights are switched on. Note that Tigné Point used to be a canon battery of the British troops who left in the 1960s, so you’ll find many surprising shapes carved in the rocks where the canons used to be. Access is straightforward from the walking board near The Point, a shopping mall.

Indulging in Maltese specialities

Every time I went eating out, Sliema never disappointed. The variety of restaurants is just baffling, and the prices are more than decent. But if you’re not staying a month like I did, take the opportunity to focus on the Maltese gastronomy restaurants.

I have two addresses, approved by locals, Ta’Karolina – 151 Tower Road – and Gululu – 133 Spinola Bay (this one is actually in St Julians, which is close enough). Any meal usually starts with a platter of Maltese “tapas” such as sheep milk cheeselets, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and white beans. The influence of Italy is never too far, as many dishes involve pasta but with a Maltese twist (I passed on the Rabbit sauce, but loved the raviolis & pasta with cheese and olives, or sometimes cappers).

Scuba diving from Sliema

Not only are there excellent shore dive sites right in the heart of Sliema (Tugboat II), but since most of the diving in Malta is shore diving, dive centres drive you all around the island no matter where you stay (so better to stay in a lively and charming area, right?). I recommend planning for at least 3 days of diving, including 2 in Zurieq (UM El Faroud shipwreck) and Cirkewwa (P29 & Rozy shipwrecks). While diving at the UM El Faroud, the #1 wreck dive in Malta, make sure to stop at the Blue Grotto viewpoint on your way in or your way back.

Learn more about scuba diving in Malta.

Where to stay in Sliema?

No hesitation this time. Stay away from Saint Paul’s Bay and stay in Sliema. It’s central, next to Valletta, with plenty of yummy and reasonably priced restaurants, direct access to a lovely long seafront promenade, and all the best dive centres are a short walk away. Since I worked remotely in Malta for an extended time, I rented an apartment for a month. However, for 2 nights before and after, I tried two different types of accommodation: a hostel and a luxury resort. This way, you can pick what fits your budget!

AX Palace

All adventurers deserve a treat! After a 2-week marathon of conferences and an intense week of wreck diving, when I gave back the keys of my flat in Sliema, I couldn’t dream of a better place to stay than the AX Palace in the heart of Sliema. If you can, pay the extra to get a room on the upper floors because the views of Valletta from the balcony are incredible at sunrise and sunset. My room was incredibly tastefully decorated, and the bed was a dream.

The outdoor rooftop pool was perfect for a refreshing swim and a cocktail. In the evening, the indoor pool, with its sauna and hammam, was the cherry on top of my relaxing stopover before moving to Gozo. While I wasn’t too impressed with the breakfast, I booked a table one night at their Asian restaurant on the rooftop next to the pool. Whether you like eating Thai, Indian, Japanese, or a mix of everything, they have it all, and it tastes as it should, and the service is top-notch. Top tip: when booking the table, ask for a table near the windows with views of Valletta.

Malti Hostel

Waiting for my flat to be available, I booked 2 nights in a hostel in St Julian’s near Sliema. I thought it was the best way to start my stay in Malta as hostels are usually fantastic places to meet with other travellers and gather valuable tips.

And this is precisely how it went at Malti hostel. I must admit, I picked this one because they also offered private rooms at a great price (40€ a night in April), it was close to Balluta Bay, and they have a jacuzzi on their rooftop. Well, I discovered later the water of the jacuzzi was pretty cold, and in the chilly temperatures of April, I couldn’t stay longer than 5 min! Anyway, I love the cosy living room and kitchen that worked perfectly to socialise with the other guests, even if my room was in another building, but literally next door.

2 – Comino: 1 day

Comino Blue Lagoon Malta

If you have already searched about what to see in Malta, you surely stumbled upon the 50 shades of blue of Comino Blue Lagoon. When I went for the first in the middle of the summer in 2016, there was already a bit of a crowd, but it was nothing to compare to the craziness I saw even at the beginning of spring now (note water is between 16 and 17°C at that time of the year). So, while there is no denying it is a beautiful spot worth seeing, finding a way to do it differently will be a game changer in your experience.

If you still want to take one of the boats leaving from Sliema, St Paul’s Bay or Mgarr in Gozo to visit the island independently, at least do it a weekday and avoid weekends at all costs, and if possible, in the shoulder season (the best time would be June or September). Share your time between the lagoon and hiking the rest of the island (beautiful cliffs on its northern shore).

I went this time on a scuba diving boat from Malta and the other time on a kayak from Gozo. Feel free to move around this day on your itinerary depending on whether you visit Comino from Malta’s main island or Gozo.

Scuba diving in Comino

Since Dive Systems Malta, the dive centre I was diving with in Malta, also had a boat at the quay of their sister dive centre in St Julian, we sailed off directly for an exciting boat diving trip in Comino. We explored the P31 shipwreck (the best wreck dive for beginners) and the Santa Maria Caves (allowing us to see the cliffs of the northern shore at the same time from the sea). We stopped at the blue lagoon for our surface interval, and I must say it was delightful to enjoy it with a cup of coffee from the boat’s sun deck.

Learn more about diving in Comino.

Kayaking in Comino

It was the best way to enjoy Comino’s splendid coastline away from the crowd while slowly appreciating the details: the beauty of the arches and the narrow canyons in transparent turquoise water can only be seen from a kayak. I joined a guided tour with Gozo Adventures from Hondoq Harbour. We went for 4 hours, including crossing the channel between Gozo and Comino (twice! I’m still impressed I managed to do it). The tour included a 1-hour stop at the Blue Lagoon so we could take a few pictures and then escape paddling away.

3 – Gozo: 5 days

Florine au Gozo Blue Hole Malte

Don’t make the same mistake I did on my first diving trip to Malta, and stay at least a few days on the archipelago’s second-largest island. I can bet you’ll be as much charmed as me by its nature, authenticity and gastronomy, and wish you would have stayed longer. The excellent news about Gozo for scuba divers is that you can visit some of the most famous sights of the island on your daily dives, especially Djwera Bay (The Blue Hole & Inland Sea dive sites) and Xwejni saltpans (Double Arch & Cathedral dive sites).

What to do in Gozo?

I listed below my top selection of places you won’t see if you only go scuba diving. They should be on your itinerary for a balanced overview of the island. In that case, the best thing to do is to go on a mini-road trip for a day or two.

Exploring Gozo’s capital, Victoria

The city is located right in the centre of Gozo, and from its highest point, the Citadella, you have a 360° view of the entire island. Victoria deserves to spend at least half a day packed with things to see. Its centralised bus terminal connects to every corner of the island so you can quickly come to town by bus (it took me only 10 minutes from Xlendi), or if you rent a car, it’s easy to park near the bus terminal. From there, it takes 10 to 15 minutes to climb up to the Citadella.

The first part is built up, while the part in the back is the remaining ruins of a village. Entering the Citadella, you immediately face Gozo’s Assumption of Our Lady Cathedral at the top of a large, elegant flight of stairs. Around it is a choice of museums such as the Archeological Museum and the Gran Castello house (Ask for the special pass for Citadella – 5€ – or the entire island of Gozo – 13€ – and you will save on the total).

Once in the back, we can only witness the village ruins where Gozitans took refuge every summer when pirates used to attack. After a change of law in 1637, cramped houses were abandoned; they collapsed and were never rebuilt. However, the maze of cobblestone alleys still has its charm, and here and there, a few hidden gems deserve appreciation. The triple arch passageway is one of them. From there, you can access the highest part of the wall of the Citadella for a breathtaking bird-eye view of Gozo.

The perfect way to end your visit to Victoria is by heading for lunch or dinner around the Independence or St George squares, next to each other. My favourite address? Café Jubilee, for a simple lunch with hearty traditional raviolis, a glass of gozo wine or a delicious homemade strawberry lemonade (Independance Square).

Hiking to Wied-il-Mielha, the new Azure Window

The collapse of the Azure Window left a big hole in the cliffs of Dwejra Bay and in the hearts of all Gozo lovers. But rejoice, not all is lost; the geology of Gozo had made this wonder of nature a twin that was kept away from most tourists’ eyes so far. Reaching the Wied-il-Mielah arch on the northern shore of Gozo is undoubtedly a bit more adventurous.

Quickly nicknamed the “new Azure Window”, you’ll find it at the end of a small country road through the stone-walled fields. You either need to rent a car, or you’re in for quite a hike since the nearest bus stop is at the Ta Pinu Basilica (40-minute walk each way).

The arch is at the end of a narrow canyon, so the best view is either from the stairs going down (be careful the guardrail is in poor condition) or from the top of the cliff a bit away from it (be even more cautious, no guardrail at all).

Sunset at Tal-Mixta Cave

I went three times to get a chance to get pictures with the best light and as few people as possible. The Instagram “secret” location is indeed not a secret anymore. But when I went for sunset, I don’t blame people for turning in; it’s a fabulous spot. Most people were respectful and rather respectful of everyone trying to get their dream selfie.

You can try early morning, when the sun shines from behind the cave, lighting beautifully Ramla Bay, the golden sandy beach underneath. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t with me when I tried it, but it was indeed quieter. But on my last attempt at sunset, I realised that most people come by bus and stop relatively early. So, by coming to the cave in June when the sunset is the latest, you have more chances to have the cave for yourself if you rent a car.

Indulging in Gozitan specialities

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love Gozo. With olives, grapes and all sorts of fruits and vegetables growing locally, going on tasting tours in vineyards and farms is something you must do while in Gozo. I took the opportunity to visit Tal-Massar Winery in Gharb and Ta Mena Winery in Xewkija.

At Tal-Massar, I had a full oenology session about Gozo wines in the middle of their vineyard. We tasted their entire range, from crisp floral whites to spicy full-bodied reds. At Ta-Mena, while their estate is on the road to Masalforn (which I visited too on my last day in Gozo), they have a shop and a tasting cellar next to where they produce wine and olive oil, which gives the opportunity to see the other side of the process. Named after the grandmother of the current owner, Marija, their estate produces many products on top of wine: it’s the perfect place to shop for yummy souvenirs from Gozo. My favourites? The olive oil, the sweet tomato paste and the lemon sea salt flakes.

And as a final note, it is in Gozo that I found the best local gastronomy restaurants. Here are my top 3 addresses:

  • Maldonado, 18 Mons. Vella Street, Victoria (Creative bistronomy, including vegan options, €€€)
  • Il-Kartell, Marina Street, Marsalforn (local seafood & the best cannoli I had in my 2 months in Malta, €€)
  • Ta Karolina, L-Ghar Street, Xlendi (Maltese cuisine, with strong Italian influences, €)

Scuba diving in Gozo

While Malta’s main island is mostly about wreck diving, Gozo is the paradise of enthusiast cavern divers and nudibranch lovers (this second point came as a total surprise). If you only have a few days in Gozo, I recommend focusing on the 2 unique spots below, Dwejra Bay and Xwejni. But I recommend planning for at least 3 days of diving.

Learn more about scuba diving in Gozo.

Dwejra Bay: diving the Gozo Blue Hole & Inland Sea

The world-famous Gozo Blue Hole is usually on every diver’s list. Make sure to have time to appreciate the surrounding landscape by going on a short walk to the top of the cliff overlooking the Blue Hole. Make sure to make it a 2-tank trip as the Inland Sea, right next door is a fantastic wall dive at the end of an impressive narrow and deep canyon. Both can be dived by beginner divers, but be aware of the sporty approach to the Blue Hole fully equipped.

Xwejni: diving Double Arch & Cathedral

It was my favourite spot on the island of Gozo in 2016, and it still is. The saltpans carved into the golden globigerina limestone form a mesmerising geological lace, especially from the viewpoint of Zebbug. The incredible dive sites off the saltpans’ shores I could explore are Double Arch and Cathedral (but there are more). Double Arch is only for advanced and experienced deep divers, but Cathedral is fully accessible to beginner divers. The new access to the Cathedral is now from Wied-el-Ghasri, a stunning creek at the west end of Xwejni saltpans. While the water entry is much easier than I experienced, be aware of the 100 stairs you’ll have to climb back after the dive.

Where to stay in Gozo?

I tried 3 different types of accommodation in Gozo: a 4-star hotel in Xlendi and a farmhouse B&B in Nadur at the beginning and the end of my stay on the island. In between, I stayed at one of the studio apartments above the dive centre (gotta love the compressor as the alarm clock!).

St Patrick’s Hotel, Xlendi

Ideally located in the centre of Xlendi Bay, the St Patrick’s Hotel offers simple but comfortable rooms with balconies with either views of the village (beautiful sunrise in the morning) or sea view (but no direct sunset). Even if your room is on the village side, don’t hesitate to have a drink on their rooftop garden to enjoy the best view in Xlendi (except maybe for the adventurous ones who manage to reach the top of Xlendi cliff).

This family-run hotel is not necessarily the idea you might have of what a 4-star hotel should be, but I loved the location and the breakfast on their terrace by the sea in the morning with pastizzi (Maltese puff pastries). Having the dive centre just across the street was a big plus when diving in Gozo. Note: I stayed in the hotel right before they started refurbishment work. So please, if you stay there and have pictures, send them my way; I’d love to see what they have done with the place.

Sunny Villa, Nadur

I wanted to experience it after my first visit to Gozo. Back in 2016, renting an entire farmhouse with a swimming pool was possible for an affordable price. This is not the case anymore. So, even by sharing with my buddy, it was over our budget. We were so happy to find Sunny Villa in Nadur, a charming farmhouse rented by the room. It was so tastefully decorated. We had a giant private terrace, a shared kitchen where the owner served breakfast in the morning, and a swimming pool in the backyard. Bonus point: it was located next to the best bakery in Gozo, Mekren’s Bakery, where you can order a delicious veggie Gozitan ftira for 9 € (ftira is the Gozitan take on pizza).

It was my best experience accommodation-wise in Gozo. However, you’ll need a car to stay there if you are diving in Gozo at the same time (even if going by bus is feasible, you’ll have to stop in Victoria to change buses; it would be a pretty long ride before the morning meet-up time). In my case, I rented a car but also stayed in Nadur once I was done diving to explore the rest of the island, like the Tal-Mixta cave, only 10 minutes away from Sunny Villa.

4 – Malta south coast: 2 to 3 days

Golden Bay Melieha Malta

As you return to the airport, why not spend your 24 hours of decompression before flying with a last road trip? Here is my favourite route along the most stunning natural spots and charming towns of Malta’s main island. It’s up to you to tailor your programme, visiting one or all of these spots, depending on how much time you have left.

What to do along the south coast of Malta?

From Cirkewwa to Marsaxlokk, Malta shows a more natural side that many people often miss by only staying on the urbanised area of the northern coast where the capital city of Valletta is. Here are the top 4 spots I love to come back to again and again.

Ghajn Tuffieha (Golden Bay)

Can we still call it a hidden gem? Maybe, maybe not. It was the first time I heard of it in 3 trips to Malta. I fell for this series of three bays (Golden Bay, Riviera Bay, Janina Bay) surrounded by dramatic hills and cliffs the first time I went there. I went back twice. It quickly became my favourite spot in the Maltese Islands (above the water). There you can swim, surf and hike!

Riviera Bay might be the ultimate sunset spot on the main island of Malta. Note there is a beautiful and chill restaurant at the beach level (Singita Miracle Beach). Still, I recommend first hiking to the top of the hill above the Qarraba peninsula for an unforgettable sunset. Be careful in June when sunsets are pretty late; the restaurant stops serving food at 8 pm. At worst, you can also head back to Golden Bay, to the Radisson Blu Hotel. Their restaurant, Agliolio, is open to the public and has delicious pizzas with gourmet recipes, and they close at 10 pm.

Mdina, Malta’s old capital city

The charm of Malta’s ancient capital (until 1530) deserves a couple of hours to stroll in its narrow streets punctuated with painted doors and blooming flowers. And if my pictures below weren’t enough, what if I told you you can eat the best cakes in Malta there? At Fontanella Tea Garden (1 Bastion Street), you can choose among 20 recipes of homemade cakes (I loved the almond pistachio one, even if I had to take half away since the slice is enormous). On top of yummy treats, their terrace offers a beautiful view of Malta’s northern coast.

Dingli Cliffs, Ghar Lapsi & Blue Grotto

The Dingli Cliffs are Malta’s unexpected highest point of altitude (253 m, yes, not that much, but still). Forming an almost perfect straight line, the best viewpoint is obviously from the sea. Still, one vantage point allows a fantastic partial side view of the vertiginous cliffs. One important thing: even on a bright sunny day, the cliffs tend to catch the humidity, and with the warm winds from Northern Africa, clouds form rapidly there. As a result, the cliffs can be completely engulfed in mist sometimes. That’s what happened on my second visit, which was finally sunny. All I got was 15 minutes before the cliffs disappeared for the next hour.

Scuba divers usually have the opportunity to see the Blue Grotto on their way to go diving at the UM El Faroud in Zurieq. If you haven’t seen it, make sure to go, it is an iconic natural site of Malta. The Blue Grotto is a 15 minute drive further down the coast from the Dingli Cliffs viewpoint. And for those who have already been to Blue Grotto, make a stop at Ghar Lapsi for a swim. The dive itself didn’t impress me much, but the natural pool did!

Marsaxlokk, the fishing harbour of the south

It was a must-see for this trip, as I could never make it to Marsaxlokk on my previous trips to Malta. The “harbour of the south“, as its name means in Maltese, is featured on every postcard from Malta due to its numerous colourful luzzu boats that local fishermen still use. Famous for its farmer market and seafood restaurants, I was happy to return on a Sunday when the market is real (the rest of the weeks, it’s only some tourist souvenir stalls). It took me 45 minutes to walk from one end to the other! Fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, breads, pastries, sweets, fish, and so on… everything the Maltese islands produce is on the Sunday market. Make sure to make your restaurant reservation for lunch before hitting the market, or you’ll have to wait until 2 pm to find a table available.

How to get to Malta?

Ferry going from Malta to Sicily, Italy

Once you’re in Europe, getting to Malta couldn’t be easier. There are direct flights from virtually every central city in Europe. I flew from Paris and flew back to Marseille! Plenty of options from the UK, with flights from all London airports, but also Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and many more. You’ll find something similar for Germany, Spain, Italy, and many other European countries. To find at which dates you can find the best prices on flights, you can easily compare prices on

If you don’t feel like flying, there is a possibility of going there by ferry from Palermo or Pozzallo in Sicily, Italy. To get there, note there is a night train going from Rome to Palermo, Sicily (including an incredible cross-over of the Messina Strait of the train on a ferry, yes, you read correctly). As you can see, I looked into the details, but unfortunately, I couldn’t make it this time.

How to get around Malta & Gozo?

Driving on Gozo roads, Malta

Once in Malta, you can choose between the fast ferry from Valletta or the slow ferry from Cirkewwa to go diving in Gozo. If you’re renting a car in Malta (the best prices are from Luqa airport), then the only option is to drive all the way up north to Cirkewwa and take the slow ferry (only 20 minutes, but you might not be able to hop on the first one due to traffic). Don’t be surprised if you go directly without paying anything; the fare is paid on the way back (4,65 € as of 2023).

If you’re not renting a car, I discovered a new option on my way back from Gozo to Malta: the fast ferry linking Valletta directly to Gozo in 45 minutes only. I found the fare quite reasonable (7 € as of 2023). Since I took the slow ferry on my way to Gozo and returned with the fast ferry, I only paid 7 €.

Note for the budget travellers, you can also reach Cirkewwa by bus. It takes 1h30 with line 41/42 from Valletta bus terminal (2 € ticket when bought directly in the bus, but you can also buy a 7-day unlimited bus pass for 21 €, which can also be used in Gozo). Malta Public Transport offers many different packages, including the fast ferry to Gozo, so have a look; it might be cheaper, and you could save a lot of time, too.

When is the best season to visit Malta?

Golden Bay, Malta, at spring

The scuba diving season in Malta is usually from March to November, but several dive centres remain open all year. With an average water temperature of 18°C, you can dive in Gozo in a wetsuit anytime. Even in the winter, with stronger winds, thanks to its numerous shore dive sites around the island, scuba divers can find a sheltered spot every day.

From the end of April to the second half of May, I saw the temperature increase by almost 1°C every week. Sometimes, the wind could bring back colder water, but I went from 16°C to 19°C in 3 weeks. Regarding water temperatures, bringing a semi-dry suit was an excellent choice for this temperature level.

The first time I dived in the Maltese Islands was at the end of July. That year, the water temperature was colder than usual, around 20°C. I wore a 5 mm full wetsuit with a hood, gloves and booties with a warm undersuit below, and I still felt a bit cold. Usually, in the summertime, water temperatures are 24 to 25°C.

September is the best time to go diving in Malta if you want warm water and the best visibility while enjoying a shoulder season. Water has heated up all summer, and you can dive without the crowds and with lower accommodation prices.

Is something still missing from this article? Do you have any questions?

Please let me know in the comments, and I’ll do my best to help!

This article was written in partnership with Malta Tourism Authority. As always, all my views and opinions are my own and reflect my experience honestly. 


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