Are you on the lookout for a fantastic place to dive for the sight of sunken ships? Are bone-chilling visuals of the wrecks beneath the waves right up your alley? The island of Malta not only provides beauty in and of itself, but the diving available off its coast is perfect for the individual looking for an underwater wreck adventure. Scuba diving in Malta has never been so exciting.
Off the Maltese shores, what lies beneath the surface of the water has a riveting story to be told. Back in World War II, Malta was one of the most frequently bombed places not only in the war but in history. Because of this, destroyers, ocean liners, even S-boats with still-loaded torpedoes rest in ship graveyards that beg to be explored by the daring diver.
One of the most thrilling shipwrecks to be found off of Malta’s coast is the HMS Stubborn. This wreck is located four kilometers off Qawra Point. The HMS Stubborn was an S-class submarine bearing a crew of 44 people and was launched in the year 1942. In 1945, the Stubborn was struck by a depth charge that compromised her tail fin, and after that, she was used as target practice. Today, the submarine lies approximately 56 meters under the water’s surface and is in fantastic condition. The dive can only be completed if you do so from a boat, and if you decide to visit the HMS Stubborn, using mixed gas is advisable.
Another wreck that is only accessible by boat is the Blenheim Bomber. This aircraft is best suited for the diver with the most experience, but if you are able to witness the gorgeous sight that it presents, you will not be disappointed. The Blenheim Bomber lies upright at 42 meters beneath the sea, with fuselage and wings still intact.
The Imperial Eagle is another sight worth seeing for the diver who has experience and knows what he or she is doing. Scuttled in the year 1999, this sunken ship had a rich and full history
before she reached her final resting place. The swim-throughs are not difficult, and the most memorable parts of this wreck are the sights of the propeller and the large bow. When on the way
to the wreck, you are treated to a sight of a statue of Christ, as well as different types of fish. Be on the lookout for the barracuda!
The last sunken sight you can dive to that we will mention is the Um El Faroud. Resting at 34 meters beneath the water’s surface, this oil tanker from Libya presents an eerie yet lovely visual.
Scuttled in the year 1998, she works to serve as an artificial reef. To appreciate her properly, it takes two dives to cover everything that can be seen.
So if you find yourself visiting the lovely island of Malta, and you want to experience the unequaled sights of the underwater wrecks beneath the waves, you are in for a wonderful treat. Be safe, dive responsibly, and enjoy!