Clear blue waters with great visibility make Malta, Gozo, and Comino a favorite dive and snorkeling destination. Gozo has great natural features to explore while Malta boasts some great wreck diving. The snorkeling anywhere around the coast of tiny Comino is superb, although the famous Blue Lagoon gets overcrowded in summer.
The underwater arch at Ċirkewwa is an easy dive for beginners, with an 18-meter (60-foot) drop off; combine it with the nearby reef and a sunken statue of the Madonna. For more advanced divers, the sunken tugboat Rozi rests in 30 meters (98 feet) and swarms with barracuda, morays eels and the occasional dolphin.
Wied il-Għajn (Marsascala)
The reef at Zonqor Point is just beyond the town of Wied il-Għajn (Marsascala) and extends across the harbor mouth so keep an eye out for passing boats. It was created when two tugboats were scuttled here to stimulate reef growth; these provide decent dives.
Just beyond Siggiewi on Malta’s south-west coast, this tiny cove along the craggy coastline is used by local fishermen in winter but gets busy in summer; swim out of the inlet and along the rocky coastline in calm and clear waters for excellent snorkeling.
Blue Hole and Azure Window
Gozo's most popular dive is not for novices: the Blue Hole is a weird rock formation excavated by wind and wave and is the starting pint for several spectacular dives that take in the landmark Azure Window, underwater caverns and a coral garden.
This rocky beach just beyond Qala village on the north coast is great for snorkelers as it has clear water and a series of small caves at sea level. Unusually, the access to the sea is from bathing ladders.
Santa Maria Caves
Comino's famous north-coast Santa Maria caves are a simple introduction to anyone new to scuba diving and the clear water there gives plenty of opportunities for underwater photography, as well as spotting giant crabs, octopus, eels and shoals of greedy bream. Snorkelers will enjoy pottering in the caves at sea level.