Diving Holiday Malta

On the 5th March ten Cahir Dive Club (CDC) divers and two non-divers departed for Bugibba, to dive the Mediterranean Sea. Buġibba is a small town inMalta, situated adjacent to Qawra.

Nine dives were completetd with fascinating forms of fish life and well worth seeing wrecks been the highlight of the week.On the first day of diving CDC dived the “X127” off Manoel Island. This wreck at Marsamxett Harbour is 22 metres underwater. It was torpedoed in 1915 and is occupied by Octupus groupers and thousands of Damsel fish.

Due to adverse weather conditions diving was canelled on the second day so it was decided to visit the nearby island of Gozo. Roughly circular in shape, 14km by 7km in area, Gozo is hilly and from the south-west to the north-west, the coast is entirely surrounded by cliffs. The group also visited the “Blue Hole” which is a reef, approximately 60 metres deep on the same island.

The next day the divers went to the “Um El Faroud” wreck. This wreck, an oil tanker, is 115 metres long in 33 metres of water. The Um El Faroud was deliberately sunk in 1998 after it was damaged in an explosion. Squid and barracudas are occupants of this site.The “Rozi” was also dived. This is a 40 metre long tug boat in 36 metres of water which was deliberately sunk in 1991 as a sub-marine tourist attraction. Wrasse and cardinal fish were identified on this dive.

The fourth and final wreck dived by CDC members on the holiday was the “P29”. This was used as a patrol boat. It is 51 meters long in 33 meters of water. Other forms of fish life recognized and identified by the divers from Cahir were Ornate and Rainbow Wrasse, Painted Comber, Stone Fish and countless forms of Urchins and Jellyfish.

The diving holiday to Malta was a valuable experience for all that went, as it allowed them to further develop their diving skills. Keith Mathews and Richard Burcher successfully completed their Ocean Diver and Sports Diver qualifications respectively. The two non-divers, Jane and Julie Ryan also had a great week enjoying the many beautiful old buildings and forts on the island of Malta.

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