Wreck- and Caverndiving
Enjoy diving in caverns and wrecks and discover a new world
Gozo and Malta are popular for the variety of wrecks sitting on our seabeds. Natural site attractions have been enhanced by purposefully scuttled vessels creating interesting attractions for divers as well as important breeding grounds for our marine life. The variety is vast starting from a depth of 15 meters i.e. the PASEWALK (P31) at Comino, followed by other wrecks, i.e. Cominoland, Karwela, Boltenhagen (P29) or Rozi, all at an approximate depth of 37 meters.
For Technical Divers the islands boast of other wrecks, such as the Stubborn at 56 meters and the Southwold at a depth of over 70 meters.
The conclusion: The Maltese Islands are a MEKKA for wreck lovers.
© Photos by Gerald Nowak, Thomas Zurawski & Heike Merz
For some, it is just a boring “Scrapheap”, for others it is a fascinating destination, documenting time, an artifact piece, a technical development or an artificial reef. ( development and location of new life )
Enthusiasts encourage projects for disused ships to be scuttled worldwide (at carefully chosen sites) creating an attraction for divers. Artificial reefs are created, offering a new habitat and shelter for marine life.
GOZO/Malta offers a large variety of wrecks, starting from the region of 18 meters to the deeper ones set on a seabed of 38/40 meters. The islands hold opportunities for both – experienced and inexperienced recreational diver.
Courses available are: CMAS / IAC /VDST / PADI Wreck Diver.
We offer services for Groups and Clubs for weekly expeditions focusing mainly on Wreck Diving. Individual group advise is available and further more we cater for your requirements.
Our “repertoir” includes:
Why not explore a new world of diving in Grottos and Caverns?
We offer courses with specialized organisations.
The diving activities will be conducted in a variety of Grottos, Caverns and Caves, while enjoying thrilling experiences for different course levels and demands.
Courses on offer:
Speciality Diving in Cavern - CMAS/IAC
Cavern Diver - CMAS/IAC – or PADI
Cave-Intro - CMAS/IAC
Wreck Diving for ambitious recreational divers and uw-photographers.
On many occasions we face the problem that our no-decompression time is just too short! Sometimes we still wish to explore and see more and how about THE PHOTO that we still need to take!? How can I safely stay that extra bit longer without any risks of decompression?
Further education in moderate TECHNICAL Diving offers extended possibilities. At this stage, we do not speak about D12 using different gas-mixtures – we speak about the utilisation of a Stage Bottle, for a safer ascend with an upgraded oxygen level.
Courses, such as IAC TEC or TDI Fundamental & Advanced offer a safe entry level to the handling.
Wreckdiving for Technical Divers
Trimix-Dive at the: Submarine Stubborn
It was an S-class submarine of the Royal Navy, and part of the Third Group built of that class. She was built by Cammell Laird and launched on 11 November 1942. The submarine operated initially in the North Sea and the Bay of Biscay. Later, the Navy suspended the Stubborn. The HMS Stubborn was sunk on April 30, 1946 against Malta before Qawra Point as sonar exercise goal. It lies at a depth of about 55 m.
Schnellboot S – 31 – at approx. 70 mtrs of depth
HMS-St. Angelo – The tug HMS St. Angelo acted as transport ship for the Royal Navy officers of the Port St. Angelo to other places and ports. During the war, the tug was used for rescue and minesweeping. It collided with a sea mine and sank in 54 meters depth.
HMS Southwold – Was ordered on 20 December 1939, and was built by J. Samuel White and Company of East Cowes as part of the 1939 emergency program, the ship was launched on 29 May of the following year. The ship was tried at Scapa Flow, after which she joined the Mediterranean Fleet. On 16 November 1941 Southwold joined convoy WS12Z at the ocean escort Clyde Assembly point. The ship detached from the convoy on 14 December and made an independent passage from Mombasa to Alexandria. The wreck of Southwold lies in two sections about 1.5 miles of Marsaskala Bay, Malta. The bow is the largest piece, about 40 metres in length. It lies on its starboard side at a depth of 70 metres. The stern, which is located about 300 metres away from the bow, is about 28 metres long and it lies upright in 72 metres of water.
Luciston, Collier – at approx. 104 mtrs depth
Le Polynesian – launched its service in 1891 and ran between France and Australia as a passenger ship before she went to New Caledonia in 1914. It is an impressive size of 152 meters with a total of 586 passenger seats, making it an interesting dive site for technical divers. A strong current is often expected. The engine room was destroyed by a torpedo launched from the UC22 submarine which consequently sank the ship to a maximum depth of 63 meters. Overall. The wreck is well preserved.
The HMS Drifter EDDY was built by A. Half and was used as a transporter on August 6, 1918 and after hitting a mine on May 26, 1942, off Grand Harbour countersunk. The wreckage was found at a depth of 56 meters. Not much maritime history of this vessel is known, except that she transported UK port material. Before the 2nd World War she sailed to Malta, where she continued the same tasks in Grand Harbour for the Royal Navy.
and lot more…