For those who happily settle for the ‘you can’t have it all’ line on their dive holidays, then it’s time to reassess says diving holiday specialist, Regaldive. With no need to compromise on price, the distance travelled, above the water activities and below the water variety, Malta offers the all-round package for divers. Just three hours from the UK by plane and costing from just £323 per person for a seven night stay including flights’, there’s every reason to plan a visit.
Best visited in the season between May and October, Malta and Gozo’s clear, calm waters and sheltered bays offer the ideal conditions for divers looking to enhance their skills. The islands’ diverse award-winning dive sites offer exciting and challenging dive opportunities. Divers can take advantage of the varying depths ranging from 12 to 50 meters, while those looking to explore something unique can explore the fascinating underwater topography or admire WWII wrecks and historical artefacts.
Above the water, the Maltese islands offer plenty to keep visitors entertained after an exciting days diving. Guests can make the most of the lively atmosphere in the cosmopolitan areas, or explore the ancient streets which hide more than 7,000 years of history. With sandy beaches, pretty coves, picturesque seascapes and ample walking and cycling routes, Malta and Gozo are particularly suited to those who want to make the most of their holiday.
For those looking to immerse themselves in history both above and below the water then the wreck diving hub of Malta is the ideal base. Seven nights’ at the Sands Apartments, located in the village of St. Paul’s Bay, cost from £323 per person. The apartments are ideal for travelling divers and are located just 100 metres from the dive centre. The cost includes flights, transfers and seven nights’ room only accommodation. A six shore dive pack costs from £162 per person, to include a guide, air tanks, weights, belt and road transport, if required. Dives may be spread over the course of a holiday or combined with a day’s diving in Gozo (additional supplement payable locally €25).
For divers wanting to get away from it all, the smaller and more tranquil island of Gozo combines stunning caverns and swim throughs, with a simple rural charm. Seven nights’ at the St. Patrick’s Hotel, located on Xlendi’s bay in Gozo, cost from £401 per person, to include flights, transfers and seven nights’ B&B accommodation. A six day shore diving dive pack costs from £79 per person to include air tanks, weights and belt.
For further information, or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk