Water Sports in Malta

Information about the water sports available in Malta, from diving and snorkeling to sailing...

Most beaches are ideal for water sports and offer everything from windsurfing to sea-kayaking and jet ski hire. The more adventurous can try water-skiing, wakeboarding, or paragliding; while other water sports, including water polo, canoeing, fishing, yachting and sailing are also available.

Due to the temperate climate, water sports can be carried out all year round in the archipelago.

Diving

The islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino offer reefs, caves and historical wrecks that make the archipelago one of the most fascinating dive locations in the Mediterranean. There is something for any level of diver, for shore and boat dives, with a choice of schools for beginners, and challenging dives for experienced divers.

Most centres run courses leading to internationally recognised diving qualifications. The most common are the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) and the Confédération Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques (CMAS). Divers who want to dive unaccompanied must provide an advanced diving certificate or equivalent, allowing them to dive up to 30m.

Dive sites

There are many popular dive sites in Malta. Cirkewwa has several dive sites for all levels and several locations which include swim throughs, shallow shelves, wall dives, cave dives and wrecks to be explored. Visibility at Cirkewwa is good for underwater photographers. Anchor Bay and Siren’s Harbour are ideal for training courses and try dives. Other propular dive sites in Malta include Blue Grotto and Ghar Lapsi. In bad weather conditions there are a few options – Exiles and Fortizza in St Julians and Zonqor Point in Marsascala.

Regulations

It should be noted that spear fishing when diving is prohibited. Divers under the age of 18 require written parental consent before they can dive in Malta.

Yachting and Sailing

Sailing provides an excellent means of discovering Malta's spectacular coastline, its caves and bays, and the different islands. Boats can be rented or chartered.

There are many sailing clubs including the Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Vikings Sailing Club.

Malta hosts the world-renowned Rolex Middle Sea Race every October, while anyone who wants to get try out or get involved in the sport of sailing will find numerous schools.