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August 2017 / Travel / by Sophie Hampton

Three of the best diving spots in the Med

Words: Matt Scott

Witness the majesty of life underwater on a Mediterranean yacht charter… Our three best diving spots in the Med

One of the many benefits of a Mediterranean yacht charter is the spectacular opportunity to explore the beauty that lies beneath the water’s surface. From shipwrecks to vibrant ecosystems of marine life, the sights on offer in the depths of the Mediterranean rival those on land. Nowadays, with technology improving and the selection of superyacht toys and accessories increasing, the means by which seafarers can explore waters is becoming more diverse, more fun, and more fulfilling; from advanced diving equipment to personal submarines, the selection of diving options are unravelling the mysteries of the Mediterranean like never before. We’ve handpicked the three best diving spots in the Mediterranean to ensure that your yachting experience is enriched with truly memorable snippets of adventure.

The Blue Hole – Gozo, Malta

For divers with a bit of experience, the Blue Hole in Gozo, Malta, is unparalleled in its allure. With depths of up to 45m, which are accessible through a circular rock formation, the Blue Hole offers sheltered habitats for a vast number of fish and creatures of the sea. One of the most popular diving spots off the island of Malta, the Blue Hole is a breathtaking spectacle that should be witnessed if in the region. A natural rocky arch can be accessed from the circle, followed by a large crevice, which provides a safe home to parrot fish, eels, lobsters and various other fish.

MS Zenobia Wreck – Larnaca, Cyprus

While beginner divers can catch a glimpse of the majestic MS Zenobia wreck, the diving spot is better suited to advanced divers with a penchant for exploration and a thirst to witness history. Many aspects of the wreck are still intact, including a number of vehicles on the ship’s car deck, which went down with the vessel when it sunk on its maiden voyage in 1980. The wreck sits 42m under the water’s surface and today acts as a stunning playground for divers from all over the world, as well as a teeming population of sea life. Authoritative sources have ranked this dive site as being in the top ten internationally.

HMS Maori – Valetta, Malta


On the seabed in St Elmo Bay in Valletta, Malta, sits the wreckage of HMS Maori, a British destroyer ship that was sunk in 1942 by a German air strike. While the bow and the stern have now gone, much of the hull remains intact and can be explored by advanced divers – approximately 42m of ship remains. This dive site is unlike others of its kind insomuch as it can be reached from the shore and is relatively shallow due to its location; this makes it possible for beginner divers to explore. Divers can swim through the wreck, but should be careful of sharp edges and poor visibility. A great deal of marine life inhabits the wreck, including octopuses and schools of fish.