Malta is one of our favourite diving locations. For us living in Europe, it’s easy to get to, which is a real plus on top if its many other attractions for divers. The waters around its islands are bursting with all sorts of sea life that surround the many wrecks sunk to the bottom, and the small canyons that carve through the underwater floor.
We obtained our Advanced PADI diver’s licence in Malta a few years back with the Cresta Dive Centre. It was a really memorable experience and we had a lot of fun with the experienced instructors that took us through the lessons with confidence. It was great to go back again to experience the waters around the Maltese islands for another time.
It was a little difficult at first to get back into the diving groove, since we had been out of practice for quite a while, but our comfort levels with the gear and being underwater returned after the first dive. Being underwater is always a novel experience no matter how many dives we’d done and the sense of mystery and wonder can always be counted upon to take away any apprehension we might have had.
Diving is a bit like riding a bike, I suppose, in that you can’t forget how to do it once you know how to do it. After a little time, I was soon able to achieve peak buoyancy once more and swim leisurely, enjoying the many fish that swam in the waters around.
Speaking of peak performance buoyancy, it’s one of the best courses we’ve ever done with PADI, and I would highly recommend it if you are diving in Malta. There are lots of canyons and walls in the waters around, and being able to control your buoyancy is highly important if you want to have a good time and enjoy yourself, without worrying you are going to bump into something all the time.
Diving is surreal for all sorts of reasons, but the one biggest reason for me is that sometimes, it feels a little like flying. For example, if you find yourself by the side of a boat or floating above an underwater hill, the visual cues you get tell you that this doesn’t make sense. It’s a boat, but yet, you’re floating by its windows? How peculiar.
I really like diving in canyons, they are probably my favourite types of underwater landform to swim through. Personally, I cannot wait to return to Malta again to dive. There are still so many wrecks that remain to be seen and canyons to discover.