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Malta and Cyprus - Mediterranean diving at its best

You can find some of the best scuba diving in the Mediterranean Sea on the small islands of Malta and Cyprus. Sitting just south of Sicily, Italy, the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters surround the tiny, historic island nation of Malta. Phenomenal caves, beautiful reefs, and ancient wrecks await divers of all levels, reachable by both shore and boat. Fantastic diving is also on Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean. It sits just off Turkey and Lebanon’s shores, beckoning adventurous divers to slip beneath its azure-blue waters and explore its hidden past. Explore Cyprus’ ancient amphorae-filled dive sites, deep drop-offs, and impressive shipwrecks. Come see all that Malta and Cyprus diving has to offer!

Double Arches is a spectacular dive site in the north of Gozo. Usually a boat dive, it can also be reached from shore. Discover two arches on top of each other between 20 and 36m. Best for more advanced divers.

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Situated on the south coast this site offers tunnels and caves. A little walk down a rocky path to the waters edge and then a giant stride in. Max depth is around 13m. The exit can be traditional or there is another cave to enter at 2m which will exit at the surface.

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Green Bay is most the most versatile dive site in Eastern Cyprus. With easy entry and exit and gradual descent from 0 to 10m, it is the perfect place for all courses and first dives.

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The wreck is often dived with 2 dives because of the depth (38 m). View at the bow and funnel impressive. Memorial plaque of the deceased dock workers in the middle of the wreck

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Cyclops or Konnos point is good for guided dives and courses due to depths of 40m+. A giant stride or a seated entry is possible here and then a small surface swim to descend past the huge boulders. You can then pick your depth around to the point and return shallowing off as you go.

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Ahrax is a dive site with a fascinating rock canyon with a max. depth of 21 meters. The highlight of the Ahrax Inland Sea is the access underwater to a closed cave in a depth of 9 meters. This leads to a breathtaking Inland Sea which offers the diver a fascinating play of light.

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Blue Hole is the most famous dive site in Gozo with spectacular underwater landscapes and amazing light effects. Look for the remains of the Azure Window (“Azure Alps“), the cavern, and a fun chimney and swim-throughs.

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The P31 Wreck is another dive site visited during the Full Day Boat Trip to Comino. It is a small patrol boat wreck between 11m and 20m, making it a perfect dive site for those beginning their adventure with wrecks. It is safe to penetrate as all dangerous parts have been removed.

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Time to site is less than 5 minutes. The wreck sits in 24m of water and is 25m long and 6m wide. The wreck was purposely sunk so she sits upright on the seabed. Holes were cut into the wreck and one of the engines was left in which makes it an easy and interesting wreck to dive.

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On her maiden voyage the Zeonbia ferry sunk near the Larnaca port in 1980. She sits at 42m on her side and starts at 17m. At 172m long it is a two dive wreck. As she lays 1.5km from shore this is a boat dive. The sea conditions are usually quite calm.

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Discover the world’s most fascinating aquatic life

Aquatic life under our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams is amazing! From microscopic zooplankton to the largest animal on earth, the blue whale, underwater life comes in all possible shapes and sizes. With 71% of the earth being covered with water, it is no wonder we are so fascinated with what lies beneath the surface. In fact, scientists estimate that there are nearly 1 million different species of aquatic animals. Freshwater ecosystems are home mainly to fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, whereas the ocean contains a wide array of marine life including fish, mollusks, crustaceans, reptiles, sharks, and marine mammals like whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees.

The bass is a perch-like fish encompassing many different species, both marine and freshwater. He can be found in lakes, streams and rivers all around the world, are one of the most popular game fish, and a favorite catch for fishermen. The largemouth bass is probably the most well-known and includes big mouth, black, largies, bucketmouth, wide mouth, and green bass, just to name a few.

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Catfish is the common name given to any fish in the order Siluriformes and are one of the most widely diverse and abundantly distributed species on the planet, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. Most of them live in freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds with the exception of a few saltwater species. They are easily recognizable by their barbels on the upper jaw and, sometimes, snout and chin, which look like the whiskers of a cat, giving them their name.

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The round, sweet eyes of a seal don’t only make these acrobatic mammals one of the cutest creatures in the sea but have a highly functional purpose as well. Seals have excellent underwater vision, especially in dark and murky waters. Being deep divers, sometimes reaching depths of up to 100 meters, having this increased ability to see in low light conditions is not only beneficial, but necessary to survive. Their bodies have also adapted to allow for these deeper, longer dives better than other marine mammals. Seal’s blood contains special properties allowing them to absorb more oxygen than other marine mammals, therefore allowing them to do these deep, long dives with ease.

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Ocean sunfish

The ocean sunfish, commonly known as the Mola mola, are one of the most extraordinary fish found in the ocean. Due to their round, flattened form they are reminiscent of a millstone, called mola in Latin. Ocean sunfish are found in both temperate and tropical regions around the world. They are frequently seen near the surface, an amazing site to witness as they bask in the sun to raise their body temperature after deep ocean dives, sometimes as deep as 600 meters!

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One of the most fascinating fish on the reef, moray eels come in nearly every size and color from the tiny, bright blue ribbon eel, the smallest averaging only 25 cm long, to the black speckled giant moray which can grow up to 4 meters in length! In fact, there are nearly 200 different species. Most morays are marine dwelling fish, but several species have been seen in brackish water, and just a few are found in fresh water. They are clearly distinguishable from the other reef fish with their long, slithering bodies, pointy snouts full of sharp teeth, and long dorsal fins that run the entire length of their bodies. No matter the species, these animals are always an exciting site to see while scuba diving.

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Most wrasses species have extraordinary, bright coloration. With over 600 different species, wrasses are as varied in size as they are in their brilliant color. They are identifiable by their elongated bodies, protruding canine teeth, and thick lips. It is fantastic to dive with wrasses and watch them swimming around coral reefs firsthand. These lively fish make coral reefs even more colorful.

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An octopus has eight arms with suction cups which it uses as powerful tools for hunting prey, defense against attackers, and locomotion along the seafloor. They are one of the most fascinating marine animals on the planet. Every octopus has a designated “arm“ that it favors and uses most often. Because they have no inner skeleton, they are extremely mobile and can slip through the narrowest gaps and holes. Some species can even survive and move on land for a short time. Scuba diving with an octopus is an amazing and rewarding experience.

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Seahorses and Pipefishes

Seahorse is the generalized name given to 45 of the smallest fish species in the Hippocampus genus. Their name is derived from the distinctive, horse-like shape of their head and neck. They spend most of their time anchored by their tails to coral and plants. Each of their eyes can move independently, giving them the ability to watch for predators and search for food simultaneously. These creatures are incredible, mysterious, intriguing animals. They are also very illusive so keep your eyes open and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to dive with seahorses.

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