Some may think of snorkelling as the poor man’s diving but this is not the case in the Maltese Islands. The sheltered bays and crystal clear waters are home to a variety of marine flora and fauna which are so easily accessed by land or by boat. In fact, snorkelling in Malta has increased in popularity as a recreational activity among tourists and locals alike who like to appreciate the natural environment while making the most of the islands’ aquamarine waters.
What’s so good about snorkelling?
Partaking in a little (or a lot) of snorkelling has many advantages, one of which is that it is a very cheap activity to take up. An inexpensive pair of goggles and a snorkel can be picked up easily from most corner and village stores on the island, especially those near the sea. For those who like to invest in more durable equipment, well stocked dive shops are also quite easy to come across. Before you know it you will be equipped for your next snorkelling trip, a great plus for those who want to do some underwater exploration without investing the time and money that scuba diving requires. Another great advantage is that swimmers both young and old can enjoy this activity with ease, making it one of the easiest ways for the whole family participate in a fun underwater adventure.
The best thing about snorkelling in Malta is probably the water – it is almost always warm enough to swim in and is among some of the clearest in the Mediterranean. The non-tidal, crystal clear water is usually very calm and provides a visibility of an incredible 30 metres underwater, allowing you to admire and appreciate the aquatic wildlife below while floating along peacefully from above. There are many different creatures and plant life that one may catch a glimpse of including cuttlefish, octopus, flat fish, starfish, sea urchins, lots of colourful fish and many types of seaweeds and corals.
Where can you snorkel in Malta?
One can go snorkelling pretty much anywhere in Malta however some places might be more suited to children and beginners while others are best enjoyed by more advanced or experienced swimmers. Generally however, snorkelling is best away from the beautiful sand that bathers usually gravitate towards as it is amongst the underwater cracks, rocks and seaweed that aquatic life usually lives and feeds.
Some great snorkelling can be done outside the designated swimming areas however we recommend that you get an inflatable buoy to indicate your presence to passing boats and jet skis and for added safety, it’s always a good idea to take a friend with you.
Some easily accessible locations are Golden bay, Mellieha bay and Ghajn Tuffiegha which are popular among bathers. Requiring slightly more effort to get to but well worth it are Fomm ir-Rih (Malta), Wied il Ghajn (Malta), Wied L-Ghasri (Marsascala,Malta), Ghar Lapsi (Malta), Hondoq ir Rummien (just beyond Qala, Gozo) and the ever popular Blue Lagoon.