Malta’s clear Mediterranean sea is ideal for scuba diving. In fact the Maltese islands are blessed with a variety of reefs, caves and wrecks; the ideal habitat for fish and also a pleasant spot for some great diving in the Mediterranean.
A great advantage of the Maltese waters is the calmness and clarity of the surrounding sea which offer optimal visibility. Besides the risk of encountering dangerous fish is extremely low around Malta; thus creating the best conditions for first time divers.
For the experienced divers there are plenty of challenging dives to choose from. The depths of the dives vary, from the very shallow 12-metre Ghar Lapsi dive to Lantern Point, which has an underwater tunnel leading down to a well over 50 metres.
If you’d love to experience this underwater adventure there are several types of diving courses and activities offered by locally licensed diving schools. Before plunging in the waters divers need to complete a medical statement form indicating they are fit to dive. All diving schools in Malta provide the service of a doctor who provides certification at a small fee. Medicals from other countries are acceptable, provided that the diving centre is presented with a copy.
Divers who wish to dive unaccompanied are required to have a buddy as well as to present a PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent certification by other agencies (e.g. CMAS Two Star Diver, BSAC Sport Diver, SSI Advanced Open Water, etc).
Prior to deciding on a diving spot it is recommended that you check with the diving centre. They can give you a knowledgeable opinion of suitable diving spots depending on weather conditions and your level of expertise.
Did you enjoy this year’s Isle of MTV Malta concert? Malta was definitely buzzing with energy. The Grand Hotel Excelsior is honoured to be one of the partners in this well-renowned annual summer concert.
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This summer season, the Grand Hotel Excelsior has launched the Tiki Village as its newest breath-taking venue by the water’s edge. The Village has been set up close to the Hotel’s Marina, so guests can revel in stunning harbour views while relaxing in a beautiful and exotic ambiance.
The Tiki Village is comprised of 10 Villas, which can be rented out by guests, and its unique Blue Ocean Bar. Each Villa seats six people and additional seating is available within the venue. Guests can enjoy light snacks at lunchtime, and delicious platters will be served in the evening.
The inception of the Tiki Villas took place in The Philippines when the hotel owners visited self-employed carpenters who earn their living by producing indigenous products. The base of the Villas is comprised of bamboo, while the roof is made of Nipa, a species of palm native to the coastlines of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Indeed the Villas are typical to the style of carpentry commonly used in The Philippines.
By opting to purchase the Villas from self-employed carpenters, as opposed to buying mass-produced products, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is able to offer a more authentic experience to guests. Furthermore the hotel is promoting Fair Trade whilst assisting workers in The Philippines to make a living and improve their quality of life. It is a shining example of Sustainable tourism put into practice.