About Malta

The Maltese Islands

Amazing History

Malta has a rich and diverse history, dating back to around 5200 BC when it was first inhabited. Over the centuries, the islands were conquered by a series of colonizers, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Angevins, Aragonese, Knights of Saint John, and the British, all vying to control the strategic position of Malta in the Mediterranean. Traces of these cultures can still be seen today, from Phoenician tombs to the ancient city of Mdina with its Arab past. The capital city of Valletta is a fascinating open history book on the era of the Knights of St. John. In 1964, Malta gained its independence from the British Empire, but the British influence remains, evident in left-hand driving and British phone booths.

But there is more! The megalithic temples of Malta, dating back to 3600 BC, are considered to be the oldest free-standing buildings in the world. The Maltese language is a unique blend of Italian and Arabic, while English is also widely spoken. During World War II, Malta was heavily bombarded by the Italian and German air forces due to its strategic location.


Activities in Malta

With its Mediterranean lifestyle, the Maltese are known for their approach to life, which is to enjoy and celebrate it as much as possible. The nightlife on the islands is always buzzing, with scores of clubs, wine bars, and first-rate restaurants to try. The Islands also have a lively calendar of cultural events, such as the Summer Malta Arts Festival, the Valletta Baroque Festival, the Opera Festival, the Choir Festival, and the International Jazz Festival held in July. Malta offers a small island that caters to all interests, making it an attractive destination for a holiday in Malta.

Weather and Climate

Malta boasts a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry, and sunny summers and mild, slightly rainy winters. From May to October, temperatures average around 32°C with around 10-11 hours of sunshine per day. Between November and April, temperatures average around 14°C but still with an average of 6.5 hours of sunshine each day. Swimming is possible all year round, with the sea temperature rarely dropping below 15°C and reaching as high as 28°C.

Diving The Maltese Islands

Welcome to the stunning underwater world of the Maltese Islands, where history and marine life intertwine to create an extraordinary diving experience. Nestled in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta, Gozo, and Comino offer divers a captivating journey into a realm filled with fascinating underwater heritage and diverse marine ecosystems.

One of the highlights of diving in the Maltese Islands is the rich underwater heritage that lies beneath the surface. As you explore the depths, you’ll discover a tapestry of ancient shipwrecks, remnants of past civilizations, and fascinating archaeological sites. Malta’s strategic location has made it a hub of maritime activity throughout history, resulting in an abundance of wrecks waiting to be explored. From World War II relics to ancient Roman vessels, each wreck tells a unique story and offers a glimpse into the past. Diving among these historic sites is like traveling back in time, where you can witness firsthand the remnants of bygone eras.

For those seeking adventure, the Maltese Islands offer a multitude of dive sites that cater to all skill levels. Explore dramatic underwater landscapes characterized by towering cliffs, intricate cave systems, and dramatic drop-offs. Swim through labyrinthine caves adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. These natural wonders provide a playground for divers, where you can embark on thrilling dives and unforgettable underwater explorations.

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Dive Holiday Packages

At Starfish Diving, we have many years of experience in organising bespoke and personalised diving holidays. From individual recreational divers and courses, to large mixed groups for guided dives and courses, we can put together an awesome package for you.

Recreational Dive Holiday Packages

More to explore

To find out more about Malta’s attractions, events, history and culture, head on over the Visit Malta’s website.

Visit Malta Website