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    Malta In December

    Morning All,
    Thinking about a few days diving just after Christmas and considering Malta. Don't really know anything about diving there at that time of year, any good ?? Also are the dive centres operating off season and if so any recommendations would be great !!

    Thank you so much !!

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    Dive tart, and 'tog Pete Bullen's Avatar
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    Most of the dive ctrs operate all year round a few close. I work all year round but I'm on Gozo. Generally the weather during the first 2 or 3 weeks of January is good, the winter generally arrives middle to end of Jan through to Mid March. It's drysuit temperatures water will be 18 or 19c start of Jan and will then plumet to a low of 12 in March. What kind of diving are you into? Are you a techie looking for deep wrecks or recreational depths and fish? Most boats are out of the water at that time of year so it will almost all be shore diving, vis should be good at 20 to 40m. Given that the weather caan be unpredictable I'd suggest Gozo as a safer bet for diving, if the wind is blowing onto the north coast then the south coast is only a 15 minute drive away and vice versa. I offer private guiding working from 3 of the best dive ctrs on Gozo and photography coaching if asked for. Malta dive ctrs depends where you want to stay but I will always recommend Maltaqua
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    I always use Strand Diving Services on Malta.
    Local guys, always had fantastic services from them. Very amenable.

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    As Pete says, if you're considering Malta, consider Gozo. I went there for Christmas 2006 with the missus, and we had a great time. We stayed in a posh hotel (Ta Cenc), rented a car for pennies (ok, it was a rustic ride), she had spa treatment while I went diving with St. Andrews Divers Cove https://www.gozodive.com and the locals are very friendly - we accidentally hitched a lift from a stranger on Christmas Eve back to our hotel.

    Yes, it was a while ago, but i gather nothing much has changed (apart from the arch near the famous blue hole collapsing).

    The great thing about Gozo is that you're never more than 15 minutes away from a dive site.

    I'd love to go back
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    Alternative would be Lanzarotte.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit of Guernsey View Post
    Alternative would be Lanzarotte.
    Seconded. Land and sea temps far higher in Lanzarotte at that time of year. Safari Diving right on the beach, some great diving, plenty of marine life, interesting underwater topography (similar to Malta with volcanic rock) and even a few wrecks (although not in the same league as Malta to be fair). We're off back there on Saturday for a cheeky week. Bring it on!

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    Did Jordan for end of December last year including new year.
    People really friendly and easy diving.
    Malta and Gozo are good as well.
    Not been there at Christmas but at many different times during the year.
    For Malta Maltaqua or Deep Blue in Gozo have used St Andrews many years ago but last trip there Calypso which was an amazing set up

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    Dive tart, and 'tog Pete Bullen's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by N Bailey View Post
    Did Jordan for end of December last year including new year.
    People really friendly and easy diving.
    Malta and Gozo are good as well.
    Not been there at Christmas but at many different times during the year.
    For Malta Maltaqua or Deep Blue in Gozo have used St Andrews many years ago but last trip there Calypso which was an amazing set up
    Yep, I dive out of Calypso mostly but also from St Andrews. Two of the best dive ctrs on the island.
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