Malta Tourism Authority Partners with British Sub-Aqua Club

Malta Tourism Authority has launched an exclusive partnership with the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), one of the most well-respected dive associations in the UK. The collaboration will entice budding divers to become a BSAC member and gain their BSAC Certification in the pristine waters around the Maltese islands.

Repeatedly voted the second-best dive destination in the world, the archipelago’s popularity as a diving holiday is ever increasing having welcomed 16 per cent (27,000) more UK diving travellers in 2018, compared to 2017. Between 2013 -2018, Malta also saw a global increase of 70,000 people who visited the islands for a scuba-diving holiday.

Mary Tetley, Chief Executive BSAC says, “Malta is a great destination for our clubs and members. Easily accessible, it offers exciting and diverse diving year-round and has a strong network of BSAC Centres ready to offer training or diving to members.”

Peter Vella, Director Malta Tourism Authority (UK & Ireland) commented, “Malta and Gozo are extremely popular destinations for divers living in the UK as well as great places to visit. We are really delighted to be working with BSAC to welcome both new and experienced divers to our beautiful Mediterranean islands.”

The islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino boast an abundance of reefs, stunning caverns, caves and shipwrecks, making it the perfect destination to learn to dive. The destination’s expert dive centres and plethora of underwater sites, suited to all abilities, makes Malta a popular destination for families, couples and students to come and learn to dive together. English-speaking instructors help adults and children aged 12 and over gain their BSAC certification.

Dive highlights around the islands include:

  • Azure Reef, the famed Azure Window which collapsed into the sea in March 2017 awaits discovery. The impressive site boasts incredible rock formations, canyons and narrow passageways
  • HMS Maori Shipwreck, arguably Malta’s most famous and historical wreck. Divers of all levels can discover this WW2 destroyer at a depth between 11-15 metres
  • The Blue Hole, reportedly one of French Naval Officer Explorer, Jacques Cousteau’s, favourite sites, you can see Gozo’s largest Groupers, Amberjacks, Barracuda and Tuna feeding here
  • Coral Gardens situated off the main promenade in Sliema, divers can find spectacular tunnels and caverns teemed with varied marine life

Divers can experience a diving holiday all year-round as the Maltese Islands experience an average 300-days of sunshine a year. From sandy beaches to adventure activities, cultural and historical highlights, nightlife hubs and world-class festivals there are plenty of experiences to keep a traveller busy. The archipelago has a variety of accommodation types to suit all budgets and travellers can access Malta from 22 UK regional airports making it one of Europe’s most connected destinations.