Le Polynesien has a length of 152 meters and is therefore one of the biggest wrecks in Malta. It lies 7 miles off shore of Valetta at a depth of 65 meters. The wreck sits upright on the sandy bottom in one piece. Although it sank about 100 years ago it's still in very good condition, with many artefacts still on board. It's encouraged to take a guide. Only very experienced (wreck) divers.
Length: 152 m. Gross Tonnage: 6659 tons. Displacement: 10300 tons. Passengers: 172 First Class, 71 Second Class, 109 Third Class, 234 'Rationnaires'. Propulsion: 1 Steam Engine, heated 12 coal boilers allowing a speed or 17.5 knots. On 10 August 1918 the French Polynesien was attacked by the German submarine UC22 and sank within 20 minutes with the loss of 10 lives.
Don't take artefacts from the ship!
- Le Polynesien, Plateship, Tal-Platti, SS Polynesien, Malta's Titanic
- At boat charter
- 30 min.
- Suitable for
- Experienced divers, experienced wreck divers , technical diving
- Free access, by shot line or anchor line
- Kind of dive
- Technical diving
- Limited / strong / variable
- 20 - 40 m.
- Average visibility
- 25 m.
- 65 m.
- Moray, grouper, trigger fish
- Other recreation