Qawra Reef lies up to 500 metres off of Qawra Point and is probably one of the best reef dives in Malta. This dive can be done from the shore or from a boat. While the bay side is quite shallow, the northwest side, which is the best side to dive, varies from 16 to 36 meters and slopes down even deeper. The best route to dive is going north that will bring you to a drop-off on to a sandy bottom where you will find a wall with cracks and holes and a few caves whereof one is a swimtrough L-shaped cave. There is one more cave to be found at the end of the L-shaped cave but that one is really ONLY suited for the very experienced (cave) diver due to it's very narrow entrance. You will also find quite a few old fishingnets.
To save on air consumption it is recommended when doing the dive from shore to snorkel for about 10 minutes than make your descent and swim in a north easterly bearing until you reach the drop off. Please monitor your air consumption because of the depth and the long journey back if you are diving from the shore, also because of the depth involved you might also be required to do decompression stops.
Very sensitive for all northern winds. A shore dive is difficult because of sharp and rocky path. Exiting with choppy water is difficult. A boat dive is the best choice.
QAWRA REEF Features
- L-Cave, Ta' Fra Ben Reef,
- N.v.t. N/A
- Sufficient at dive spot or for boat dive park at boat charter
- Suitable for
- Advanced divers, experienced divers
- Free access, rocky and sharp path., by shot line or anchor line
- Kind of dive
- Reef dive , cavern dive, reef wall dive
- Limited / strong / variable
- 20 - 40 m.
- Average visibility
- 30 m.
- 16 - 36 m.
- boulders,rocks,sand and seagrass
- Dusky grouper or merou, regular sea urchins, common hermit crab, spider crab, amberjack, fourline nudibranch, spiny lobster or langouste or rock lobster, mediterranean moray or roman eel, common octopus, ornate- or turkish wrasse, slipper lobster, mediterranean damselfish, dentex
- Other recreation