Malta

QAWRA REEF

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Ben Leermakers

7-9-16

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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.

Particulars

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.

Warnings

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.

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QAWRA REEF Features

Nicknames
L-Cave, Ta' Fra Ben Reef,
Address
N.v.t. N/A
Parking
Sufficient at dive spot or for boat dive park at boat charter
Suitable for
Advanced divers, experienced divers
Permit
N.v.t.
Access
Free access, rocky and sharp path., by shot line or anchor line
Facilities
None
Water
Salt
Tide
N.v.t.
Kind of dive
Reef dive , cavern dive, reef wall dive
Current
Limited / strong / variable
Visibility
20 - 40 m.
Average visibility
30 m.
Depth
16 - 36 m.
Bottom
boulders,rocks,sand and seagrass
Life
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
None
Emergency
112

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