A few years ago I wrote a few guides about Falmouth underwater. These were short separate guides about wrecks, marine life, snorkelling, shore diving and dive sites around the area. These were well received and a few people said I should sell them. With that in mind, I have collated them, added more information and lots more photos. I have just converted them to a Kindle Book and it is available on Amazon for just £2.99. Packed full of full colour images of the underwater wildlife and wrecks around Falmouth. You can preview a few pages or buy it here – Falmouth Underwater Kindle version
This book is now available in print, re-formatted so it looks quite good, full of updated and improved images, it isn’t cheap as it is print on demand and full colour. The print version is also available from Amazon – Falmouth Underwater Paperback
as well as all the best dive spots around our islands. This package consists of 4 shore dives in Malta, 2 shore dives in Gozo & 4 boat dives around Malta and Comino @ €300.00 excluding equipment hire or €390.00 including equipment hire.
Additional shore dives are charged at €24.00 per person per dive (excluding equipment hire). Or, you can change a shore dive to a boat dive for an extra €10.00. Nitrox is available for €3.50 per tank.
They normally meet at 8.15 and go out for 2 dives. From most of the dive sites, you’ll be back by around 2pm.
Mellieha is close to the north of the island. It has the largest real beach on Malta, which is a long sandy mile long beach, with a rocky break in the middle. The beach has sun loungers to hire and several beach cafes. The water shelves slowly and is good for swimming. There are a few restaurants around the area near the dive centre, there are plenty more with shops in the town, up the hill.
For non divers and non diving days, there are plenty of attractions and things to do. Mdina is an amazing town to walk around, the Popeye (1980’s Robin Williams film set) village is also an interesting place to go, take a swimming costume and towel and spend the day there. The city of Valletta is steeped in history, as is much of the island, it also has many shops and museums.
Everyone speaks English and they even use the same plugs as the U.K.
Flights options are:
Bristol to Malta with Ryanair return, direct flights – £151 plus luggage (£28 per bag each way, so another £56) 10 kg hand baggage.
Bristol to Malta with KLM, 1 stop – £126 inc. luggage 12 hand baggage.
Who is interested? Contact us for more details, dates to be advertised shortly. It will be early-mid October.
We had been to Lanzarote a couple of times before and had enjoyed the island and the diving, it was time to return. Technically it is the same piece of water as at our home in Cornwall – UK, just a bit further south. The sea temperature would be around 22 at this time of year, nine degrees warmer than home, we still took our dry suits. read more →
We all met up at Gatwick, some we knew, some we didn’t, yet. The flight was delayed an hour late leaving Gatwick but the terminal was clear when we reached Hurghada, so no real delay. We jumped onto the coach and it to us, down some dodgy roads, to the harbour where our boat was berthed. We had a quick walk around the harbour and bars before heading back to the boat for an early night, we had started very early that morning from Cornwall. read more →
Twenty divers flew from the UK to Sharm on Sunday April the 25th for a weeks diving from a live-aboard. Derek had been organising the Brothers Wreck Special trip with his diving mates from ‘Up North’ and had asked Fletch if he wanted to go and if he knew anyone else who would be interested. We got a call and decided to join in, Ruth hadn’t done a week long live-aboard before but thought she’d have to try it. While we were anticipating the trip, the boat, Typhoon, burnt while being re-fitted. Or was it before it was re-fitted? read more →
After our recent trip to Sharm el Sheik we were wondering where to go in the summer, the choices were narrowed down to Malta or back to Egypt. Ruth wanted to go somewhere she didn’t have to wear a drysuit, she does feel the cold. Malta probably would be a little too cold for her so it was Egypt, but where? I didn’t want to go back to Sharm after just three months away and had heard some good things about Marsa Alam. So we searched the net and found a deal to fly to Marsa and stay at the Marina Lodge at Port Ghalib. Marsa Alam itself is a two hour drive from the airport but a long stretch of coast within easy reach of the airport is advertised as Marsa Alam.
After many failed plans of going to Egypt and diving in the Red Sea I managed to get to Sharm El Sheik with Ruth for a week at the beginning of March 2009. We had booked the flights and accommodation on-line, there was a slight hiccup with the luggage. We had paid for the extra weight allowance but there was no mention of the fact we needed to pay for standard luggage as well! After a call, it was sorted. We had booked with an ATOL bonded company for financial protection just in case. read more →
Marathon and Dive
During the spring my running club had decided to run a race abroad, originally we thought of Benidorm in Spain and looked into the details. It is usually held during November but as we found out they had changed the month to February. We wanted to go in November so we started looking elsewhere, one of members recalled the Lanzarote race was in November and that ended up the new destination. Set on Saturday 29th of November there was a choice of 1/4, 1/2 and full marathons and the club kept it open to whoever wanted to go, members or not. read more →
The next day for a change, we walked a couple of hundred metres down the road to a small quay, where we were collected by a converted painted Maltese fishing boat, a Luzzu, and taken to the island of Comino. The first dive was Lantern Point & The Chimney Cave, probably more of the boring brown weed. We headed down with the group following Alex, when all of a sudden he was signalling everyone to go up, we were at 44m and apart from a couple of us, no-one else was qualified or had ever been to that depth before. So they hurriedly made their way to shallower waters. The small chimney cave that came up under the boat was the only interesting bit, apart that is, from Alex’s face when he realised how deep we all were. I asked Alex if he ended up in deco, he said yes 8 minutes, I asked what computer he was using as I only had 3 minutes, he said he doesn’t use a computer and does it in his head.