Malta has long been a favourite family holiday destination for tourists from all over Europe.
Communication is easy as the Maltese are very international and speak many languages. Almost everyone speaks English and Italian and many also speak French or German.
Malta is famous for the friendliness and helpfulness of its people; the freedom to walk out at night or let your kids play by day and feel safe; it's lazy "Why worry?" atmosphere; the medieval city of Mdina; the Grand Harbour of Valletta, and its diving.
However much you may feel at home Malta is still very different from home. It is very much a southern Mediterranean island with palms, prickly pears and flat roofs and domed churches and most important, the sun and the deep blue sea.
Diving apart, there are plenty of day time activities; all types of sport and water sport (water skiing, windsurfing, sailing, water polo, horse riding, golf, parascending, climbing, etc.) browsing around shops and markets, exploring the quaint villages and islands and visiting the many historical buildings and sites. Then there is the vast choice of bars, discos, cinemas, night clubs and the bowling alley and Casino to fill the evening hours. To satisfy the inner man there are restaurants that cater for all tastes be it roast beef, fish and chips, hamburgers, haute cuisine, Chinese, Indian, Italian and of course our own Maltese cuisine.
Access is also easy. There are many flights each day to all the major European and Middle East airports. In the summer months these are supplemented by hundreds of charter flights per week from provincial airports.
Maltaqua is situated on the main road through the old village of St. Paul's Bay, part of the St. Paul's Bay/Bugibba/Qawra, conglomerate which is one of the two main tourist areas on the island. There are plenty of hotels, restaurants, bars and other facilities nearby.
Diving in Malta is easy. At most sites you can drive virtually to the waters’ edge, kit up and jump into the clear, warm, azure sea. The bottom shelves down in steps to reach 25 to 30 metres within a 5 minute swim, offering a choice of diving depths to suit each level of ability. The rock has been eroded to produce caves, caverns, overhangs, swim-throughs and the most spectacular scenery. There are no tides and few currents so you can throw away your tide tables and dive when you feel like it.
The Island is large enough to offer a sheltered side when the wind blows but small enough to allow a drive to any site within 30 minutes.
There are several easily accessible wrecks, the largest being the 105 metres "El Faroud", lying in 35 metres at Wied-iz Zurrieq (Blue Grotto).