Malta - May 2009

Participants were Karl Bastard, Mark Jones, Matt Galley, Gordon Weller , Anthony Smith , Rex Hargrave.

Rex and Gordon left Thursday 30th April, a day earlier, getting in an extra days diving!!! On the Friday 1st May we picked up the rest of the group from the airport and took them to the accomodation. We then all met up later for a meal.

Saturday our first days diving together. We tackled two wreck dives at Crikawwa Reef; the P29, a naval patrol boat sunk as a artifical reef only 18 months ago, and the Rozie tug boat also sunk deliberately, Ant and Matt went on a reef dive with Reg, an instructor at Buddies Dive Center, the people we were diving with due to not diving for a while. After our days diving we had a few beers and a good meal then retired for the evening.

The second day took us to to Valleta. Matt and Karl carried out the remaining dives they needed to do to complete their Wreck speciality on the HMS Maori, a war time wreck that is only at 18m max, so ideal for penetration dives. We all dived as a group and had a very enjoyable day. We followed it up with the regulation beer and meal!!!

Monday took us to Zurrier, to dive the wreck of the Um El Faroud a 110m long Libyan oil tanker, again sunk as a artifical reef, another throughly good day.

Our final days diving; we carried out a boat dive going out to the Imperial Eaglea site seeing vessel, one of the first wrecks that the Maltese sunk as an artifical reef. Fairly deep, the wreck is still in good order and is only a short distance from the Statue of Christ with outstretched arms. For our second dive we went to St Pauls island and dived the gullies on the outside of the island. That evening we all met up with Rupert, the dive center owner, Reg and Dorta, his instuctors for a great meal.

The last day saw everyone doing different things we all met up at about 6pm and jumped on the transport to the airport to return to the uk.