|The cliffs just drop into the sea creating great walls and dive sites.|
Maltese sampler (with chicken fingers for E): delicious bread,
pickled cheese, sausage, dried tomatoes in oil, olives,
capers, and bigilla.
|View from the restaurant across the street from the dive shop.|
Essentially, Malta was one of the best parts of our European leg of travel. We came to dive, and we did. 6 dives in 3 days over a variety of sites. We also fit in a couple of lazy beach/pool days. It was amazing, and a nice slow easy luxurious stop after some of the more adventurous travel in Southern Italy and Sicily.
|Sunset view at dinner one night.|
The next dive with 4Kg was perfect. What a difference proper weighting makes!
|Hike in to the blue hole shore entry:|
Sometimes shore diving requires a bit of a scramble in full diving kit to get down to the water.
|Views from the diveshop van, on our way to the dive site.|
Thankfully, 6Kg on the belt with this kit worked perfectly ('cause my instructor gave away my spare 1Kg he promised to hold to another diver before we even got in the water...).
The inland sea entry pool on Gozo:
swim through the tunnel (deep below the boats) and out to sea.
|The blue hole with the former azure window in the back |
(the left column and top are now on the bottom of the sea)
The peaceful sound of nothing but your own breathing and the bubbles you exhale coupled with buoyant weightlessness is definitely addicting. Plus fish and other sea life are so cool!
|Bragioli (aka Beef Olives) -- delicious maltese specialty of|
thin beef wrapped around sausage in a tomato caper sauce.
I'm still learning, but I'm definitely over the initial scuba hump, and I'm so glad I pushed through. I've got 15 open water dives in my dive log, and I can't wait to add more. Also, the scuba community is full of the friendliest and most fascinating people. Almost all of the dive instructors we've met have completely rebooted their lives to enable themselves to dive full time. They come from all over the world and all types of previous careers and situations and the only thing they have in common is they love to dive and they are happy and grateful to get to do it for a living. It's very inspiring to be surrounded by such positive, happy, and self-actualized people.