Join REEF on our first trip to Malta! Set in the middle of the blue Mediterranean, the Maltese islands enjoy some of the best climates in Europe, a wealth of scenic beauty, and a vast inheritance of culture. Steep, rugged cliffs, caves, valleys, and picturesque rock formations dominate most of the Maltese Islands’ dramatic coastline. Below the surface of the water, the scenery is as breathtaking as above. Enjoy shore diving, boat diving, and collecting data in an area that has never been surveyed before!
Project Focus: The purpose of this trip is to conduct fish surveys to support REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Click here to learn more about participating in fish surveys on a REEF Field Survey Trip!
Best Suited For: Divers and Non-divers.
Accommodations: Atlantis Lodge, located right next to Atlantis Diving Centre, offers comfortable double rooms with an en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, free WiFi access, and air-conditioning. Breakfast is included and Atlantis Lodge is located just a short walk from many local restaurants. Upgrades to Atlantis Holiday Suites 3-bedroom apartments are also possible based on availability and request.
Diving: The package includes 10 dives -- 5 days of two-tank morning dives (6 fully supported and guided shore dives and 4 boat dives). Malta has a wide range of dive sites that can accommodate all skill levels. You can view all of Malta's unique dive sites here. Transportation to and from the shore dives sites are included, along with a guide. Nitrox for certified divers can be added for an additional fee. Water temperature during this time ranges from the mid to high 70s, exposure protection is recommended.
Pricing, Inclusions, and Other Fees
*Pricing is based on the 2023 Euro exchange rate. A small supplement may be added to the trip closer to the time of departure based on the current conversion rate.
Your Package Includes: The trip package includes seven nights of accommodation, 5 days of 2 dives daily (6 from shore, 4 by boat), Breakfast, transportation to and from dive sites, transfers to and from the airport, tanks, and weights.
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and REEF survey materials.
Additional Fees - Not Paid to REEF: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights and associated travel to and from Malta, additional dives outside of the package inclusions, and optional rental gear. Ferry tickets are also not included and as of Feb 2023, they are €4.65. Gratuities are not included in the trip package and are at each individual's discretion.
To reserve your space, email trips@REEF.org or call 305-588-5869. A $500 per person deposit will be due to confirm your reservation. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
Malta Travel Info
Insurance: Travel insurance is not included. REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. REEF partners with both DiveAssure and DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers. REEF will receive a portion of the proceeds from travel insurance purchases when you click on the following affiliate links for DiveAssure or DAN.
How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to arrive at Malta International Airport (MLE) on Saturday, August 24, and departing Saturday, August 31. A transfer bus will meet participants at the airport and bring them to the accommodations in Gozo.
Transfers: All transfers are included in the price with the exception of the ferry ticket. A transfer bus will meet participants at the airport and transfer them to the accommodations in Gozo. This will include a ferry from the island of Malta to Gozo. More details on the timing as we get closer to the trip's departure.
Passports, Documentation, and Visas: A passport valid for six months from the date of departure is required and at least one page is required for the entry stamp. Please consult the appropriate consulate for specific visa requirements for entry into Malta.
COVID-19 Considerations: It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that they understand and comply with all local requirements (for entry and visit as a tourist) of the host destination, and for exit and entry requirements for their home country. Be prepared for your plans to change. Be sure your travel insurance covers COVID-related issues. No travel is risk-free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID-19 variant. Please be aware that REEF is not a travel agent. We are doing our best to interpret the information provided by our trip vendor and the host country’s government COVID-19 webpages. We encourage everyone to do their own research, interpretation, and due diligence. Please see REEF’s COVID-19 Considerations and Vaccine Policies section in our REEF Field Survey Trips Policies page for more information.