13sep18-- The islands of the archipelago lie on the Malta plateau, a shallow shelf formed from the high points of a land bridge between Sicily and North Africa that became isolated as sea levels rose after the last Ice Age. The archipelago is therefore situated in the zone between the Eurasian and African tectonic plates. Malta was considered an island of North Africa for centuries. EnJoy EnJoy
Hi keith, never dived, scuba or snorkel from Sliema way, but am never disappointed wherever I go on the Islands. A real gem, probably undersold as a diving destination, thankfully (bit selfish there).Over the years Europeans have largely ignored Malta, but since joining the EU that is changing fast and it will become a destination for European divers too.
Keith that sounds marvellous!
The instant deep water is one of the reasons that I love snorkelling off the rocks at Font Ghadir. Crystal clear blue water and loads of fish.
OK Mel, that's what I was told, s'pose there could be a filter too, but from sunny Kettering I prefer to think it's just as blue as it looks! and as I remember.
Thanks Alan, at last some proper info.
Keith Woodcock, I asked exactly that question Keith, I was told by the dive instructor that the reason it looks so blue is because unlike most places in the med Malta is the top of what would have been a mountain before the sea flooded the Med basin and unlike other destinations around the Med, the water becomes very deep very quickly, and the deeper the water the deeper the sky reflects its blue colour on the surface and together with the purity of the waters around Malta, also because of the sudden depth, we get the vivid deep blue seen on the webcams. Stunning on camera but breathtaking in real life.
I will have to take a look next month.
Its even more blue in real life, the webcam doesn't do how blue this view really is
I'm not convinced about the filter. The camera is pointing in much the same direction as the one at Xlendi, but the sky is a different colour. I also lived in Malta and visit every year.
5aug18--Glad we established that the sky/water are blue.
Hi Peter :) Thank you for the answer !! The colors here are magnificent. Happy weekend.
Hi Carla and KeithI lived in Malta for 6 years in my early teens and I can assure you that the sea and sky really are that blue. Sometimes the heat haze above the water makes the colours a little more wishy washy to a camera.
This water color is so blue ! Yes I wonder if its a filter also :) beautiful !!