Cirkewwa Arch, Malta
The Cirkewwa Arch is a beautiful, natural underwater rock feature that sits along the right-hand reef at the Cirkewwa dive site on the northwest coast of Malta.
Suitable for: Open Water +
Depth 5m – 20m
Points of interest: The Arch & tunnel/swim-through
This reef dive starts with a giant stride entry technique. Upon entering the water, the descent leads to a depth of 3-4 meters, followed by a Northward swim along the reef wall at approximately 14 meters. It takes approx. 10 minutes to reach the Arch. During this, you will pass over seagrass, boulders and small patches of sand.
The experience of arriving at Cirkewwa Arch is truly exhilarating. As you approach the arch, its shape gradually becomes clearer and more defined, revealing intricate details that are sure to captivate any diver. Upon reaching the base of the arch, one cannot help but be awed by its sheer size and impressive formation.
This dive site is home to a diverse array of marine life, including Wrasse and Bream that can be spotted swimming above the arch or along the reef wall. You may also catch a glimpse of Amber Jacks in pursuit of smaller fish such as Damsel Fish. Keep your eyes peeled for Groupers, Octopus, Moray Eels, Scorpionfish, and Cardinal fish. All of which can be found hiding in the many cracks, overhangs, and holes that dot the area.
A notable feature of this dive is a 6-meter-long swim-through, which presents an exciting challenge for those who seek it!
This dive site is exceptional and caters to divers of varying experience levels. Upon departing from Cirkewwa Arch, don’t forget to look out for your exhaled bubbles ascending through the permeable rock, forming a veil of small bubbles in the water.