Here are 10 things you should know that will impress your buds…
If you’re planning on visiting Malta any time soon, one thing you’re definitely looking forward to is definitely the crystalline cobalt sea that surrounds our little island.
Of course, as you can possibly imagine, diving in Malta is comparable to skiing in the north – thrilling, relaxing and incredibly popular around these areas. For this reason, if you happen to be visiting Malta any time soon, there has literally never been a better time to take the plunge (pun intended), and take a shot at exploring what lies beneath.
Whether you’re an enthusiastic beginner, or an experienced mariner, the Starfish Diving School, located close to the pool area at the Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort can guide you accordingly. In the meantime however, here are 10 whacky diving facts you didn’t know about dive gear that might serve as great ice-breakers once you’re in Malta.
- Objects appear 25% closer underwater. Combined with the effect of the mask lens they appear 34% larger – now how big was that fish again?
- Snorkels are one of the oldest pieces of equipment ever. It has been documented that farmers in Crete made use of hollow reeds instead of snorkels from as early as 3000 B.C.
- Darth Vader’s iconic breathing is nothing more than an amplified scuba regulator.
- The Mola or Sunfish is the largest bony fish known and can weigh up to over 2 tonnes! They are beautiful and peaceful creatures and spotting one is considered very good luck! Here’s one seen in Gozo!
- The earliest fin designs came straight from the brilliant minds of the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin.
- Malta is regularly crowned best dive spot in Europe with the Blue Hole near Gozo, and the colourful coastline stretch between St Julian’s and Sliema being amongst the most popular sites.
- Before the advent of wetsuits, Asian pearl divers used grease to keep out the cold instead. This technique is still used by modern swimmers on certain occasions.
- Combine your diving package with your stay when booking at the Marina Hotel and benefit from an increased discount. Check out our latest packages right here.
- LED torches burn an average of 30 times longer than their incandescent counterparts.
- Prior to 1953, drysuits were much more popular than wetsuits when it came to diving. These were made out of natural, dipped rubber.