The Planet’s 100 Great­est Sites

CIRKEWWA, MALTA

Sport Diver - - Contents - —Ger­ald Nowak

In­ten­tion­ally scut­tled in 2007, the P29 pa­trol boat off Malta made our list of the top 100 sites in the world.

Six years ago, we pub­lished the World’s 50 Best Dive Sites, and quite a few read­ers let us know about ones we over­looked. So this year, we asked read­ers for help, re­vis­ited the list and ex­panded it to 100 sites — in­clud­ing some mak­ing an encore, and dozens of new ones. What’s so spe­cial about 100? Known for be­ing the smallest square, 100 is per­haps not as mem­o­rable as three (the num­ber of spa­tial di­men­sions we live in) or 70 (give it up for the smallest weird num­ber), but for us, it’s the per­fect num­ber. These sites are the cream of the crop in the dive world. Find out if your fa­vorite dive lo­cale made the cut.

Sit­ting amid an area known for its wrecks and caves, the P29 is still a fa­vorite for the lo­cal divers of Malta and Gozo. This minesweeper, built for the Ger­man navy and put into ser­vice in 1970, was even­tu­ally trans­ferred to Malta as an un­armed pa­trol boat. The 170-foot ship was pur­pose-sunk near Cirkewwa Har­bor in 2007 and has since be­come a pop­u­lar dive. The bow is rest­ing in 120 feet and the up­per deck is ac­ces­si­ble at 105 feet, but po­ten­tial cur­rent makes this a site best suited for ad­vanced divers.

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