The Planet’s 100 Greatest Sites
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.