With the Gillieru Hotel

The Maltese Islands' clear blue Mediterranean sea is ideal for scuba diving. All three Islands offer some unique diving experiences with an abundance of reefs, caves and wrecks that make diving here some of the most interesting in the Mediterranean. 

The calmness and clarity of the sea makes for excellent visibility whilst  the risk of encountering dangerous fish is extremely low, creating the ultimate conditions for first time divers and beginners. For the more experienced divers, there are plenty of challenging dives to choose from.


The depths of the dives vary, from the very shallow 12-metre Għar Lapsi dive to Lantern Point, with its underwater tunnel leading down to well over 50 metres.


There are several types of diving courses and activities offered by locally licensed diving schools. Divers need to complete a medical statement form indicating fitness to dive. All schools provide the service of a doctor to provide certification at a small fee. Medicals from other countries are acceptable, provided the diving centre is presented with a copy.


The SSI Dive Center Octopus Garden is located in the Mediterranean Sea on the main island of the Maltese archipelago.

Located in the north-east of Malta, the center is ideally placed at the water’s edge at Gillieru Harbour Hotel in St. Paul's Bay.


You'll find everything that you would normally expect from an SSI Dive Center. This includes a dive shop, teaching facilities, a separate room for rental equipment, a compressor room and an attached workshop. A guest storage room with enough space to store your own equipment and charge your torches. Saving you the hassle of carrying your equipment back to the hotel. Our own jetty enables you to start your daily boat trips right on our doorstep. We can take the traditional Maltese fishing boat, the “Luzzu”, or alternatively, a Cabin cruiser.

These will enable you to cruise to the most beautiful reefs, caves and wrecks around Malta's west and north coast.

Scuba Diver
At the Gillieru Hotel we can arrange your dives in conjunction with Octopus Garden who are located just outside the hotel. Contact us for further details and special accommodation packages.