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Scuba Diving Alex's Cominotto Cave

This European dive spot is the place where scuba divers follow the reef wall through turquoise blue water and then go diving inside a shallow water cave.

This section contains information about Alex's Cave dive site at Comino Island, with extra details about the marine species found in this part of the Mediterranean Sea.

Best Months for Diving Comino's Dive Sites

If you're looking for the best scuba diving in Europe, you should take a look at this tiny archipelago in the central Mediterranean.

In fact, the Republic of Malta gained its independence from Spain back in 1964.

Since then, scuba divers have been exploring the stunning underwater structures that exist a few metres below the surface.

So, when is the best time for scuba diving around Malta and the nearby areas, such as Comino Island and Gozo?

The summers in this area are some of the longest in all of Europe. The warm weather starts around April and runs all the way through to November. As a result, this is where you can find some of the cleanest water in the Mediterranean Sea.

The annual daily temperature averages 22° Celsius in Malta (72° Fahrenheit). Plus, it barely drops much below it in the night-time.

As a rule, the winter wind and rain arrives in December and stretches through to the end of February. But, it's rare for the sea temperature to drop much below 15° Celsius (59° Fahrenheit) even during the cold period.

Here's the thing:

June, July, and August are the hottest and the driest months of the year. So, this is when scuba divers, freedivers, and snorkelers will experience warm seas.

Pro Tip: In general, the best time of the day for diving and snorkeling is between 10am and 2pm. The higher sun angle is better if you're learning how to take amazing pictures underwater.

Popular Dive Sites in Comino Island

In fact, the world famous Blue Hole dive site is not the only popular location for diving and snorkeling. The Maltese island of Comino is the ideal destination to find clear blue water and diverse fish life.

Alex's Cave Dive Site at Comino Island, Malta.Some of the favoured dive sites near Comino Island, include:

Important: The underwater topography at many of the Comino Island dive sites means getting the PADI® Wreck Diver certification would qualify you to join organised trips to large artificial reefs.

Scuba Diving Inside Alex's Cave

You will find the dive site called Alex's Cave located near the Blue Lagoon dive site, close to Cominotto. As a result, access is by boat - it's not a shore dive.

Even though it's a popular area for beginners, extra caution is needed when storms blow in from the south. Depths range from eight (8) metres in the shallows down to a maximum of sixteen (16) metres.

As a result, the recommended scuba certification requirement for diving at Alex's Cave is either BSAC Ocean Diver or PADI Open Water.

Here's the thing:

Most of the local dive shops start the dive at the Lantern Point dive site first. You will see lots of Posidonia marine plants (seagrass) covering the seabed.

Then, if the sea is calm when you get inside the cave, you can actually surface in natural light through the chimney (found at the rear). If you keep going though the undersea tunnel you can also reach the Crystal Lagoon dive site - at the subsequent headland.

Pro Tip: Some divers never make cave dives. Whereas others can't wait to get certified as Advanced Open Water Diver and sign up for the Cavern Diver Specialty course (offered by PADI™). Plus, don't forget to bring the best underwater torch you can afford.

Marine Life Species at Comino Island

The warm, clear water found in this part of Europe is full of marine life diversity and vibrant macro fauna. You will also find various vertebrates and invertebrates sheltering around the reefs and inside the sunken shipwrecks, such as:

Most of the dive shops organise snorkeling tours for beginners and the skin diver course - both are very popular with holidaymakers. In fact, marine tourism is one of the expanding industries in this part of the world.

Boat Diving around the Maltese Islands

Can you imagine a better way to cool down during the scorching summer months? Plunge into the water around the islands for the best chance to see wrecks and reefs with diverse marine life in the central Mediterranean.

The best places to scuba dive are only a short boat ride away at the surrounding islands. In addition, some of the popular locations are picture perfect for taking a scuba course or for becoming a PADI Freediver.

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