Um El Faroud Wreck
Photo by Alex Dawson photography
Officially a man made dive site, rather than a natural beauty, the Um El Faroud dive site off the southwest coast of Malta is a stunning spectacle, and most definitely doesn’t lack any beauty despite being deliberately created.
Um El Faroud doesn’t represent the name of the area. Instead it’s the name of a 10,000 tonne British built, Libyan owned fuel tanker vessel, that in 1995 suffered a gas explosion during routine maintenance work whilst dry docked in Malta. She was so damaged as a result that she could no longer sail, so she was purposefully sunk, or ‘scuttled’ in nautical terms, to her final resting place at the bottom of the sea close to Wied iz-Zurrieq in 1998.
But that’s not the end of her story. In 2005, this artificial reef was damaged further by a violent sea storm and was split in two – making it an even more interesting dive! Home to tuna, squid and barracudas, this dive sit sits 36 metres down and 200 metres from shore. Experienced wreck divers can follow the inquisitive fish as they enter the wreck, which still remains upright on the sandy seabed despite all that Mother Nature has thrown at her, to explore her mysterious beauty.