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Dive Review of Divewise/Holiday Inn Express St Julianís in

Divewise/Holiday Inn Express St Julianís : "Interesting diving, strenuous entry/exit process", Jul, 2023,

by Gareth Richards, OCC, FR (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 12461.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments The diving itself was interesting, however Malta diving is conducted in a way I am not used to. I preface this by saying 99% of my 400+ dives have been from boats that left from a dock, or liveaboards. I have little shore diving experience and maybe thatís the difference.
In a nutshell you load all the gear into crates and get in a truck and drive to the site. You then change and gear up fully in the open next to the truck. Walk with fins in hand to the entry point, which can be down many steps or over bare rock depending on the site. Good nonslip boots essential. Conduct the dive, exit and return back the way you came up ladder, over rocks, up steps etc. strip down gear and reload truck, return to dive center, unload truck, wash and put away gear for next day. I just did not enjoy this at all, as the diving fun divided by effort ratio was way too low. What you want is maximum fun for minimum effort and this was way out of balance.
It is possible that the process I experienced is because this spec ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Cocos, Philippines, Socorro, GBR, NZ, Bahamas, Mexico Pacific, Cayman, US Keys, Mediterranean (Cyprus, Corsica, Turkey), Belize, Roatan, Bonaire, Cozumel, BVI
Closest Airport MLA Getting There Many direct flights from all over Europe. Used Ryanair nonstop from TLS

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 68-75°F / 20-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives guided, all nitrox, 5 min NDL
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No accommodation for cameras, subject matter is essentially wrecks . Few small critters and nearly no fish ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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