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Dive Review of techwise/Alexandra in

techwise/Alexandra: "Malta Wrecks", Oct, 2016,

by Fabio Conti, Rio de Janeiro, BR (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9265 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Good things: Dive operation is completely tek and rebreather oriented. It is well equipped with boxes, lockers and hangers to keep your diving gear. There are 3 trucks and 2 boats, one RIB and a new 40 feet catamaran with british diver deployment and recovery system: a stern elevator that makes your life easy. The trucks take you and equipment to a wharf or marina closest to the diving point. This is to avoid long navigation times sometimes in a not so smooth sea.
Underwater visibility is mediterranean style: 30 meters in an average day! Temperature was a confortable 24 C until 30 m depth. From that layer down there is a strong thermocline that decreases to 15/16 C, so dry suit is highly recommended. Currents could be strong sometimes.
Wrecks are fantastic, both real and artificial. Many from WWII and WWI and some purposedly sunk.
During wait on weather days Malta is plenty of historical and cultural attractions other than good restaurants and caffes.

Bad things: Limited options for rental gear and tanks. They have DIR kits (regulators, wings and plates) but very few 15 l doubles. I used 13 l during the dives but never went beyond 60 m depth. Besides they have limitations in refilling pressure, that makes impossible to reach 230 bar.
Forget about big fish. Sea creatures are ususally small and dispersed on the wrecks.
Be careful with weather forecast. Wind can ground you for some days.
Websites techwise   Alexandra

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving It was my only travel in 2016
Closest Airport Malta International Airport Getting There I got there flying Alitalia with connection in Rome. Many other options available through Europe

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 15-24°C / 59-75°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-40 M / 98-131 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The only enforcement concerns to dive time. Dives were not guided.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments The dive center is well equipped with rinse tanks for cameras and video equipment.
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