Scuba diving in Karwela and Comino Land
The wrecks, located just 50m/0,03mi away from each other, were scuttled at Ix-Xatt l-Ahmar in August of 2006. Before that, they used to serve as car and passenger ferries. Both of them are sitting in an upright position at a maximum depth of 42m/138ft and are easily accessible from the shore. The Karwela boat was launched in 1957 as M/S Frisia II and came to Malta in 1986. It measures about 50m/164ft long and 8m/26ft wide and was designed to carry 863 passengers. Divers have multiple opportunities for safe penetration to see the inside of the wreck. Comino Land wreck, that measures approximately 34m/112ft by 9m/30ft, was launched in 1942. In 1966 she was converted to a ferry and could load more than 400 passengers and 10 cars. Comino Land also offers several safe options for penetration.
When to go
Diving is available all year round, but the warmest period is from May to November. The average water temperature is about 14-17C/58-63F from December through April and 18-25C/65-77F from May through November.
What to see
While doing this dive, divers may spot groupers, moray eels, octopus, lots of nudibranchs, huge shoals of cow bream and some spider crabs hiding behind the rocks.