Scuba diving in Malakoff

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Access
From Boat
Diver level
Novice
Depth
Average: 32 m
Maximum: 40 m
Current
Medium (1-2 knots)
Visibility
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 30 m
Because of the considerable depth and the noticeable strong currents, the Malakoff wreck is only recommended for advanced-level divers. The Malakoff is a 7000-ton French cargo vessel that hit an underwater rock formation and consequently sank in 7 minutes' time in January 1929, at about 0.7km/0.4mi off the coast of the island of Menorca. As the years passed, the 105m/344ft-long ship became a new artificial reef that is now settled by large numbers of marine animals, some of which is rare species.

When to go

June to October is the best time to explore this wreck. The average water temperature is 26C/79F in summer and 18C/64F in winter.

What to see

In addition to seeing the wreck and marine life, divers may also feel like archaeologists when they encounter the ship’s remains, such as pieces of porcelain and ceramic dishes. The marine fauna include deep-water fish species, groupers, conger eels, barracudas, and triggerfish.

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