Scuba diving in Tugboats: St Michael and №10
Two Tugboats: St. Michael and № 10 were purposely scuttled in 1998 after being donated to the diving community. They lie on a sandy bottom at the depth of 21m/69ft not far from the entrance to Marsaskala Bay. Both tug boats served for many years towing ships in and outside the Grand Harbor. The St. Michael, a Canadian built boat, is the largest of the two wrecks, with the length of 20m/66ft, and the second boat, known as just number ten, is slightly shorter at 16m/53ft. The wrecks are lined up one behind the other, and the distance between them is around 50m/164ft. They are fully intact and easy to penetrate into, partially overgrown with corals and sponges that provide habitat for a variety of marine life.
When to go
Diving is possible all year round, however, during the winter, the water temperature drops to chilly 14-17C/59-63F. The best conditions for diving are from May to November when the water temperature is between 24-26C/75-79F.
What to see
Two wrecks of the tug boats of 20m/66ft and 16m/53ft long that provide excellent opportunities for practising wreck diving at medium depths.