About San Antonio Hotel & Deep Blue Malta
It is Malta's wreck diving that attracts most UK divers to her shores, but Malta is so much more than just a wreck diving mecca. Spend you day exploring wrecks, caves and reef dives. Spend your evening relaxing in the superb San Antonio hotel or enjoying the lively nightlife in St Paul's Bay and Bugibba. All of this is only a couple of short hours from the UK - so jet off for a weekend break or longer to one of our favourite Mediterranean destinations.
The San Antonio hotel has 295 rooms which includes 60 family rooms (with a sofa bed), 8 sea view suites and 1 Presidential rooms. All have air con, telephone, TV, mini bar, safe and either a terrace or balcony. There are interconnecting rooms - ideal for families or groups. And there are also 6 rooms which are equipped for guests with reduced mobility.
The Santonio hotel has just about everything you could want, even for non divers, on site. There is a spa for parents and a kids club to keep younger guests entertained (5-11 years). Mini golf, table tennis and darts are just some of the activities arranged to keep everyone entertained. Over the road - just 100m - is the beach and beach bar. This is a hot spot in the summer months once the diving is done. Once hunger bites, you can chose between 6 different cafes and restaurants inside the hotel or head into St Paul's to try the local delicacies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Malta is just over 3 hours direct flights from the UK and it is always a popular location with British travellers. The island lies almost in the middle of the Mediterranean, 93km from Siciliy and 288km from the north of Africa. The main island has the nation's capital Valetta. For the north are the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino. Comino is largely uninhabited.
Weather and Climate
Malta has a typically Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers and cooler spring and autumn. Many dive centres close their doors for a few weeks over Winter. The days are long and sunny, with up to 12 hours of sunshine in the summer! From Jan - Apr the average water temp is 15-16C, raising to 26 in August. As the summer cools off, the average is around 20C.
We are able to book a number of charter flight options from the UK to Malta. Flights operate from a number of regional airports. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Malta, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
As it is a direct service, there are no stop over options
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders do not need a visa for Malta. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with your airline. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
Most flights to Malta are charter flights. This means seating is allocated at check in. For some carriers we are able to prebook leg room, window or aisle seats. Please speak to your travel consultant about availability and the current charges levied by your airline.
Depending on your airline, you may be able to complete check in online to print your boarding pass. If not, we will email your flight tickets to you in advance. You must print your ticket coupon.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren’t as expensive as you might think. click here
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival please make your way through baggage claim and immigration. There will either be a rep to meet you or you will have full details of your where to meet your transfer (with a confirmation voucher) in your travel documentation. If you have any issues on arrival, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
Transfers are included in your holiday. You be advised in your travel documentation of how to find your transfer.
At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. EU passport holders do not need to pay a departure tax.
Included in your holiday
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
Plugs and electricity
Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally
The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site
Deposits and Balances
Ways to pay
We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
Deep Blue are one of Malta's premier dive centres, with facilities and a reputation that are second to none. This dedicated team have spent nearly 20 years discovering the very best wreck, cave and reef diving that there is. And with every aspect of diving covered, there is nothing they cannot do to make your dream holiday in Malta.
The range of diving courses on offer with the team of experienced instructors encompasses recreational and technical courses. PADI and BSAC courses are taught in the onsite classrooms and pools. Safety and enjoyment at the buzz words here. Technical divers have no end of choice with courses offered in DSAT, TDI, GUE, IANTD and ANDI certifications.
If you are a certified diver looking to explore Malta underwater, there is a plethora of nerve tingling dives that await. Shore diving gets you to some of the most famous dive sites but there are also boat and rib dives if you prefer. A typical day starts around 8:30 and gets you back mid afternoon - ideal for allowing time to relax on shore or catch up with the family.
Diving Rates & Prices
If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at San Antonio Hotel & Deep Blue Malta.
- 1 days diving from: ££65
- 3 days diving from: ££160
- 5 days diving from: ££255
Scuba Diving Courses
- PADI open water referral from: ££210 including manual + pic
- PADI open water course from: ££385 including manual + pic
- PADI advanced course from: ££265 including manual + pic
- Nitrox Specialty from: ££95 including manual + pic
- Other courses available on request
- Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): £35 euro paid locally
These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.