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Sunflower Boutique Hotel & Deep Blue Malta |Dive Malta - Mediterranean

  • classic all time wreck diving destination
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms tastefully finished in a rustic style
  • Grab a bite in the Geranium Restaurant or relax with a drink at the Wardija Pool Bar
  • Continental style meals with an international flair
  • Relax at the Crown Daisy Spa and Wellness Centre
  • Dive with Dive Deep Blue, specialising in PADI, BSAC, TDI and SSI
  • Nitrox, wrecks, boat and shore diving
  • Technical gases and rebreather friendly

About Sunflower Boutique Hotel & Deep Blue Malta

Malta is a classic all time wreck diving destination in the Mediterranean, favoured by UK divers for the brilliant recreational and technical diving as well as lively apres dive and sun burned scenery. Deep Blue are in the north of the island, only a short hop from excellent shore and boat diving. All of this is just a short flight from the UK with daily and regional departures! The location could not be any better for exploring all that has endeared Malta to us divers through the decades.

The rooms at the Sunflower Boutique hotel are divided into standard and superior room grades. The superior rooms have that extra bit of space. A select number of rooms can also sleep up to three people whilst family rooms can sleep up to 4 adults as well as a terrace. Inside, the decor has a distinctive Maltese, with Maltese limestone used throughout. All of the rooms have access to wifi (in case you want to gloat to your mates about your day's diving!).

Our standard package is based on a B&B basis. The half board upgrade is ideal if you will be out and about all day, but want the convenience of adding your evening meal to your holiday. The half board plus package also includes unlimited drinks during dinner (house wine, house beer, soft drinks, juice and mineral water). Simply ask for a meal plan quote at the time of booking.

When you are a not diving, there is a games room, indoor pool and spa. Relax on the terrace with a sun downer or top up your tan at the roof top pool. The sea views are fabulous and there is also a relaxing whirlpool and swim up Wardija Pool Bar! The Sunflower Boutique hotel is only moments from the promenade at St Paul's Bay, just one of the picturesque bays that pepper Malta's coastline. The hotel's location is quiet but within a few minutes walk you can be supping al fresco or enjoying a much deserved drink at one of the many local bars and restaurants.

Year round rates and long weekend packages available - ask us for a quote

Standard Room

All Hotel Rooms are tastefully finished in a comfortable, rustic style. The majority of Standard Rooms have twin beds and most can accommodate a third bed. Double-bedded rooms are available on request. Twin rooms for sole use are available at a supplement.

Superior Room

In addition to the facilities of a Standard room, Superior rooms are more spacious and include additional services such as tea & coffee making facilities, and an iron with ironing board. Superior rooms also include a sofa bed, which opens into a single bed, accommodating up to three adults in total.

Family Rooms

The Family rooms have all the facilities of a Superior room, but are even more spacious and have comfortable amenities such as a bigger terrace with an umbrella and sun loungers. Family rooms can accommodate up to 4 adults. These rooms particularly appeal to couples and families, who wish to retain home comforts whilst on holiday. Superior rooms for sole use are available at a supplement.

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

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Covid Information for Sunflower Boutique Hotel & Deep Blue Malta

Transfers: all drivers wear masks (as per health authority instructions) and provide sanitizers in the cars and vans. Last Updated: 28 JUL 2020

Information provided by Sunflower Boutique Hotel

We have adopted all the necessary steps as indicated to us by the local health and tourism authorities taking on board all mitigating precautions, sanitisation as well enhance cleaning throughout the hotel. Distancing of tables, deckchairs were also introduced throughout.

During the time when Sunflower was closed due to Covid 19 we have embellished the hotels facilities as well as carried out a general maintenance and repainting of all room in the hotel.
Both the Sunflower hotel and Dive Deep Blue follow all guidelines set out by the Maltese authorities
Distancing of tables and deckchairs have also introduced throughout
Sanitisation and enhanced cleaning throughout the hotel
Buffet meal services have been removed
You are obliged to wear a mask in certain shops, on buses and in taxis


Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (unless working with compressed gas, especially oxygen-enriched gas).
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Use defog - not saliva - in your masks. Test your alternate air source by purging, not test breaths
Be conscious of your exhalations from your reg and snorkel on the surface. Give other divers space

Provided by Maltese Government

Last Updated: 20 JUL 2020

Maltas excellent performance managing covid-19 has been acknowledged by the European Commission, the Commonwealth, the World Health Organisation, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, and others. The Malta Tourism Authority has inspected all hotels and accommodation establishments before they opened to certify that they are compliant with government COVID-19 protocols and therefore provide the highest levels of cleanliness and safety.
Audits will be carried out periodically to ensure adherence to these standards.

COVID-19 - Guidelines for the Travel and Tourism Sector
Overall Preventive Measures, applicable to All Sectors
Washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and if not available, use alcohol-based hand disinfectant
Covering of nose and mouth with a tissue or inner side of flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
Tissues are to be disposed of, immediately after use.
People are to refrain from sneezing or coughing into their hands as they may contaminate objects or people that they come into contact with.
Used tissues are to be disposed of immediately in bins.
People should avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth prior to washing their hands.
People should keep 1 metre distance when talking to someone who is sick.
Hotels and other Collective Accommodation Establishments

It is advisable to limit as much as possible social gatherings and activities involving a number of people in enclosed venues.

Guests reporting sick during their stay
If it is confirmed that the guest came from an effected area, and is suffering from fever, cough or shortness of breath the following procedure applies:
The sick guest should not go to private clinics, emergency department, health centres or to other healthcare facilities.
The hotel should ask the sick guest to self-quarantine in his/her room. The public health authorities should be contacted on phone (+356) 21324086.
n such cases, Public Health authorities will assess the case and if need be visit the hotels themselves to swab the sick guest.
Results of swabs taken from the patient may take a number of hours. It is therefore mperative that in the meantime, the guest remains in the room, no one enters the room and no items are taken out of the room.
Sick guests are to be serviced (e.g. served meals) via room service. No member of the hotel staff should enter the room where the sick person is. Any item/meals requested by the guest should be left outside the room, and the guest can take the food/ items. No visitors are allowed in the room.
If through the tests carried out, it is determined that the patient is suffering from COVID19, the Health Authorities would once again intervene to transfer the sick guest safely to a healthcare facility, where he/she would be kept in isolation and treated.
The accommodation establishments are to co-operate with the Health Authorities in their exercise to trace those persons with whom the sick guest was in contact.
The Health Authorities will then advise on the procedure to sanitize the guest room or premises.
If there are more than one guest in the same room, ideally a separate room is provided to the other guests.

Country Covid Travel Information

Maltas is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Museums and tourist sites, shops, gyms, hairdressers, swimming pools, restaurants and bars have re-opened but with restrictions on the number of customers allowed entry, a requirement to wear a mask and an ability to maintain social distancing (1.5m).

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, you should contact the public health helpline on 111 and follow their instructions.

All arriving passengers must have completed a paper copy of both a public health and a passenger locator form. These are available at the Malta Airport website under the section "Passenger Declarations".

There will be a temperature checks at the airport, you will also have to fill in a form at arrival detailing where in the plan you were seated and where you will stay during your visit to Malta.

You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, when you are travelling home from Malta.

Last Updated: 21JUL2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

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.

Covid Travel Information

Maltas is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Museums and tourist sites, shops, gyms, hairdressers, swimming pools, restaurants and bars have re-opened but with restrictions on the number of customers allowed entry, a requirement to wear a mask and an ability to maintain social distancing (1.5m).

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, you should contact the public health helpline on 111 and follow their instructions.

All arriving passengers must have completed a paper copy of both a public health and a passenger locator form. These are available at the Malta Airport website under the section "Passenger Declarations".

There will be a temperature checks at the airport, you will also have to fill in a form at arrival detailing where in the plan you were seated and where you will stay during your visit to Malta.

You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, when you are travelling home from Malta.

Last Updated: 21JUL2020

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.

Travel

Flight options

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.

Stopovers

As it is a direct service, there are no stop over options

Arrange before you go

Regular Entry Requirements

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

Insurance

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

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

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.

Check in

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.

Lounge

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

Parking

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

Transfers are included in your holiday. You be advised in your travel documentation of how to find your transfer.

Departures

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.

Info

Tipping

Any local excursions are booked, paid for and taken at your own risk - please ensure you are fully insured for any land activities you wish to enjoy

Currency

You will need euros in Malta. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted, but you should check with your bank about any additional overseas charges they may levy for using your card in Malta.

Phone coverage

Phone coverage is generally good - do check with your phone provider about any applicable overseas charges. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM for making calls or data use

Plugs and electricity

3 pin round UK plug sockets are used in Malta - 220V

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally

Extras

Special trips (gozo, Comino, north Malta by boat) night dives and specific tek wreck dives can all be arranged and paid for locally

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

15lt tanks are 1 euro per tank - 32% nitrox is 5 euros per fill

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit is £400. If you add flights to your holiday full payment of your chosen flight option may also be required to confirm your ATOL bonded package.

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

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

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel, within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling with 12 months

Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

Our most popular package includes 7 nights in a standard room (2 people sharing) on a B&B basis
The standard dive package is 10 dives (5 days) AIR
Return airport transfers are included in your package

Excluded

International flights to Malta (MLA) are not included. Please ask for a competitive quote to add these to your holiday.

Additional diving and services are arranged and paid for at the dive centre at the end of your trip

Any local excursions are booked, paid for and taken at your own risk - please ensure you are fully insured for any land activities you wish to enjoy

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.


Deep Blue have been diving Malta's wrecks, caves and reefs for nearly 20 years and few dive centres in Malta are as flexible or experienced as these salty sea dogs. Deep Blue are a large centre with all the advantages that this brings, but have worked hard to retain that friendly, welcoming atmosphere that brings divers back year after year.



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. On top of the outstnading "regular" dives, you can also take special trips to Comino, Gozo and boat dive the sites to the north and south of the island. On request dives can also be made at the Blenheim Bomber, Helespong and Torpedo Ship. Local charges apply for special trips.



  • Shore and boat diving
  • PADI, BSAC and SSI training
  • Guided shore, wreck and reef dives


The range of diving courses on offer with the team of experienced instructors encompasses PADI, BSAC and SSI. Classroom and pool sessions are on site then let the open water fun begin! Safety and enjoyment at the buzz words here, with high quality rental equipment, a full range of tank sizes and nitrox on request.

The Madonna

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 15m | Max Depth: 30m

This famous underwater marker is located just over the reef wall at 17 metres and is one of the attractions that nearly every visitor has on his tick list. Placed there many years ago as a good luck charm for divers this small statue watches over her underwater flock. This dive site has several tunnels and two nice swim troughs. Marine life includes barracuda, amberjacks, scorpion fish and then even trigger fish.

The Arch

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 15m | Max Depth: 25m

A gentle swim to right of the entry point and you will eventually arrive at this magnificent underwater feature. Once a cave the roof has long since collapsed leaving this beautiful halo in the sea often patrolled by shoals of Jacks and Barracuda. The top of the arch is 9 metres and the sandy bottom is at 18 metres.

Anchor Bay (Popeye Village)

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 6m | Max Depth: 12m

This site is reached through a narrow cutting in the rock wall. It is a shallow site with a maximum depth of around 17 metres and its main attraction is a cave that runs into the cliff face at 6 metres. You can surface in several chambers in this cave and it provides a great way of introducing this kind of diving to those who always wanted to take a look.

Qawra Point

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 5m | Max Depth: 36m

A shallow and easy reef dive along colourful rock formations. This dive can also be done as a deeper dive on the outer side of the reef where it may reach 36 metres.

Blue Grotto

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 18m | Max Depth: 36m

This dive site, along with Cirkewwa in the north of Malta, ranks as one of the most visited sites on the island as it offers dives for all levels of experience. Its many features include of course the wreck of the Um El Faroud but long before this wreck was put in place this area was a major attraction. The depth ranges form 4 to 40 metres and offers such diversity as to please any dive enthusiast.

Ghar Lapsi

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 6m | Max Depth: 25m

This beautiful part of the Maltese coast is a favourite with the locals as a swimming area as it has superb and picturesque sheltered water rising into shady land caverns ideal for shading from the summer sun. For divers though it is the network of shallow caves and gently sloping reef down through gin clear waters to a sandy sea bed at 15 metres that entice us to this location.

HMS Maori

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 12m | Max Depth: 16m

The 115m long HMS Maori was sunk in a german air raid in 1942. The destroyer now sits in the sand at 17 metres with the top part of the remaining structure at 9 metres just 70 metres off the coast in Sliema Creek overlooked by the magnificent Fort St Elmo. A lot of this wreck is buried underneath a bed of sand. However after over 50 years in a shallow resting place it is remarkably still a very interesting dive.

X139 Waterlighter

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 8m | Max Depth: 25m

Until very recently this vessel was thought to be just a service barge that was torpedoed in WWII whilst moored in the harbour. We now know that this barge is actually a vessel with significant historical value as it is in fact one of the last remaining examples of a fleet that was commissioned to land forces during the Gallipoli campaign. She now lies in a vertical position bow to stern 6 to 24 metres.

M.V. Rozi

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 30m | Max Depth: 36m

Just 70 metres from the shore lying at 36 metres you will be met by the sight of this superb wreck. Scuttled initially as an attraction for a submarine tour that no longer runs this Tug Boat holds a special place in hearts of divers visit her and get seduced by her stately grace. Often surrounded by Mediterranean fish of all shapes and sizes, this is a dive that you cannot miss seeing if you visit Malta.

Um- El- Faroud

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 20m | Max Depth: 36m

The Um- El- Faroud is possibly one of Maltas most popular and most famous wrecks. With a length of 110m and width of 16m she is a great wreck dive. Renamed when she was bought, this ship started life as a freighter after being built in Sunderland England. After purchase and conversion to a Libyan oil tanker she was the victim of a tragic explosion in the Malta dry docks while in for repair. In 1998 the Um- El- Faroud was cleaned up and sank as an artificial reef for scuba divers just of the coast of the site Blue Grotto. Top deck 15m, sandy bottom, 36 metres.

Bell Cave

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 5m | Max Depth: 25m

The entrance to this cave is usually through the lower opening at 22 metres after which the diver heads up into the chimney and out through slits in the reef wall.

Bristol Blenheim Bomber

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 39m | Max Depth: 42m

Shot down on its approach to Malta during WWII and now lies on a sandy sea bed at 42 metres deep. As you descend from the shot line form our cover boat the spectacular view comes into your line of sight. If it is your first visit to this site the memory will linger in your minds eye for years to come.

HMS Hellespont

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 35m | Max Depth: 41m

This wooden paddle steamer hit a mine in WWII while carrying out its duty. It sank immediately and sits upright on the bottom at 41m. A stunning wreck that remained remarkably intact.

St Pauls Island

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15m | Max Depth: 25m

A short boat trip form st pauls bay and we can begin to explore the reefs around this little island which has been reputed to be the place that st Paul was ship wrecked and so brought Christianity to Malta. Starting form 5 meters we can descend to max depth of 25 meters tracing the reef wall and rocky seabed.

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The Geranium Restaurant

The Geranium Restaurant on the ground floor serves a mouthwatering choice of Maltese cuisine laced with Mediterranean influences. Fish, meat, pasta and vegetarian dish are on offer, and the restaurant is used for breakfast and dinner. ...find out more

The Amaryllis Bar

The bar serves a fantastic choice of spirits, local and foreign beer, wine and cocktails. The bar is conveniently open 24 hours a day for light snacks between 11am & 2pm ...find out more

The Wardija Pool Bar

The rooftop terrace is where you will find the unique Wardija Pool Bar. The bar has seating in and out of the pool and serves snacks, refreshing drinks and ice-cream. During the summer, the bar offers a variety of fresh salads and grilled meat or fish prepared on the barbecue. ...find out more