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, superior and family 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!).
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 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.
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 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.
Deep Blue take no short cuts when it comes to diver training. They offer both PADI and BSAC training and with the modern, large classrooms and private pool on site, completing the theory and practise sessions could not be more convenient. Deep Blue also boast a highly experienced tek team, who can teach TDI, IANTD, DSAT, ANDI and GUE courses.
If you are a certified diver looking to explore Malta underwater, there are 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 atSunflower Boutique 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 inc manual + pic
- PADI open water course from:££385 inc manual + pic
- PADI advanced course from:££265 inc manual + pic
- Nitrox Specialty from:££95 inc 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.