The Um El Faroud

Wreck Dive, Zurrieq, Malta

The Um El Faroud is one of the best wreck dives in Malta, at least for recreational divers. The Um El Faroud was in dry docks in the Grand Harbour of Valletta for maintenance work, when on the night of the 3rd February 1995,  an explosion had occurred. Unfortunately nine shipyard workers lost their lives in the explosion, and the oil tanker suffered structural damage both inside and out.

Following an inspection and survey, the Um El Faroud was considered damaged beyond repair and after three years at the dock in Valletta, it was decided to scuttle her as a diving attraction and an artificial reef off the South-West coast of Malta, in Zurrieq.

The wreck broke into two parts during a heavy storm in the winter of 2005-2006. The overall length of the ship is about 110m.

The depth at the propeller is 36m and the average depth is around 30 m which makes it great for recreational divers. The technical divers go crazy for this wreck as they can spend SO much time exploring her.

The Stern

The stern of the ship (seen in the image above) is an impressive site to behold. The wreck sits completely upright in the water and the depth of the stern is 36 m in the sand. The rudder and propeller are still in place and both a popular area to take photos due to the size of the prop.

The Engine Room

The wreck is amazing to explore inside. The engine room is one of the largest on the island and is worth a visit on your dive (if you are qualified). Our team have done hundreds of dives on this wreck and know the best routes through this huge wreck.

Interesting Sights

The wreck is divided into two sections where both are covered in Marine life. You can find amber Jacks, barracuda, trigger fish, damsels, nudibranchs and moray eels in and around the wreck.

In the centre of the bridge, in the front, is a brass plaque placed in memory of those 9 workers who lost their lives in the explosion.

Experience Needed

You must be certified to dive to a depth of 30 meters to dive this site. If you wish to penetrate the wreck you will be required to have a Wreck Diver certification. We would also recommend being a Nitrox Diver and a Deep Diver.


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