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HISTORY

The Maori. A name that should bring images of strong New Zealand warriors, a fearsome tribe that the world still recognises today. This historical tribe is the namesake of the World War Two shipwreck that now lies just outside of Fort St Elmo, Valetta. The Maori was a Tribal-Class Destroyer that served under the Mediterranean Fleet (one of sixteen) in World War two, all of the Tribal Class Destroyers were named after indigenous tribes. Built by a Scottish company, Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company LTD on the 6th of June 1936, it was only launched on the 2nd September 1937, the next year and only commissioned in January 1939. At the start of the war it was used for convoy escort duties, alongside other destroyer vessels up until October that year, however after that it defended the North Sea until April 1940, before going to Iceland to patrol for German warships. For those who know their Wartime history well, you may be interested in knowing that The Mori successfully served in the battle of Cape Bon in December 1941. Her career came to an end however, in 1942 whilst harboured in Valetta’s Grand Harbour, and she was shot down by a German plane, thankfully only one crew member lost their lives, however this technically makes the original Maori shipwreck a grave.

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In July 1945 she was raised and moved to where she lies now, just off the coast of Fort St Elmo, however in the move only her bow survived, meaning that of the 115m vessel, only 45m of it is now available to dive. Thankfully of the part that survived, it is still possible to see the two front gun bases (although the guns themselves were actually removed and put in Fort St Elmo soon after she sank), though they may not be in the best condition. Due to the location of the Fort St Elmo shore, The Maori has been subjected to years and years of harsh weather, and as such is in quite a state of disrepair, which makes it all the more exciting that the two front gun bases and still distinguishable. As an example of just how bad the storms can get, there is actually a car wreck just to the side of The Maori, which was dragged in (around October 2016) from one of the roads, well above sea level, that surrounds the outer fortress. An interesting addition to an already fascinating wreck.

So, some information about the dive itself. The Maori is one of only two shipwrecks available in Malta for all levels of diver (the other being the X-127 in Manoel harbour). With a maximum depth of 16m on her port side, and 13m on the starboard, even open water divers can get a taste for the rich history surrounding the little island of Malta. Due to the location, visibility isn’t always the best at this site, however one can follow the wreck its whole length with no fear of getting lost. There are several entry points, all along the edge of the harbour, so depending on weather and waves it can be accessed safety from different points, with about a 200m swim from shore over large rocks.

These rocks are home to many rockfish, eels, nudibranch and of course crustaceans, but the real excitement starts once you reach the sand that surrounds the wreck. In season one can find rays, but otherwise you can frequently find flatfish, cuttlefish, burrowing starfish, red mullet and even weaver fish using their disguises against the sandy bottom. If you’ve very lucky you may even find a seahorse, and it is also possible to find the odd octopus, well camouflaged and hidden, where the rocks meet the sand. On the wreck itself, Macro photographers rejoice! A large range of different types of Nudibranch have made their homes, and are (almost) always found, especially on the BLAH BLAH. It is also possible to see many hermit crabs, tube worms and cardinal fish, thanks to the wreck acting as an artificial reef.

HEADING

To the portside of the Maori it is still possible to see ammunition, with the inscription of 1941, a true piece of history, however as you work your way from the bow of The Maori towards the rear, the condition deteriorates steadily, until at the end it is just the bare bones of the wreckage. Around the wreck in the sand are the remnants of several bikes, several large tyres and the odd oil barrel, which all offer refuge for marine life.

Sadly, due to the amount of time The Maori has lain dormant being battered by storms, the structural integrity of the wreck is questionable, meaning it’s not the best to penetrate. There are also many sharp edges and wires within, so its better for divers to stick to the outside of the wreck, where they can enjoy the to swim through arches either side of the BLAH BLAH. Overall a stunning wreck to dive, and a fascinating piece of history to explore and observe.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS


Guided Diving:

• Maltese Law requires that all divers with a level rating less than Advanced Open Water or equivalent level need to be accompanied/guided by a renewed and insured Instructor in the water at all times.
• Guest divers will be grouped according to their qualification and experience and will always follow the instructions of the accompanying instructor. An instructor may terminate the dive or dive pack of any guest if the diver does not follow instructions or is deemed unsafe to himself and/or others.
• The dive centre or instructor reserves the right to refuse the business of any guests on the grounds of safety issues or possible issues that arise or may arise.
• If the guest has a medical issue and does not present a medical certification from any doctor allowing the guest to scuba dive then the guest will not be allowed to dive with us, regardless of the guest’s experience and/or certification level, until such medical check up is done and a medical certification is issues by any doctor allowing the guest to scuba dive.
• All qualified divers must present their certification card and logbook at the time of registering. Failure to do so may disqualify the guest from diving until such time that the required proof is provided.
• For their own safety, Divers may be required to complete a check dive and/or a refresher dive depending on their certification level and experience and the time elapsed between their last logged dive.
• If the guest does not present an official log book, which would contain the stamp and certification number of the final instructor, the requirement of whether a check dive and/or refresher dive is needed, still remains at the discretion of the present instructor.
• The maximum depth for each guest is determined by their certification level, as well as the instructor’s assessment of the client’s ability and comfort level and also by the weather and sea conditions on the day.
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• Self-Assessment Medical Statement (RSTC Medical form): (LINK TO FORM)
If the diver answers “YES” to any of the medical conditions on the form, then a medical certificate signed by a doctor is required.
• Risk and Liability Statement: (LINK TO FORM)
Divers under the age of 18 need to provide written parental/ guardian consent allowing them to dive.
• Customer Registration Form: (LINK TO FORM)
This form is issued by the dive centre and will be given to the guest either by email or by hand and will be used solely to collect personal data and diving information as well as reminding the guest of local medical obligations. This form also includes the Self-Assessment Medical & Risk Liability statements.

Time of the dives:

• The divers are usually requested to be at the Dive Centre at 09:00 for a day of diving, unless otherwise specified.
• Night dives depart from the centre between 17:00 and 20:00 depending on the season.
• The meeting time for night dives will depend on the time of the year and the special circumstances of the dive or the day.
• If a diver doesn’t show on time, the dive may start without waiting for him/her.

Number of dives:

• The guest may choose the number of dives to do in a day. For some dive sites, a minimum of 2 dives will be required.
Courses:
• Standards require that appropriate student materials are purchased for use during all courses and to keep as reference after finishing it. Watercolours does not include the cost of the materials in the price of the course. The client may bring their own materials or purchase them from Watercolours.
• For technical courses, the certification fee is not included in the price of the course. The instructor may decide not to certify the student, if he considers the diver doesn’t fulfil the ability or personal requirements for the certification. There is a certification fee on each successfully completed recreational course included in the course prices.
• Watercolours will do all that is possible to complete a course within a stipulated time, however, it cannot guarantee its duration as each student will have to fulfil all the obligations and standards of the course which might take more time. If the student can’t complete the course during their stay either a referral will be issued by Watercolours or Watercolours will reserve the option to keep the course open to be finished within 12 months.
• If more than 12 months elapse then the course must be restarted from the beginning.
• If the student needs further days to complete a course additional fees may apply.

Dive sites:

• Watercolours will choose the appropriate dive sites suitable for its guests depending on their certification level, proficiency and the sea conditions on the day.
• The planned dive sites for the day may change, even at short notice, depending on weather conditions, safety issues or technical reasons.

Transport:

• Transport to and from dive sites is included in our prices, unless otherwise mentioned. Divers using our transport do so at their own risk. We recommend not to take valuables to the dive sites. Watercolours will not accept any responsibility for lost properties or thief.
• The cost of most of our boat dives is also included in the total price of our dives, however, additional boat costs may apply for dives done due to distance covered or special permits such as Heritage Malta & other costs. See additional costs explanation on the dive centre’s website. (LINK TO PAGE)

Non-divers:

• Non-divers travelling in the dive trucks and/or on the dive boat are subject to the available space with first preference always being given to diving clients. Non-divers travelling on the boat and/or in the dive trucks travel at their own risk. Watercolours doesn’t offer any tourist guiding or other activities except for diving and snorkel trips. All dive trucks and the dive boat all hold the appropriate licences and are all covered by the necessary insurance coverage.

Equipment Rental:

• Watercolours Dive Centre only rents equipment to divers accompanied by one of our instructors.
• The guest who is renting equipment is fully responsible for any damage or loss that the equipment may suffer due to bad or irresponsible use.
• Watercolours dive Centre does not rent out any scuba diving equipment to third parties.

Transfers:

• Upon request and availability, Watercolours offers Transfers from the airport to the chosen hotel or the dive centre.
• Watercolours also offers pick-ups for guests… see list of free pick-ups on website. Return transfer to the hotel cannot be guaranteed and is usually done at closing time which is 17:00

Confirmed bookings:

• A booking will only be confirmed upon deposit unless another arrangement is reached. In any other case it will be considered a provisional booking and Watercolours cannot guarantee the availability of an instructor for the requested activity. Alternatively, If there is space available, the guest can join any other dive happening during the stay.

Cancellation Policy:

• If the guest cancels an activity 24 hours before, the cost is 25% of the total cost.
• If the guest cancels an activity within 24 hours a 50% cancellation fee is required.
• The guest renounces any deposits for any cancellations unless a special agreement is reached.