The wreck of the HMS Maori offers many lovely views. Parts of the hull are easily recognizable, although the guns have been removed. Much of the superstructure is now found beside the vessel on the seabed. Look out for cardinal fish, saddled seabream, camouflaged scorpion and seahorses on and around the wreck.

The hull of the Maori is lying upright on the sand, with the depth on her starboard side being approximately 14 meters deep and on her port side about 10 meters deep. Once you navigate from the entry point, you will come across a drop-off following the contours of the bay. On the seaward side the bottom is sandy. Follow the drop-off to the west and you will eventually arrive on the Maori. The first thing you will notice are some large round hatches which were her gun mountings. The remains of her superstructure with another gun mount are on top with some swim-throughs. The ship was broken in two after its bombing and only her forward section remains. This allows plenty of light comes in through some missing side panels, as well as through various hatches leading to her deck.

With time the Maori is slowly collapsing, so before plan any penetration, look out for loose parts.

Wreck History:

Malta’s most famous and historical wreck, this World War II destroyer was launched in 1937 and saw considerable action in her life, including assisting the sinking of the Bismarck and valuable assistance with the defense of Malta. However, in 1942, she received a direct hit as a bomb from a night air raid exploded in her engine room whilst in the docks.

Since she lays in shallow water, available to see even with a Discover Scuba Diving program