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“Not the best, not the worst” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Aquatica

Aquatica
54, Toni Bajada Street, St. Paul's Bay, Island of Malta, Malta
(+356) 7906 3462
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Type: Sports Camps/ Clinics, Adventure
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Owner description: Welcome to Malta & Aquatica 5 Star Dive Centre, where dedication and professionalism come together to form a friendly environment that you can trust.Come join the adventure of diving in Malta and let us be your trusted guides to a memorable diving experience that you will never forget.Our service provides all divers with enjoyable, flexible and highly customised packages. With a fresh and friendly attitude we aim to ensure everyone enjoys a great day.OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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“Not the best, not the worst”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We were told that our diving was being changed from 8am to midday at 6pm the day before. We arrived at midday and sat waiting in the dive shop until 2pm as no trucks were available. We did the same dive twice on our first day and our guide spent most of the dive teaching an advanced course rather than guiding.

The second day we were persuaded to pay more to dive in Gozo (not what we'd booked) which did turn out to be an improvement on the previous day. We dived the Blue Hole and the Inland Sea which were very impressive but, again, our guide was busy teaching advanced students so we weren't sure where to go and ended up hovering with the rest of the group. I was expecting the guide to point out interesting things and identify fish as with all of our previous guided dives.

My main concern was during our final dive when we were asked to let the guide know when we only had 120 bar remaining as we had a fairly long swim through a cave to get back to shore. I noticed I was down to 120 bar but the guide was not around. He had gone deeper than I am qualified to go with the advanced students so I was down on air by the time he'd returned. This resulted in a fairly frantic swim back through the tunnel to ensure everyone had enough air to do their safety stop. Another member of our group had the same experience, so I wasn't alone in being somewhat alarmed by this.

Regardless of the slightly unconventional setup of these dives, they were quite enjoyable but would have been much better if our guide hadn't been so preoccupied elsewhere and had had the time to point more things out.

Visited June 2013
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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“Very Friendly Professional Dive Center with Great Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Booked a dive package online via multiple emails confirming all my details with the help of the dive centre manager Daryl.

Was kitted out in brand new top rated equipment (4xl size). The diving itself in Malta is fantastic and I recommend you try and see as much as you can but, Um El Faroud, P29 and Azure Window in Gozo are all a must. Wind direction is a factor so check with dive centre on day to confirm dive sites available (wrong wind direction can turn entry/exit point into a washing machine).

Aquatic seemed to have 4 or 5 dive instructors and 2 divemasters, I was lucky to dive with 4 of them, Simon (instructor) who accompanied me on every dive I done and what a sense of humour, Alan (instructor) the quite professional, John (Instructor) returning to Malta after 3 years teaching diving in Thailand and Indonesia, and Rob (divemaster) better know as Rupert (ask him why)!!

The attention to detail during the dive briefings, the commitment to safety cannot be surpassed or questioned, expert and professional throughout.

Just want to say a big thank you to all the team at Aquatica and the other guest I dived with, made my day!

Visited June 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Very good service!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Very good diving centre with very friendly and caring staff. Diving groups are small, so every diving instructor can look after you more individually. I have very good experience with Simon, who really looked after the group and gave us maximal attention! They really made my diving in Malta!!!

Visited May 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Not a great diving experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Found it bizarre getting a phone call 5 minutes before pick up at 7.00 in the morning asking would I mind postponing my dive. Without any explanation. I did mind so it went ahead.
Had requested well in advance a xxxl diving suit. Was brought out l, xl, xxl, before they agreed that I needed a xxxl - that they had to go outside to retrieve. Larger people know the extra pain in the butt it is trying on 3 different 5mm suits!!Was a little mystified when I was asked to pay full price for a mask that I didn't use because it was split (instructor pointed this out after I had tried it on before the dive). Dive Center Manager kindly gave me the "benefit of the doubt" after I refused to pay. Diving was in ports - owing to the windy conditions as all dives from shore (Wind = minor puff that day, not sure why the "interesting dives" would be accessible?). Instructor and Dive Guide very nice, competent and knowledgeable chaps. I must have caught this center on a bad day.

Visited June 2013
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Aarhus, Denmark
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“Great experience for my first-time snorkeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I went with two other friends. We drove to the shop and parked our car on the street. The shop owner drove my friends and other customers to the harbor where we took a boat to Blue Lagoon.The guide Simon is great. I was a bit nervous, but he did a good job in keeping me calm and motivated. Bring a jacket and towel with you. It is a bit windy on the boat in May.

Visited May 2013
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