Sands Apartments

The Sands Apartments are very conveniently situated just off the main road through St Paul's Bay and about 100 metres from the Maltaqua Dive Centre. Their position just on the edge of the village means they are close to all the amenities without suffering the traffic noise of the town centre.
Although they were originally designed for the discerning diver, they have proved popular with all tourists. They have all that is needed for a comfortable holiday. They are well finished, tastefully decorated, roomy and clean. There is a flight of stairs to the first floor and a lift from there to the remaining floors. No need for divers to lug their gear upstairs to the flat as there is a room in the basement to wash and store equipment.

All apartments are supplied with linen and bathroom towels, cutlery and crockery. You will need to bring your own beach/bath towels. Water and electricity are included in the price. Transfers to and from the airport are also arranged at no extra cost.

Studios all have a kitchen/living room with a separate sleeping area and a separate toilet with shower and wash hand basin. They can accommodate two persons very comfortably and can take a third.

Studio with extra bedroom:
as above but with a separate bedroom so can it serve four persons easily.

The Penthouse can be reached directly by lift using a special key. The sitting room, dining room and kitchen form a single large, arched, open-plan area with balcony doors opening onto a wide terrace at the front. There are three good sized bedrooms, one with a large patio and its own facilities. In addition to the bathroom there is a fully equipped toilet/shower room adjacent to the living room. There is lots of room for 6 persons.
Maltaqua was founded in 1970 by Mike and Agnes Upton, both CMAS National Instructors, PADI Staff Instructors and BSAC Advanced Instructors who have both logged thousands of dives since they started diving in 1968. Both are teachers by profession so diver training has always been of particular interest to them.
Diving in Malta is easy. At most sites you can drive virtually to the waters’ edge, kit up and jump into the clear, warm, azure sea. The bottom shelves down in steps to reach 25 to 30 metres within a 5 minute swim, offering a choice of diving depths to suit each level of ability. The rock has been eroded to produce caves, caverns, overhangs, swim-throughs and the most spectacular scenery. There are no tides and few currents so you can throw away your tide tables and dive when you feel like it.
The Island is large enough to offer a sheltered side when the wind blows but small enough to allow a drive to any site within 30 minutes.

There are several easily accessible wrecks, the largest being the recently sunk, 105 metres "El Faroud", lying in 35 metres at Weid-iz Zurrieq (Blue Grotto).
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