There are a number of scenic spots that are only accessible on foot, which makes walking – as well as cycling – one of the best ways to explore the islands.
Most large hotels have their own swimming pool and bathing is safe everywhere around the islands. Malta offers good conditions for scuba diving and snorkeling. The sea temperature never drops below 13°C (55 °F), even in a severe winter, which makes diving possible all-year-round. Diving equipment can be hired at favorable rates, making it unnecessary for divers to bring their own. On the island of Malta, the best dive sites are located around the northern part, the many caves and steep drop-offs, such as Qawra Point and Cirkewwa, being a particular attraction; also on Malta, Wied Iz-Zurrieq is good for night dives. On Gozo island, one of the most spectacular sites is Dwejra Point, which features a 35m (115ft) tunnel. On the island of Comino, cold currents support large shoals of sardines and bogue at Irieqa Point, while the St Marija Caves offer interesting cave diving. Rowing regattas are held in the Grand Harbour during April and September. The Valletta Yacht Club is at Couvre Port, Manoel Island, in Marsamxetto Harbour (temporary members accepted). Windsurfing has become very popular and many hotels and beach establishments offer equipment.
National water polo competitions are held during summer. A summer league takes place at various water-polo clubs. Horseraces are held all Sunday afternoons at the Marsa National Racecourse from the end of October until mid-May. Clay pigeon/Skeet shooting is a popular sport in Malta, with regular practice-sessions and competitions being held on Sunday mornings. Football matches are played at the Ta’Qali stadium from September to June.
There is an 18-hole golf course at the Marsa Sports Club which also has facilities for tennis, squash, cricket, polo and horseracing. There is a 10-pin bowling center at St George’s Bay, St Julian’s.