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Diving in the north west of Malta at dive site Anchor Bay or Popeye Village
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Anchor Bay is located in the northwest of Malta at the other side of famous Mellieha Bay. It is better known as Popeye Village as this bay was the movie setting for the film Popeye in 1980 with Robin Williams. It is located in between of two cliffs with the dive site directly opposite of it reachable by a small jetty like road. There are many boulders inside the bay which have formed nice swimthroughs and small caverns. There is also a very small wreck on the outside of the bay hardly worth mentioning.
With the cliffs at your left side you will find a cave often named scorpion cave. Its entrance is at 8 meters but only completely submerged for the first few meters. After that it is a brilliant cave with life underwater being as spectacular as the views above water. Snorkelers can use another entrance and can also investigate the spectacular dome inside the cave. Surfacing can be done in several chambers but keep your regulator in as air is often not very good. If you continue swimming to the other side of the bay you will find an enormous chain with a huge anchor, which has given this bay its name. The bay houses wrasses, scorpion fish, many morays, groupers, parrot fish and octopus and is great if you like caves.
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