DIVE  SITES

Ghar Lapsi

Location

North of Wied iz Zurrieq ‚ South West Malta

Depth/length

12m, 40-50 mins

Ghar Lapsi photo

The Dive:

Starting with a spectacular cavern, where light penetrates through cracks in the ceiling and exits along the cave, this dive is ideal for photography. You can choose your exits, making the cavern easy or squeezy! The squeezy is fun and very safe. Located in a beautiful secluded cove, which makes it a perfect second dive after either the Um el Faroud wreck or the Blue Grotto.

Sightings:

Flying Gurnard, Stingray, Lizard Fish, Octopus, Cuttle Fish.

Blue Hole, Gozo

Location

Dwejra ‚ North/West Gozo

Depth/length

18/35m, 40-50 mins

Blue Hole Gozo photo

The Dive:

A must do! This is the signature dive site of Gozo - it begins with a breathtaking 10m wide chimney, previously overlooked by the gigantic Azure window. As you descend, a natural rock arch appears, forming a doorway before you, leading to the open sea. Large Grouper are a common sight here, along with the occasional Spiny Lobster. Leaving the chimney behind you, large boulders provide cover for countless families of Parrot Fish. The jagged fallen boulders have come from the ex-Azure Windows which dramatically collapsed in 2017, forming a whole new underwater experience! Heading around the base of the arch leg you can pick your depth up to 40m. Wherever you choose to go, an amazing variety of marine life awaits. Heading back to the reef wall there are a number of swim-throughs, towards an enormous vertical crack in the reef. Starting at 18m and climbing up towards a coral garden at 4m‚ this is one possible exit - however you can return to the Blue Hole from here too, and the cavern at the base of the Hole is always worth a visit, with regular sighting of huge conger eels hiding in the dark of the cavern, before ascending.

Sightings:

Schools of Bream, Parrot Fish, Large Dusky Grouper, Saupe, Cardinal Fish, Nudibranch, Moray Eel, Lobster, Octopus.

Inland Sea‚ Gozo

Location

Dwejra‚ North/West Gozo

Depth/length

18/35+m, 40-50 mins

Inland Sea Gozo photo

The Dive:

As the name suggests the dive starts in a large scenic inlet - a natural lake surrounded by stunning rock faces. A short surface swim across to the open cave, 70m long, which leads through the Island to the open sea. The cave is open, with 8m above the surface for tourist boats to travel through, out to the Azure Window. Below the surface it begins at 5m and drops to beyond 30m at the exit to the sea. Light is not normally an issue on this dive, but some divers use a small torch to investigate the cavern walls. As you travel along the cavern towards the exit, a shaft of blue light beckons you onward, getting bigger and bigger until you are suspended at the exit, surrounded in the bright light. Although the reefs here are beautiful and have lots of life on them, the cave is something you will always remember - it`s something completely different to do, and another must do during your visit!

Sightings:

John Dory, Octopus, Cardinal Fish, Barracuda, Parrot Fish, Spotted Doris.

Mgarr ix Xini‚ Gozo

Location

West Gozo

Depth/length

12m, 40-50 mins

Mgarr ix Xini photo

The Dive:

One of Gozo`s best kept secrets; although only a shallow dive it`s great for Octopus and Sea Horse hunting. Then, following a pretty wall to the right hand side of the bay, out towards the mouth of the inlet we arrive at a large open cavern around 8m across and 20m or so to the back. After investigating and checking the walls for Sea Horses, we make our way across the sandy bay to return along the other side to get a better chance of seeing the rare Flying Gurnard and, if the Gods are smiling, some Cuttle Fish displaying the many colours they`re famous for. A shallow critter hunt which often packs a surprise encounter.

Sightings:

Cuttle Fish, Octopus, Flying Gurnard, Sea Horse, Saupe, Bream, Nudibranch.

Lantern Point‚ Comino

Location

South East Comino ‚ Boat Dive

Depth/length

18/35m, 40-50 mins

Lantern Point entrance to crack in reef floor

The Dive:

There`s nothing nicer than jumping off the back of a boat right over your dive site - as the anchor drops you can feel the excitement building. We jump in over a shallow 6m reef, taking a westward bearing, a short swim brings us to a crack in the reef floor. This is the opening to a large, exciting chimney, which we descend passing interesting rock formations as we go. The cave levels out and continues towards the outer wall of the reef at 15m. From here you can pick your depth around the boulders, and along a beautiful wall, the deeper sections beyond 30m offering swim-throughs. Normally this dive offers incredible visibility, and the chance for encounters with larger marine life.

Sightings:

Grouper, Moray Eel, Bream, Saupe, Painted Comber.

Santa Maria Caves‚ Comino

Location

East Comino, Boat Dive

Depth/length

10/21m, 40-50 mins

Fish-feeding at Santa Maria Caves

The Dive:

Dropping in over a large sandy area, you are immediately surrounded by the local welcoming committee of Sea Bream. We begin this dive with a dramatic fish feed, which is a great opportunity for some amazing photos. Then it`s off to explore the beautiful caves, most of which are non-overhead environments‚ suitable for Open Water Divers. The openings in the cave roof offer great light, and because of the caves` natural beauty they were used for the treasure scene in the movie The Count of Monte Cristo. Once through the cave the dive heads towards a large pinnacle out in open water, which is home to lots of marine life. When ready to return it`s back through the cave system using other channels so you have a good chance to really explore this amazing natural cavern.

Sightings:

Cuttle Fish, Octopus, Flying, Saupe, Bream, Nudibranch, Moray Eel, Grouper.

Alex`s Cave‚ Comino

Location

West Comino, Boat Dive

Depth/length

18m, 40-50 mins

Alex`s Cave, Comino

The Dive:

Entering through a small archway in the reef, out to a rocky reef and wall area, we head over to a huge sandy area where we find Cleaver Wrass, Turbot and other interesting life. Then it`s over to the wall to find the cave entrance - a huge crack in the reef wall. As you enter, and your eyes adjust to the new light, ahead a vertical opening in the ceiling, stretching up to the surface, becomes visible giving you more daylight which entices you further inside. At this point the cave bears left, and the light seems to disappear - however a quick look over the shoulder reassures you that the exit can clearly be seen‚ even from the very back of the cavern. For an added bonus you can surface inside this cavern - but it is from a depth of 15m, so only those who don`t have issues with equalising should attempt this as the only exit is back through the underwater entrance of the cave.

Sightings:

Cuttle Fish, Sting Ray, Wrass, Turbot, Flying Gurnard, Turbot.

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