Scuba Diving in Gozo: An Overview of the Most Popular Gozo Diving Sites!
Scuba Diving in Gozo is said to be magical.
With excellent visibility, warm waters, and stunning caves, rocks, tunnels and reefs, it’s not very hard to see why Gozo is the top favourite island for diving from all Maltese islands.
Gozo island is blessed with many "hidden" coves waiting to be discovered and explored!
On Gozo island, you will find over 50 dive sites to choose from.
And whatsmore, since the island is so tiny, your dive will never be more than a 30 minute drive away!
A large number of dive sites in Gozo are accessible from the shore.
Some require boats to get to.
If you’re thinking of doing some scuba diving in Gozo, have a look at our list below of the most popular Gozo Diving Sites!
Scuba Diving in Gozo: Top Gozo Dive Sites
Location: To the northern corner of Xlendi Bay
Diving Conditions: Sheltered dive. Extremely busy with boat traffic and swimmers though.
Dive Details: Maximum depth 25 metres (Average 6 metres). Visibility in the cave is highly variable but ranges from 6 to 30 metres.
The Xlendi Cave is a relatively easy dive so it’s popular with less experienced divers. It’s usually used as a first cave dive for many locals. The walls of the cave are fascinating with various types of marine life.
You can access this dive site by swimming across Xlendi Bay (on the surface) until you see the entrance to the cave.
Location: Dwejra Point
Dive Details: Maximum depth 45 metres with visibility ranging from 30 to 50 metres
A very popular site with underwater photographers, you can access this dive site by boat. Fungus Rock is a large limestone rock which offers stunning swimthroughs, caverns, vertical walls, boulders and gulleys.
Scuba Diving in Gozo at Crocodile Rock
Location: Low lying rock just offshore between Dwejra Point and Fungus Rock.
Diving Conditions: Can be choppy on the surface, with surge and currents along the outer wall.
Dive Details: Maximum depth 45 metres (Average 35 metres) with an average visibility of 45 metres.
You can access this dive by boat. The rock’s shape resembles that of a crocodile (hence the name).
You can expect to see groupers and salema here.
The Blue Hole and the Chimney
Location: Just in front of the Azure Window in Dwejra
Diving Conditions: Most times the hole is sheltered.
Dive Details: Maximum depth is 45 metres (Average 20 metres) with an average visibility of 45 metres.
This beautiful natural rock formation offers a sheltered entry. The dive site includes a large archway and a cave at the bottom of the hole.
The Blue Hole near the Azure Window ... No amount of photos will ever do this place justice!
You can access this dive site via a bit of a difficult walk over ancient limestone.
The path is rough and it leads down to the shore.
A very popular dive site in Gozo, it’s best to get to the Blue Hole early to really enjoy your dive.
Scuba Diving in Gozo at San Dimitri Point
Location: South of San Dimitri Point
Diving Conditions: Only dive here in calm waters because surface can be choppy.
Dive Details: Maximum depth is beyond 60 metres (Average 25 metres) with an average visibility of 50 metres.
This dive offers exceptional visibility. At San Dimitri Point, you will most likely see barracudas, dentex, rays and groupers.
You can access this dive by boat.
Cathedral Cave – Ghasri Valley
Location: Between Reqqa Point and Forna point.
Diving Conditions: This is a sheltered dive and can be done by all levels of divers.
Dive Details: Maximum depth 30 metres (Average 12 metres) with an average visibility of 25 metres.
The stunning Ghasri valley is a very popular site with divers. The highlight is of course Cathedral Cave. The entrance to this cave is just 5 metres below the surface. You are then led into a large domed vault where you can surface.
You will see a few fish in the cave and the cave walls are covered in corals, hydroids and sponges. The view to the outside of the cave is simply stunning!
You can access this dive from the shore but there’s a hard climb, so it's better if you can go by boat.
Scuba Diving in Gozo at Billinghurst Cave
Location: To the west of Reqqa Point. The cave is located in the indented corner of the shoreline.
Diving Conditions: Only for experienced divers and only if the sea is flat calm because if not, inside the cave you'll most definitely experience some dangerous surge!
Dive Details: Maximum depth 35 metres (Average 20 metres) with an average visibility of 25 metres. You will need a torchlight.
This cave is essentially a long tunnel. There’s very little marine life in the cave and the cave has very little natural light. After a 50 metre swim you can surface inside the cave. This dive is strictly for experienced divers.
You can access this dive site by a 2 metre jump and then swim underwater to the cave. Exit is at Reqqa Point.
Location: This is the most northerly point of Gozo island and is a small curved low spur which juts into the sea.
Diving Conditions: This site can be choppy and thus it makes entry and exit hard. Reqqa Point is also very popular with fishermen.
Dive Details: Maximum depth is beyond 70 metres (Average 25 metres) with an average visibility of 45 metres.
At Reqqa Point, you will see a diverse range of marine life which is perhaps the main attraction of the dive. You can expect to see groupers, dentex, rays, lobsters, morays and barracudas.
You can access this dive site by going along the rocky coastal route next to the salt pans.
Scuba Diving in Gozo at Double Arch Reef
Location: Out from the headland north of Xwejni Bay.
Diving Conditions: Only dive here when it is flat calm. Only for experienced divers.
Dive Details: Maximum depth 45 metres (Average 30 metres) with an average visibility of 45 metres.
An arch divides 2 large openings in the rock. Entry is over very shallow water. When you reach the start of the wall at around 14 metres, keep to your right and you will reach the double arch.
In the outer reef you will most likely see barracudas and groupers.
You can access this dive site by a very long snorkel swim, 80 metres north of Xwejni Bay to the corner.
Location: Near Mgarr
Dive Details: Maximum depth is 30 metres
Xatt l-Ahmar is a tiny bay near Mgarr. Here you can see a varying range of fish, such as mullets, groupers, octopus, parrotfish and cuttlefish.
In the late 90’s, a Gozo ferry boat was sunk here to be used as an artificial reef.
You can access this dive site from the shore.
Scuba Diving in Gozo at Fessej Rock
Location: Offshore from Mgarr ix-Xini inlet
Diving Conditions: Good for all levels of divers
Dive Details: Maximum depth is beyond 50 metres (Average 30 metres) with an average visibility of 30 metres.
A very popular site for those who like deep water. The rock (also called Black Rock) is a tall and vertical column. It rises about 15 metres above the water.
On this site, you will most likely encounter lobsters, dentex , seahorses, barracuda, grouper and octopus.
Scuba Diving in Gozo at Mgarr ix-Xini
Location: Mgarr ix-Xini inlet
Diving Conditions: This is a sheltered and easy dive. Little to no boat traffic. The area is very popular with swimmers though.
Dive Details: Maximum depth 14 metres (Average 6 metres) with an average visibility of 15 metres.
This dive can be accessed from the Mgarr ix-Xini beach. Here you will see a varied range of fish species. This is why this dive is highly popular with underwater photographers.
There’s also an intriguing cave which extends far in. You will be able to surface inside the cave too. The area is very sheltered, so Mgarr ix-Xini is also very popular with night divers.
Scuba Diving in Gozo Guide Book
If you're thinking of exploring Gozo's beautiful dive sites thoroughly, you might want to consider getting "Diving around Gozo" by Klaus-Thorsten Tegge.
This very informative book is a must if you'd like to concentrate solely on Gozo.
It's got valuable information on the diving conditions there, detailed descriptions of all Gozo's dive sites and also information on Gozo's best diving schools and centres. The book is available from AMAZON, so you're guaranteed an excellent service and a speedy delivery.
There's also a German Edition of the book entitled "Tauchen auf Gozo".
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