GOZO AND COMINO DIVE SITES - BOAT DIVES

Calypso Tunnel - Boat Dive 30- 40 meters

This dive, 100m offshore due north of Marsalforn tower, starts along the edge of a reef which is an underwater extension of the headland above. On the face of this very vertical wall there are two narrow horizontal cracks at 21m and another one below it at 30m through all of which divers can easily pass finding themselves in a large cave. This cave extends over 30m through the reef and emerges right in front of a spectacular natural archway. There is also a very large cave towards the west not far away from Calypso Tunnel.

 

Forna Point - Boat Dive 30 meters

A steep drop-off and wall with massive boulders littering the seabed. There are also two caverns off to the east from the point.

 

Il- Margun - Boat dive 25 meters

A sharp indent in the cliff off Forna Point is dominated by two massive caves stretching almost from the top of the cliff right down to the sea and below. The sloping seabed here is completely covered with boulders of all sizes. However, the fish life over here is not as abundant as one might expect.

 

Hekka point - Boat Dive 30 meters

This dive starts from a brilliantly coloured cavern which is completely open right up to the surface and around 15m deep. Out of the cave we follow a steep wall to the right which leads to a massive completely submerged cave full of pristine corals. As this cave is by far the highlight of the dive, we spend a long time exploring inside, where we have an excellent possibility of finding seahorses. The view to the outside blue of the ocean is breathtaking.

 

Halq Hamiem - Boat Dive 20 meters

A massive cave above the water, with a big shaft in the ceiling going right to the top of the cliff, dominates a sharp indent in the cliff off Hekka Point. Starting the dive from this cave, which is only 6m deep, we go out in a northerly direction until we reach a rocky ledge dropping down to 20m. The seabed is completely covered with massive boulders.

 

Gudja Cave - Boat Dive 30 meters

This dive starts by entering a cave only 8m deep and about 6m high above sea level. However, after just a few metres in, the floor of the cave disappears, abruptly falling to a depth of 30m. Almost exactly beneath the entrance, a massive arch stretches down from 20m right to the seabed at 34m, making an ideal and spectacular exit from this cave.

 

Tac- Cawla caves - Boat Dive 30 meters

For unknown reasons, this dive site has rarely offered prolific fish life but the underwater dramatic scenery makes up for it. The sheer cliff wall towering above us continues underwater and ends at a depth of 35m, where the bottom is littered by massive boulders. The dive itself is characterised by 4 caves, two massive ones clearly visible from the surface and two completely submerged ones. The latter are narrow caves starting at 20m depth that go straight into the cliff for about 40m and 50m respectively. The other two caves are much wider and penetrate the cliff wall for 120m and 130m respectively. Right at the back of both caves we are able to surface in a large air pocket totally enclosed in rock. On the way out of every single one of these 4 caves, the sight of the brilliantly blue and immaculately clear water is both fascinating and unforgettable.

 

Wied ir- Raheb - Boat Dive 25 meters

Wied Ir-Raheb, meaning ‘The Sacristan’s Valley’, is actually a dry gorge starting several hundred metres inland, ending up in the cliff-face about 25m above the surface. Although this dive is absolutely dominated by massive boulders, the fish life is not as abundant as one might expect. We normally do this site as a drift-dive, entering 3 caves along the way. The first and third caves’ walls and bottom are littered with colourful sponges and calcified coral. They are both open to the surface and are 15m and 25m deep respectively. The second cave, the ‘House Cave’, is the main attraction of the dive. The entry is a clean cut door in the cliff wall and the exit is a round window just above it. At the back of the cave, a very dark but wide chimney takes us to water level where we find a small enclosed air pocket. With its features, is there any better name for this cave?

 

Ta’ Camma - Boat Dive 30 meters

The very sharp cliffs above water are extended under the surface to the rocky seabed. Boulders of various sizes are home to a few groupers while the many fissures, cracks and small caves in the wall offer refuge to several species.

 

San Dimitri Point - Boat Dive 20 – 40 meters

A very popular legend is tied with this site. An old hermit built a small chapel right at the edge of the cliff which he dedicated to Saint Dimitri. One day, a big chunk of the cliff collapsed sending the chapel to the bottom of the sea. However, the legend continues that this underwater chapel remains intact even today with a light burning in the window and that one can still hear the hourly chiming of the bell!
The dive boat anchors in 6m of water on a shallow reef jutting out from a sheltered spike off the headland. A gentle drop-off leads to some massive boulders inhabited by a few groupers and dentex. Throughout this dive there is every chance of spotting large shoals of truly spectacular fish such as barracuda, tuna, and amberjack. On the inside of the rocky ledge there is a gully between the reef platform and the shore which is very sheltered and filled with marine life.

 

Hawrija - Boat Dive 30 meters

A steep wall with many boulders littering the seabed. An interesting cavern and a couple of swim-throughs are the highlight of this dive.

 

It- Tirxa - Boat Dive 30 meters

Massive boulders litter the seabed along a steep wall, interrupted only by two interesting caves not far from each other.

 

Ta’ Tejtu - Boat Dive 30 meters

This dive starts off a narrow rocky ledge leading to a drop-off and vertical wall. A very interesting cave and tunnel are the highlights of this dive.

 

Ta’ Slima - Boat Dive 25 meters

This wall dive is interrupted only by two caves; one completely submerged and the other rather long and relatively narrow is open right up to the surface. Boulders of all sizes litter the seabed.

 

Fungus Rock - Boat dive 30 meters

This huge offshore rock at the entrance to Dwejra Bay has a big hole penetrating right through it, creating lovely reflections on the water at the base of the reef. Fungus Rock, otherwise known as ‘The General’s Rock’, got its name from a small, rare fungus that was discovered here by the Knights of St. John. This fungus was used as a remedy against various illnesses and was only allowed to be taken by noble families. Thus, Fungus Rock was guarded closely by the Knights, who built an early form of cable car running to the mainland for easy access to their ‘treasure of drugs’. Underwater, the scenery is as dramatic as above, with vertical walls, fissures, gullies and caverns created by boulders lying against one another. However, the marine life is not as abundant here as one might expect.

 

Ta’ Pawlu - Boat Dive 25 meters

This dive is best done in the afternoon when the sun swings over to the west. The dive starts over a platform of rock at the base of the cliff, only 5m underwater, soon dropping off to the seabed littered with boulders 20m below. There are plenty of shallow caves which host cardinal fish and various species of anemone.

 

Wardija point - Boat 25 meters

Directly underneath the high cliffs above, this near-vertical and under-hanging wall is full of small holes and fissures inhabited by a variety of marine life. Massive boulders drop down into the depths, also creating small caverns and swim-throughs.

 

Dawra Tas – Sanap - Boat Dive 30 meters

The highlight of this dive is a large natural arch eroded from the surrounding cliffs. The wall drops down almost vertically at the beginning of the dive, giving way later on to massive boulders. There is also a large cave at the bottom of the archway.

 

Ta’ Cenc Cliffs - Boat Dives 25 meters

At the bottom of the Ta’ Cenc Cliffs, the highest on Gozo, a small platform 8m deep juts out from the headland allowing for good anchorage and ideal for an easy safety stop. Beyond the platform there is a steep drop-off and wall with some massive boulders at the bottom.

 

Newwiela Point - Boat Dive 30 meters

A steep drop-off and wall with some areas covered in huge boulders. There are also two small caverns and an archway.

 

Fessej Rock - Boat Dive 30 meters

Fessej Rock is a very dark and prominent rock rising about 15m above the water level and lying approximately 350m south-east of Il-Kantra. The dive is practically a circumnavigation of the rock along a wall dominated by huge boulders and swimthroughs.


COMINO

50 Cominotto Reef - Boat dive 30 meters

This reef is clearly marked by a West Sector Cardinal Buoy. This is a wall dive mainly created by massive boulders among which there are several cracks and fissures inhabited by a variety of fish.

 

Santa Marija caves - Boat dive 15 meters

The dive boat anchors in 10m of water, right in the centre of the numerous gulleys, caverns, swim-thoughs and caves. One cave extends over 30m all the way through the headland and connects to another cave. At the junction there is a big shaft open to the sky through which light filters through. Throughout the dive, divers are constantly being mobbed by literally thousands of saddled seabreams expecting bits of bread, as this is a popular site for fish-feeding.

 

Lantern point -Boat Dive 20 – 40 meters

The dive boat anchors on a rocky shelf 6m deep, very close to the entrance to a chimney which drops down, leading to a tunnel in the limestone plateau and emerging at 16m. Over here, massive boulders drop down into the depths, creating huge caverns and swim-throughs.

 

Wreck of the P31 - Boat dive 20 meters

The P31 was built in the 1960’s in former East Germany as a Kondor Class boat designed as a minesweeper. Like her sister ship the P29, she is 52m long and last served as a patrol boat for the Armed Forces of Malta during the mid 1990’s until 2004. She was scuttled purposely for divers in 2009 and lies perfectly upright on a sandy bottom at a maximum depth of only 20m! This makes the P31 ideal for Open water divers.