DIVING AROUND GOZO

From shore and by boat

Gozo is a small treasure in the southern Mediterranean, with a large variety of different dive spots. Diving around Gozo means a wide array of options on a very small scale.

You’ll find far more than 30 dive sites around the 7 x 14 km island; with further spots around Comino and Malta. Many of the dive sites are suitable for beginners and experienced divers alike, as they can be explored in many different ways.

One of the most fascinating thing about diving in Gozo is the stunning visibility, often around 40-50 metres, as well as the dramatic topography.

Well, come and find out for yourself!

Shallow protected bays surprise the diver with lots of delicate and colourful life,  while breathtaking drop-offs, exciting wrecks, enticing caverns, caves, tunnels and curious rock formations are all waiting for you to be explored.

 

Most dives are easily accessible from shore, even if you have to climb over some rocky bits to get in and out. Hence we recommend booties with a solid sole; offered by us both for rent and in the shop for sale. A certain level of fitness is also helpful for shore diving on our rocky island.

During most of the season Calypso Diving Centre also offers boat dives: day trips to Comino as well as single RHIB dives around Gozo's north and west coast, which will bring you to spots around the island which are less frequented, as well as to Malta's north coast. Be curious to discover places with enticing names such as Gudja Cave, Crocodile Rock, or Wied Il-Mielah (Salt Valley) with its beautiful "Swiss Cheese"!

Check out our description of dive sites below.

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MARSALFORN BAY

Perfect for courses and intro dives!

General:

A shallow bay, ideal for training and night dives. Different sections with Posidonia sea gras, rocky and sandy bottoms. Very interesting around the wave breakers.

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:

Flying gurnards, octopus, soles, lizardfish, mullets, pipefish

Depth:
2-10 metres

Level:
All levels including Intro & Bubblemaker

XWEJNI BAY

Shake down dive

General:

Picturesque, shallow bay, ideal for intro dives, training and night dives.

Access:

From shore

Fauna & Points of interest:

Posidonia, peculiar underwater landscape with canyons

Schools of young barracudas, octopus, rockfish, flying gurnards

Depth:
2-11 metres

Level:
All levels including Intro

DOUBLE ARCHES

Barracudas en masse!

General:

Spectacular dive site: two rock arches on top of each other, sardines and damselfishes schooling on the reef top. Schools of barracudas!

Access:

From boat & shore (long surface swim!).

Fauna & Points of interest:

The arches, barracudas, hunting amber jacks, schools of sardines and damselfish.

Depth:
18-40 metres

Level:
Advanced divers

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ANCHOR REEF

Spot the octopus!

General:

Drop-off with shallow plateau, picturesque reef, peculiar underwater landscape.

Access:

From boat & shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:

Holes and overhangs to dive through,

Octopuses, barracudas, scorpionfish, moray eels, starfish

Depth:
5- 40+ metres

Level:
All levels

REQQAE POINT

Gozo's most northern point

General:

​An instructor's favourite due to good chances to spot larger pelagic fish such as tuna and the greater amberjack as well as big groupers and dentex. Beautiful reef with drop-off & chimney.

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:

Hunting amberjacks & tunas, large groupers, dentex, scorpion fish, muray eels, schools of sardines and damselfish

Depth:
15- 40+ metres

Level:
Intermediate to advanced divers

SHRIMPS CAVE

A cave full of shrimps

General:

Shaft-like small cave with lots of shrimps in it. Only for the experienced diver, space for max. 4 divers at a time.

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:

Shrimps! ;)

Depth:
Entry at 35 metres

Level:
Advanced divers 

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BILLINGHURST CAVE

Not for the faint-hearted

General:

Large cave on the north coast which leads approx. 70 metres deep into the rock, with air pocket at the end.

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:

Conger eels, crayfish, shrimps, stunning light reflections, shrine

Depth:
25 metres

Level:
Advanced divers 

GHASRI REEF & CATHEDRAL CAVE

The Med's magic Blue

General:

A large cavern with spacious air bubble. Magical blue inside the cathedral - surfacing inside is a must!

Access:

From boat & shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:

Sing a song inside the dome - the echo is spectacular!

Damselfish, giltheads, groupers

Depth:
15-40 metres

Level:
All levels

GHASRI VALLEY

A Gozitan "fjord"

General:

90 steps down to the fjord-like inlet and into a mermaid paradise!

Access:

From boat & from shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:

Octopuses, crabs, scorpion fish, moray eels, lobsters, garfish

Depth:
3-15 metres

Level:
All levels

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COVID CRACK / TA' BARDA

Discovered during lockdown 2020

General:

A crack in Gozo's steep cliffs on the north coast; steep drop-off outside the cave.

Access:

From boat.

Fauna & Points of interest:
Freshwater influx creates a clearly visible halocline at 10 metres depth at the back of cave. Hermit crabs, shrimps, nudibranchs.

Depth:
Entry at 25 metres

Level:
Experienced divers 

WIED IL-MIELAH

Valley of Salt

General:

Dive into a mermaids' garden with caverns, swim troughs, walls, and enjoy the beautiful light effects when diving through the Swiss Cheese. The hidden "Azure Window", a rock arch above water, is visible from underwater due to our crystal clear sea!

Access:

From boat

Fauna & Points of interest:

Caverns & swim-troughs; barracudas, giant groupers, mola mola with some luck

Depth:
10-40 metres

Level:
Medium experienced and advanced

GUDJA CAVE

Where seawater meets freshwater

General:

Corridor-like cave with freshwater source in the back creating a milky thermocline due to its different temperatures; steep drop-off outside the cave.

Access:

From boat.

Fauna & Points of interest:
Phenomenon of visible mix of fresh- and seawater, stunning light effects, hermit crabs, shrimps.

Depth:
Entry at 30 metres

Level:
Experienced divers 

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SAN DIMITRI POINT

Find Żgugina's lamp

General:

Boat dive to the most western point of Gozo, a beautiful reef with a fun swim-through. Meet the Saint who went chasing pirates: Legend has it, that you can still see a lamp's light inside a sunk chapel from underwater.

Access:

From boat.

Fauna & Points of interest:
Baracudas and the most magic azure blue you can imagine!

Depth:
5-35 metres

Level:
Medium experienced and advanced divers 

INLAND SEA

One of the Med's highlights!

General:

Spectacular dive from a seawater lagoon through an opening formed by a natural, half sub-merged 80 metres long tunnel into the Mediterranean Sea. Stunning deep-blue light and a steep walls to both sides ares expecting you!

Access:

From Shore.

What to look for:
John Dory, nudibranchs, sponges, amberjacks

Depth:
12-35 metres

Level:
Medium experienced and advanced divers

BLUE HOLE

Welcome to

Gozo's most famous dive site

General:

A spectacular underwater landscape with amazing light effects, caverns & chimneys.

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:

The remains of the Azure Window, now called the "Azure Alps"- huge boulders with several swim-troughs in different depths.

Schools of sardines hunted by jacks, seabream and salema, conger eels inside the cave.

Depth:
10-40+ metres

Level:
All levels

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CORAL CAVE

A cave as large as a family home!

General:

This large cavern, big enough to fit an entire house inside, is situated at the bottom of a drop-off below Coral Gardens.

Fauna and Points of interest:
The walls and ceiling of this magnificent cavern are covered with many different types of encrusting coral sponges, glass bell tunicates, virgin lace coral & more. Look out for slipper lobsters in between them!

Access:

From shore

Depth:
5-30 metres

Level:
Medium experienced to advanced divers 

CROCODILE ROCK

Wall Dive

General:

Shallow plateau reef with a spectacular wall dropping off to 40+ metres, less frequented dive site.

Access:

From boat & shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:
Groupers, barracudas, sardines, octopus, amberjacks hunting

Depth:
5-40 metres

Level:
Medium experienced to advanced divers 

XLENDI TUNNEL

An easy dive in a picturesque bay

General:

This shallow bay surprises with an easy to dive, 60 metres long tunnel in shallow water from 3 to 7 metres!

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:
Mediterranean barracudas schooling in cycles, stunning light effects inside the tunnel.

Depth:
3-18 metres

Level:
All levels

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TA' CENC

100 steps into delight

General:

Small, shallow inlet connected to Mgarr Ix-Xini. Discover easy to dive caverns and follow the wall leading out to the sea.

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:
Seahorses, posidonia pipefishes, nudibranches, cuttlefishes, flying gurnards

Depth:
5-30 metres

Level:
All levels

Please note that temporarily we are not able to dive here from shore as the access to the dive site has been blocked.

MGARR IX-XINI

A photographer's favorite!

General:

Beautiful shallow inlet leading out to the sea with two small caverns. Makes for the perfect bimble dive, and is very popular with photographers! Take your macro lense.

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:
Seahorses, posidonia pipefishes, electric rays, cuttlefishes, flying gurnards, stargazers, scorpion fishes

Depth:
2-15 metres

Level:
All levels including Introdivers

MIDDLEFINGER / RAS IL-HOBZ

Fish Soup included ;)

General:

Probably Gozo's dive site with the most fish population! Entered from a shallow bay which leads to a large pinnacle from 9 - 40+ metres with breathtaking drop offs all around. Splendid dive!

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:
Discover many different type of nudibranchs, find moray eels and large schools of different breams at the reef. Look out into the blue for amber jacks and tuna hunting sardines!

Depth:
10-40+ metres

Level:
All levels

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XATT L' AHMAR REEF

Find the seahorse!

General:

Shallow reef with drop-off, a great place to find seahorses - not so easy to spot them though!

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:
Seahorses, cuttlefish, scorpion fish, gras pipe fish, baby moray eels, octopuses

Depth:

4-30 metres

Level:
All levels

M/V XLENDI

Upside down

General:

Old Danish-built ferry, used to connect Malta and Gozo, scuttled in 1999 for divers, lays upside down on a sandy bottom.

For your own safety, please respect the ban to enter!

Next to the wreck the remains of a car can be spotted in the sand.

Access:

From shore.
Fauna & Points of interest:
The propellers, the car

Depth:

32-40 metres

Level:
Advanced divers

M/V KARWELA

A good reason for a deep dive!

General:

Old German-built ferry which was used as excursion boat around Malta, scuttled in 2006 for divers. Easy access for penetration. The staircase is probably one of Gozo's most photographed underwater feature!

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:
Large scorpionfish, flabellina affinis, cratena peregrina, moray eels

Depth:
32-40 metres

Level:
Advanced divers

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M/V COMINOLAND

Find the puppet head!

General:

Old excursion boat used around Comino, scuttled in 2006 for divers with easy access for penetration.

Access:

From shore.
Fauna & Points of interest:

Large scorpionfishes, flabellinas, moray eels. Find the scary puppet head!

Depth:
32-40 metres

Level:
Experienced divers

RED BAY

Named after the red soil

General:

A sheltered bay during northerly winds this makes an ideal site for courses and easy dives. If you swim out far enough you will reach a wall with a small cave in 30 metres depth.

Access:

From shore.
Fauna & Points of interest:

Octopuses, calmar, breams

Depth:
7 - 30 metres

Level:
All levels

HONDOQ

Fantastic view to the Blue Lagoon!

General:

Shallow bay in the south east of Gozo, sandy bottom, easy conditions, ideal for courses and intro dives. Beautiful rock arches can be found under the rock that emerges to the east of bay.

Access:

From shore.

Fauna & Points of interest:
Hondoq Arches;

Soles, octopuses, mullets, pipefishes

Depth:
5- 12 metres

Level:
All levels including intros

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M/V P31 PASEWALK

Comino's crystal clear water

General:

Former GDR Minesweeper "Pasewalk", later used as a patrol boat in the Maltese islands. Scuttled in 2009 off Comino, well prepared for and safe to explore by divers. One of the Maltese sites with the clearest water!

Access:

By boat.
Fauna & Points of interest:
The signs on the panels inside the wreck are the original German ones - see if you can still find some!

Depth:

11-21 metres

Level:
All levels from Open Water Diver, ideal for those beginning their adventure of wreck diving.

COMINO CAVES

Come meet Zorro!

General:

Also called St. Marija Caves, this dive site is located in Comino's north. There are several beautiful & easy to explore caverns next to each other, with the possibility to ascend inside an air bubble.

Access:

By boat.

Fauna & Points of interest:

Stunning light effects inside the caverns,

schools of seabreams, salema

Depth:

5-15 metres

Level:

All levels

LANTERN POINT

Tunnel and swim-troughs

General:

Less frequented site in Comino's south-west. Swim trough a diagonal tunnel starting on the reef's plateau in only 5 metres and exit in 19 metres depth, where you will find many rocks with swim-troughs.

Access:

By boat.

Fauna & Points of interest:

Colourful sponges, groupers

Depth:

5-40 metres

Level:

Intermediate to Advanced divers

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M/V ROZI

Tugboat in Malta's north

General:

M/V Rozi is a 40 meter long tugboat, built 1958 in Bristol, UK and was originally named Rossmore. She was sold to Malta in 1981 where she was operating in the Grand Harbour of Valletta, and finally scuttled as an artificial reef in 1992.

Access:

By boat.

Fauna & Points of interest:

Beautifully overgrown and home to many critters and fishes. Anchor in 32 metres.

Depth:

28-35 metres

Level:

Advanced

M/V P29 BOLTENHAGEN

P31's sister patrol boat

General:

The P29 with her original name Boltenhagen was built as a minesweeper in the 1960’s in former Eastern Germany. Like her sister ship, the P31, she is 52 m long and last served as a patrol boat for the Armed Forces of Malta during the mid 1990’s until 2004. Safe to penetrate.

Access:

By boat.

Fauna & Points of interest:

Triggerfish. Check the machine gun - seems it does not belong!

Depth:

26-36 metres

Level:

Advanced divers