Rent a house or a Room in Gozo, Malta
I am sure, at least from what I hear that your Gozo Diving Holiday will Enchant you.
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Gozo Diving is Safe - What I know about scuba diving, safety, equipment etc. I got from a good friend of mine who directs one of the best diving clubs in Marsalforn, Gozo.
His Centre is right on the seafront which is obviously a great advantage for everyone.
He's got his instructors, lots of gear for hire, 2 large and fast inflatables as well as a big hard-boat for group excursions all over the coast. He's an enthusiast himself, of course and has been on this full time job for the past 20 years at least.
His Center is both PADI and BSAC certified and fully licensed by the Malta Tourism Authority of course.
Gozo is rated as one of the best scuba holiday spots in the Mediterranean. "There are no words that may truly describe Gozo's coastal magnificence", the author Edward Lear wrote. This is owing to the splendour of its waters, the cliffs and coves, the gullies and beaches which are magical all the year round.
Dwejra, azure window
Gozo Diving is Magical - Underwater it is a fantastic world. There are a million things to explore, fabulous arches, twisting tunnels, wrecks, reefs and drop-offs, dark caves, caverns and blue lagoons and the underwater topography is as colourful and as marvelous as the coast itself.
In Gozo there are at least 13 very good dive-sites and my friend's itinerary also includes Comino and the North West of the island of Malta. He caters for everyone, from shallow dives for the novice to more demanding experienced divers (see below).
This is a comment that caught my eye by another experienced instructor, Antonio Anastasi , "Sometimes, what blows my mind out is not so much what we are watching, but the expression of joy, incredulity, disbelief even, on the faces of the divers I am leading".
More often, these are persons who have many years globe trotting diving experience. They have been to the most exotic places in the world, the Red Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, Maldives, Florida and yet little Malta, without coral reefs, without colorful fish, manages to leave them not only surprised but in awe of their experience."
Gozo Diving is Dynamic - Underwater Photography
Malta and Gozo are ideal for Underwater Photography. They are great for someone wishing to learn how to shoot underwater photographs as the water is warm, clear and has lots of shallow areas where one can practise at will. The islands cater for all types and levels of underwater photographer, whether a pro from a dive magazine or a newbie wanting to share his new-found fantastic world with family and friends. There are fish, wrecks, world war planes and above all the magnificent underwater topography.
It's easy to get here to Gozo.
The nearest airport is on Malta, the mainland, and it is no more than a three and a half hour flight from anywhere in Europe and the UK. Return flights at £49 (57 Euro) including taxes (at the time of writing), by Ryan Air's special offers from Leeds Bradford, Luton, Edinburgh and Dublin, £70 (84 Euro) with EasyJet from Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester and Gatwick. Gozo Diving is within everyone's easy reach. Once you get here and start the experience (see some of the Magnificent Sites below) I promise you that you'll have to come again :-)
All you have to do is book your Flight
My friend's Dive Centre will make all arrangements to have you picked up from the airport and transport you to the ferry port in Malta (Cirkewwa). There you will board the ferry for a 25-minute pleasant trip to Mgarr Gozo where you will be picked up again and taken to the accommodation of your choice.
Contact me and I will refer you to my friend's Dive Center at Marsalforn Bay.
Alternatively I can find accommodation for you myself if you wish. I have a good choice of accommodation options. I know many Apartment owners in Marsalforn and elsewhere in Gozo and I can strike up a good deal for you. You can rent a sea-front Apartment, a quaint Farmhouse, a Villa, a townhouse (character house) or anything to make your holiday an unforgetable one.
For your peace-of-mind .... in Gozo you are never more than 10 minutes away from anywhere which in my opinion is one of the great advantages of living on a small Island like ours.
Gozo Diving Sites
Many enthusiasts would agree that the Dive Sites that I am listing below are among their favourites.
Many different varieties of fish - Baracuda
Find out great ideas about making your Gozo Diving Holiday a lot more interesting and challenging. You may want to start Treasure Hunting with metal detectors/metal probes, Fossil Diving or decide to try your hand at Hunting Antique Bottles. God only knows what priceless relics lie on the sea bottom around Malta and Gozo.
SITES FOR THE LESS-EXPERIENCED
Madonna and the Arch – Cirkewwa
This is a brilliant dive for beginners and people that enjoy the sport in the sunlight. It starts with a drop off to 18 meters where you’ll find the statue of a Madonna and continues with the reef until it reaches a rock formation called the Arch. A lot of fish and marine life, such as shoals of jacks and barracudas, are common in this area.
Maximum dept: 18meters.
This is very nice too with the option to choose from two directions – the left or the right side of the reef. There’s a good variety of marine life including octopi. Here, you can also glimpse some barracudas on the prowl too. But be aware of the boat traffic in this area as you’re not at a great depth at times.
Average Depth: 9 metres
Maximum Depth: 30 metres
Located off the south coast, this is very popular on account of its navigable cave and the crystal sand. The cave is full of colors and a paradise for photographers.
Maximum depth: 18 meters
St Michael and Number 10 in Marsascala
The St Michael wreck is a ‘Tanac’ type 20-metre long vessel, built in 1944 by a Canadian company; the Number 10 wreck is a ‘Melita’ type 16-metre long vessel. Both served for many years towing numerous ships around Grand Harbour. Both boats have been prepared for divers and are safe to enter and exit.
Maximum depth: 20 meters
HMS Maori in Valletta
Malta’s most famous and historical wreck, this World War II destroyer was launched in 1937 and saw considerable action in her life, and provided valuable assistance to the defense of Malta. However, in 1942 she received a direct hit when a bomb exploded in her engine room while still in the docks.
Depth: 12-16 metres
SITES FOR THE MORE EXPERIENCED
Um El Faroud in Wied iz-Zurrieq.
This wreck is 150 meters from the shore. The vessel is a single screw motor tanker. For those who like wrecks, the Um El Faroud offers a lot of passages with relatively easy exits. You’re likely to see a lot of marine life and big fish such as barracudas, amber jacks and groupers.
Be careful of the boat traffic in the entrance and exit point and the currents that you might meet. My advice is to do this early in the morning and with 15 litre tank.
Maximum depth: 37 meters
Tug boat Rozi – Cirkewwa
The Tug boat Rozi was scuttled in 1992 as attraction for divers and became one of the emblematic dives in Malta. Close to the shore and easy for navigation it gives the unique opportunity to combine a wreck and a reef in one. You’ll likely come across a range of marine life, including groupers and hunting barracudas, Moray eels and similar. After exploring the boat, approach the reef and enjoy the natural rock formation named the Arch.
Maximum depth 35meters.
Patrol boat P29 – Cirkewwa
Located in Cirkewwa, the 51 metre Condor Class patrol boat was scuttled on 14th August 2007. Marine life including groupers and barracudas.
Depth: 33 meters.
The Blue Hole – Dwerja, Gozo
Situated at the bottom of Dwejra Point in front of the one of the main attractions in Gozo – Azure Window. You have to start with a long walk on the rocks, but believe me it’s worth it! Once you enter in the Blue Hole you can take the right or left side. If you take the right side you can go under the Azure Window and if you have good visibility you can see it clearly from the bottom. On your way back as soon as you swim under the arch you can explore the large cave on the left hand side.
Average Depth: 20 meters
Maximum Depth: Beyond 60 meters.
Reqqa Point – Gozo
Located on the most northerly point of Gozo, this is a famous deep dive with clear water, great visibility and big fish on the reef. Very often you’ll spot large groupers, some over 1m in length. Try this if the sea is calm because it is difficult to enter and exit when sea is choppy.
Average depth 25 meters
Maximum depth 70 meters.
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