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Crocodile Rock

Gozo Diving – Crocodile Rock

The St Andrew’s Divers Cove dive boat Divemania anchors on the top of the rocky reef between Crocodile Rock and the shore, where the depth to the limestone reef is only around 7 m (24 ft). The limestone rock platform here at Crocodile Rock is deeply grooved with many delightful gullies to explore and the reef top is covered in several species of marine algae, including Padina povonia and Udotea petiolata.

Gozo Diving – Crocodile Rock Short Route

For the less experienced diver or those wishing a less strenuous dive, a shallow route around Crocodile Rock and back onto the reef platform to finish the dive beneath the St Andrew’s Divers Cove boat.

Following the reef to the eastern /  left hand edge of Crocodile Rock, there is a natural amphitheatre with near-vertical sides. Continuing around to the right (west), there are a number of deeply incised fissures; the bottom of the wall gives way to a steeply sloping seabed of huge algae-covered boulders. The bottom of the amphitheatre is about 16 metres so this is an ideal way for Open Water divers to explore this spectacular site without overreaching their depth guidelines.

Groupers are common in this area though probably below the diver at 16 to 18 metres, as are large shoals of Salema (Sarpa salpa) on the cliff face and reef top. The exit is by retracing your route but in much shallower water, all the way around the rock, or by following the largest fissure up to the shallow reef platform, where the St Andrew’s Divers Cove dive boat can be located.

Gozo Diving – Crocodile Rock Longer Route

After entering the water on the reef, the dive heads west towards the Blue Hole and drops down onto a vertical cliff face on the southern side of Crocodile rock.

At this point on the dive, we usually drop down to around 30 metres and turn left (east) along the cliff face and past Crocodile Rock itself, underneath the amphitheatre, and continue along the reef wall until we reach about half of our air.

After reaching the midpoint of the dive, we normally ascend to a shallower depth between 7 and 10 metres and retrace our dive back west along the reef top until we come to the amphitheatre and turn right back up onto the shallow reef top to explore the gullies and do a safety stop.

Gozo Diving – Location:

The crocodile-shaped, low lying rock just offshore between Dwejra Point and Fungus Rock.

Gozo Diving – Access:

Short boat trip on Divemania from Xlendi to Dwejra. About 10 – 12 minutes run time.

Gozo Diving – Conditions:

Can be choppy on the surface, with surge and slight current along the outer wall.

Gozo Diving – Average depth:

35 m

Gozo Diving – Maximum depth:

45 m

Gozo Diving – Average visibility:

45 m

 

You can find more details of the many gozo diving sites on our main page

You may want to check out the regulations for gozo diving  on the official Professional Diving Schools Association – Malta website.