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Inland Sea

Gozo Diving – Inland Sea

When conditions are perfect this is a fantastic dive along a narrow canyon that stretches 80m through the headland to open water beyond.

Boats constantly whizz overhead, but the wall is so deep, vertical and under hanging for the most part that there is no danger of collision other than at the beginning of the dive and the end, assuming you exit in the same place.

The view as you look out into the deep indigo blue of the open ocean is spectacular. Around the corner to both the right and left there are further vertical fissures in the cliff face which can be explored at all levels and are covered in marine life. These routes out to the left or right of the Inland Sea are not to be missed.

On the return journey through the tunnel, there are two options for a safety stop.

There is a large rock platform at 5 metres on the right hand side just after you enter the tunnel, or you can continue up the tunnel until it rises to the Inland Sea itself and there is a small rock platform at 5 metres.

Gozo Diving – Inland Sea Avoiding Boat Traffic

Entry is down the slipway on the left hand side, and swimming across to the left hand side of the tunnel avoiding the tour boats in the process. Descend down the wall to 4 metres and staying low swim round into the tunnel close to the rock on your left hand side. Exit by reversing the process and surface in the Inland Sea itself near the rock face.

Gozo Diving – Location:

At Dwejra Point head down to the right to the small enclosed bay in front of the fishing huts and small snack bar.

Gozo Diving – Access:

From the shore, swim out on the surface then drop down immediately at the corner of the left-hand side to avoid the constant boat traffic carrying tourists through this dramatic headland. The tunnel drops to shelfs at 5 metres, 9 metres, 15 metres and then a cobble bottom at 24 – 26 metres depending on how the rocks have been piled up in the last storm!

Gozo Diving – Conditions:

Must be done when the water is crystal clear, as the inner bay silts up completely after heavy rain and this carries on through the water column to the other side of the headland, making diving conditions near impossible.

Gozo Diving – Average depth:

18m

Gozo Diving – Maximum depth:

25-60m

Gozo Diving – Average visibility:

30m; torch recommended

 

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.