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Lantern Point (L-Irqieqa) Comino

Gozo Diving – Lantern Point

This is a spectacular dive down from a low rocky shelf at 6m, where the St Andrew’s Divers Cove dive boat anchors between Comino and Malta.

Gozo Diving – Lantern Point Route

After exiting the boat above a limestone plateau in about 7 metres of water, you descend the anchor line and head over to the rock wall on Comino. There is sometimes a slight current on this dive, but it is easily managed.

Once you reach the rock wall, you start the dive at the entrance to a chimney, which drops down and through the limestone plateau and exits at 16m. The tunnel is wide enough for divers to manoeuvre without touching the sides, and twists to the left just as you reach the bottom of it. Here you will find white-tufted worms (Protula tubularia) and lots of fireworms (Hermodice carunculata). The gravel base at the mouth of the cavern has a small group of purple heart urchins (Spatangus purpureus). Spiny starfish (Marthasterias glacialis) are common on the massive outer boulders that drop down into the depths. These boulders have also created huge caverns and swim throughs making this a fascinating dive .

After you exit the tunnel, follow the limestone reef wall westwards and round the headland. On the way be sure to explore the other overhangs and swim throughs in the house sized boulders just off the reef wall.

The deeper rocks here are home to several large grouper, though they tend to be very shy of divers. Perhaps that’s why they got to be large in the first place.

After exploring the cliff round the headland, ascend to a shallower depth and re trace your swim back round on the limestone plateau while doing your safety stop under the boat.

Gozo Diving – Location:

On the southern side of the light on the southwest point of Comino. In the channel between Comino and Malta.

Gozo Diving – Access:

By boat. St Andrew’s Divers Cove usually visit this site from the boat’s mooring in Mgarr harbour making this a short hop over from the marina.

Gozo Diving – Conditions:

Exposed and can be difficult unless the weather is perfect.

Gozo Diving – Average depth:

18m

Gozo Diving – Maximum depth:

beyond 50m

Gozo Diving – Average visibility:

beyond 30m

 

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.