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Zurziep Reef

Gozo Diving – Zurziep Reef

This fantastic boat dive is only a short 10 minute ride from our dive centre in Xlendi, Gozo on our fast, purpose built dive boat – Divemania. The Zurziep Reef dive is best done in the afternoon, when the sun swings around to the west and the clear waters along the cliff face become an underwater paradise. The St Andrew’s Divers Cove dive boat anchors beside the Zurziep Reef in about 6m of water. There is a platform of rock at the base of the cliff, only 5m underwater, where the St Andrew’s Divers Cove mooring buoy is located. There is also a series of gullys running between the reef and the cliff face which make an ideal spot to explore during your safety stop at the end of the dive.

This area is rarely fished and shoals of bream are found here as well as large numbers of amberjacks, parrot fish, wrasse, damsel fish, bogue, picarel and sand smelt.

This dive site also has plenty of shallow caverns in which you will be sure to find cardinalfish (Apogon imberis) and various species of anemone  such as the stunning fireworks anemone (Cerianthus membranaceus).

Cardinal fish are well known to divers who visit the Mediterranean and are instantly recognisable. The fish are an overall reddish – orange colour with a distinctive dark line that stretches from the snout all the way back to the gill covers. The eyes of the cardinal fish have two parallel white lines which break up the dark patch.

Gozo Diving – Zurziep Reef Snorkelling

When the surface sea conditions are right, there is also the opportunity for an interesting snorkel along the edge of the platform, around the gullys and over to the vertical cliff wall. This beautiful shallow reef makes it an ideal afternoon out for non divers who like to swim or snorkel but are not yet fully qualified scuba divers. Snorkelling equipment can be readily hired at the dive centre at very low cost.

Gozo Diving – Location:

Midway between Wardija point and Xlendi Bay, marked by a small mooring buoy underneath the vertical cliffs.

 

Gozo Diving – Access:

By boat.

Gozo Diving – Conditions:

Can be choppy on the surface, with only slight current.

Gozo Diving – Average depth:

21m

Gozo Diving – Maximum depth:

Beyond 30m

Gozo Diving – Average visibility:

50m

 

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.