Gozo Diving – Coral Cave
The entry to this shore dive at Dwejra may initially appear difficult, but is actually the best way to dive the site and allows for a maximum time in the cave. Coral Cave is actuall a cavern dive and its huge, semi-circular opening has a sandy bottom inside and a tumble of boulders under the entrance. The silty sand slopes up to around 21 m, where the spectacular large burrowing firework anemones (Cerianthus membranaceus) can be found. The entrance to the cavern also has large numbers of quite rare marine goldfish (Anthias anthias). Should the bottom get stirred up during the dive, it is easy to swim to either side of the cavern and follow it around until you come to the exit.
Turning right (north), you come to a vertical wall which drops to 30 m); this is home to hermit crabs, starfish, tube worms and small, colourful scorpionfish (Scorpaena notata). Painted comber (Serranus scriba) are everywhere, as are parrotfish, amberjacks, wrasse and damselfish. Bristle or fireworms (Hermodice carunculata) are also prevalent, and you should take care to avoid contact with them.
Gozo Diving – Coral Cave Exit
The rest of the dive is spent exploring the cliff face to the north and you can exit the dive via the Chimney and Coral Gardens if there is no surge, or carry on round into the Blue Hole. Both the Coral Gardens and Blue Hole have flat limestone surfaces at 5 metres to do a safety stop, though the Blue Hole area is only large enough for 3 – 4 divers. However it is easy to hang around the limestone rock walls of the Blue Hole at 5 metres.
Gozo Diving – Location:
To the left of the headland before you continue on the path all the way down to the Blue Hole at Dwejra Point.
Gozo Diving – Access:
From the shore, follow the fault line to the left past the old sea-carved salt pans until you reach the water’s edge. you must negotiate a 2 m jump into the water, but you are directly above the coral cave.
Gozo Diving – Conditions:
Can be choppy on the surface and be sure to check the exit conditions in the Coral Garden or Blue Hole before tackling this dive.
Gozo Diving – Average depth:
25 m (80 ft)
Gozo Diving – Maximum depth:
30 m (100 ft)
Gozo Diving – Average visibility:
45 m (150 ft)
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.