Gozo Diving – MV Cominoland
The ferry was scuttled as an artificial reef for scuba divers in Xatt L-Ahmar, Gozo along with MV Karwela on 12th August 2006. Another wreck, the MV Xlendi, lies just to the West of where the MV Karwela settled.
Gozo Diving – MV Cominoland Route
The MV Cominoland is probably the second most dived wreck around Gozo. More interesting than the MV Xlendi and but further from shore and smaller than the MV Karwels, she has also has some open passageways and swim throughs.
The MV Cominoland was stripped of all of her outer paintwork prior to sinking as a comparison on marine growth settlement to the MV Karwela which was cleaned but stripped of her paint. Six years on there seems to be no major difference in the marine growth of each ship, but the MV Cominoland is definitely a darker wreck to swim around.
Like the MV Karwela the wreck is now fully populated with an overall coating of algae and marine invertebrates, and the sea firs along the rails are a popular feeding ground for nudibranchs. The largely calm deep water around the wreck also encourages the growth of some very large spiral tube worms (Spirographis spallanzani)
Normally dived from the shore, she is a short swim to the south east of the entry point. Her bows rest in 39 metres with the deck at 35 metres.
The scuttling was filmed for the Gozo Government and the video of the MV Cominoland sinking is also available on Youtube but has not proved as popular as that of the MV Karwela.
There are two ladders on the rocks by the shore, which make getting out of the water after one of the wreck dives a lot easier.
Gozo Diving – Location:
West of Mgarr.
Gozo Diving – Access:
Can be done by boat, but more generally from the shore driving down a track through farm land and then an easy walk down. Entry is either down one of the ladders or a giant stride entry from the rocks.
Gozo Diving – Conditions:
Generally sheltered from the northwest winds.
Gozo Diving – Average depth:
35m at the bow and 38m at the stern
Gozo Diving – Maximum depth:
39m – 45m to the sand beneath the hull
Gozo Diving – Average visibility:
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.