Continuing with the subject of scuba diving in the Mediterranean Sea we venture more or less into the middle of this great expanse of water where we find the island of Gozo, south of Sicily and east of Tunisia. Gozo is part of the Maltese archipelago and the second largest of the islands. It attracts divers from all over Europe, most of whom claim that the best dives are off Gozo and more specifically Dwjera Point.
There are fantastic arches, tunnels, wrecks, caves and lagoons to explore and the underwater landscape is as varied as the topography. The most stunning dive of all is that at the Azure Window in Dwejra, with its deep, plunging pool of clear blue water, surrounded by breathtaking rock formations, caves and drop-off points. The water is diver-friendly all year round, as the temperature rarely drops below 16°c and the sights and sport fishing get to be exciting even in the winter months. The waters are clear and blue as there are virtually no tides or green vegetation and fertilisers that, elsewhere create poor visibility. On most days visibility of between 40 and 50 metres is enjoyed.
The rocky sea-bed offers many a hiding place for sea creatures, from the gaping grouper to the creeping octopus. Enormous caverns shelter wondrous forms of life, but these are best captured on film. It is the same with archaeological remains, of which there are many, all protected by law. Serendipitous finds may not be lifted or removed, but should be reported at once to the Museums Department.
There are no sharks which are dangerous to man, and tuna stays far out to sea. To make up for this absence of heavy-weights the waters of Gozo offer divers plentiful sightings of curious groupers, amberjack, bream, wrasse, squid, flying fish, sting rays, barracuda, eagle rays and nudibranchs.
Check out the action in this video from cardash – certainly excellent visibility in a serene environment and without doubt worth a trip.