Diving in Gozo – Malta – Instructor Courses

Gozo  is an island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is part of Malta. After the island of Malta itself, it is the second-largest island.. Compared to its southeastern neighbour, Gozo is more rural and known for its scenic hills, which are featured on its coat of arms.

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Gozo has long been associated with Ogygia, the island home of the nymph Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey. In that story, Calypso, possessed of great supernatural powers, and in love with Odysseus, holds him captive for a number of years, until finally releasing him to continue his journey home.

Gozo has a population of around 37,342 people, and its inhabitants are known as Gozitans. It is rich in historic locations such as the Ġgantija temples, which, along with the other Megalithic Temples of Malta, are among the world’s oldest free-standing structures.

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The island is rural in character and is less developed than the main island of Malta. Azure Window is a remarkable geologic feature of the island, it is a natural stone arch that was formed millions of years ago when a limestone cave collapsed. There are many beaches on the island, as well as seaside resorts that are popular with tourists and locals alike. The most popular are Marsalforn and Xlendi Bay. Gozo is considered one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean and a centre for water sports.

 

Diving in Gozo

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Warm sea temperatures and clear visibility mean that diving in Gozo is possible all year round. The island’s best dive sites include the Blue Hole, the chimney, cathedral cave and the Inland Sea.

In all there are at least 50 recognised dive sites around Gozo and the nearby islet of Comino. One of the most unusual is the sheltered bay of Xatt l-Aħmar near the picturesque harbour village of Mġarr, where three redundant ships have been deliberately scuttled at a depth of 120ft to provide an eerie experience for suitably experienced divers. While the wrecks of the Karwela and the Comino Land offer a unique experience and are extremely photogenic, the wreck of the Xlendi lies upside down.

 

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