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  • Mġarr ix-Xini (Day #1)
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A beautiful spot for swimming and snorkeling, this once-secluded inlet is increasingly popular though still rarely busy. A narrow inlet flanked by rock, there is a tiny pebbly beach at the head of the inlet providing a gentle slope into the water. Along the sides are rocks from which you can swim straight into deep water. Steps are provided though some prefer to jump.

Mġarr Ix-Xini was apparently an occasional hiding place for the Knights galleys and was also used by the invading Turks to load captive Gozitans onto their ships in the worst-ever raid on the island in 1551.

The Knights’ watchtower that still stands guard over the entrance to the inlet was built in 1661. It is open to the public and the delightful path from the bay to the tower has been recently renovated.

The bay also attracts divers, particularly to several intriguing caves in the cliff faces and the nearby wreck (deliberately scuttled) of the ferryboat, “Xlendi”.

In 2015 Mġarr Ix-Xini was mentioned by CNN as one of the top 10 places to visit before they are changed forever.

Mġarr Ix-Xini was the location where Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt shot their film ‘By the Sea’. This filming was covered by both local and foreign news.

The Azure Window (Maltese: it-Tieqa Żerqa), also known as the Dwejra Window (Maltese: it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra), was a 28-metre-tall (92 ft) natural arch on the island of Gozo in Malta. The limestone feature, which was in Dwejra Bay close to the Inland Sea and Fungus Rock, was one of the island’s major tourist attractions until it collapsed in stormy weather on 8 March 2017. The arch, together with other natural features in the area, has appeared in a number of international films and media productions.

The Inland Sea area which has been formed by a circular depression in the land, has created this unique lagoon, which has a quayside on one side and a pebbly beach on the other. The Inland Sea is connected to the main sea via a 100-metre tunnel that is used by smaller kind of boats. Traditionally, the Inland Sea at Dwejra was a fishermen’s cove and the small fishermen’s huts are still standing, but today fishermen gladly take out tourists for boat trips.

Crocodile Rock & The Blue Hole – Barely visible on windy days is Crocodile Rock, a pillar of rock that from land resembles the head and snout of a crocodile. The area is a favourite diving spot. The Blue Hole is an internationally acclaimed diving spot, that needs little introduction. This vertical chimney, which Jacques Cousteau himself once earmarked as one of his top 10 diving spots in the world is a must for every serious diver. The Azure Window that collapsed in March 2017 is now another awesome spot to dive.

  • Reqqa Point (Day #3)
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This rocky promontory, jutting out several metres into the sea, is the most northerly point of Gozo. Underwater, the headland extends northwards for about another 50m. Surrounded by deep water, the vertical walls are cut by several fissures and crevices. Around the point of the reef, large boulders lying against the wall are an excellent refuge for groupers, octopuses, and large scorpionfish. To the east of the headland there is a chimney that drops down through the reef from 6m to 17m. To the west one can find Shrimps’ Cave. It is so called Shrimps’ Cave because in its cracks it is quite common to see shrimps.

  • Ras il-hobz (Day #4)
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Ras il-Ħobż, otherwise known as Middle Finger, is best described as a huge column rising from the deep to end 8 metres below the surface. The narrow channel between this rock and the shore is 35 metres deep whereas on the seaward side, the bottom drops dramatically to 100+ metres. These features make this place a useful site for divers of all experience levels. A nearby plateau is just 5 metres deep, perfect for training or for making a prolonged decompression stop more interesting! At 63 metres, technical divers can find a huge 3-prong anchor protruding out from the reef wall. The whole site is also excellent for fish life.

  • Santa Maria Caves (Day #5)
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The Santa Maria Caves are located on the north side of Comino and this is a very popular dive site due to its fascinating cave systems.

Divers come here year after year and thus, arriving early to avoid the crowds is recommended. There are 10 caves known to divers as Santa Maria Caves and they each have their own particular beauty. Some of them offer great swim troughs, some with large underwater tunnels while others have fascinating views into the blue through their entrance.

The caves are quite shallow and some of the caves are even half above water, also ideal for snorkelers. The shallow Santa Maria Caves are rich in marine life and you can spot Nudibranch, octopus, crabs, spiny lobster, eels, mullets, shrimp, damselfish and morays.

  • Patrol Boat P31 Wreck
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Patrol Boat P31 (Pasewalk) is the only wreck around Comino island and a popular boat dive site. P31 was a former patrol boat for the Maritime Squadron of the Armed Forces of Malta. She was deliberately scuttled in 2009 as diving attraction and artificial reef. Before scuttling the wreck was made safe both for environment and for divers.

P31 patrol boat lies on the west coast of Comino, in the middle of the bay halfway between Lantern Point and Cominotto, in front of the islet where Alex’s Cave dive site is situated. P31 wreck is 52 m in length and sits almost upright on white sand, with a slight list to the portside. The depth is 20 m under the bow and 18 m at the stern, which is buried in the sand after the wreck moved during storms over the winter 2010-2011 – P31 now lies about 25 m from the buoy towards Alex’s Cave. The top part at only 7 m deep from the surface.

P31 wreck is a boat dive for all levels of certified divers. The shallow depth makes this a great training wreck for beginners, and interesting also for more experienced divers. Many areas were left open and the wreck is easy to penetrate; divers can swim through P31 all the way from the stern to the bow, although there is lots of sand inside the engine room. For divers choosing not to enter P31, there is plenty of marine life to view during exploration of the exterior. P31 is suitable for free diving too, and even snorkelers can see the whole wreck from the surface.