Located in the south-east corner of Gozo, in the shadows of Fort
Chambray and a short drive from the Ta' Cenc cliffs, is a
collection of four purpose-sunk wrecks. The MV Cominoland, the MV
Xlendi, the MT Hephaestus and the MV Karwela lie a short distance
from each other on the seabed and are accessible from shore. While
all four are great dives, the MV Karwela has become the most
popular, with its iconic staircase being a focal point for
underwater photographers. As a purpose-sank wreck, it is open
enough to make the dive relatively simple, but the depth (the
seabed is at 40 metres) make it among the more advanced diving in
Other neighbouring wrecks in the same area offer similar dive
conditions and each have a maximum depth of around 45 metres,
making Xatt I-Ahmar a great base for metalheads looking to enjoy
the more advanced diving in Gozo.
Dwerja Bay is a great place to enjoy Gozo's most iconic dive
sites, offering a pleasant mix of easy and more advanced diving. In
Gozo, many of the dive sites are famed for their natural geological
beauty, and Dwerja Bay is on the doorstep of two of them: the
Inland Sea and the Blue Hole. The area was once known for the Azure
Window, a natural rock archway which was one of the island's major
tourist attractions until it collapsed in 2017.
The remnants of the archway can still be seen when diving in the
Inland Sea, with dive centres now referring to the rubble below the
former arch as the Azure Boulders. The Inland Sea features a tunnel
to the open ocean and can be reached by divers of all levels. But
it is the west coast of Gozo, which is flanked by deep water, where
more advanced divers can explore these less-visited depths and
enjoy the swim-throughs and tunnels.
For those seeking more advanced diving in Gozo, you can join
boat trips from Dwerja Bay to the northern coast, with Gudja Cave
being a particular highlight for the more experienced diver. The
cave features a halocline and the chance to surface into a smaller
air chamber within it.
The siege of Malta was a military campaign in the Mediterranean
Theatre of World War II. From June 1940 to November 1942, the air
and naval forces of Germany and Italy aimed to wrestle control of
Malta from the British forces, and launched strikes on the islands.
These offensives do have a silver lining for divers though. Around
Valletta - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the capital of the
archipelago - there is a smattering of both ship and plane wrecks
just waiting to be explored.
To the south of Malta, you can explore the wreck of a Blenheim
bomber plane, and from Valletta itself, a number of shipwrecks..
One of the most popular is that of HMS Stubborn, which, true to her
name, refused to be sunk during the war. Shortly after the war,
however, the British military scuttled her to be used as target
practise for their Anti-Submarine Division. The wreck's maximum
depth is 56 metres and is only for suitably experienced divers.
With several other wrecks dotted around the coast of Malta,
including a few to the north, close to Gozo, the archipelago is a
wreck diver's dream. However, given their depth, most of them are
considered to be among the more advanced diving in Gozo and Malta,
and the relevant experience is required to enjoy them to the