If you’d like to learn to dive but don’t want to commit to flying halfway across the world, the tiny Mediterranean island of Gozo is just the ticket.
When we mention learning to dive in Europe, images of cold dives in murky water
undoubtedly spring to mind (for us Brits, anyway). Unless, of
course, you learn to dive in Malta and Gozo. Decamp to Gozo, the relaxed, unassuming (yet no less
impressive) neighbouring island to Malta which enjoys shore access
to some of the best dive sites of the Mediterranean, if not
The conditions in Gozo couldn't be better for beginner divers
with calm, warm waters, crystal clear visibility and a fantastic
array of shallow sites. Novices are spoilt for choice with an
incredible variety of marine environments to explore, from reefs to
wrecks, arches and swim-throughs and a whole heap of fascinating
critters, including octopus, triggerfish, lizard fish,
scorpionfish, schools of barracuda and even nudibranch. Surface
intervals are just as varied, with a huge array of experiences for
every interest; history buffs will love uncovering Gozo's ancient
ruins (some of which pre-date Stonehenge) while thrill seekers can
go abseiling, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and sailing to
explore the hidden coves surrounding the island. For Oenophiles,
Gozo has some beautiful vineyards to explore, and of course, sample
the local wines (albeit after your dive course).
Whether you learn to dive in Malta or Gozo, we're confident
you'll be hooked for life.