Summer is here and what better way to experience Gozo’s crystal blue warm waters and awe-inspiring coastal scenery than to get right in amongst it. Dive in and get your adrenaline pumping, soak up the sunshine and feel the tang of salty sea air on your skin as you enjoy water sports easily available along our coast.
Words by VISITGOZO / MINISTRY FOR GOZO | Extract taken from June's 2022 Il-Bizzilla Magazine | Read more here
If you are seeking family fun above and below the water, Gozo has it all – from swimming and snorkelling to kayaking, diving and knee-boarding. Gozo even has experts who can improve your freediving skills!
What’s more, Gozo’s award-winning waters are among Europe’s cleanest, attracting lots of marine life, so the deeper you delve the more amazing adventures you’ll find.
Also, did you know Gozo is a top Mediterranean dive resort with world famous cave and tunnel diving sites? So, plunge into our seas where the sunken splendor of our island eagerly awaits.
Swimming and snorkeling
Gozo has busy coastal resorts and secluded beaches, coves and valleys – all of which are popular for swimming and snorkeling. If you crave quieter locations then try Għasri Valley – a long, narrow, deep inlet set within caves further along the coast from Marsalforn. The valley attracts some spectacular marine life and as the visibility in our waters is about 20 metres during the summer, who knows what delights you’ll encounter in their waters and surrounding caves.
Other snorkeling sites off the tourist trail include: The Blue Hole, near Dwejra – a sensational inland sea pool with gorgeous rock formations leading out to the open sea. Xwejni Bay and Daħlet Qorrot Bay are also lesser-known gems away from the popular beaches of Ramla and Ħondoq Bay – which are just as beautiful, but can become busy with tourists during high season.
Kayaking is a low impact, eco-friendly way to navigate our coast and great fun for families to participate in together, (youngsters aged 6 to 14 must pair up with a parent in a double kayak, where co-ordination and teamwork are vital). Don’t worry if you are new to kayaking; there are a handful of operators on the island who organise tours with qualified instructors who’ll teach you the basics on land, before getting you out onto the waters accompanied by their guides.
If you prefer your fun more vertical than horizontal, then why not try Stand Up Paddle-boarding? Stand Up Paddle-boarding, often called ‘SUP’, is another amazing eco-friendly way to sightsee from the sea!
During the summer our waters are usually tranquil and clear and so travelling across them is like paddling over a clear large lake.
Dwejra and Ħondoq Bay are two popular bays where you can SUP and, if you’re in Ħondoq, you can even paddle over to Comino!
Often described as a diver’s paradise, Gozo is home to some of the top diving spots in the Mediterranean with a remarkable range of shore and boat dives. The island’s world class cave and tunnel dives, complemented by excellent light penetration, make any dive an event to remember.
The island’s award-winning clean coast, and its array of scenic caverns, reefs, caves, and wrecks, make each dive an interesting one. It is no wonder Gozo attracts divers from across Europe and beyond – all wanting to explore the sub-aquatic mysteries of this Mediterranean isle.
Time to get into your swimsuits and enjoy Gozo’s beautiful waters.