GOZO – AZURE WINDOW & INLAND SEA
We’ve visited the Azure Window and Inland Sea specifically for Berto to enjoy some dives in these spectacular spots. But even if you’re not a diver, it’s still well-worth a visit.
Unfortunately, the Azure Window (Tieqa tad-Dwejra) was lost to sea in March 2017 amid heavy storms – its collapse has been predicted for years. But the barren landscape that falls away towards the sea, is still fascinating to see – it almost feels as if you’ve reached the end of the earth!
This was a major tourist attraction and frequent TV and movie set (you may recognize this, now gone, structure from scenes out of Game of Thrones).
I’ve captured the divers while they were preparing to dive inside the Blue Hole (and then swim underneath the Azure Window) – here are a few photo’s:
While the divers were under water, I’ve taken a walk to explore the surroundings. It really is a striking contrast between the blue Mediterranean waters and the bleached coastline of cliffs and rocks. There are some information boards that tells us that marine fossils can be found everywhere … we are however not allowed to remove these from the rocks as they are protected by law.
As the divers finished their dive, we’ve collected all of our stuff and walked over to the Inland Sea where another dive was done.
DIVING AZURE WINDOW:
Although our next post (the last one of our Malta series) will be about the different dives on Malta, we would like to show a few underwater pictures of the dives Berto has done here on Gozo.
Although the Azure Window collapsed, divers now enjoy this site to see the addition of a few tons of limestone that have fallen into the sea.
Just behind the Azure Window, is the Inland Sea which looks like a peaceful lagoon. It’s a sheltered sea-water pool flanked by high cliffs and linked by a natural passageway to the open sea.
You can either take one of the small boats that leave from here for trips through the tunnel and along the coast or do what the divers planning to do … which is to scuba dive in the dark tunnel towards the light at the end of the tunnel and into the open sea, before returning back to the Inland Sea.
There is a little rustic bar among the boathouses that provides welcome refreshments and we’ve bought some sandwiches and cold drinks to enjoy before the next dive.
DIVING THE INLAND SEA:
There is actually not much to see for divers in the Inland Sea itself, but the tunnel offers an amazing diving experience.
In the Inland Sea maximum depth is 2m, but the bottom of the tunnel gets progressively deeper – starting at 3m in the lagoon side and at the seaward end reaches 26m.
This was quite an amazing scuba diving adventure and one that Berto has talked about for many years after his dives on Gozo.
As mentioned earlier, our next post on our visits to Malta & Gozo will be the final one of this series. This post will feature some of the most spectacular diving sites that Berto enjoyed. Put on your wetsuit and we’ll see you there!
We have done these trips in 2011 & 2013