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.
Cornil Wambergue runs Gozo Adventures, the islands oldest outdoor pursuits company and is regularly out enjoying our waters. He says: “People are surprised at how blue our seas are especially during summertime when it’s the brightest aqua blue with amazing visibility. Last year I was out snorkeling just 10 metres off the coast of Xwejni Bay and a shoal of thousands of small fishes started playing with our group, swimming around us in formation creating a big sphere and dispersing and then re-forming again. This went on for ages, it was amazing, the kind of thing you’d watch on The Blue Planet and yet it was just one of those magical moments you can have in Gozo.”