Zurziep Reef

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Jun 302015

The dive boat anchors beside the Zurziep Reef in about 6m of water. There is a platform of rock at the base of the cliff, only 5m underwater. There is also a series of gullys running between the reef and the cliff face which make an ideal spot to explore during your safety stop at the end of the dive.

This area is rarely fished and shoals of bream are found here as well as large numbers of amberjacks, parrot fish, wrasse, damsel fish, bogue, picarel and sand smelt.

This dive site also has plenty of shallow caverns in which you will be sure to find cardinalfish (Apogon imberis) and various species of anemone  such as the stunning fireworks anemone (Cerianthus membranaceus).

Cardinal fish are well known to divers who visit the Mediterranean and are instantly recognisable. The fish are an overall reddish – orange colour with a distinctive dark line that stretches from the snout all the way back to the gill covers. The eyes of the cardinal fish have two parallel white lines which break up the dark patch.

Ras il-Hobz

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Mar 122014

The Dive:
Ras IL-Hobz is a single pinnacle which rises vertically out of the seabed just 12m off the headland. As it nears its summit at 11m the rock splits into two and you can usually find lobsters, slipper lobsters and octopus in the fissure. The rock is covered in algae growth dotted with spiral tubeworms. Schools of chromis  bogue and smelt are found all around the rock, preyed upon by painted comber. Continue reading »

Crocodile Rock / Coral Cave

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Apr 302013

Dive Site: Coral Cave / Crocodile Rock

Location: San Lawrenz, Gozo

Description: Reef / Cave

Depth: 33 metres max (108 feet)

Visibility: 20 metres (66 feet)

The access to this dive is a little tricky across rough limestone. The dive begins by crossing a shallow reef until you reach a steep drop off to about 30 metres where the seabed is strewn with large boulders. If you follow the cliff around to the left you reach Coral Cave, an immense open cavern that is full of coral (hence the name!). Look for larger fish into the blue and sea anemones and urchins and smaller fish in the cave and on the wall. Continue reading »

Fessej Rock

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Apr 182013
Fessej Rock is a vertical rock rising 20m out of the water and goes down all the way down to 55m but on the out side of it goes deeper than that. The dive starts from the shallowest part where the boat anchors. Although this is always undertaken as a deep dive, because of the vertical formation of the rock, divers of all levels and even snorkellers are able to enjoy the delights of a vertical wall. Choosing your depth and dive around the rock like a spiral to bring you back to the boat, on your way down you can find lobsters, gropers, tuna, barracuda and big gropes of dentex.

Ta Cenc

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Mar 182013

It allows for safe boat anchorage and is a perfect location to do a safety decompression stop, since this is a deep dive around the wall of the reef platform. Nudibranchs and lobsters can be encountered in between the boulders which dot the area. Shoals of damselfish, small groups of bream, a few grouper, lobster and parrotfish will be seen here. The walls are covered with algae, bristle worms, sea urchins and lots of starfish.

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