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Fireworm in Coral Cave, Malta dive site - courtesy of Rik Vercoe
Scorpionfish in Coral Cave, Malta dive site - courtesy of Anna Wright
Sponges on the wall of Coral Cave, Malta dive site - courtesy of Anna Wright
Seahorse in Coral Cave, Malta dive site - courtesy of Anna Wright
Outside Coral Cave, Malta dive site - courtesy of Anna Wright

Scuba Diving in Malta, Europe

Dive Site: Coral Cave / Crocodile Rock

Location: San Lawrenz, Gozo

Description: Reef / Cave

Depth: 33 metres max (108 feet)

Visibility: 20 metres (66 feet)

Rating: ***

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.

Reader Reviews:

We dived this one for the first time in October 2005. Straight out through the Coral Garden and turn left. We only went down to about twenty-five metres as that's where the interesting stuff is. I have never seen anything like this anywhere in the Med and couldn't begin to name the variety of corals on show. The down side of this one is the damage inflicted by divers. At the very least you will pollute the place with your expelled air but even worse is the amount of grey rubble on the seabed caused by people colliding with these fragile corals. That is heartbreaking.

Jef Proudfoot, SAA Dive Leader

We dived this in December 2006. The water was 19 degrees and crystal clear with about 30m visibility. We dropped down to 26 metres and went into a huge cave. The first thing we saw was a little brown seahorse in the middle of the floor - of course this was the time that I found my camera had misted up! Franco our guide from Blue Waters Dive, found another beautiful little yellow one among the corals on the wall. This was a treat as it was the first time we had seen seahorses. On the way back we saw some beautiful scorpionfish, my camera had recovered by then! A very lovely dive.

Anna Wright, PADI Advanced Diver

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