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Inland Sea, small salt water lake, Gozo Attractions, Malta attractions.

Tourist attractions, places of interest to visit, and things to do, on the Maltese islands

 

The Inland Sea Location - Near Point and Dwejra bay

 

 

View from the road as you descend towards Dwejra Point area and Inland sea 1684

 

You can see the top of the Azure Window, and just make out the small section of the blue of the Inland Sea near the buildings.

 

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View from the road as you descend towards the Inland sea and the cave leading to the open Mediterranean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Inland Sea is located near Dwejra Point and Dwejra bay, Gozo
  • Take the San Lawrenz road out of  Victoria.  Pass through San Lawrenz and continue to the coast.
  • As the road descend towards the coast good views of, from left to right, Fungus rock, the Inland Sea and the Azure Window are visible.
  • The road ends in a large car park.
  • There are several attractions that can be visited from this Car park, all within a few minutes walk. As you face the sea in the car park the Inland Sea is located on the righ, slighty behind you.

 

The Inland Sea Description

The Inland Sea is a small sea lake connected to the open Mediterranian Sea by a narrow tunnel through the cliffs. The tunnel is wide enough to allow the passage of small boats. It is thought that the Inland Sea started life as a tunnel leading to a ginomous sea cave andthen the roof of the cave colapped.

Most of the buildings are boat housed with a few fishermens dwellings.  There is also a small bar that sells snacks drinks and ice cream.

 

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Photograph Inland sea , boat houses watch tower, taken from the cave and tourists returning to the jetty

 

Photograph Inland sea, divers, Dwejra Watch Tower top left & small cafe extreme right.

 

 

Boat Trips

In calm weather the local fishermen take boat trips through the tunnel to view:

  • the caves and dramatic cliffs on the open sea side
  • The Azur Window
  • Fungus rock

More information and photographs of the boat trips

 

 

Click on a thumbnail photograph to see a larger photograph

 

 

Diving and Snorkelling - Inland Sea

This is considered the best dive site in Malta by the majority of divers and some say the best in the world.

 

 

 

Photograph of Inland sea, and a group of divers on the jetty. The dark cave in the photo centre leads out to the open sea.

 

 Boat trips go through this cave.

 

The water in the inland sea is shallow and many small fish can be seen. This site is very popular with scuba divers because they can easily swim through the cave to the sea where the water depth under the cliffs is around 50 metres

 

 

Scuba Divers about to enter the water. 

 

They will normally snorkle across the Inland Sea the either Snorkle through the cave or submerge at the inner entrace to the cave, where the water rapidly increases in depth

 

Divers Wet suits drying on 2 vechiles. Wet suits provide insolation and are needed because the water temperature at depth is far colder than on the surface.

 

Photographs Inland sea and 4 diversfinishing there kitting up against a jetty. Boat houses can be seen in the background. One of the boat houses, just off the photo has been converted into a bar and cafe.     1686

 

 

 

Enter the water to the left of the jetties, snorkel across the inland sea keeping left of the boat traffic, Dive at the at cave entrance and enter the tunnel, torches are an asset, the light adding colour, but your eyes soon become accustomed to the dark.  As you approach the open sea end, you will see the absolutly amazing blue colour of the water, the colour is hightened by the light of the open sea and the darkness of the cave.The depth of the cave at the open sea side is about 25-30 metres and the sea bed 50 metres. You eventually gain access to the rock cliff walls on the Mediterranian Sea side.  Because of the rocky naure of the area the sea is crystal clear and the surface can easyly be seen from the sea bed at the foot of the vertical cliffs at a depth of arround 50 metres. It is essencial to frequently look at your depth meter as some areas are 60 metres or deeper, the flat sandy sea bed slowly get deeper as you leave the base of the cliffs.

 

I have seen large rays cruising along the coast in this area.  The large bolders at the foot of the cliffs are home to large groupers but they quickly disappear at the sight of divers.

 

For divers the main area of interest is in the piles of rocks at the base of the cliffs.  Decompression can be carried out swimming back to the cave and through the cave maintaining the correct depth on the cliff face, a good time to examine all the nooks and crannies.

You can either

  • Dive from and return to the Inland Sea
  • Dive from the Inland Sea turn left at the outer side of the tunnel and continue round to the Blue hole Obtain advice from the local dive schools for recommended depths and the time for this dive.

The shallow waters of the Inland Sea with a rock and pebble bottom is ideal for snorkelling, of course snorkellers and swimmers should stay clear of the area between the jetties and thecave, because of the constant flow of boats

The visibility in the inland Sea normally excellent drops to zero after heavy rain and the fine silt is carred out into the cave.

 

Dwejra Point and Dwejra Bay Attractions

Because the rocks are very uneven and have sharp edges we recommend strong shoes or boots if you wish to walk on the rocks

 

Attractions on or near Route to Dwejra Point and Dwejra Bay

  • San Lawrenz  Bus 2 & 91
  • Gharb Bus 2 & 91
  • Ta'Pinu  Bus 61& 91

Local Transport - Buses

Buses to Dwejra

  • Winter No buses to Dwejra. The nearest bus stop is in the village of San Lawrenz roughly 2 km away  Buses 2 & 91 from Victoria (Rabat)
  • Spring and Autumn. 2 buses on Route 91.   Additional buses from San Lawrenz
  • Summer. 6 buses on Route 91.   Additional buses from San Lawrenz