Malta

DOUBLE ARCH REEF

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Pascal Keijzer

25-8-17

Lovely dip morning dive.

40 m Visibility
26 °C - m

Double Arch Reef is an excellent dive site situated at the north coast of Gozo, in Xwejni Bay. It is an extended underwater rocky headland and lies approximately 200m offshore. Two large archways have been carved through it by nature, creating one of the strangest and most impressive formations to be found in Maltese waters. The first, smaller archway starts at 27m and directly beneath it is the larger of the two, stretching to the seabed at 36m.

Particulars

As by shore it's approximately a 15 - 25 minute swim to the drop off you rather might do a boat dive on this one. By shore is a tricky exit point, locally called 'The Washing Machine'. Going by boat is great as instead of having to head back to shore over sea grass and rocks we can follow the reef along, sometimes getting as far as Triple Arch, before firing the DSM.

Warnings

Can be blown out during north westerly or north easterly winds, so best to dive when it is flat calm. When doing the shore dive, inspect the exit point before going in. It's called 'The Washing Machine' for a reason.

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DOUBLE ARCH REEF Divemaps 1

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  • Divers Guide Map
  • Detailed map
  • Wreck map
  • Local map

DOUBLE ARCH REEF Features

Nicknames
Twin Arches
Address
Xwejni Bay, Gozo, Malta
Parking
Sufficient parking, sufficient parking at boat charter
Distance
N.v.t. N/A
Suitable for
Advanced divers, underwater photography
Permit
N.v.t. N/A
Access
Free access
Facilities
None
Water
Salt
Tide
N.v.t. N/A
Kind of dive
Boat dive, shore dive, reef dive , deep dive (30m+), cavern dive, explorer dive, underwater naturalist
Current
Limited / strong / variable
Visibility
10 - 40 m.
Average visibility
25 m.
Depth
14 - 40 m.
Bottom
rotsblokken,rotsen,zand en zeegras
Life
Dusky grouper or merou, bath sponge, barracuda, double banded bream, regular sea urchins, amberjack, fourline nudibranch, common octopus, european parrotfish, ornate- or turkish wrasse, john dory or peter's fish, dentex, saddled bream
Other recreation
None
Emergency
112

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