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Xlendi Tunnel & Reef is found in Xlendi Bay and while shallow it is till an awesome dive. It is best to swim across the bay on the surface or just underwater. The maximum depth of this dive is 12 meters. The cave is a bent tunnel leading from one side to the other side of the rock wall. The tunnel is only 2 meters deep in Xlendi Bay and 6 meters on the other side, so it is possible to snorkel through. In the tunnel there are large boulders and light streaming in creates a cathedral effect. At the end of the tunnel, the seabed is covered with smooth rocks and shingle. From here dive to the left to the gentle outer drop-off and around the reef. Part of this forms a pinnacle which rises up almost to the surface, and should be avoided by boat traffic.

Particulars

The tunnel is also popular at night as it is a nice easy dive in shallow water. It is also popular with less experienced divers, and is for many their first adventure in a cave.

Warnings

Sheltered, but very busy with boat traffic and swimmers.

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TUNNEL & REEF Features

Nicknames
Xlendi Bay Tunnel and Reef,
Address
Xlendi Bay, Gozo
Parking
Sufficient parking
Distance
80 m.
Suitable for
All levels, day out with the family
Permit
N.v.t.
Access
Free access
Facilities
Restaurant, shop(s)
Water
Salt
Tide
N.v.t.
Kind of dive
Shore dive, reef dive , shallow dive, cavern dive
Current
Limited / none
Visibility
20 - 40 m.
Average visibility
30 m.
Depth
12 m.
Bottom
rotsblokken,grind of kiezel(stenen),zand en stenen
Life
Anemone, double banded bream, conger eel or conger, scorpionfish, moray, european parrotfish, ornate- or turkish wrasse, sponge, starfish, common prawn, saddled bream, rainbow wrasse, bearded fireworm or bristleworm
Other recreation
Swimming and snorkeling
Emergency
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