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XATT L'AHMAR

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Xatt L'ahmar literally means "Red beach" and of particular interest to experienced divers is the wreck of the deliberately scuttled old Malta-Gozo Ferryboat "ix-Xlendi" which lies in the depths just beyond the bay, nowadays joined by two more wrecks west of it, the Cominoland and the Karwela. The bay itself is quite shallow, reaching depths up to 12 meters but then suddenly slopes down drastically to 20 meters where there's the drop-off to 34-36 meters where you will find a cave and a massive overhang. Looking towards sea, on your right hand the drop-off changes to a steep slope to 36 meters.

Particulars

There are three entry/exit points at this site and a number of potential dive plans as options.

Warnings

Emergency services are quite far away from here.

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XATT L'AHMAR Features

Nicknames
Red Bay, Red Beach
Address
G─žajnsielem, Gozo, Malta
Parking
Limited space during high season
Distance
20 m.
Suitable for
All levels, day out with the family, deep diving, snorkeling (shallow area)
Permit
N.v.t.
Access
Free access, rocky and sharp path., sloping path
Facilities
Mobile toilets
Water
Salt
Tide
N.v.t.
Kind of dive
Shore dive, reef dive , shallow dive, deep dive (30m+), cavern dive, explorer dive
Current
Limited / none
Visibility
20 - 40 m.
Average visibility
30 m.
Depth
4 - 34 m.
Bottom
rotsblokken,rotsen,zand en zeegras,kiezel(stenen)
Life
Stingray, cuttlefish, scorpionfish, lizard fish, moray, soft coral, common octopus, mediterranean damselfish, stargazer, saddled bream, brown meagre, yellow cluster anemone
Other recreation
Sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling
Emergency
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