Azure Window reborn as the hottest dive site in the Mediterranean

Azure Window reborn as the hottest dive site in the Mediterranean

Divers claim that the collapse of the famous Azure Window sea arch, is one of the best things that has happened to Gozo.  It now has a new role in attracting tourists, under water.  As the first pictures emerge about it’s new life, taken by the divers visiting the area where the limestone formation once stood.  With marine life already starting to take over, we now see massive chunks of rock, cracked, sharp-edged and strewn accross the floor of the Mediterranean.

The island of Gozo, part of the Maltese archipelago, was struck by grief when the Azure Window was lost to the sea due to heavy storms back in March.  They feared that the dissapearence of the Tieqa tad-Dwejra, the arch, might hurt tourism on Gozo.  It had always been an essential stop for travellers to the island and it had been featured in numerous films and TV shows, including Game of Thrones.  It graced countless travel guides and -brochures.  But, scuba diving enthousiasts say the opposite is true.

“It’s a loss to those who live above the surface, but for those who dive it’s one of the best things that has happened to Gozo,” said Brendan O’Brien, who explored the site in June.

Konrad Baar, from Family Diving Gozo, described it as “now more attractive for the divers than before”.

“The big white rocks with fresh cracks and brittle structure look really impressive,” he said. “Without a marker these rocks look like small pieces but they are really big. The whole structure is quite complicated with the canyons and narrow passages.

“The place can be explored for a long time during a few dives. The depth range is also quite wide [five to 52 metres] so all kind of divers with different certificates should be satisfied.”

Due to the ebb and flow of the Mediterranean it is likely that the appearance of the rocks will quickly change, so divers should visit soon, he warns.  “In the next few months the surface of the rocks will be covered and everything will become green. Most probably the sharp edges will disappear under a layer of new life, so the divers should hurry up to see this place as it is now.”

The Maltese tourist board however, said that divers should only explore the site with registered, local diving clubs.

Despite the disappearance of the Azure Window, sightseeing busses are still stopping at Dwerja Bay, which leads to one-star reviews of the arch.  But there is much more to the island then the Azure window, said the Maltese tourist board atr the time of the collapse.  Gozo also has the Ggantija Temples, the oldest in the world, its stunning midieval Citadel, an amazing coastline, which includes one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and it’s superb gastronomy.

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