In Maltese, it is sometimes called Qawra.
The Inland Sea is situated at the far West side of the Island and is known as Dwejra to the Gozitan inhabitants.
It was probably formed when a geological fault of limestone had created a sea cave, thus in due cause the roof then collapsed. After the collapse, it left behind a lagoon filled with seawater. Through a narrow opening in the cliff face, in the form of a natural archway, it is linked to the Mediterranean Sea. The sea provides the lagoon with water and marine life, which passes freely back and forth through the archway.
On the right side there is a gentle sloping stony beach, which is lined on one side by several fishermans boat houses. The boat houses are used for various activities, from storing fishing equipment to boating accessories and a place to be enjoyed by the boating people of Dwejra. The stony beach and a small cement jetty is used to pull out the boats if the weather threatens a fierce wind and bad weather.
The lagoon has a depth of 3 – 4 m. its bottom is strewn with rocks and pebbles. Heading into the tunnel towards the open sea, the depth of water increases quickly as the sea bed falls away. The tunnels depth begins around 5 m, dropping off in shelf like sections to a depth of 35 m. At the end of the tunnel you arrive out into daylight and the Mediterranean Sea.
In the summer time, it is popular with divers, swimmers and tourists. It is a number one hot spot for scuba divers and they can be found here all year round, weather permitting.
A museum about marine life has been opened, which gives non-divers an insight into our underwater world.
Photo: taken by Janet Bulmer at DiveSMART Gozo