Often referred to as Qawra in Maltese!
Inland Sea is a beautiful place on Gozo. Situated at the far West side of the island nestled in rugged surroundings. The area surrounding the Inland Sea is known as Dwejra to the Gozitan inhabitants. Inland Sea is very close to Gozo’s top dive site the Blue Hole
The Inland Sea of today formed when a geological fault of limestone created a sea cave. In due cause, the roof collapsed leaving a large open-ended tunnel. The lagoon measures 60 m wide and is filled with seawater coming through a narrow opening in the cliff face. This opening is quite small and stands in the form of a natural archway. Entering through the archway, you become 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 of the lagoon is a gentle sloping stony beach mostly used by sun worshippers and swimmers. Further round the shoreline, on one side you find several fisherman’s boathouses. The boathouses function quite unique and each is different. Various activities take place inside these houses, from storing fishing equipment to boating accessories and a place to be enjoyed by the boating people of Dwejra. A small cement jetty is used to pull out the boats if the weather threatens a fierce wind and bad weather.
The lagoon depth is shallow to 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 summertime, it is popular with divers, swimmers and tourists. A number one hot spot for scuba divers and they can be found here all year round, weather permitting.
A museum about marine life and the underwater world is open to the public. Therefore offering non-divers an insight into our underwater world.
Photo: taken by Janet Bulmer at DiveSMART Gozo