The Inland Sea, sometimes called Qawra in Maltese and also known as Dwejra, is a lagoon of seawater on the island of Gozo linked to the Mediterranean Sea through an opening formed by a narrow natural arch.Put Inland Sea on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our San Lawrenz trip planner.
It was probably formed where a geological fault in the limestone had created a sea cave and the roof then collapsed.
On one side there is a gently shelving stony beach with several fishermen's huts. The boats are often pulled up on to the stony beach. The bottom of the lagoon is also mostly pebbles and rocks and is fairly shallow. As you exit through the tunnel towards open sea, the floor drops away in a series of shelves to a depth of up to 35 metres on the outside. Jacques Cousteau said the Inland Sea was among his top ten dives..
On calm days fishing boats, known in Maltese as luzzijiet, can pass through the tunnel. Some of the boats are used to take visitors through the archway and then for a tour of the nearby cliffs and other sites, mainly to the Fungus Rock and to the site of the previous large natural arch in the cliffs called the Azure Window.
Inland Sea reviews
This is such a beautiful spot! You can get a boat and go inside the caves. Just do not make it so late, specially during off season, as the place will be under shade at 4.30/5. more »
Three of us were stranded in VERY hot sun whilst the boat guy touted for other customers. The command of English language and detail relevant to the visit was rushed and empty more »
Beautiful site, just a quick note, not a great place for snorkeling (not a lot of fish), lots of boats as well zooming past. Come for the view, which is stunning!
This is the nicest place in Gozo I was at. It's worth taking the boat trip through the cave and around the cliffs.
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