Mgarr Ix Xini
Location of Site:
Around the private beach of Ta’ Cenc Hotel
Type of Dive: Shore dive
Very easy dive and popular with swimmers
Average Depth: 6 metres
Maximum Depth: 14 metres
BSAC Ocean Diver, PADI Open Water or equivalent.
This is a shore dive, which is one of just a few that is diveable in a north-westerly wind. To get to it, follow the signs for Mgarr ix-Xini. When you get to the small pebble beach in a valley, you can park your car and get kitted up here.
Walk into the very shallow water on the right hand side of the bay, looking out to sea. Keep following this cliff side out until you come to a big cave entrance. Enter into this cave, and take a good while to have a look around, no great rush because this cavern is really the highlight of this dive. When you have finished with this cave, you can spend the rest of the dive playing around on the sandy bottom of this bay, cross over to the other side and return to base following the other cliff side in.
Not the most exciting dive, but as we said when there is a north westerly blowing, this is one of the few places you can dive. Things you might expect here, except from the cave, are flat fish camouflaging on the sandy bottom, the odd school of salema with their bright yellow lines, the odd octopus, and red mullet.