Photographer's Note

View to Fungus Rock and Dwerja Bay (after storm)

(Local Name: Il-Gebla tal-General) This 60m high monolith guards the entrance to an almost circular black lagoon with a spooky seaweed-covered bed. The climb to the top is only for aspiring mountaineers. Dwerja is a placid place to swim. There are two small grottos, and plenty of fish for divers to spot off Fungus Rock and this is considered one of the finest diving spots in the Mediterranean. In calm weather the bay is an idyllic spot to anchor for the night. The clear but dark sea and deserted ragged coastline make this ideal territory for keen snorkelers as well.


It is well worth while making the trip to the smaller island of Gozo (ferry from Marfa, 20 minutes), the history of which is bound up with that of the main island.

The island of Gozo is separated from Malta by a channel some three mi/five km wide, divided into two (the North Comino Channel and the South Comino Channel) by the little island of Comino. Like Malta, Gozo rises gradually toward the southwest, though here the limestone hills are lower and the cliffs on the southwest coast are correspondingly less formidable. The northeast coast, with few indentations, has no natural harbors like those of the main island.

Gozo is further in spirit from Malta than the eight-kilometer channel Il-Fliegu, which separates the
two islands, would suggest. Sleepy Gozo is like a step back in time compared with the comparative fast pace of Malta.

The island's proud emblem of three green hills (said to be Zebbug, Xaghra and Nadur) over a blue sea is the first silhouette of landfall; peaceful villages cling onto the side of the fertile and flat-topped hills. The greens of the landscape and valleys are a welcome surprise after the summer has baked Malta into a dry brown desert.

Bathing and diving here are superb, and the walks are peaceful.

There are a handful of good restaurants, some pretty handmade lace to buy and the finest hotel on the Maltese islands.

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Additional Photos by George Rumpler (Budapestman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8900 W: 3 N: 20435] (82620)
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