The Xatt l-Ahmar reef is home to parrotfish, salemas, groupers, jacks, baby morays, as well as seahorses and octopuses. In the deeper parts, you’ll also find moray eels, while closer to the massive boulders, you’ll spot slipper lobsters and giant scorpionfish hiding.
Those seeking a bit more of an adventure can head to either of the wrecks. The largest out of the three, the MV Karwela was a former Captain Morgan Cruises passenger ferry that used to do the rounds of the Grand Harbour. In 2006 it was scuttled to form an artificial reef. What’s intriguing about this wreck is the fact that it stands perfectly upright, which means that freedivers can explore every nook and cranny.
Scuttled in 1999, the 80 metre long MV Xlendi was a also former Gozo Channel Line double-ended cargo ferry that sits upside down on a sandy slope about 42 metres deep on the shore side and 44 metres on the sea side. Entering the wreck is not recommended due to its position. On the other hand, the World War II Royal Navy minelayer which later served as a passenger vessel by the name of Cominoland, lies southeast of Xatt l-Ahmar’s exit and entry point, about 60 metres to the east of the MV Karwela.