You might not have heard of Gozo. I hadn’t, until we went last year. It’s the second-largest island in Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean. It’s a very quiet island, greener than Malta, and because it’s off the beaten track, it’s got a very chilled out, laid back vibe.

But people don’t really come for what’s on land. They come for the water.


Beautiful, warm, blue, clear water.


The Blue Lagoon at Comino

It’s made Gozo (and Malta) an increasingly popular spot for scuba diving. We went with Scuba Kings, who aren’t the fanciest dive school, but they’re super friendly and very safety conscious.

(Which is good when you’re a bit clumsy like me.)

We’re just back from our second trip. This time, we took the London BFF with us and were very happy to spend time with our good friends Alun and Lisa, who’ve adopted Gozo as their home.

It was a glorious week of diving, snorkelling, swimming and seafood.


Sunset over Gozo

If you like seaside-based holidays, I’d definitely recommend it – Gozo is friendly, charming and a real break from the bustle of daily life, but most of all, the water is warm, amazingly clear and full of the most beautiful sea life to watch and enjoy.

We were based in Marsalforn. Recommendations:

  • Il Gabbiano – a charming restaurant with amazingly fresh fish, right on the bay
  • The roof terrace at the Calypso Hotel, for sunset drinks (the service was a little frosty, but the view is worth it)
  • A day trip to the Blue Lagoon at Comino, if you’re going off season (in season it’s just too overrun)
  • Moon-watching at the Azure Window
  • Shopping at Hakari
  • Diving, swimming, snorkelling – we spent most of our time there in or under the water, and if you go, I hope you can too.
Gozo moon

Gozo moon