The natural wonder of Il-Qawra, the inland sea is just a few steps from the Azure Window - it was smaller than I had imagined. In summer boats make the short trip through the entrance seen in the lower cliff wall and comes out at the Azure window. Would love to do that sometime but in winter it had such a deserted abandoned feel to the place with all the beach huts and barsall closed up. It mwas more like a ghost town. We climbe the little hill by the chapel there to look down on the inland sea.
Another natural excavation of the cliff has given rise to an area where the sea forms a pool at the other side of the cliff. It looks rather like a small lake and the hole in the cliff face is just big enough for boats like the one shown here to pass through. It looks to be a fun passtime to swim upto and out of the hole into the sea beyond, though I didn't try it.
This is the "inland sea". At first sight, looks like a lake. It isn't though, as it is connected to the sea through this cave-chanel you can see behind me.
Here I am waiting for my turn, to board in one of those small fishing boats, and through this cave, to sail out to the archipelago.
The Inland Sea is one of the many inlets in the coast of Gozo. Because there is small channel out to the coast it is quite warm to swim in. You can swim through the channel and snorkel the beautiful blue depths on the other side. Exhilarating!!
The Inland sea is a lagoon which is connected to the open water via a tunnel through the cliffs. A small boat can take you through into the cave and tunnel on a calm day.
The Inland sea is popular with swimmers and snorkellers who can cool down in it's turquoise waters.
Here's a a close up view of where you can swim through the tunnel in the inland sea to the Azure Window, or where the boats would travel through.
As you can see by the waves it was not fit for that excursion.
One of the top 10 dives as listed by Jacques Cousteau, the Inland Sea in Gozo is an amazing experience for any diver.
You descend into the pool behind some ominous cliffs then proceed towards the opening of the cave ahead. In front of you is pitch black, behind the decreasing light of the outside world. Occasionally boats nip along above you, using the route out through the cliffs to the Med.
As you progress along the channel, the light behind you decreases and the pitch black in front turns becomes inky blue, increasing in brightness as you progress. On the sandy bottom, look out for spectacular looking bearded fire worms.
When I did it, the opening of the channel to the Med appeared initially like a deep blue obelisk before becoming a bright, sun flooded feast of colour and marine life. One massive looking rock on a small, spindly looking seat suddenly flickered and turned out to be a densely packed school of small, darting silver fish.
Thermoclines abound in this area as you pass through vertical as well as horizontal layers of different temperature water.
A truly mesmerizing and unforgettable experience.