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St Andrews Divers Cove & Gozo self catering | Dive Gozo - Mediterranean

  • Quiet, more rural island stays in Gozo
  • 6 Dive pack included, over a 3 day period
  • There are a number of local restaurants and shops within the village
  • Hotel based holidays also available - simply ask for more info
  • Self catering options for 1-10 people in apartments or rustic farmhouses
  • Beautiful sea front location in and around Xlendi Bay, one of Malta and Gozo's most picturesque fishing villages.
  • Guided shore, wreck and reef dives
  • WIFI is readily available

About St Andrews Divers Cove & Gozo self catering

Gozo forms part of the Maltese archipelago. Gozo is just a ferry ride away from main land Malta. However the island boasts distinct rural characteristics, being quieter and embracing a diverse landscape of flat topped hills, rugged cliffs, deep valleys and beautiful inlets. Your dive base with St Andrew's Divers Cove boasts a beautiful sea front location in Xlendi Bay a picture perfect fishing village. Diving in Gozo is distinctive to Malta itself, and it's well known for it's clear waters, breathtaking drop offs, numerous caves, tunnels and the dramatic underwater scenery. So whether you're a beginner, advanced diver or tech diver, make sure Gozo is on your itinerary!

We are pleased to be able to offer 2 types of self catering options in Gozo. Depending on the size of your group, you can chose between the apartments - all within 250m of the dive centre - or the larger, farmhouses. Just let us know your requirements and we can check all of the accommodation options for you at the time of booking.

The 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments are superb value as well as convenient to everything you could need - dive centre, shops, restaurants. Each apartment has an equipped kitchen, sitting / dining area, bath / shower room and a terrace or balcony. Many of them have beautiful sea views. Linen for the apartments (except beach towels) is supplied and changed weekly.

The farmhouses are larger, and better suited to families or groups of between 4-9, looking for a self-catering holiday in Gozo. Most enjoy a private pool, and are well placed for exploring the island by foot or bike. Some of these properties are up to 300 years old and their size, amenities, character and price vary. Want to know more? We are happy to check farmhouse availability and provide more information for each specific option, subject to availability.

Prefer to stay in a hotel? Talk to us! Both the 3 star San Andrea and 4 star St Patrick's are 50m from St Andrew's Divers Cove and are within striking distance of Xlendi beach, the pedestrian sea front, bars and restaurants.

1 bedroom & 2 bedroom apartments - Sleep 1 to 2 people

Each apartment has an equipped kitchen, sitting / dining area, bath / shower room and a terrace or balcony. Many of them have beautiful sea views. Linen for the apartments (except beach towels) is supplied and changed weekly.

Ta' Filomena Farmhouse - 4 bedroom - Sleeps 10

Ta’ Filomena is a unique and original Gozo farmhouse. Both grand yet homely, it boasts lots of original features. There is Cable TV, woodstove, pool complete with Jacuzzi and a charcoal BBQ area. Ta’ Filomena is only a 15 minute walk away from shops, pubs and restaurants, a 20 minute walk away from Ramla, and a 5 minute walk from the nearest bus stop.3 double + 1 twin + 2 sofa beds

Inzolia Farmhouse 4 bedroom - Sleeps 9

Inzolia has everything you could need to make your stay comfortable and exciting. Accommodation comprises of a living and dining area, fully equipped kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, one at ground floor, one on the first floor and another on the second floor. 3 Doubles + 1 Twin

Gellewza Farmhouse 3 bedroom - Sleeps 8

Gellewza is spacious and furnished in a calm, modern style. Sleeping 6 persons, all rooms are air-conditioned. The 2 double bedrooms and one twin all have an ensuite shower/bath with a hydro bath in the master bedroom. In the master bedroom one also finds a sofa bed and a 37 inch LCD TV with cable TV. 2 doubles + 1 twin + 2 sofa beds

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

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Covid Information for St Andrews Divers Cove & Gozo self catering

Information provided by St Andrews Divers Cove

Clients are not allowed to use the dive centre shower
The toilets are cleaned with soap and sprayed with disinfectant often
Hand sanitiser is provided for all those who enter the shop
Crowding in the shop will be avoided by asking people to wait outside
Divers are to keep the same diving equipment for the whole stay and cannot rinse it
after use rental kit is rinsed with water, sprayed with disinfectant then left 3 days hanging in a separate room before being given to other guests
Regulators are being sprayed with disinfectant
Use defog - not saliva - in your masks. Test your alternate air source by purging, not test breaths
Be conscious of your exhalations from your reg and snorkel on the surface. Give other divers space

Restaurant tables are 2m apart
Buffet meal services have been removed
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
The Malta Tourism Authority have issued protocols to follow and all of the apartments owners, farmhouses and hotels offered in Gozo adhere to these standards.

You are obliged to wear a mask in certain shops, on buses and in taxis
At arrivals all passengers' temperatures are taken and anyone with fever will be put in quarantine for 14 days

Basic principles for a safe tip in Malta

Maintain social distancing
Increased levels of hygiene
Wear masks or visors

Provided by Maltese Government

Last Updated: 20 JUL 2020

Maltas excellent performance managing covid-19 has been acknowledged by the European Commission, the Commonwealth, the World Health Organisation, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, and others. COVID-19 - Guidelines for the Travel and Tourism Sector
Overall Preventive Measures, applicable to All Sectors
Washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and if not available, use alcohol-based hand disinfectant
Covering of nose and mouth with a tissue or inner side of flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
Tissues are to be disposed of, immediately after use.
People are to refrain from sneezing or coughing into their hands as they may contaminate objects or people that they come into contact with.
Used tissues are to be disposed of immediately in bins.
People should avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth prior to washing their hands.
People should keep 1 metre distance when talking to someone who is sick.
Hotels and other Collective Accommodation Establishments

It is advisable to limit as much as possible social gatherings and activities involving a number of people in enclosed venues.

Guests reporting sick during their stay
If it is confirmed that the guest came from an effected area, and is suffering from fever, cough or shortness of breath the following procedure applies:
The sick guest should not go to private clinics, emergency department, health centres or to other healthcare facilities.
The hotel should ask the sick guest to self-quarantine in his/her room. The public health authorities should be contacted on phone (+356) 21324086.
n such cases, Public Health authorities will assess the case and if need be visit the hotels themselves to swab the sick guest.
Results of swabs taken from the patient may take a number of hours. It is therefore mperative that in the meantime, the guest remains in the room, no one enters the room and no items are taken out of the room.
Sick guests are to be serviced (e.g. served meals) via room service. No member of the hotel staff should enter the room where the sick person is. Any item/meals requested by the guest should be left outside the room, and the guest can take the food/ items. No visitors are allowed in the room.
If through the tests carried out, it is determined that the patient is suffering from COVID19, the Health Authorities would once again intervene to transfer the sick guest safely to a healthcare facility, where he/she would be kept in isolation and treated.
The accommodation establishments are to co-operate with the Health Authorities in their exercise to trace those persons with whom the sick guest was in contact.
The Health Authorities will then advise on the procedure to sanitize the guest room or premises.
If there are more than one guest in the same room, ideally a separate room is provided to the other guests.

Country Covid Travel Information

Malta is at the moment not exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Museums and tourist sites, shops, gyms, hairdressers, swimming pools, restaurants and bars have re-opened but with restrictions on the number of customers allowed entry, a requirement to wear a mask and an ability to maintain social distancing (1.5m).

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, you should contact the public health helpline on 111 and follow their instructions.

All arriving passengers must have completed a paper copy of both a public health and a passenger locator form. These are available at the Malta Airport website under the section "Passenger Declarations".

There will be a temperature checks at the airport, you will also have to fill in a form at arrival detailing where in the plan you were seated and where you will stay during your visit to Malta.

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

You will have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, when you are travelling home from Malta.

Last Updated: 08SEP2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Malta is just over 3 hours direct flights from the UK and it is always a popular location with British travellers. The island lies almost in the middle of the Mediterranean, 93km from Siciliy and 288km from the north of Africa. The main island has the nation's capital Valetta. For the north are the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino. Comino is largely uninhabited.

Covid Travel Information

Malta is at the moment not exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Museums and tourist sites, shops, gyms, hairdressers, swimming pools, restaurants and bars have re-opened but with restrictions on the number of customers allowed entry, a requirement to wear a mask and an ability to maintain social distancing (1.5m).

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, you should contact the public health helpline on 111 and follow their instructions.

All arriving passengers must have completed a paper copy of both a public health and a passenger locator form. These are available at the Malta Airport website under the section "Passenger Declarations".

There will be a temperature checks at the airport, you will also have to fill in a form at arrival detailing where in the plan you were seated and where you will stay during your visit to Malta.

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

You will have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, when you are travelling home from Malta.

Last Updated: 08SEP2020

Weather and Climate

Malta has a typically Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers and cooler spring and autumn. Many dive centres close their doors for a few weeks over Winter. The days are long and sunny, with up to 12 hours of sunshine in the summer! From Jan - Apr the average water temp is 15-16C, raising to 26 in August. As the summer cools off, the average is around 20C.

Travel

Flight options

We are able to book a number of charter flight options from the UK to Malta. Flights operate from a number of regional airports. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Malta, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

As it is a direct service, there are no stop over options

Arrange before you go

Regular Entry Requirements

UK passport holders do not need a visa for Malta. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with your airline. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

Most flights to Malta are charter flights. This means seating is allocated at check in. For some carriers we are able to prebook leg room, window or aisle seats. Please speak to your travel consultant about availability and the current charges levied by your airline.

Check in

Depending on your airline, you may be able to complete check in online to print your boarding pass. If not, we will email your flight tickets to you in advance. You must print your ticket coupon.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival please make your way through baggage claim and immigration. There will either be a rep to meet you or you will have full details of your where to meet your transfer (with a confirmation voucher) in your travel documentation. If you have any issues on arrival, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

Transfers are included in your holiday. You be advised in your travel documentation of how to find your transfer.

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. EU passport holders do not need to pay a departure tax.

Info

Tipping

Car hire and any local excursions are booked, paid for and taken at your own risk - please ensure you are fully insured for any land activities you wish to enjoy

Currency

You will need euros in Malta. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted, but you should check with your bank about any additional overseas charges they may levy for using your card in Spain.

Phone coverage

Phone coverage is generally good - do check with your phone provider about any applicable overseas charges. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM for making calls or data use

Plugs and electricity

3 pin round UK plug sockets are used in Malta - 220V

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally

Extras

Special trips (gozo, Comino, north Malta by boat) night dives and specific tek wreck dives can all be arranged and paid for locally

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox is avilable for certified divers in 12lt, 15lt, twinset and stage tanks - the dive centre will confirm costs before filling

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit is £400. If you add flights to your holiday full payment of your chosen flight option may also be required to confirm your ATOL bonded package.

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel, within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling with 12 months

Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

Our most popular package includes 7 nights in self catering appartment (2 people sharing)
The standard dive package is 10 dives (5 days) AIR
Return airport transfers are included in your package - you will have to pay your ferry ticket locally 4.65pp per way

Excluded

International flights to Malta (MLA) are not included. Please ask for a competitive quote to add these to your holiday.

Additional diving and services are arranged and paid for at the dive centre at the end of your trip

Car hire and any local excursions are booked, paid for and taken at your own risk - please ensure you are fully insured for any land activities you wish to enjoy

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.


St. Andrews Divers Cove was started in 1989 and today the dive centre sits right on th sea front in the Xlendi Bay, The bay is ideal for beginner dives, night dives and dive courses. Access to the scenic Xlendi tunnel and Xlendi reef is from in front of the dive shop and the dive boat departs from the quay just across the road.



You will feel at home diving with St. Andrews. Accompanied dives are organised every day to dive sites all around the island, lead by instructors. Dives are grouped according to diving experience to ensure that all divers have the very best dive for their level.A wide range of Scuba Diving Courses in CMAS and PADI are offered, from entry levels right through to specialty courses and the full PADI Tec diver programme. Beginners may want to simply have a one-time experience or follow through a course and get certified. Xlendi Bay is the perfect environment to learn in. It starts off knee deep and gets gradually deeper. Not only is it a safe, ideal location to learn but it also offers great bio-diversity



Guided shore, wreck and reef dives Guided and unguided options for experienced divers PADI, and CMAS training Giant tuna dives - special trip on request SSI freediving - on request

All of the shore dives are easily accessible. Hop into one of the centre's dive trucks and away you go.There are also organise regular boat dives between April and November. Individual divers are grouped to a small groups of similarly qualified/experienced divers are assigned to an instructor to take them to the selected dive sites. Experienced divers can opt to dive guided or unguided (depending on your local experience)



Note: All divers need a current diving medical or to complete a medical statement with no contra-indications. Divers of 70 years and older need a doctor’s medical. Equipment is provided at no extra cost for all courses up to Rescue.

The Blue Hole

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 18m | Max Depth: 50m

The Blue Hole on Gozo's west coast is Malta's most famous dive site. It was voted "Best Dive" of the Mediterranean on several occasions. The Blue Hole is a natural rock formation carved out over the centuries by wind and wave power. The Blue Hole is a sheltered entry /exit point for several different dives to different depths. It is an unforgettable experience for all levels of divers, even those only qualified to 18 metres and has actually become a better dive since the collapse of the Azure Window. Divers descend in the Blue Hole itself from a shallow water shelf directly above the famous Blue Hole Cavern and dive through the large rectangular archway open between 8 and 14 metres. The arch covered in golden cup coral (parazoanthus axinellae) is spectacular and very photogenic. The dive then leads you towards the large boulders that once formed the majestic Azure Window with depths varying between 16 and 5 metres, a truly fantastic dive even for the less experienced divers.

P31 Wreck

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10m | Max Depth: 18m

The P31 was the sister ship to the P29 that was scuttled near the Gozo ferry terminal in 2007. They were East-German mine sweepers built in 1969 before being transferred to the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) in 1992. The vessels were used for patrols around Maltese territorial waters. The P31 is 52 metres long and 7 metres wide. In 2009 it was scuttled in an area with practically no current at 18 metres on white sand close to Comino's Blue Lagoon about 30 min the dive centre. It is one of Malta's most popular wrecks and because it can be enjoyed by qualified divers of all levels. Prior to the scuttling, doors, windows, hatches and engines were removed while wires were cut in an effort to render the wreck as safe as possible. The P31 wreck with its prolific marine life and clear sandy bottom offers enthusiasts many photo opportunities. Damselfish,Cardinal fish, scorpion fish, Spirographs, Flabellina nudibranchs, Amberjacks, rays and many fish species canbe found on or around this wreck.

Crocodile Rock

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 12m | Max Depth: 40m

Crocodile Rock is a crocodile-shaped, low lying rock just offshore midway between Fungus Rock and the Blue Hole at Dwejra on Gozo's West coast. A round shallow plateau extends from land and drops off steeply at the rock. This is another of Malta's best dive sites with varying depths and can be enjoyed by qualified divers of all levels. The boat anchors safely on the shallow plateau east of Crocodile rock. The plateau, 4 to 12 metres deep, has several deep fissures and cracks full of colourful anemones, coralites, sponges and a multitude of species of fish. The drop off is a steep wall that initially goes to 40 metres. Larger fish like barracuda, Amberjack, Grouper and Dentex are often spotted here. South of the rock is a square cut-out allowing divers to initially drop off gently to 18 metres.

St Pauls Island

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15m | Max Depth: 25m

A short boat trip form st pauls bay and we can begin to explore the reefs around this little island which has been reputed to be the place that st Paul was ship wrecked and so brought Christianity to Malta. Starting form 5 meters we can descend to max depth of 25 meters tracing the reef wall and rocky seabed.

Anchor Bay (Popeye Village)

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 20m | Max Depth: 25m

Billinghurst cave is found on the north side of the island. The top of the cave entrance is just few meters below the surface and the bottom is at 27m meters. A giant stride from the top of the cliffs above the cave and you are ready to begin a fifty meter swim in the cave where one will be surrounded by lots of multi-coloured sponges, soft coral and virgin lace coral. It is possible to surface at the very end of the tunnel and only experienced divers using the correct equipment should be tempted this far inside.

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There are plenty of places to eat in Xlendi

The St Andrews team recommend Pirate's Galley, Churchill's, Ic-Cima, Da Manoel, Moby Dick, Karolina and Kcina Maltija for traditional Maltese dishes.

The San Andrea and St. Patrick's Hotel also have restaurants serving a la carte

Cafe - Ta'Nona with view of the bay and the sunset at Beer o'clock.

Other popular locations are below

Mini market Crai

Near to the dive centre for food, snacks and drinks. This shop will have everything you need for your self catering supplies. ...find out more

Zafrio restaurant Xlendi

Right on the Xlendi seafront, the Zafiro restaurant specialises in local and Mediterranean cuisine serving indoors or al fresco on its beautiful terrace. after a fabulous main course of fresh pasts, antipasta, fresh fish, shellfish, steaks and delicious grill, make sure to leave room for the home made chocolate fondant! ...find out more

The Boathouse restaurant

Want to treat yourself to a special meal? The Boathouse restaurant is a stunning seafront restaurant, that prides itself with quality dining, friendly service and exquisitely prepared dishes featuring local ingredients and traditional recipes. ...find out more