World’s First Deep Water Archaeological Park in Xlendi Gozo Now Open
First discovered in 1993 just off Xlendi Bay in Gozo, the site lies at 105 metres below sea level and is composed of an expanse of Punic archaeological material spread across 67,000 m2
The area hosts several remains and was designated as an archaeological zone three years ago and in 2022 it was declared as the world’s first deep-water archaeological part.
Its seabed consists of fine silt and sand punctuated by a series of rocky outcrops formed by extinct coral reefs.
Although the depths at which this park is found make it accessible only to a niche of technical divers, through the extensive research and work carried out by Heritage Malta’s Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit, the site has been mapped out and is accessible to the public through 360-degree videos, images and 3D models on their website.
“By means of this virtual museum, more people can appreciate the unique sites of our seas,” said Heritage Minister Owen Bonnici, who inaugurated the park together with Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri, who expressed his satisfaction that the first deep sea archaeological park in the world is in Gozo.
“This park is an additional incentive for travellers to opt for Gozo as their destination of choice, offering them a distinct and unparalleled stay unlike any other,” added Gozo Minsiter Clint Camilleri.
The park is open to divers through Registered Dive Centres and Clubs