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|COMINO’s Blue Lagoon and
Santa Marija Bay are
sought for their unspoilt beauty.
With no cars, no roads and only two hotels that keep a seasonal
schedule, the whole island is a wildlife sanctuary. Named after the cumin herb once grown
here, Comino is the perfect retreat - carefree and car-free.
You can best
the island's charms before or
after the crowds arrive and the sun is transitional.
The Blue Lagoon, a sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water, is the main attraction on the tiny island of Comino. It is a popular day trip for cruises. The Lagoon and the isle's other bays with their crystal clear waters make Comino the ideal choice for most kinds of water sports, especially diving and snorkeling.
The 3.5 sq. km
island has just two beach resort hotel. The Comino Hotel runs a ferry
service to the Island with departures to and from both Mgarr, Gozo, and
near Cirkewwa, Malta. The service is free to hotel guests but there is a
small charge to non-residents. For more information and timetable,
www.cominohotels.com (356) 21529821.
Only a handful of farmers live there and neither cars, nor other noisy activities disturb the peaceful tranquility of this little paradise.
Marija Tower in Comino The Santa Marija Tower on Comino formed
part of the early system of towers which the Order set up to
facilitate defence and communication between the Cittadella in Gozo
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|In 2002 Madonna & husband Guy Ritchie
filmed a remake of "Swept Away" about rich bored 40
somethings on Comino & Malta. Star
Bruce Greenwood web site has all the details. Guy
Ritchie had also chosen Malta for “Love, Sex, Drugs and
which also starred Richie’s wife, Madonna.
The Great Siege of
Malta of 1565, considered the last major battle of
the Crusades, had been scheduled to begin shooting in
2002 and be directed by Mr. Ritchie but the project has been
put on hold indefinitely. Guy Ritchie in a newspaper
interview on why he expects to do more filmmaking on Malta:
|Also on Comino is St Mary’s Tower, which is featured in The Count of Monte Cristo. More at MaltaMovieMap|
dATABASE: for Filmed on Malta includes Troy in
2004 “Gladiator”, “U571”, in 1999 and before
that such classics as “Midnight Express,” and Robert
pcpmalta.com/ "the producer's right hand in Malta"
Malta is world-renowned for its special effects facility situated in the south-eastern side of the island. Mediterranean Film Studios (MFS) boasts one indoor tank and two large exterior water tanks situated along the coast and therefore enjoying a natural horizon. In size the tanks are only second to Fox Studios' water facility in Baja, Mexico.
medusa.ee.umist.ac.uk/ moviesmadeinmalta/ Location guide by regular visitor
Gozo TV (M) Profile, services, documentaries and TV programmes
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Malta offers some of the best scuba diving conditions and instruction in the world. There are around 25 registered dive centres on the islands. Many water sports centres and diving schools offer lessons and scuba diving equipment rentals.
An all-year-round Centre for the diver. Even in a severe winter (which is extremely rare) the sea temperature never drops below 13° Celsius. Diving in winter offers the advantage that many species of fish move inshore to shallower, slightly warmer waters and as they are not disturbed by swimmers during this season. Temperatures in summer are about 23°
the diving off Gozo is delightful, and the cliff-lined coast near Zurrieq is pocked with several Blue Grotto-like caves where you can swim in what’s been called "stained-glass" blue water. visitmalta.com/en/diving
A Guide To Shore Diving the Maltese Islands
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Paul and I went diving in Malta armed with this guide. Before we went we read it and it gave us a good feel for what to expect. Once we had dived there we agreed that the book gave an accurate reflection.
There were a few times when the schematic maps of the dive sites weren't quite accurate, but in general one was able to picture the dive by the drawings in the book. A reader from London
The Dive Sites of Malta, Gozo and Comino
Lawson Wood enjoys a much deserved fine reputation as an underwater photo-journalist and author and with the aid of his wife has produced yet another excellent product.
After the customary "How to use this book" (and explanation of the abbreviations and symbols used throughout), we have an introduction to the country which includes information on most topics the visitor wants to know followed by an equally informative introduction to the diving one can expect to find.
Then we get down to specifics. The next chapter details no fewer than 38 dive sites found around the coast of Malta. This is followed by chapters on Comino (13 dive sites) and Gozo (30 dive sites) giving a total of 81 sites altogether. The information on each site is brief and to the point with as many as 4 complete dive sites appearing on a single page.
Each of these chapters in interrupted with green pages on different subjects
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