Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on April 18, 2023
Nestled on the southeast coast of Gozo, Hondoq ir-Rummien is very popular with the island’s locals. Its azure waters make it a favored swimming and snorkeling spot. The rocky shore which extends to the south of the beach has good snorkeling, and you will spot there the many small fish which like to hide in the rocks and the Posidonia meadows.
Hondoq ir-Rummien is a small cove on the southeast coast of Gozo. It has a lovely view over Comino, just one kilometer offshore. The nearest village to Hondoq ir-Rummien is Il-Qala, a 5-minute drive (or 20 minute’s walk) from the creek. There’s a car park near the beach, at the end of the road, but it can be full in summer.
Water entrance is easy, from a small sand & pebble beach. The area is supervised in summer (times to be checked on site).
Hondoq ir-Rummien beach is bordered to the north by a huge concrete platform, and to the south by limestone rocks. It is around these that we find the best snorkeling. The rocks have indeed many cracks and small caves, attracting large amounts of fish. Among the species found here are the common wrasse, the rainbow wrasse, the ornate wrasse and the painted comber.
In the central part of the cove, you can also explore the Posidonia meadows, which are home to specific species such as salema porgy, mullet and peacock wrasse. The depth varies depending on the area, and can reach up to 25ft/8m in the deepest parts of the spot.
This spot is particularly suitable for children and beginners, who will enjoy its gently sloping seabed and very sheltered waters.
A small stand near the beach sells drinks and pan bagnats.
These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
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