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June 24, 2008

Gozo Island – A little Island of Beauty and Mysticism

BY: Keith Ellenbogen


©OCEANA/ Keith Ellenbogen


The island of Gozo, is part of the Maltese archipelago, and is the second largest island in Malta. Gozo has a long tradition that connects — this current modern day island with the mythical island of Olygia in Homers’s Odyssey book V. Within Homer’s fabled poem, Olygia was ruled by ‘Calypso’, a nymph, (a nymph is any member of a large class of mythological entities in human female form), who detained ‘Odysseus’, the hero of the story, as a prisoner of love for seven years – who she desired to make her immortal husband — until Zeus freed Odysseus.

The Oceana team of scuba divers, photographers, and videographers inspired by the islands mythical beauty — explored the coastline as we drove from one dive site to another. With a map in hand we maneuvered through small side roads in rural areas where we observed beautiful terrestrial topography such as salt farms, caverns, cliffs, and valleys that all seemed to complimented the cool blue sea.

Along the inland sea many cliffs seemed to take on human figures and forms. Can you see the faces in both pictures?