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Tal-Barba is an interesting but less dived cave in Dwejra on the west coast of Gozo. Tal-Barba cave is located approximately 200 m from the seaward exit of Inland Sea’s Tunnel following the reef wall in northerly direction. The cave entrance is around 25 m depth and the cave reaches about 120 m inwards. Tal-Barba cave is straight and the exit is always visible. There is also an air pocket in the cave where divers can surface.
Tal-Barba is diveable from the shore, but it’s a very long swim, or using an underwater scooter. Alternatively, divers can rent a small boat from Inland Sea to drop them off outside the cave. As for the return, either have the boat to pick up round the reef, or dive back and visit also Whale Cave around half way to Inland Sea Tunnel.
In Maltese, the word 'barba' means beard, and the cave is so named as the shape of the entrance resembles a man’s beard. Tal-Barba cave is also known as 200m Tunnel, although it is actually not 200 metres long.
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