My husband and I went to Gozo in September for a weeks diving and enjoyed it so much we went back for another week in November! My husband choose Utina based on the reviews on this site and the time spent on that was well rewarded. We emailed Utina (check out their website) to give them an idea of what we hoped to do during our week and asked a few questions about the diving and Xlendi. Sally's reply was friendly, informative and made us feel that we would be made very welcome at Utina. When we arrived it was great to find that the positive reviews were in fact, completely justified. Sally, Neil, Irenka and Harold make a great team and before we new it we were through the admin, kitted out and off for a dive. We did most of our dives with Neil who has pretty much perfected the art of low stress diving. If anyone reading this is a bit nervous, apprehensive or worried about any aspect of diving then you will have found the perfect instructor to put you at your ease. Fun, safe diving is what most of us want and that's what you will get.
We decided to do the 'Advanced Open Water Diver Course' and really enjoyed the variety of dives this involves. By the end of the week and having completed the course (thanks Neil) we both felt we were enjoying diving so much more with the confidence that rising to that particular challenge gave us.
Xlendi is just lovely. A good selection of excellent places to eat in idyllic surroundings. The sort of place you want to return to.... So we did! Back again in November to enjoy the interesting weather at that time of year and the delights of Xlendi. We did the 'Deep Dive Course' this time and Irenka somehow managed to teach me how to follow a compass bearing while staying at the same depth. Harder than it sounds! Another great week with Utina.
In summary, I'm sure you will have a great time with most of the dive centres on Gozo, BUT, I believe Xlendi is the nicest place to be based and when you are with Utina out and about at dive sites with other centres doing their thing you will reflect quietly to yourself. 'UTINA......good decision.'
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