What Gozo lacks in size it makes up for in hospitality, as my husband Les and I discovered in the friendly Calypso Hotel on the Marsalforn
So, too, the zingy, fresh seafood we ate at the Kartell restaurant as waves lapped the shores of pretty fishing village Marsalforn
A three-hour morning mountain bike ride from Gharb Village to the stunning Roman salt pans - still in use - and on to lunch in the cafes and bars of Marsalforn
Bay, followed by an afternoon kayaking across the choppy Comino Channel to the photogenic Blue Lagoon and nearby caves framed Gozo's appeal as a destination for an activity includes flights.
Going further north up the coast, near Marsalforn
, the shore becomes divided into salt pans and shallow rock pools where the sea salt crystallises.
There are fine beaches at Dwejra and further north at Xwejni, Qbajjar and Marsalforn
To the north are Xwejni, Qualjar and Marsalforn
On the east coast are more rocky coves at Dahlet Qorrot, and to the southwest are the twin diving hotspots, Xlendi and Marsalforn
which boast a wealth of colourful marine life around underwater wrecks.
Reports said the pair were scuba diving near Marsalforn
on the island when they suddenly found themselves in difficulty.
At the Calypso diving school in Marsalforn
, a fishing village-cum-beach resort, beginners first learn the rules of diving above water, then don huge rubber suits for an adventure in the deep.
At the Kartell restaurant in Marsalforn
we were treated to a veritable buffet of fresh fish, while Ron's restaurant in Marsaxlokk fishing village back on Malta was a perfect venue to finish off our weekend.
We chose to cycle and to head up to the north coast, passing the impressive Ta' Pinu Basillica or cathedral on the way to Marsalforn
- now the island's most popular tourist resort.
Dr Rees is an experienced diver - but her husband, an executive with heritage body Cadw, and son were both novices who got into difficulty 50 feet underwater near Marsalforn
on the island.