Malta is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a small, island country located just south of Sicily, and although it’s not too big, it has so much beauty to offer.
If you are going to be visiting Malta for a long or even short period of time, the Blue Lagoon on Comino Island is a must-see. The water is calm, crystal clear, shallow and perfectly warm (paradise-I think so).
How to Get There
There are various ways of getting to the Blue Lagoon. You have the option of taking public transit or going with a private tour like we did (more on that soon).
You can get to Comino through the regular ferry service from Cirkewwa (the Northern most tip of Malta) and from Mgarr Harbour (if you are on Gozo Island). It is very easy to find a bus from the Valetta bus terminal, but multiple cities in Malta can get you to Cirkewwa. Please be aware that the ferry to the Blue Lagoon isn’t available at night.
You can find a route map of the public transportation in Malta here.
And find the ferry schedules here.
Once you arrive to the Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal, there are plenty of signs for the Blue Lagoon terminal. It is also about 10 euros for a round trip ticket.
Private Charter Boat
Although the Blue Lagoon is accessible by public transportation, we would highly(!!) recommend going with a private boat tour. We went with Hornblower Cruises located in Bugibba, and we absolutely LOVED it. Adult tickets are only 20 euros. Seriously, would not recommend any other private boat except this one.
Since the Blue Lagoon is becoming a more popular destination, we would highly recommend arriving early. With Hornblower Cruises, we were able to do just that. They parked the boat right on one of the end shores and we got a little section of the Lagoon all to ourselves. It felt like a little private swimming pool.
The boat departed from the Bugibba Jetty at 10:30am, but hotel/accommodation pickups can be easily organized. The sail was so picturesque, so make sure to have your camera on hand. We passed by multiple caves and channels and the ride was about an hour. The great part is that the boat tour is also guided. So along the way you’ll hear many interesting facts about the places you sail by.
The boat also offered so many facilities (bathrooms, lockers, air-conditioned dock), snorkelling equipment, an incredible slide, and food and drinks to purchase on board. There’s also no need for you to bring deckchairs and umbrellas.
Since we were only interested in the Blue Lagoon, we only took the boat ride to Gozo but didn’t get off to see the Island, however seeing Gozo Island is still an option.
After our time in Comino ended, the adventure was not yet done. Heading back to Malta, the boat ride was just as breath-taking. Hornblower Cruises took us through the South Channels of Comino by the Crystal Lagoon and into the caves.
What to Bring
Snacks: although food vendors are everywhere on the island, and the tour offers food to purchase, we always recommend bringing a couple of snacks just to have hand and to save a couple of dollars.
Towel and sunscreen: You will be out in the sun all day and buying the basics on the island can get very pricey
Camera: Obviously you can’t pass out on taking some amazing photos of the crystal blue island. We brought our go-pro to get some stunning underwater shots.
If possible, visit the Blue Lagoon on a weekday. Since Comino Island is becoming more touristy, the island can get crowded pretty quickly.
Arrive as early as possible (best timing with a private boat tour).
If you will be taking the public ferry, secure a spot on the island with a chair or towel.
If you would like a little break from the water, you can take a little walk around the island. Its covered in sand, and feels like a whole different world. Santa Maria Bay is also just a 20 minute walk from the Blue Lagoon and their waters are just as magnificent.
xox the 4 broads