If you’re travelling to Malta, or even if you aren’t, you’ve probably heard of the Blue Lagoon. This saltwater inlet has long been a staple of Maltese holiday itineraries, and it’ll likely be on your trip list too. So the question is not whether, but how to get to Blue Lagoon Malta?
Where is the Blue Lagoon in Malta?
The Blue Lagoon lies on Comino, a small island squashed between its larger neighbours Malta and Gozo. Famous for its clear blue waters encircled by jagged cliffs, this popular spot features in countless travel blogs and holiday websites. Its main attractions are swimming, snorkelling, and taking photos of its bewitching scenery. It ranks highly as a selfie spot too.
At 3.5 km², Comino is very small, but benefits in transport terms by its location between Malta and Gozo. There’s no way of getting there without a boat, but there are several options which will whisk you across the water in just 30 minutes or so from Malta, and in about an hour from Gozo. Each has its benefits and advantages, so this guide will give you all the information to enable you to choose wisely.
Travel by ferry to the Blue Lagoon
Public ferries run the route between the main island of Malta and Comino, so they are a good option for getting to the Blue Lagoon in Malta. Departure points on the island of Malta are located in many of the island’s tourist hotspots: Sliema, Bugibba, Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay. The ferries run regularly on a hop-on hop-off schedule but make sure you check timetables, especially for the last departures if you’re planning a full day out.
Many of the public ferries go to Gozo too. This makes it easier to combine the Blue Lagoon with Gozo (or Malta, if you’re staying on Gozo), but you’ll need to be organised if you have lots planned. Bear in mind that most boat trips go to the Blue Lagoon from mid-morning – early or later in the day are quieter times to visit.
Join a Blue Lagoon boat trip
There’s a wide variety of boat trips to Comino and the Blue Lagoon, and most are multi-stop. The choice can be bewildering. Start by thinking about how long you want to spend at the Blue Lagoon; an hour is ample for photo opportunities and a quick dip. For the full swimming, snorkelling and exploring experience you’ll need three or four hours.
Once you’ve determined the time you’d like to spend at the Blue Lagoon, look into the other elements which will make up your excursion. Options to visit Gozo include free time in the capital, Victoria, or a small fishing village, and quad biking for the more adventurous!
Remember to allow plenty of time to get to your departure point. It’s best to book a taxi in advance; choose a company recommended by your hotel and you’ll have the added benefit of knowing that the hotel also cares if it arrives on time.
Check the name of your boat – you could even take a picture you can look at later. This will improve your chances of finding the right trip for onward journeys. Comino is lovely, but there’s only one hotel, so you don’t want to get stranded.
Charter a private boat to the Blue Lagoon
When looking at how to get to Malta’s Blue Lagoon, it’s clear that the most convenient way is by far the most expensive. You’ve always dreamed of having a private boat, and here’s your chance to live that dream for a day.
The benefits of having your own boat are multiple. You can set your own itinerary and leave and return whenever you like. If a pretty bay takes your fancy, you can anchor right there.
Circle the sharp and craggy coastline of Comino. Linger for a swim at the Crystal Lagoon. Tour the historic sights of Gozo. The choice is yours. You’ll be the master of your own day trip destiny.
And yet, this kind of convenience doesn’t come cheap. Upfront prices are not widely available, but you can reckon on at least 300 euros for half a day, and nearly double that for a full day.
There’s an extra admin in chartering a private boat too. You’ll need to find a well-established, reputable company, and check reviews online to see if the service will be good. You must be sure that the company has full insurance; know its cancellation policies, and understand what would happen in the event of poor weather.
On top of this, you’ll need to research your perfect trip, especially if you want to get off the beaten track. And if you won’t be exploring corners less visited, then the cost of a private boat is hard to justify, so think it through before you commit.