On the Island of Comino you can find the sheltered inlet known as the “Blue Lagoon”, whose stunning blue waters have transformed it into one of Malta’s premier attractions. It can be reached by boat only, either from Gozo or Malta. It’s suggested to get there early, as the place becomes VERY busy with tourists during the later hours of the day. In the afternoon it’s so crowded that you might be probably better off heading to some other place, possibly Paradise Bay in Malta (near Cirkewwa). Although it can only be reached by boat, there are kiosks where you can get food and drinks. Umbrellas and beach chairs can also be rent there. Water is crystal clear and hence is decent for snorkeling (IE you’re able to see at good distance), although there’s not really a lot of variety nor quantity of fish. The environment is great for sunbathing, trekking and swimming though. On some days water conditions can get rough though, so that boats don’t head to Comino every day. Moreover, although the water never gets too deep, the current in the waters of the Blue Lagoon can get quite strong, so that it’s better that you don’t adventure yourself too far off the coast if you’re not comfortable swimming. Nevertheless, there are ropes with buoys all around the area, that could help you in case you find yourself in a difficult situation. But don’t underestimate the danger in those days when water activity seem to be stronger than your swimming skills.
In order to reach the Blue Lagoon, you have to get there by Boat. You have different options, but your best choice is probably that of leaving from Marsa (in the topmost part of Malta, close to Cirkewwa, which you can find on most maps). In order to get there, you have to follow the road signs for Gozo Ferry. Once you get past Mellieha, you’ll climb up a hill and then descend it. At the end of it, instead of turning left for Crikewwa, just take a right and go straight until you see a pier on the left. Park your car there and just ask. Leaving from Marfa has the advantage that you don’t pay as much as leaving from Sliema, Qawra or other places, but you board the boat before other people in Cirkewwa, so that you have much more chances to get good seats. It costed us about $7 each for a roundtrip to Comino, including a short detour to the caves on the island of Comino on our way back. Of course, if you wish to see more of Malta from a boat, you could also leave from further south. Be suspicious about boats leaving too late though, as the Blue Lagoon can get very crowded and it’s better to show up early!