A complete guide to visiting the Blue Lagoon in Malta

by | Feb 28, 2023 | Europe, Malta, Travel Guides | 0 comments

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When it comes to major tourist hotspots, I always wonder whether they are worth the hype. There is usually a good reason why they are so popular, but sometimes, the huge crowds or expensive entry fees spoil the experience for me.

The Blue Lagoon in Malta is one of these places, printed on ads, posters, and in travel catalogues, frequented by tons of cruises and day tours on a daily.

When I visited Malta in the Summer of 2022, curiosity got the better of me. And I am happy to report that the Blue Lagoon more than lives up to the hype and is possibly one of the most stunning places I’ve visited in Europe to date!

In this post, I compiled a complete guide for visiting the Blue Lagoon in Malta, including the best time to visit, how to get there, and how to escape the biggest crowds.

Blue Lagoon in Malta

Where is Malta’s Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is located on the west side of Comino, a small island nestled between Malta and Gozo. Only 3.5 square kilometers in size, Comino is completely free of tarmac roads and virtually uninhabited. There are only a handful of buildings on the island, including an abandoned hotel, a watch tower, and a chapel.

The Maltese name for Comino, Kemunna, means cumin, referring to the wild cumin growing plentiful on the island, along with other herbs and flowers. In addition, Comino boasts jagged cliffs, sea caves, creeks, and small sandy beaches.

The whole island of Comino has been classified as a wildlife sanctuary!

As tranquil and peaceful as Comino is today, it can look back on a much wilder past. Back in the day, the island was a popular hideout for pirates and smugglers, who used caves and grottoes to hide their treasures. Legend has it that some are still hidden somewhere on Comino.

The best time to visit the Blue Lagoon

Visit in May, June, September, or October to experience the Blue Lagoon in Malta at its best.

Visiting the Blue Lagoon in spring

In spring, the shrubs growing on Comino Island complement the limestone cliffs and turquoise waters in lush green colours. This is the best time to witness the Blue Lagoon and its surroundings at their most colourful.

By late spring, or early summer, the water has warmed up and the average daytime temperatures range in the mid-20°C. May and June are some of the best months to visit the Blue Lagoon in Malta, before the buzz of the high season and the scorching summer heat.

Visiting the Blue Lagoon in summer

In July and August Malta is extremely busy, with thousands of people flocking to the Blue Lagoon each day, enjoying the hot weather and floating in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. If you’re planning a trip to Malta during these months, try to visit the Blue Lagoon on a weekday, in the early morning or late afternoon.

In the Blue Lagoon in Malta
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Visiting the Blue Lagoon in autumn

Late summer or early autumn is my favourite time to visit the Mediterranean. The sea still carries the warmth of summer, but the largest crowds have disappeared. Malta is still busy, especially during the autumn holidays in October, but a little quieter than during July and August.

If you’re planning to visit Malta in October, it’s a good idea to bring a jacket or jumper for the cooler evenings and nights. But during the day, you can still enjoy temperatures between 20-25°C, perfect for a day in the Blue Lagoon.

Visiting the Blue Lagoon in winter

The weather in Malta is quite mild all year round, but the water temperatures can go as low as 16 or 17°C. Between November and April, the sea can be quite rough, and tours to the Blue Lagoon sometimes get cancelled. But if you catch a good day, you might be able to have the lagoon almost all to yourself.

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Cruising the Blue Lagoon in Malta

How to get to the Blue Lagoon in Malta

Catch a ferry to the Blue Lagoon

If you’re travelling on a budget, visit the Blue Lagoon in Malta using the Blue Lagoon ferry. You can choose from different services, departing from Cirkewwa in Malta, or Mgarr in Gozo, and some ferries even take you on a short sea cave cruise.

Catch one of the first ferries to get to the Blue Lagoon as early as possible. Day trips only start leaving at 10 AM and getting there between 8 and 9 AM will allow you to experience the lagoon at its most quiet!

From Malta

Comino Ferries Co-Op offers daily ferries from Cirkewwa and Marfa to the Blue Lagoon, costing 15 euros for a return ticket. The first departure is 8.30 AM, and there are two boats per hour (on the hour, and at half past) until 4 PM.

It’s a 25-minute ferry ride from Malta to the Blue Lagoon, and all departures between 8.30 AM and 3 PM visit some sea caves on the way. Returning to Malta takes around 35 minutes, and Comino Ferries Co-Op also offers the option to drop you off in Gozo instead.

From Gozo

Bella Comino Ferries depart hourly from Mgarr in Gozo between 8 AM and 6 PM. The trip to the Blue Lagoon takes between 15 and 20 minutes, and costs between 7 and 10 euros for a return ticket. Some departures from the Blue Lagoon back to Gozo include a complimentary sea cave cruise.

Join a Blue Lagoon Cruise

You can choose from a large variety of tours, from full-day tours to sunset cruises, in speed or sailing boats, and catamarans. Some tours combine the Blue Lagoon with other activities like jeep safaris or quad adventures, an open bus tour in Valletta, or a Tuk-tuk tour around Gozo.

These tours bring the largest amounts of people into the lagoon, and joining one of them means that you’ll be there when it is the most crowded.

If you decide to visit the Blue Lagoon in Malta on a guided cruise, I’d recommend booking a sunset cruise. Departing Malta around 6 PM, you’ll get to the lagoon after most of the day tours have already left, and the last ferries of the day bring the remaining day trippers back to Malta or Gozo.

Enjoy the Blue Lagoon on a private cruise

In my opinion, a private cruise is the best way to cruise the Blue Lagoon in Malta. We booked a private 3-hour sunset cruise with GetYourGuide, and it was honestly the best decision we could have made!

We were picked up from the Cirkewwa ferry terminal in a beautiful luzzu, a traditional Maltese fishing boat by our guide, a Gozitan local.

A short cruise across the Gozo channel took us to Comino and into the Crystal Lagoon. Surrounded by steep cliffs and sea caves, the Crystal Lagoon is smaller and quieter than the Blue Lagoon. The water is equally clear and perfect for a swim or snorkel, and some cliff jumping if you’re brave enough!

Arrived at the Blue Lagoon, we anchored our small fishing boat in a quiet spot, well away from the large cruises and busy shores.

By then, most of the day tours had already departed, and more people gathered at the meeting points to catch the last ferries back to Malta or Gozo. Towards the end of our trip, while cruising back to Cirkewwa, we watched the sun cast the Blue Lagoon in gorgeous golden light, then set as a glowing red orb behind the island of Gozo.

Sunset at the Blue Lagoon in Malta
Sunset at the Blue Lagoon in Malta

What to pack

If you’re visiting Malta’s Blue Lagoon, you’ll most likely spend a good few hours to a full day out in the sun. Here are a few things you should bring to make sure you have the best time:

  • Food & drinks | There are some kiosks and food stalls selling snacks, fast food, and drinks at the Blue Lagoon. Make sure to bring cash, or bring your own food if you’re looking for something healthier. And don’t forget to bring plenty of water!
  • Sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat | There are no trees on Comino and only a handful of umbrellas for hire at the Blue Lagoon. To secure one, and some space on the small sandy beach, you’ll have to get there very early. Be ready to spend a lot of time in the sun and come prepared with the necessary protection.
  • Swimsuit & towel | You can swim in the Blue Lagoon all year round, but especially if you’re visiting during the warmer summer months, don’t forget your swimsuit and a towel. You won’t be able to resist the clear blue, warm water!
  • Good shoes | If you want to go for a stroll around the island of Comino, bring some shoes that will allow you to walk safely across the sharp rocks. Otherwise, sandals or flip-flops are fine too.

Things to do at the Blue lagoon

Swimming and snorkelling

The Blue Lagoon’s main draw is its clear and bright turquoise water. And of course, going for a swim is one of the best things to do. The water is also perfect for snorkelling. Some cruises and day trips provide snorkelling equipment for their guests, or if you have your own, you can of course bring it with you.

Visit Cominotto island

Cominotto is an even smaller island on the other side of the Blue Lagoon. The island is mostly rocky, but there is a small sandy beach which is usually quieter than the two beaches on the “Comino-side” of the lagoon. You can access Cominotto by boat, or swim across the lagoon.

Explore Comino

If you need a break from all the swimming or are seeking some solitude, go for a walk around Comino. There are various trails on the island, leading you away from the bustle at the Blue Lagoon and to more quiet corners of the island, to scenic viewpoints at the top of jagged cliffs, and into empty coves and bays.

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Visit some other beaches

The Blue Lagoon isn’t the only swimming spot on Comino. There are some other beaches on the northern shore of the island, attracting way fewer tourists.

  • Santa Marija Bay is located about 20 minutes from the Blue Lagoon. The small sandy beach is perfect for you if you’re looking for a more secluded and remote swimming spot.
  • Sant Niklaw Bay is home to Comino’s only, and now closed, hotel. The area is fenced off, but if you’re able to clamber through the fence, you might have the small sandy beach all to yourself.

Explore the Crystal Lagoon

The Crystal Lagoon is a smaller, but equally beautiful lagoon south of the Blue Lagoon, surrounded by steep cliffs. Some Blue Lagoon tours include a trip to the Crystal Lagoon, but alternatively, you can also reach it after a short walk from the Blue Lagoon.

Google Maps doesn’t seem to find the Crystal Lagoon, but I have tagged the location here. Getting into the lagoon from land is a bit tricky, but if you’re ready to do a bit of climbing, you’re in for a treat!

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Is Malta’s Blue Lagoon worth visiting

There is no denying that the Blue Lagoon is a tourist hotspot, with people crowding into the two small beaches and food stalls selling pricey snacks. Visiting the Blue Lagoon is not an experience of untouched, peaceful nature, but rather a commercialised attraction, usually shared with dozens, or even hundreds, of other people.

Despite all that, in my opinion, Malta’s Blue Lagoon is 100% worth a visit!

As I said at the beginning of my post, there is usually a good reason why places become so popular. Once you see the incredibly blue and clear water at the Blue Lagoon, and the steep limestone cliffs dotted by sea caves, you’ll understand why.

To have the best experience, avoid travelling to Malta in the height of summer when it is busiest. And try to visit the Blue Lagoon either with an early ferry, a sunset cruise or even better, a private tour to avoid the largest crowds. I am certain you’ll have an amazing time, despite sharing it with lots of other people!

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