The Blue Lagoon Malta is a small bay with relatively shallow, azure-coloured water that’s located on the West coast of Comino island, between Malta and Gozo.
Visiting Malta’s Blue Lagoon offers one of the most spectacular sights around the Maltese islands, attracting hundreds of tourists every day during the busy summer months. It’s without a doubt the biggest attraction that brings people to Comino island during that time of year.
It’s a great place to spend a day to relax, swim and snorkel and the views never tire. Be warned, however: This place gets BUSY in summer (July-September) and your best bet during that period is taking a boat trip there later in the day or going early in the morning. (More on that further below!).
On this page, you’ll learn everything you need to know about whether, how and when best to visit the Blue Lagoon Malta.
There are three popular ways you can get to the Blue Lagoon:
Taking a boat trip to the Blue Lagoon in Malta is by far the most popular and comfortable option, with many opting to take an organised boat trip from one of the tourist hotspot (usually Sliema and Buġibba, Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay) and spending a day (or afternoon) there.
Food and drinks are usually available on board, the cost is somewhere between €25-35 per person and you can get a transfer to/from the departure point to/from your place of stay easily.
Good to know about this option:
Here are a few recommendations for boat tours to take you there.
TIP: All boat tour providers offer an option to pick you up from your place of accommodation (usually at a surcharge).
Departing from Buġibba/St. Paul’s Bay (neighbouring towns):
Departing from Sliema:
(If you’re staying in or near Valletta: You can easily take a ferry over to Sliema and get the above boat trips. A ferry ride takes 5-10 minutes across Marsamxett Harbour).
iSeeMalta offers a hop-on-hop-off ferry service that stops at Sliema, Buġibba (within walking distance from Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay) and Gozo (apart from the Blue Lagoon itself).
It works similarly to the hop-on-hop-off concept you may already be aware of, and in fact, the hop-on / hop-off buses are also operated by them. That makes sightseeing across land and sea easier than it was before.
A day ticket for the hop-on-hop-off ferry costs €15 for adults and €11.50 for children and gives you unlimited use of this ferry. That allows you to spend just a few hours at Malta’s Blue Lagoon instead of a full or half day.
The cheapest way of getting there is taking a ferry from near Ċirkewwa (far Northern tip of the main island Malta, Gozo ferry terminal) or from the nearby place called Marfa and get dropped off at Malta’s Blue Lagoon.
They run according to a regular schedule and the last return trips to Malta are between 5 and 7 pm, depending on the operator. The actual ferry trips take around 20-25 mins and round-trip ticket prices are €13 for adults and €7 for children.
However, getting to Ċirkewwa takes a while unless you decide to stay in Mellieħa (which is just a 10-min drive away). Although various public transport bus routes (which also pass through Mellieħa) stop at Ċirkewwa, it can be a pretty long ride (around one hour from Sliema or St. Julian’s, for example).
That also applies on the way back, with full buses taking people back to the bigger resorts after a day at the beach up North.
Still prefer this option and need public transport? Bus route 222 offers a direct connection if you’re staying in Sliema, St. Julian’s, St. Paul’s Bay, Buġibba and Qawra.
You can get to the Blue Lagoon from Gozo with a few ferry operators at Mġarr Harbour (like Bella Comino Ferry) that offer trips at around €7 for a return trip. Operating hours are typically between 8 am and 6 pm.
Alternatively, the iSeeMalta hop-on-hop-off ferry is also a good option from Gozo.
Malta’s Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist destinations, and I definitely recommend that you make a visit part of your itinerary. However, I want you to be well-informed so you know what to expect.
The Blue Lagoon is located on the West coast of Comino island, the smallest of the islands of Malta. It’s located between main island Malta and Gozo and is easy to reach by boat from various locations.
You can either take a ferry from Cirkewwa (North of Malta), or from Sliema, Buġibba or Gozo if you want to visit on your own. You can also take a boat tour that berths there for a period of time during the day. More info here: How to get to The Blue Lagoon.
Yes, it’s an absolutely stunning place to visit and spend some time at. However, because of its popularity, it does get very, very busy in summer (Jul-Sep), so don’t expect to find tranquillity if you visit during that period. More info here: When best to visit the Blue Lagoon.
Around the Maltese archipelago, there are various species of sharks, however, the chances of being attacked are negligible, especially at the busy and shallow waters at the Blue Lagoon. There are only a handful of shark attacks recorded since 1890 so it’s not even something locals are wary of at all.
There’s one (3-star) hotel on the tiny island of Comino, which is a 20-minute walk away. It’s called the Comino Hotel and isn’t the most modern of places. Don’t expect restaurants, amenities or lively nightlife. It only makes sense to stay there if you want to be in the middle of nowhere. Do not expect a luxury resort!
Malta’s Blue Lagoon is hugely popular among tourists and locals alike, and your best bet is to choose a weekday, although in July and August every day is a busy day.
In fact, if you’re staying in Malta during these months you should carefully consider whether it’s worth going, especially if you’re in Malta for a limited time.
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