The better half and I decided to take a boat trip to the Blue Lagoon in Comino with Sea Adventure Excursions (SAE), who invited my better half and I to try out one of their excursions. Here’s how it went, what we learned and how we rated the experience.
We decided to take the trip in July, during the high season, to also get a feel for just how busy the Blue Lagoon gets at that time of year.
We opted for the afternoon tour (Orange route) to the Blue Lagoon which departs at around 4pm from Buġibba, because:
In fact, compared to the regular trip earlier in the day, apart from the shorter trip duration (and less time at the Blue Lagoon), the only difference is that you don’t get to stop at the Crystal Lagoon (which they do during June – September on the morning trip). It’s a beautiful bay (without beach however), so it is a plus, but just that: a bonus on an otherwise fun trip anyway
Before we get into the trip and review, here’s a quick overview of the tours that Sea Adventure Excursions offer and how you can book.
This is the most popular option that most people go for:
This is the shorter afternoon/evening variant which we took:
For those who’d like to combine a visit to Comino with half a day in Gozo, this is a great option to consider if you’re tight on time. You’ll be spending the afternoon taking a land tour to some of the best spots in Gozo.
You’ll be sailing on a modern catamaran with inside area (air conditioned), underwater area and rooftop, and is equipped with slides and underwater windows to admire sea life underneath the boat. That makes it a great option if you’re looking for some family fun with the kids.
Drinks, ice creams and other snacks as well as simple lunch options are sold at reasonable prices on board.
Facilities on board: Air conditioned space inside, toilets (separate ladies/gents), personal coin lockers, buoyancy aids and option to hire snorkelling gear.
Although some specifics refer to Sea Adventure Excursions, most boat tour providers to the Blue Lagoon operate in similar fashion.
By far the easiest and cheapest way to get your tickets is by booking through their website.
Once payment is processed successfully, you receive an email containing your tickets and details for the trip.
When you take your trip, you can either present a printed copy, or show the email to their representative on your smartphone.
Whether or not you stay in the Buġibba area, the team can get you set with transport on a shared bus to get you to/from the point of departure. If you’re staying nearby it’s included in the price of the excursion, though if you stay elsewhere in Malta they’ll charge an additional fee (with details provided on their site).
Although the guys of Sea Adventure Excursions sail with a catamaran that offers good comfort and facilities, you’re not forced to stay on board while at the Blue Lagoon. You can obviously jump off the side of the boat to go for a swim, but you can also choose to get off the boat onto the shore and do a little exploration and find a quieter spot to enjoy a swim and some sunbathing from.
Now, as I mentioned, the Blue Lagoon gets *very* busy in summer, so please don’t expect a quiet paradise where you’re on a deserted island with just your loved ones and Tom Hanks trying to find his way home.
The tiny sandy beach on the main part of the Blue Lagoon is guaranteed to be completely taken up, however, if you venture out just a little, either North or South, you might find yourself a bit of space to put down your stuff and head into the water. It can be a little rocky in places so do look out. A pair of snorkelling goggles will make entry into the water a lot easier.
IMPORTANT: When you arrive at the Blue Lagoon the captain will announce the departure time back to Malta. Make sure you’re back on the boat in time as the crew will not do a headcount to see if all passengers are on board.
If you’re up for a speedy excursion of some of the smaller caves around Comino, you can opt to take this 20-minute trip offered by an associated provider called Oki Koki. It’s a fun experience to add on, which you can select during the booking process, OR decide to go for when you’re on the trip with SAE, if free seats are still available.
If you have mobility problems or are a wheelchair user, be aware that although the boat is wheelchair accessible and assistance is offered, Comino itself is not wheelchair friendly. There are very few paved roads and the surface is mostly rocky.
Without hesitation: We had a great time and enjoyed the trip to the full. The catamaran was comfortable, staff friendly and helpful and we had everything we needed to have a good time.
Despite Comino being busy at the height of summer, it was still peaceful enough to enjoy an afternoon away from everyday business. If you’re a visitor in holiday mode, it’s a trip well worth taking to unwind and see another side of Malta.
Although we were expecting the boat itself to be a lot busier and noisier, it actually really wasn’t, despite it being a fully booked trip with a few families with kids on board.
If you want a comfortable, reasonably priced boat trip to the Blue Lagoon and other places around Comino, I highly recommend Sea Adventure Excursions.
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