Malta & Gozo have blue flag beaches

Blue Flag International has once again awarded 12 beaches across the Maltese Islands with the International Blue Flag eco label for Sustainable Development. The worldwide certification is given to beaches and marinas that are exemplary within four main areas: environmental protection and awareness, health and safety, sustainable beach management and accessibility, and bathing water quality. These are the (sustainably) gorgeous beaches with a freshly received blue flag status – which one will you head to first? Fond Ghadir Bay, Sliema While the promenade in this popular seaside town is renowned for long walks and coffee spots, the shoreline below is ideal for a swim. Font Ghadira is at the centre of it all, having both deep waters for experienced swimmers and shallow pools for paddling about. Westin Dragonara Resort beach, St Julian’s If you’re staying at this family-friendly resort, you won’t need to go far for a dip in the clear blue sea, thanks to its private rocky beach – convenient, and one of the best locally, win-win! St George’s Bay, St Julian’s Despite being man-made (filled and cleaned with imported sand each year), St George’s Bay in the bustling entertainment hub of St Julian’s was actually the first beach in Malta to receive the coveted blue flag status. Qawra Bay, St Paul’s Bay Known to most locals as Ta’ Fra Ben, Qawra Bay is located along the rocky coast of the tourism capitals of Bugibba and Qawra, in the north of the islands. The water does get quite deep here, so best keep an eye on the kids. Bugibba Perched Beach, St Paul’s Bay This spot in the touristic centre of Bugibba is great for swimming and sunbathing, with access to the clearest, deep waters if for experienced swimmers. Meanwhile, up a short flight of steps and you’re right in the town square, with lots of places for a drink or bite to eat. Mellieha Bay, Mellieha Locals refer to Malta’s longest sandy beach as Ghadira, and it’s a popular spot among local and foreign families alike, thanks to its shallow waters that stretch right into the clear blue sea beyond. Golden Bay, Mellieha Another favourite among the locals, Golden Bay gets its name from its particular gold-coloured sand. It’s a gorgeous spot for swimming, but is prone to underwater currents from time to time, so do check the Safety Flag System before you dive in. Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, Mgarr Neighbouring Ghajn Tuffieha Bay (also known as Riviera), is the next beach along the coast from Golden Bay, and is often seen as its quieter sister. There’s a long row of steep steps to access it, which may be the reason that some are deterred – and we’re not complaining! Paradise Bay, Mellieha You’ll find some of the clearest waters in Malta at this sandy beach, and it’s also a perfect spot for sunbathers. It is a little on the small side though, and can get backed with beach combers in the summer months, so best get there early for a READ MORE

Trips to Comino & Blue Lagoon – About Comino

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Comino (Maltese: Kemmuna) is an island of the Maltese archipelago between the islands of Malta and Gozo in the Mediterranean Sea, measuring 3.5 square kilometres (1.4 sq mi) in area. Named after the cumin seed that once flourished in the Maltese islands, Comino is noted for its tranquility and isolation. It has a permanent population of only four residents. One priest and one policeman commute from the nearby island of Gozo, to render their services to the local population and summertime visitors. Today, Comino is a bird sanctuary and nature reserve. Administratively it is part of the municipality of Għajnsielem, in southeastern Gozo. History Comino is known to have been inhabited by farmers during Roman times, but for long periods in its history it has been sparsely populated, privately owned, or abandoned entirely. Its rugged coastline is delineated by sheer limestone cliffs, and dotted with deep caves which were popular with pirates and marauders in the Middle Ages. The caves and coves of Comino were frequently used as staging posts for raids on hapless boats crossing between Malta and Gozo. In later years, the Knights of Malta used this island as hunting and recreational grounds. The Knights were fiercely protective of the local game, which consisted of wild boar and hares (Maltese: fenek tal-grixti): upon conviction, poachers were liable to a penalty of three years as a galley slave. From 1285 until some time after 1290, Comino was the home of exiled prophetic cabbalist Abraham Abulafia. It was on Comino that Abulafia composed his “Sefer ha-Ot” (The Book of the Sign), and his last work, “Imre Shefer” (Words of Beauty). In the 16th and 17th centuries, Comino served as a place of imprisonment or exile for errant knights. Knights who were convicted of minor crimes were occasionally sentenced to the lonely and dangerous task of manning St. Mary’s Tower. In the past, and well into the 20th century, whenever the seas were too rough for the Gozitan priest to make the crossing to Comino for the celebration of Holy Mass, the local community would gather on the rocks at a part of the Island known as Tal-Ħmara, and gaze across the channel towards the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rocks (Maltese: il-Madonna tal-Blat), in Ħondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo, where Mass was being celebrated. They followed along with the progression of the Mass by means of a complex flag code. On 6 March 1889 the British battleship HMS Sultan grounded on an uncharted rock in the Comino Channel, ripping her bottom open. She slowly flooded and, in a gale on 14 March 1889 she slipped off the rock and sank. The Italian firm of Baghino & Co raised her in August 1889 for a fee of £50,000. On 27 August Sultan was brought into Malta.

Comino a secret paradise

Comino – a secret paradise, the latest in a series of landmark underwater documentaries focusing on local Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), has been screened for the first time at Eden Cinemas for St Monica B’Kara primary school students earlier this week. The documentary’s script was penned by executive producer Prof. Alan Deidun, resident academic at the Department of Geosciences, with the documentary being financed by the Malta International Airport (MIA) Foundation. The documentary launch was attended by Environment Minister the Hon Jose Herrera who stressed the importance of a zero tolerance approach towards illegal development on Comino, as well as by Ms Antonella Vassallo and Dr Awni Behnam, Managing Director and Honorary President of the International Ocean Institute (IOI) whose headquarters are based at the University of Malta. Previous documentaries scripted by Prof. Deidun include Filfla (launched in 2015), Mġarr ix-Xini (launched in 2013), Rdum Majjiesa (launched in 2012) and Dwejra (launched in 2012). Whilst the Filfla production was also sponsored by the MIA Foundation, the previous three documentaries were produced within the ambit of the Italia-Malta 2007-2013 PANACEA project. All five locations are enclosed within designated MPAs and the scope behind such a mammoth effort is to promote the submerged assets of the same sites for ocean literacy purposes. Similarly to the other four MPA documentaries, the Comino documentary is publicly available on social media and can be viewed below: 

Marfa Bay

A beautiful drone footage, showing Marfa Bay, near Bluewaves Watersports. Check it out and give the guy some thumbs up 😉 We offer ferry to the Blue Lagoon from Marfa Bay and round Comino trips. Also we rent self drive boats, rent jet skis, canoes and offer different numerous watersports.

Xlendi Bay

Ix-Xlendi Bay is a popular swimming, snorkelling and diving spot. There is a small sandy beach leading into shallow waters perfect for young and old, while for the more adventurous it is deslightful to swim and snorkel in deeper water off the long stretch of rocks bordering the beach. Because of its reef formations, ix-Xlendi is an ideal diving site, even for beginners. This is also a typical Gozitan fishing village and well-served with good restaurants, bars and hotels. Ix-Xlendi lies on Gozo’s southwest coast and is easily reached by car either through il-Fontana or il-Munxar.

How to get to Comino?

Book a ferry trip to Comino or choose one of the tours from our trips around Comino. Choose a trip or Cruise Experience the beauty of the north coast of Malta including St Mary Battery & Arch Elephant Rock Explore the East and West Hidden Caves at no extra charge, Drive past St Mary Bay , St. Nicholas Bay and Crystal Lagoon. Stop 2 Hours at the Blue Lagoon for snorkeling, swimming & sunbathing or simply walk to the tower and enjoy the spectacular view. Discover iconic locations around Comino: Santa Marija Caves Santa Marija Bay San Niklaw Bay Comino Coastline Blue Lagoon Crystal Lagoon Crystal Lagoon caves Comino Castle Comino Arch Comino Lantern Point Il-Batterija ta’ Santa Marija Elephant Rock

Canoes & Kayaks

Every canoe and kayak rental begins with basic tips and safety practices before heading kayaks and canoes to the sea. From starting point at Bluewaves Watersports Marfa bay, you can enjoy our services offered by a professional rower and kayak enthusiast. Our canoes and kayaks are suitable for everyone, families, groups and young people. We have a fleet of kayaks designed to ensure maximum safety and security. Our local rowing expert will guide you during the tours and you’ll be equipped with a safety jacket. You are free to choose  different tour routes. The canoes and kayaks are available from early morning to ensure the best temperatures and sunlight in order to easily complete the route. Your tour may be modified upon prior request (as long as the guide deems the proposed course technically safe and logistically possible). Should you have any queries you may send us an email on info@bluewaveswatersports.com or through our contacts page.

Rent a Boat or book a Ferry trip to Blue Lagoon and Around Comino

We are located just opposite of the beautiful island of Comino. You don’t need to travel far, which makes it safer and not wasting time/fuel. Explore Comino, caves, Crystal Bay, Santa Marija Bay and the Blue Lagoon. Should you prefer to captain your own boat, we have a large selection of self drive boats. We also operate jet ski safari for sightseeing around the island. Explore the islands and plan your own journey. Click here to view our boat hire selection. Contact us you you require any further information.