Tips to plan your day trip to Comino’s Blue Lagoon

Situated between Malta and Gozo, the smaller island of Comino is a paradise for snorkelers, divers, windsurfers and ramblers. Comino offers a glorious day out, and a visit to Blue Lagoon is a must-do during your holidays in Malta. Follow our tips to plan your perfect day trip! Things to Bring with you Change of Clothes Walking shoes Towel Swimsuit Camera Sunscreen Sun cap No Jewelry How to get there You can book a charter from our selection of boats. Besides delighting with the great amenities that we offer, you will be able to appreciate a beautiful view of Comino and it’s surroundings. Else you can rent your own private boat and no license required. Blue Lagoon in Comino is very close from your departure, you don’t need to travel far, which makes it safer and not wasting time/fuel. Know the schedule! Going to Comino requires some efficient time planning. If you are staying in the south of Malta, factor in the travel time to the closest departure point in Marfa, Mellieha (Click here to view on Google maps). Food If you don’t plan on taking food with you to Comino, rest assured plenty of fast food vans crop up around the Blue Lagoon at lunchtime (make sure you have cash on you- there are no ATMs on the island). What to do in Comino Once you take all the photos and selfies you need at the small sandy beach, walk up and trek around the entire island. Basically walk alongside Blue Lagoon and stick to the path. Take time to enjoy the unspoiled areas of native flora from the Island’s central valley to the beach at Santa Marja Bay.

Herd Immunity Reached in Malta!

The whole principle is if you give a vaccine to somebody, you protect them from getting infected, but you also prevent them from transmitting the disease to other people. Often the people we need to protect with herd immunity are most vulnerable to serious disease. Rent a boat this summer Boats are hygienic, self-contained and controlled environments that can offer extremely limited contact with other people. Where could be better for a social distancing excursion?We have implemented some health and safety measures to help ensure a safe and hygienic environment. These include: – Sanitizing of all boats regularly.– Sanitizing provisions on the dock before going on board the boat– Daily temperature checks for crew First country in the European Union! The below article was referenced from: https://www.visitmalta.com/en/malta-herd-immunity/ After Malta was the first country in the European Union to start vaccinating people over 16 years of age, two weeks ago, today, much earlier than initially projected, Malta has reached herd immunity, with 70% of the adult population now vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and with 42% of the population now fully vaccinated. Malta’s National Vaccination Programme, has led to a sharp decrease in new COVID-19 cases registered daily, with the number of daily deaths also coming to a halt for the last 17 days, and subsequently also registering daily decrease in COVID-19 Active Cases. “With 70% of Malta’s adult population vaccinated with at least one dose, Malta is one of the safest places to visit in the world,” Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne said during the announcement. “Malta achieving its herd immunity from COVID-19 is of paramount importance for the local economy especially to the tourism sector. The Maltese Government’s strategy of a strong vaccination rollout complimented with restrictive measures aimed at being eased in a gradual manner are the main ingredients behind this positive news. Our country will remain vigilant in its fight against the virus, while assuring that Malta’s tourism industry truly becomes sustainable in the post-pandemic era.” remarked Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Clayton Bartolo. “Today’s announcement gives us the right amount of motivation which we all need, as we are set to welcome tourists back to the Maltese Islands as from the 1st June. This development will definitely serve as a further incentive for holiday-makers looking for a relaxing and most importantly, safe holiday,” Malta Tourism Authority Chief Executive Officer, Johann Buttigieg added.

This is how much you could get paid to visit Malta this summer

Aiming to revive its tourism industry and get ahead of rival destinations, Malta plans to offer foreign visitors a handout of up to 200 euros ($238.10) each if they stay at least three days on the Mediterranean island this summer. Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo announced the scheme on Friday, saying that with most COVID restrictions expected to be lifted by June 1, tourists booking summer holidays directly through local hotels would receive the handout. World Travel and Tourism Council data show the tourist industry directly and indirectly accounts for more than 27% of Malta’s economy, but the sector has been hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country attracted more than 2.7 million foreign visitors in 2019 but figures have fallen by more than 80% since the virus was detected in March 2020. Bartolo said tourists booking accommodation at a five-star hotel will get 100 euros from Malta’s Tourism Authority, which will be matched by the hotel for a total of 200 euros. In a similar arrangement, those opting for a four-star hotel will receive a total of 150 euros and those booking a three-star hotel will receive 100 euros. The grant grows by 10% when bookings are made with hotels on the smaller Maltese island of Gozo, three kilometres (two miles) north of the mainland. “The scheme is aimed at putting Malta’s hotels in a very competitive position as international tourism restarts,” Bartolo said. It is expected to benefit some 35,000 visitors. Malta has the highest virus vaccination rate in the European Union, having given at least one dose to 42% of adults. It has seen a sharp drop in new COVID-19 cases, with the positivity rate – the percentage of tests that show a positive result – down to 2.6%, and the government has been urging the EU to introduce vaccine passports to facilitate travel. Bartolo said he was also having talks to encourage travel between Malta and Britain, whose inhabitants account for a third of tourists in the former British colony. Reference: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/covid-battered-malta-pay-tourists-who-visit-this-summer-2021-04-09/

Boat rental info

You can’t really say that you’ve seen the Maltese islands until you’ve seen it by sea. From the water, the cliffside to the shore are particularly picturesque, and the rugged coastline unforgettably dramatic.  Boat Rental information for Malta’s north coast, just opposite Comino Where should I rent or charter a boat? You can rent a boat at Bluewaves Watersports, with or without a skipper in the town of Marfa. We suggest you opt for a boat rental with skipper or an organized boat tour if you do not have any experience at sea. Do I need a boating license to rent a boat in Malta without a skipper? For most of the boats available for rental in Malta, you do not need a boating license. However, we suggest that you have at least some experience at sea if you choose to rent a boat without a skipper as the currents along the Coast can be tricky. What is the difference between a private and small-group boat tour? A private boat tour gives you the freedom of having a boat all to yourself, while a small-group boat tour means sharing the boat with other passengers. Usually, small-group boat tours have a maximum of 10 to 15 passengers. Prices for private tours are per boat (all inclusive), which small-group boat tours are prices per person. How long does the boat trip take between Marfa (Malta) and Gozo? With an average sized boat, it takes a bit more than 15 minutes.

Rent a boat in April

Malta enjoys an average of 11 hours of sunshine each day in April. Throughout an average April in Malta, typical wind speeds usually vary from light to moderate breezes. April is a good time of year to rent a boat or hit the beach in Malta, since the weather is generally reliable and not too hot. During this month, tourist volumes tend to be relatively lower. You’re probably wondering how the Coronavirus affected your travel plans. Is it safe to rent a boat? Are there standards for sanitation? We’ll break down what you need to know to assess. Simply put: Chartering or renting a boat may be among the best options for those who want to experience the outdoors. Renting a boat is above all else, a private experience. With limited exposure to other people, your time on board is spent only interacting with guests you bring along, or with a professional crew. That being said, we want to give you details on security measures that have been taken to assure you that your health is being prioritized in every step of the process. Our boats are always held to exceptionally high standards of cleanliness year round, and the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus has made us even more vigilant in upkeeping these high standards. All the boats and equipment are fully sanitized before and after each rental. Prior beginning your experience, we will be vetting you and your guests to ensure that anyone who has shown signs of illness or has recently come in contact with anyone with COVID-19. Should you have any queries or would like to book, you can e-mail us or call us on +356 99826863. 

Marine Life

A Day Out, Rent a Boat, Home School Outing! Schools are closed and won’t reopen until September, so keeping the kids busy whilst giving them a learning experience in a safe way is difficult. We decided to rent a boat and spend a day at sea, spotting as much wildlife as possible. That way we could have a great, relaxing day out and at the same time combine it with a science lesson. We decided that Wednesday would be perfect, the weather was sunny and with a light breeze from the north east the sea would be calm.  There were no online lessons that day and as it was mid-week it would be a day when it would be less busy on the water. Birdlife in Malta Before the trip even began, my 12 yr old and I sat down and came up with a ‘wish list’ of some of Malta’s inhabitants that we wanted to see, and where the best places were to view them would be with the minimum of disturbance. We put together an itinerary for our day out on our rental boat. As we would be departing from the little bay of Ramla tal-Bir in the north of Malta, we wanted to explore the Gozo channel, Comino and the South of Gozo. This whole area is a Marine Important Bird Area and is home to 2 species of Yelkouan Shearwater, the Puffinus Shearwater and the Scopoli’s Shearwater which is the larger of the two, so these would definitely be on the list. Rent a Boat As we had decided to rent a boat for the day, we prepared a coolbox with snacks, fruit, plenty of water, fruit juice and soft drinks. We always prepare enough food to feed an army, and on this occasion it would prove to be just the right amount. Arriving at Bluewaves watersports centre was easy. We set off early, arriving there at 9am and after quickly filling out the paperwork we discussed our itinerary with Kevin, one of Bluewaves’ captains who advised us of the best places to see each item on our wish-list and of the day’s weather conditions. We were then taken to our boat, given a quick familiarisation of handling the boat and the safety features on board and we were on our way. The boat was a perfect size for us, and had a GPS, stereo, plenty of cubbyholes to store our things and most importantly a full sun canopy to keep us out of the hot Mediterranean sun.  Comino, The Blue Lagoon As our itinerary included Comino, the Blue Lagoon and the south of Gozo, we decided to first head across the Gozo Channel towards the Blue Lagoon. In just a few minutes we were there and the stunning crystal clear waters were so inviting that we decided to drop anchor and have a quick swim! Back on board our self-drive boat, we headed out of the Blue Lagoon, across to Lantern point and along the READ MORE

Happy kids on holiday in Malta.

Boats + Beach + Swimming + Sunshine = happy kids on holiday Having travelled extensively with my children I know there is only so much trekking around city sites they want to do before the sun and sea begin calling. Malta, being a little island in the middle of the Med, has no shortage of incredible beaches and bays and there is no better way to experience them than by boat. The obvious choice is a boat trip to Comino; first, because you can’t leave Malta without seeing Blue Lagoon, and second, because taking an around Comino ferry trip is hassle-free and all the “good parent” boxes can be ticked once you arrive at Blue Lagoon. Food, ice cream, cold drinks, umbrellas, lockers, toilet and shower facility, swimming areas and Insta-worthy settings are all easily accessible.   Depending on the ages and numbers of your brood, I would recommend one of the following options.   Around Comino ferry trip)  (approx 3 hours total with a 2h stop for swimming ) 2 Bay cruise  (approx 4 hours total with 1h and 2h stops for swimming ) Rent a boat from Malta  (half or full day) Taking the Around Comino ferry On this trip, you will be with a relatively small group of people which makes it easy to keep your family in sight. There are a lot of things to love about our ferry to Comino, not only do you literally go around Comino and get to see all the postcard-perfect caves and coves, you also get a full two hours to spend in Comino.  The ferry will drop you at the Blue Lagoon pier from where you can decide how you want to spend the next couple of hours. For the children, it’s a no-brainer: the water at the Blue Lagoon is crystal clear and warm in Summer. Because the trip is about three hours, including the swim time, catching the morning Comino ferry will have you back by lunchtime. The 3:00pm (and last) ferry to Comino from Malta gives you plenty of time to pack a full day’s adventure in before the boat trip. Either way you avoid the peak sun and most crowded time at Blue Lagoon Two Bay cruise (approximately 4 hours with 3 hours swim time in Comino) If you are a more sociable family this is a super cruise for you. The Pegasus, your boat for the cruise, is spacious, well-maintained and comfortable. There is an easy-to-board swim platform, snorkeling gear for hire, cold refreshments for sale and an upper deck for sightseeing. Children love the feeling of ‘open sea’ when crossing the channel from Malta to Comino.  The ferry will anchor in Crystal Lagoon (depending on the weather it may be Santa Maria Bay or  il-Ġebla Tal-Ħalfa) for an hour, during which you can swim and play in the water to your heart’s content. The next stop is the pier at Blue Lagoon.If you need a history fix this is an ideal place to start and READ MORE