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.  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 end a loop hike. Do your homework, so you can fill your children’s minds with stories of noble Knights hunting boar, Ottoman pirates hiding in the caves on Comino, the Maltese Corsairs and soldiers using Comino as a military READ MORE