10 Ways to Enjoy The Magical Blue Lagoon Malta (in 2023)

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

After a few days of doing absolutely nothing, we needed a change of scenery. And our first destination, just moments away from our hotel by boat to the tiny island of Comino, was the infamous Blue Lagoon Malta.

Blue Lagoon from overhead

It has to be the most touted tourist attraction in Malta. Every advertisement and cooing salesperson offers the same thing: a white sandy shore and crystal clear waters of piercing aquamarine.

Malta itself isn’t much of a beach-y destination, the shorelines are most often rocky, and any spot of sand becomes instantly crowded.

Blue Lagoon, Malta

But the promise of a fairy-tale beach of perfection? Perhaps even with Brooke Shields emerging from the glistening water (that was Pete’s dream, anyway, even if the movie wasn’t actually filmed here)?

Is the Blue Lagoon Malta worth it?

We had to see it for ourselves.

Where The Blue Lagoon Malta is Located

The Blue Lagoon Malta is located on the small island of Comino, which is situated between the main Maltese islands of Malta and Gozo.

Blue Lagoon Malta

Comino Island is the third-largest in the Maltese Islands archipelago and is known for its pristine natural beauty and crystal Lagoon.

How To Get To The Blue Lagoon Malta

To reach Malta’s Blue Lagoon, visitors can take a boat or ferry ride from either Malta or Gozo.

Ferries depart every half hour from Malta, between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. Adult roundtrip tickets are €15, and children under 10 are €7.

Boat tours and water taxis regularly operate from various locations on both main islands, providing easy access to Comino Island and Malta’s Blue Lagoon. You could also hire a private boat.


The journey from Malta Island or Gozo Island to the Blue Lagoon is relatively short, taking around 20-30 minutes by boat.

Once you arrive on Comino Island, Malta’s Blue Lagoon is easily accessible from the main landing area.

Visitors can take a short walk from the boat drop-off point to the Blue Lagoon, where they can enjoy the beautiful beach and stunning views of the turquoise waters and surrounding cliffs.

What To Do at The Blue Lagoon Malta

Hit The Beaches

Early in the day, Comino Beach (or Blue Lagoon Beach) was fairly empty. That didn’t last long.

The water is as blue and clear as they say. The sand is as soft as they say.

Blue Lagoon, Malta

But what did they not tell us?

That our old backyard was bigger than this small sandy beach. That the numerous beach chairs and umbrellas crammed together would make it almost impossible to move. That people claim space on the boat dock even just to get a piece of it.

Oh, and that jellyfish were waiting to sting (two people whimpered off in pain while we were there).

Comino, Malta

Jam-packed by noon.

You might want to consider exploring the other less popular sandy beaches of the Island, like Santa Maria Bay or Cominotto Beach, in order to have a little more breathing room.

Swim in the Crystal Waters

Take a refreshing dip in the vibrant blue waters of the lagoon itself, surrounded by stunning cliffs and rock formations.

Early in the day, it was fairly empty. That didn’t last long.

This is really what you came for, after all.

Snorkelling Adventure

Explore the underwater beauty with some snorkelling gear (we’d recommend bringing your own, if not on a tour), witnessing colourful marine life and intriguing rock formations beneath the surface.

Blue Lagoon Malta

Be sure to bring all your gear to capture the magic of the underwater world with a little underwater photography session, or take some stunning landscape shots from the cliffs above.

Boat Trip or Kayaking Tour

One of the best ways to see everything on your list is to join a boat tour around the whole lagoon, offering picturesque views of the coastline and providing access to hard-to-reach caves and coves.

You could even paddle through the tranquil lagoon on a kayak, giving you a unique perspective of the surroundings and allowing you to reach those little hidden spots you might not have seen otherwise.

Scenic Hiking Trails Near the Blue Lagoon

Embark on scenic hikes along the coastal paths, offering breathtaking views of the Blue Lagoon Malta and the Maltese landscape.

Just behind the beach, a rocky path leads up and out. Within minutes the noise of the crowd disappears and a view of the whole island opens up. The walk leads along the jagged cliffs and the lagoon is soon seen from overhead.

Hiking, blue lagoon, Malta

Further up the island are hidden paths back down to the water, where those elusive, desirable moments connecting with nature can be enjoyed. This is where you can dip your toes without jockeying for position and hear nothing but waves lapping against the shore.

(Similar to having founded the “Cliffs of Heck” in Ireland, we have claimed this small piece of paradise as “The Heck Lagoon”. Even if it’s not really a lagoon.)

Walking to one side of the island and back takes just over three hours, and we saw very few other like-minded souls. It is a small island without vehicles, only one hotel, and hundreds of people and dozens of boats crammed onto one tiny side of it.

Too bad for them. But great for us.

Cave Exploration Near the Blue Lagoon Malta

Hop on a boat tour guided by knowledgeable locals who will share intriguing insights into the geological history and ecological significance of the sea caves.

Blue Lagoon Malta

Sail through narrow passageways, witness ancient stalactites and marvel at the natural artwork sculpted by the forces of nature.

For a truly immersive experience, don your snorkelling gear and plunge into the turquoise waters. As you glide through the sea caves, you’ll be in awe of the stunning rock formations, hidden crevices, and vibrant marine life that call these caves their home.

Sunset Spectacle

Witness the enchanting sunset over the lagoon, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink.

Perhaps find tranquillity by practicing yoga on the lagoon’s shores, embracing the serene atmosphere.

Imagine a sunset cruise here?

Picnic by the Shore

Prepare yourself a picnic lunch, and enjoy the spread right on the Lagoon’s shore (maybe not right on the tiny beach).

Blue Lagoon Malta

Whether you grab some pre-made meals back on the main Island, gather snacks from your hotel, or want to bring something homemade, there’s nothing quite like a picnic.

And fear not if you forget to pack your favorite snacks. Just a stone’s throw away lies the convenient Snack Bar at the Beach, offering a delightful array of mouthwatering treats and refreshing beverages to satisfy your appetite.

Rock Climbing

If you crave excitement and an adrenaline rush, why not take on the exhilarating challenge of rock climbing along the majestic cliffside?

This thrilling activity not only offers an adrenaline-pumping experience but also rewards you with breathtaking views that will leave you in awe.

Guided Tours

Opt for guided tours led by local experts to learn about the lagoon’s history, geology, and marine life, enriching your experience even further.

Remember to respect the natural environment and wildlife during your visit to the Blue Lagoon Malta, ensuring it remains a pristine and remarkable destination for generations to come.

Hotels Near the Blue Lagoon Malta

Grand Hotel Gozo

The Grand Hotel Gozo is a luxurious hotel in the heart of Gozo, Malta’s sister island.

Grand Hotel Gozo
Photo provided by Grand Hotel Gozo

With comfortable rooms, dining options, an outdoor pool, and spa facilities, it offers a relaxing stay with easy access to Gozo’s attractions. It’s a great spot for exploring this charming Mediterranean region.

db Seabank Resort + Spa

db Seabank Resort + Spa is a luxurious and family-friendly 4-star resort in Mellieħa, Malta.

db Seabank Resort and Spa

With stunning sea views and proximity to Mellieħa Bay, it offers spacious rooms, all-inclusive dining, an Aqua Park, a kids’ club, and a rejuvenating spa. It’s perfect for a relaxing and fun-filled vacation.

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    1. Yeah, we didn’t go in the water at the Lagoon for that reason. And most places we went to had jellyfish warnings, although we never actually saw one ourselves.

    1. Yeah, the colors were pretty spectacular, as close as you can get to Caribbean blue over here I think! But it didn’t take long and we were pretty annoyed by the whole scene. The hike made it worth it though. 🙂

  1. This is such a great way to turn an unpleasantly sardined beach day into a relaxing hiking day! The views are so inviting. How hot is it there??

    1. HOT. Hence the shot of us from a distance, so you don’t see up close my sweated mop of hair and drops dripping off my face. It had to be almost 40 degs C with the humidity that day!

  2. A day cruise is probably the best way to enjoy the Blue Lagoon. You can get on and off the boat anytime without having to walk over people’s stuff, lunch, drinks and transport from/to your hotel. Next time 🙂

  3. Haha, loved this line – “That our old backyard was bigger than this beach.”
    Your photos show so much, it indeed got so crowded! But the clear blue shots in the next few ones are just heavenly!
    Have a wonderful week:)

  4. Tiny, crowded beaches stress me out. I go to the beach to relax, not to be trampled! I would have followed your lead and traded soft sand for privacy.

  5. Wow, that looks like a wonderful walk. So peaceful and pretty. Finding your own place on the water would be so inviting.

  6. The first picture definitely looks like the time of day that you want to be there. While it was that empty, did you do your Brooke Shields impersonation and emerge from the water while flipping your hair from side to side?

  7. Wow! Can’t believe all those umbrellas crammed into one small area. We loved Malta but don’t remember any of that. It’s a while since we were there, though. Glad you managed to hike elsewhere and enjoy some peace and quiet.

  8. I didn’t make it over there when I was in Malta, but it sounds like the beach is worth skipping, at least once other people show up. The island does look gorgeous though once you got away from the crowds!

    1. We wouldn’t have gone at all except that one person told us about the hiking. Surprised that they don’t advertise that as part of the attraction, it is quite beautiful.

  9. The turquoise waters always look so inviting but then I think of the heat. I guess I’ll just have to visit Malta in low season as that place looks so beautiful. I can’t get over the crowds.

    1. YES, it was SO hot. Low season would be a good time to go – although not in the fall as apparently they get warm winds from Africa that make it even worse.

  10. Now THAT looks like paradise (all the photographs without all the people, I mean – with the exception of the picture of the two of you of course) …. great on you for going in search of it!!

    1. And, really, we’ve been on some of the most incredible beaches in the world already (the Caribbean!), it’s pretty hard to top those. 🙂

  11. I went to this place a few years ago and we lucky to stay without such great crowds. The blue water was rather green, I must say. I am glad we avoided jellyfish, I mus say.

  12. We”ve almost made it those year to Malta. Reading your blog I start regretting even more that we didn’t. Maybe later this year. Malta seems to have good weather most of the time.

  13. Wow, no wonder it gets so crowded–what an amazing scene! Great way to change your plans on the go and make the best of such a gorgeous island!

  14. Great pics & explanation about that beautiful place! Pity that I’m going to be in Malta just for a few days with not enough time to visit Comino & other places there… 🙁

    Netx time! 😀

  15. Curious, what were the things that didn’t make you ‘love’ Malta? Full disclosure: Maltese asking here 🙂

    As to Comino, I always tell people it’s WAY over-rated. The water is beautiful but the beach is tiny and too popular, there are other wonderful spots on Malta and Gozo.

    I definitely would not recommend hiking on Comino in Summer. There is no shade and since it’s virtually a deserted island, if something had to happen (e.g. dehydration etc.) it could get dangerous. It’s also much more beautiful in spring or late autumn when nesting birds abound.

    Lastly, a note on jellyfish. Comino isn’t haunted by jellyfish, it really depends on water currents and warmth so you were a bit unlucky I guess.

  16. We love the Blue Lagoon and always go out on a small boat so we can jump into the water that way. We also go to the island for BBQ’s at sunset – the only boat moored and have the place to ourselves until the sun goes down. I have been here numerous times and have never been stung by a jellyfish…actually never seen one as this would put me off! The main thing is to avoid the weekends and public holidays as it does become overcrowded and visit on one of the smaller boats – we use English Rose Cruises that leaves from Mellieha bay. You can swim or go for a walk while they are moored.

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