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Blue Grotto, Malta

Blue Grotto, Malta: Our most recommended tours and activities

Malta: Prehistoric Temples, Limestone Heritage & Blue Grotto

1. Malta: Prehistoric Temples, Limestone Heritage & Blue Grotto

Come explore Malta on this half-day trip to popular attractions like Ħaġar Qim Temples, the Limestone Heritage, and the Blue Grotto. Be guided by a local and learn about the history of these locations as you take in the beauty they hold. Start your exploration by visiting one of Malta's oldest quarries. Located in the traditional Maltese village of Siġġiewi, The Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens is a unique and innovative attraction that highlights the beauty of the Maltese stone and its incredible 22 million years of history. Immerse yourself in the islands’ eclectic history through an engaging audio-visual presentation and informative walk-through. Relish the opportunity to acquire an immense insight into the islands’ broad culture. From there, proceed to the megalithic temples of Ħaġar Qim, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. The complex is located on the southern edge of the island on a hilltop overlooking the sea and the islet of Filfa. Described by the World Heritage Sites committee as "unique architectural masterpieces" the temples can be traced back to circa 3600-3200 BC, which means they are over 5000 years old, pre-dating the pyramids of Egypt by approximately 1000 years. Explore the site's central building and the remains of at least two more structures. Along the external wall, find some of the largest megaliths used in the building of these structures, such as a 5.2-meter high stone and a huge megalith estimated to weigh close to 20 tons. Cap off your tour at the majestic Blue Grotto and seize the opportunity to appreciate breathtaking views as you gaze at the seven coastal caves. Admire the intense blue color of the ocean and the imposing rock formations. If the weather allows, you can also opt to take a boat trip around the area for an extra fee.

Malta: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

2. Malta: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

Explore Malta's incredible estates, history, and sights at your own pace. Take the exclusive hop-on, hop-off tours, and ride at your own convenience on the open-top double decker buses. During your tour, you can stop at any of the following major attractions in the city, on these routes: South Malta Route (Red Route) • Valletta • Hypogeum • The Three Cities • Zejtun Church • Marsaxlokk Fishing Village • Ghar Dalam Cave & Museum • Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples • The Limestone Heritage • Sliema North Malta Route (Blue Route) • Valletta • San Anton Gardens • The Crafts Village • Aviation Museum • Mosta Church • Mdina • Rabat • Mgarr Church • Golden Bay • Bugibba Square • Splash and Fun Water Park • Mediterraneo Marine Park • St. George’s Bay • Spinola Bay Free Transport is available from several areas at several times.

Blue Grotto & Sunday Market at Marsaxlokk Fishing Village

3. Blue Grotto & Sunday Market at Marsaxlokk Fishing Village

Your 5-hour tour starts at the Blue Grotto. Made up of sea caverns on the southern coast of Malta, the Blue Grotto caverns are west of Wied iz-Zurrieq Harbor and across the small uninhabited islet of Filfla. Every day from sunrise until about 13:00 the cave's unique location allows sunlight to reflect in the water to create numerous shades of brilliant blue. Several caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colors of the underwater plants. Other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue. If weather permits, you can do a 20 minute boat trip around the caves for an extra fee. You will then drive to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Vibrant, colorful Marsaxlokk Market offers a great opportunity to experience the local life. Browse the stalls where fresh fish and seafood are sold, and barter for honey, fruit jams, wine, vegetables, clothing, and souvenirs. You'll have free time to explore this picturesque market village before heading back.

Malta: Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto, and Qrendi Guided Tour

4. Malta: Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto, and Qrendi Guided Tour

Discover iconic sites on the island of Malta like the famed Blue Grotto on this day trip from Valletta. Enjoy riveting information and engaging storytelling from your guide. Peruse the treasures at the Marsaxlokk market and take a guided walking tour of Qrendi. Be picked up from your hotel in Valletta and hop aboard an airconditioned bus. Relax on the drive through the countryside to the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Admire the largest fishing harbour in Malta that has been in operation since antiquity. Capture pictures of the brightly brightly-coloured traditional luzzu fishing boats. Take a stroll through the streets to uncover delightful restaurants and nice cafés huddled along its entire promenade. Soak up the vibe in its large open-air market which sells a vast assortment of fish, locally honey, and fruit jams, and traditional sweets. Peruse local wines, liquors, souvenirs, clothes, shoes, traditional lacework, custom jewellery, and handcrafted accessories. Continue to the Wied Iz-Zurrieq (Zurrieq Valley) to visit the fantastical sea caverns of the Blue Grotto. Snap pictures of the impressive main arch, which is approximately 30 meters in height. Marvel at views of the Honeymoon Cave, the Cat’s Cave, and the Reflection Cave. Appreciate this locations which was featured movies like 'Cutthroat Island' (1995), 'The Count of Monte Cristo' (2002), and 'Troy' (2004). Weather permitting, have the time to purchase an optional boat ride into the grotto for an extra fee payable on location. Head to the village of Qrendi for a guided walking tour of one of Malta’s traditional villages. Walk to the main square to the hub of the village, see its parish church, and be led through a maze of winding, narrow streets. Return to your accommodation in Valletta at the end of your tour.

Malta: Prehistoric Temples and Highlights of the South

5. Malta: Prehistoric Temples and Highlights of the South

See the best of Malta's south island in just one day with a comprehensive tour of its landmarks. Explore an old quarry, magnificent pre-historic sites, the world-famous Blue Grotto, and a traditional village. Enjoy plenty of time at each site and become immersed in local culture and history. After being picked up from your hotel, head over to one of Malta's oldest quarries. Tour the Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens, an innovative attraction highlighting the beauty of the Maltese stone and its incredible 22 million years of history. Take in a fascinating audio-visual presentation. Visit the megalithic temple complex of Hagar Qim, located on the southern edge of the island on a hilltop overlooking the sea. Discover a majestic site dating back to 3600-3200 BC and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Zurrieq Valley for an exciting stop. Arrive at the majestic Blue Grotto and seize the opportunity to appreciate breath-taking views as you gaze at the seven coastal caves. Admire the intense blue colour of the ocean and the imposing rock formations. If the weather allows, you can opt to take a boat trip around the area for an extra fee payable on location. Stroll through the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk and browse through the charming market. Finally, head into Ghar Dalam, Malta’s oldest prehistoric site, dating back to 5200 BC. Step into the 144-meter-long cave to see the bone remains of elephants, hippopotami, and more.

Malta: Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Boat Tour

6. Malta: Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Boat Tour

Get a taste of the unique island of Malta on a bus tour and boat tour. Discover over 7,000 years of history as you drive past heritage sites, popular attractions, and beautiful natural landscapes.  Running during the summer months of the year (May onwards), the hop-on hop-off route starts from Bugibba, passing through Qawra and St Julian's and on to Malta’s capital city Valletta. You'll then make your way south where you will be able to experience and visit historic temples and sights along the way. Following your stop at the Blue Grotto, the tour heads back up north and inland stopping at Roman sites and points of interest and then back to Bugibba via Golden Bay on the North-West coast. With over 30 stops and 50 points of interest along the route, discover this Maltese Island like never before. Experience key sights including the Mosta Church and Dome; Ta’Qali Craft Village; and Rabat with many Roman Sites such as the restored Roman Villa, St Agatha’s Catacombs, and the medieval town of Mdina. Enjoy the famous 'Three Cities' and the Tarxien Temples believed to be built around 3000 BC. Marsaxlokk is a traditional and picturesque fishing village that is sure to delight you. Take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Blue Grotto. You will discover plenty of things to do on this island tour. Plus you can combine your hop-on-hop-off tour with a harbor cruise. North Route Stops:• Bugibba (Topaz Hotel / Gillieru Hotel)• Bugibba Jetty (Seatrips Outlet) • Bugibba Centre (Opposite HSBC) • Bugibba (Santana Hotel)• Malta National Aquarium• Qawra Palace Hotel• Qawra Seafront• Bellavista Hotel, Qawra • Mediterraneo Marine Park• ITS Roundabout (Radisson & Corinthia Hotels) • St George's Bay, St Julians (City Sightseeing Route Stage) • Westin Dragonara, St Julians• Hilton Roundabout, St Julians• Spinola Bay, St Julians• Balluta Bay (Opp Balluta Church) • Sliema Seafront (Opposite Preluna Hotel) • Sliema Ferries (City Sightseeing Route Stage & Stop For Harbour Cruise) • Opposite Bayview Hotel (CitySightseeing Outlet) • Valletta - City Center• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For South Route) • San Anton Gardens • Ta Qali - Aviation Museum• Mosta Church • Mdina Main Gate • Rabat - Domus Romana • Golden Bay South Route Stops: • ITS Roundabout • St Georges Bay, St Julians (CSS Route Stage) • Westin Dragonara, St Julians • Hilton, St Julians• Spinola Bay,St Julians• Balluta Bay (Opp Balluta Church)• Sliema Seafront (Opposite Preluna Hotel)• Sliema Ferries (City Sightseeing Route Stage and Stop For Harbour Cruise) Opposite Bayview Hotel • Valletta City Center• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For North Route) • Tarxien Temples• Vittoriosa Waterfront • Marsaxlokk - Fishing Village • Pretty Bay (Birzebbugia)• Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim Temples and Mnajdra Temples  • Valletta City Center• Valletta - Malta Experience, Knights Hospital War Museum, and Fort St Elmo• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For North Route)

Southern Malta Tour - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim & Marsaxlokk

7. Southern Malta Tour - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim & Marsaxlokk

This tour explores Malta’s southern coast with its fishing villages and rugged coastline. We start off with a stop outside the ancient village of Żurrieq to discover the crystalline waters of Blue Grotto. Weather permitting, a traditional boat can take you on a short trip to the nearby caves. The cost of the boat trip is not included in the tour ticket. On our way out of Wied iż-Żurrieq, we pass by Ħaġar Qim Temples. One can explore this ancient site at an additional cost. This highlights a huge part of the Maltese history in religion and culture. We then proceed to the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk, famous for its brightly painted fishing boats known as luzzu. On Sundays, Marsaxlokk comes to life with its market along the promenade, teeming with stalls selling fresh fish, local delicacies, crafts and souvenirs. Here, you can taste the savoury excellence of Maltese cuisine. Pick up and Drop off from Hotel/Location is included.

Malta: Blue Grotto, Dingli, Rabat, Mdina, Ta Qali & Mosta

8. Malta: Blue Grotto, Dingli, Rabat, Mdina, Ta Qali & Mosta

The tour begins on the south-western coast of Malta, and the first stop is at Blue Grotto, which is located not far from Wied iż-Żurrieq and is known for its entrancing waters. If the weather cooperates, visitors can take part in a traditional boat ride that lasts for 15 minutes and costs a nominal fee. After that, we go on to the magnificent Dingli Cliffs, which offer a sweeping view of the Mediterranean Sea as well as the minuscule deserted islet of Filfla, which is located approximately 5 kilometres off the coast of Malta. After that, we make our way up the hill to the ancient town of Rabat, which is known for its historic churches, Roman catacombs, and winding labyrinthine streets. A trip to the fortified mediaeval city of Mdina, which served as the capital of Malta in times past, is also scheduled. The "Silent City," as it is more commonly known, has a population of barely 250 people today, yet it is home to some of the most magnificent palaces on the island, which are owned by ancient noble families. If you are interested, we will have ample time here to try some of the local specialties, including the food and the wine. We make our way inland to see the Ta' Qali Crafts Village and National Park. This area is home to some of the finest examples of Maltese handicrafts, including  ceramics, glass-blowing, and work with filigree and semiprecious stones. This is your opportunity to purchase some handcrafted trinkets of high quality. The tour comes to a close in the town of Mosta, which is famous for its basilica. The basilica is also referred to as "The Rotunda," and it features one of the largest unsupported domes in the world. It is included to pick you up and drop you off at your hotel or location.

Valletta: Malta, Gozo & Comino Private Chauffer Tour by Car

9. Valletta: Malta, Gozo & Comino Private Chauffer Tour by Car

Travelers will visit iconic destination in Malta in this budget friendly tour. You will benefit from a private driver for 8 hours which he will recommend the best option routes to get the most out of your vacation. You will go to locations such as: Mdina the Old City Ta' Qali Crafts Village Popeye Village Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja) The beautiful Dingli Cliffs Valletta the Capital! A half day or full day 8 hour tour packed up with the most iconic locations in Malta that are impossible to miss as these attractions are what made Malta you see today

SUP Tour Experience Blue Grotto

10. SUP Tour Experience Blue Grotto

During the tour, you will be introduced to the basics of SUP and receive personalized instruction to improve your balance and comfort on the board. We will cover essential gear and safety concepts, including transitioning from a seated to standing position, remounting the board after falling or jumping into the water, and fundamental paddle strokes. Additionally, we will embark on a unique trek ride with the boards, exploring the beautiful Blue Grotto Bay one hour before the other boats begin their activities. This will offer you an exceptional opportunity to discover the best of Blue Grotto. For the SUP Yoga class, no prior experience in yoga, SUP, or SUP yoga is necessary. Your certified SUP Yoga teacher, Merve Yigit, will guide you through a practice that starts slowly, allowing you to become accustomed to the floating surface. The class duration is approximately one hour. Snorkeling is another activity we offer, which is both relaxing and exciting for participants of all ages. The snorkeling experience lasts around 30 minutes. Included in this package are an introductory lesson and briefing, a mask for snorkeling, safety measures, a paddleboard, and the SUP Yoga session. To ensure your comfort and safety, we provide customized paddle boards based on your weight. Kindly provide your current weight in the notes section when booking your spot, allowing us to prepare a suitable paddle board specifically for you. You can see more about us: or instagram: @yogamalta

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What people are saying about Blue Grotto, Malta

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 615 reviews

I had a beautiful and was able to do the boat ride at the Blue Grotto. For me, it was worth the 8 euros to take the 20 minute boat ride out. I lived it. and going to Marsaxlokk was good too. We had 1.5 hours to wander the market and buy souvenirs or buy something to eat. the guide Mark was impressive doing his talk in English, Italian and French. it was a nice way to see the small island of Malta on the drive.

We enjoyed the tour very much. The guide Mark was charming, professional and interesting. He is very kind and answered every question. He told us about Malta and the Maltese language. The people traveling were really nice.

Consistency in the timetable and the scheduled times, very good audio guidance with lots of details and interesting facts.

Friendly driver and nice hop on hop off places. Runs even if empty. Good value. Recommended.

Great experience, definitely will recommend and will using again in my next visit to Malta.