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Malta: Gozo & Comino Islands, Blue Lagoon & Seacaves Tour

1. Malta: Gozo & Comino Islands, Blue Lagoon & Seacaves Tour

Uncover the beauty of Malta's coast on this full-day Cruise from Bugibba. Swim at the Blue Lagoon and enjoy some free time exploring the island of Gozo. Select from different boats and departure times. Your tour begins from the tourist town of Bugibba, where your vessel departs on an unforgettable two-island cruise. From the open sea, you will experience Malta from a truly unique and beautiful vantage point. Relax with refreshments available to purchase on board. Cruise close to the coast whilst witnessing Malta's magnificent naturally formed coastline, including its enormous cliffs, rocky nooks, and crannies. You will pass the tiny Island of St. Paul's, viewing the statue of the apostle St. Paul as it rises high into the sky. You will also get to visit magnificent sea caves, allowing you to take amazing photographs. Start with a stop at Crystal Lagoon (high season only), a spot many tourists don't know about. Witness the unbelievably clear water, perfect conditions for swimming, snorkelling, and diving. Take a plunge into its crystal clear waters from one of three waterslides, or jump from the top deck if you dare. Then, depart to the famous Blue Lagoon. Enjoy being moored for an hour right next to it with a good view from the docking position. Use the boat as a base, using all the fantastic facilities. Once you arrive at Gozo Island, the land transport will take you to the capital city of Gozo, which the locals call Rabat. This small city has a wealth of charm and history, including its impressive citadel. As the day draws closer, we cruise back to Bugibba, entering the Santa Maria pirate caves and viewing the "Elephants Head", a truly amazing rock formation. With different boats to choose from, select your preferred boat and departure time. Your options include medium size boats that offer an experience with fewer people or a larger catamaran that features underwater windows for a unique view of the marine life below. Enhance your experience with onboard waterslides, comfortable seating in shaded and sunny areas, swim ladders, male and female toilets, refreshments for sale, and audio commentary in different languages.

Comino: Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon, and Seacaves Tour

2. Comino: Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon, and Seacaves Tour

Get out on the water on this cruise to the island of Comino and soak up the scenery of the island's north coast. Go to the Blue Lagoon to snorkel and swim, enter the caves of Crystal Lagoon, plunge in the crystal-clear waters from a slide, or simply soak up the sun on the boat's sun deck. After boarding your vessel, your journey to Comino Island will take approximately one hour. You will experience Malta from a beautiful vantage point from the open sea. You will cruise close to the coast, witnessing Malta’s magnificent naturally-formed coastline, including its enormous cliffs, rocky nooks, and crannies. You will soon pass the tiny Island of St. Paul’s, viewing the statue of the apostle Saint Paul which rises high into the sky. You will also visit magnificent sea caves, which will allow you the opportunity to take amazing photographs. You will soon stop for one hour at the stunning but lesser-known Crystal Lagoon (June-October in fair weather conditions only). It is fringed by steep cliffs and therefore accessed only by boats. With unbelievably clear water, it is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and diving. You can plunge into its crystal clear waters from one of the three water slides or jump from the top deck if you dare. During the evening trip, you will stop for 2 hours in the Blue Lagoon and 30 mins in the Crystal Lagoon. After arriving at the Blue Lagoon, you will moor in the prime area. You can then use the boat as a base, utilising all the fantastic facilities, including a huge water slide and sundeck with cushioned sun loungers. You can spend the rest of the afternoon swimming from the boat or walking ashore to explore the tiny island. Comino is also worth a visit in winter and is ideal for walkers and photographers. With no urban areas or cars on the island, one can easily smell the scent of wild thyme and other herbs. With the day drawing to a close, you will cruise back to Bugibba Port, entering the Santa Maria pirate caves and viewing the “Elephants Head”.

Malta: Blue Lagoon, Beaches & Bays Trip by Catamaran

3. Malta: Blue Lagoon, Beaches & Bays Trip by Catamaran

We will stop in 2-3 different locations. The first stop will be the Blue Lagoon. The boat will drop anchor away from the crowds so that you can experience the famous turquoise water peacefully. The stops after the Blue Lagoon depend on the weather/sea conditions. A few of our possible stops are: 1. Crystal Lagoon, surrounded by steep, dramatic cliffs. Its crystal clear waters are much deeper than the Blue Lagoon, making the area fantastic for snorkelling and swimming in and around the caves. During this stop, you can enjoy an optional barbecue. 2. Anchor Bay to view the film set of Popeye’s Village, tucked away in a charming bay. Other stops that could be made include Mellieha Bay, Golden Bay, GHajn Tuffieha Bay, Ramla Bay, Imgiebah Bay, or Half Rock. All of these locations are great for snorkelling and swimming. Back on the boat, listen to dance music, and buy cocktails at the bar. If you have selected the afternoon option, relax and watch the sunset on the horizon. After a wonderful day at sea, begin the journey back to Bugibba.

From Malta: Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour with Lunch and Boat Ride

4. From Malta: Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour with Lunch and Boat Ride

Explore the island of Gozo by Jeep and see the most beautiful sights on this day trip from Malta. Stop in the charming towns and enjoy different bays such as Ramla Bay and Xlendi Bay. Uncover the secrets of Calypso's Cave and have a scrumptious lunch. Go to Victoria and ride past the Blue Lagoon and Comino Caves. Benefit from hotel pickup in Malta and private boat to Gozo. Meet your driver and head to the Qala Belvedere for panoramic views across the sea, then visit the pretty resort town of Ramla Bay. See ruins at Calypso's Cave, or explore the temple complex of Ġgantija (own expense). Make a stop to refuel with a three-course meal at the beautiful Village of Xewkija. Discover the typical fishing village of Xlendi Bay and marvel at the rock formations of Dwejra. Get up close to the salt pans on the north coast near the beach resort of Marsalforn Bay. Visit the Citadel in the capital city of Victoria, and enjoy some time for a relaxing swim in the sea. End with a powerboat ride back to Malta via the Blue Lagoon and Comino Caves.

Malta: Highlights of Malta & Mdina Full Day Tour with Lunch

5. Malta: Highlights of Malta & Mdina Full Day Tour with Lunch

Experience some of Malta's most interesting highlights in just one day on a guided group tour. Discover the medieval city of Mdina, St. Cataldus Catacombs, and Mosta Rotunda. Stroll through the San Anton Botanical Gardens, take in sea views from Dingli Cliffs, and buy glass from local craftspeople. After hotel pickup, start your tour with the ancient city of Mdina, renowned for its opulent palaces, fortifications, architecture, and ancient heritage. Stroll through the narrow streets of the island's old capital, taking in one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled/fortified city. Take a journey back in time, as the streets have not changed much in the last 1,000 years. Admire the magnificent palazzos and churches in the city's unique mix of medieval and Baroque styles, as well as the spectacular panoramas from the high bastion walls. Leave Mdina through the Greeks Gate. Head to St. Cataldus Catacombs, in Rabat, on the outskirts of Mdina. Discover the catacombs, which were originally a Punic burial shaft, and some of the earliest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. See graves that are beautiful examples of canopied tombs and others hewn in the rocks. Continue to Dingli Cliffs, off the village of Dingli on Malta's western coast, the highest point of the Maltese island at around 253m above sea level. Enjoy breathtaking views over the terraced fields underneath and the panorama of the vast open seas with the small uninhabited island of Filfla. After lunch, visit the San Anton Botanical Gardens, built in the early 17th century by Grand Master Antoine de Paule to complement his summer residence: San Anton Palace, located at the perimeter of the gardens, now serving as the residence of the Maltese President. Next, stop at the Ta' Qali Craft Village, a former British Royal Air Forces wartime airfield restored into a local artisan hub. Watch local craftsmen form elaborate glass art using ancient glassblowing techniques. Get some genuine locally made mementos to remind you of your visit to Malta. End your tour with Malta's largest church, the Sanctuary Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Mosta Rotunda or Mosta Dome. Built between 1833 and the 1860s to Neoclassical designs, the present church is based on the Pantheon in Rome. Discover its dome, the third largest unsupported dome in the world. Finally, return to your hotel.

From Bugibba: Blue Lagoon Afternoon Swim with Sunset Cruise

6. From Bugibba: Blue Lagoon Afternoon Swim with Sunset Cruise

Avoid the crowds and visit the Blue Lagoon later on during the day when the temperature’s have dropped a little. This excursion is perfect for those who want to snorkel, swim and splash around in the crystal clear shallow waters of the Blue Lagoon during the cooler period of the day. Enjoy the magical cyan colored waters of the Blue Lagoon, which are especially tempting in the late afternoon as the hot Mediterranean sun has been warming it all day long, resulting in the water temperature being very similar to the air temperature. Take advantage of the onboard water-slide and have some fun frolicking in the waters to escape the warm weather. Or if you’d rather relax, spend some time lounging on the boat with a drink on one of the many cushioned recliners. Finally on the way back to port, enjoy the rocking of the calm sea waves, admire the magnificent Mediterranean coastline, and marvel at the stunning sunset across the ocean, glistening over the waters and reflecting from the enormous Maltese cliffs.

From Sliema: Cruise Around Malta's Harbours & Creeks

7. From Sliema: Cruise Around Malta's Harbours & Creeks

This 90-minute scenic cruise is the perfect introduction to the city of Valletta, the capital city of Malta, and its surroundings. Enjoy a scenic cruise around the two natural harbours of Malta, the majestic Valletta Grand Harbour and the Marsamxett Harbour. Set sail from Sliema Ferries and take in the views of some of Malta's most iconic landmarks. Relax as you cruise by impressive harbours, historic fortifications, various creeks, the renowned 'Three Fortified Cities' of Vittoriosa, Cospicua, and Senglea, busy dockyards, marinas, bastions, and much more. Listen to the audio commentary to uncover the history of Valletta and its surrounding locations. Thanks to the numerous creeks around Valletta, you can enjoy unique views of the city without the heavy crowds. The duration of this cruise is approximately 90 minutes.

Malta: 5-Hour Lazy Pirate Boat Party with Drinks & Food

8. Malta: 5-Hour Lazy Pirate Boat Party with Drinks & Food

Book a boat party and explore the stunning coastline of Malta at night. Sip on various drinks from the open bar and savor snacks while enjoying the party music with your fellow travelers. You will experience the best of Malta’s vibrant night scene on the Fernandes 2. This Lazy Pirate Boat Party will be a night to remember! The boat departs from Sliema and cruises towards the setting sun. You will be sailing along the Maltese Coast as night falls and the music gets louder. Stop at the anchor point and take time for a moonlight swim. Party on until the boat returns to Sliema at around midnight. Throughout the party, you’ll drink from an open bar stocked with vodka, tequila, whiskey, rum, beer, wine, and sangria. Drink as much as you like and enjoy the complimentary snacks and fruit.

Malta: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

9. 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 • Vittoriosa Waterfront • 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

From Malta: Gozo Full-Day Quad Tour with Lunch and Boat Ride

10. From Malta: Gozo Full-Day Quad Tour with Lunch and Boat Ride

Get an adrenaline rush on a one-of-a-kind adventure tour for thrill seekers. Be taken to the beautiful island of Gozo by powerboat, and ride around the island on a quad bike in the company of very experienced tour leaders. See all the highlights of the island from a different perspective, from the stunning viewpoint of the Qala Belvedere and the rugged landscapes of Ramla Valley. Go to Calypso Cave and the village of Marsalforn. Next, marvel at the traditional saltpans and drive through the Ghasri Valley. Discover the incredible Inland Sea of Dwejra and the small islet of Fungus Rock. Take a swimming break and enjoy some time to shop. Then, take a powerboat back to Malta via the Blue Lagoon and Comino Caves.

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What should I do on my first trip to Valletta?

If you are visiting the city for the first time, one of the best things to do in Valletta is to visit the St. John’s Co-Cathedral. This ornate 16th-century Baroque church is one of the most famous in the Maltese Islands. Its stunning interior is adorned with intricate carvings, marble statues, and paintings by famous artists including Caravaggio. Another must-see destination is the Upper Barrakka Gardens. This is one of the best places to get breathtaking views of the famous Grand Harbour and across to the Three Cities. Visitors can also watch the Saluting Battery’s daily firing here, a traditional cannon-firing ceremony dating back to the 16th century.

What are some hidden gems to see in Valletta?

Situated on the opposite side of the Grand Harbour from Valletta, the Three Cities of Malta (Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua) are three amazing gems worth exploring. To get here, you’ll take a traditional luzzu or dgħajsa ferry, so you can really immerse yourself in Malta’s rich history before you even get there.

How much time should I spend in Valletta?

To make the most of your time in Valletta, spend at least long weekend in the city. In three days, you can easily see all the historical landmarks, like St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the Upper Barrakka Gardens, and the Grand Master’s Palace. This will also give you time to visit famous museums and art galleries, including the National War Museum and the National Museum of Archaeology. Valletta is also one of the best places to stay in Malta as you can easily take day trips to explore other parts of the archipelago, including the Blue Lagoon on Comino or the sister island of Gozo.

What food is Valletta known for?

Like most of Malta’s unique culture, its food reflects its rich history and broad cultural influences from Italy, North Africa, and the Middle East. If you want to try something traditional in Valletta, go for the rabbit stew (Stuffat Tal-Fenek in Maltese). The dish is a hearty, slow-cooked stew made with rabbit, tomatoes, red wine, garlic, onions, and various delicious herbs and spices. If street food is more your thing, you must try Pastizzi, a savory pastry filled with ricotta cheese or mushy peas.

What is the best way to get around Valletta?

Valletta is a small city and the majority of the city’s main attractions are located within the walled area, so it makes exploring in a few days pretty easy. The best way to get around the city’s narrow streets and scenic alleys is by foot. Alternatively, there are plenty of great walking tours in Valletta if you’d prefer to learn about the culture and history from a local guide.

What are the best months to visit Valletta?

May, June, September, and October are the best months to visit Valletta. During these months, the weather is warm but not as hot as the peak summer months. The crowds are also fewer compared to the peak visitor season. Alternatively, a good time to visit for cultural events is during the Maltese Feasts season (June to September). This is one of Malta’s most important cultural traditions and occurs throughout the year in various cities and towns across the island, including Valletta. Each feast is dedicated to a patron saint and is celebrated by colorful processions, music, and huge fireworks displays.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

While Valletta doesn't have large shopping malls or department stores, it has some smaller, more unique shopping areas worth exploring. Republic Street is Valletta's main shopping street, where you’ll find high-end fashion boutiques. Nearby is also the famous Merchant Street, a narrow street lined with vintage and second-hand stores.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Valletta?

Stay in the city center if you can. Valletta is a small city, so you'll be within easy reach of all the main attractions.

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We really enjoyed this. There weren't many people in February, we could sit on the top deck with great views, and the recorded commentary was clear and easy to hear. There was a live introduction and conclusion by a native speaker which was harder to make out. Fantastic views at every point, to see the fortifications from the water really makes you appreciate how massive the walls are. Be aware that the ferry from Valletta to Sliema only runs on the half hour (every 30 minutes), we didn't know this and almost missed our cruise.

Fantastic value for money. Blue Lagoon is beautiful and the boat ride was amazing. loads of sunshine as well. would recommend 👌

Excellent. The guide Chris really explained the history of Valetta in an interesting, enthusiastic and easy understandable way.

Amazing way to see Malta and Gozo! Even going out of season, the views are spectacular and such good value for money.

It was really good and the tour guide guy is friendly and generous cool guy he gave me the best time in Malta