A better way to visit Comino Malta

A New and Better Way to Visit Comino Malta

Are you tired of crowded party cruises and looking for a better way to visit Comino in Malta? Do you want to go at the time which suits you best and come back at the sunset without rushing around? You came to the right place. I have a perfect solution for you because there is a new and better way to visit Comino!

Comino and Blue Lagoon undoubtedly are one of the most beautiful spots in the Mediterranian. And as such, they attract enormous amounts of visitors on a daily basis. This, unfortunately, causes very limited space and can be very off-putting for many first time visitors. Add the fact that you only have a limited time to visit – and you will feel rushed, pushed around and irritated. Hard to enjoy the paradise this way. But now, there is a better way to visit Comino!

There is unquestionable beauty about this place and you just need to come to visit whilst in Malta. I’m here to help you and show you how to do it on your own terms whilst beating the crowds (at least a little bit) and visit the more secluded parts of the island whilst not being rushed back.

Blue Lagoon, Comino Malta

Until now (Summer 2020) there were only two main ways to visit Comino. You could either take one of the cruise or sightseeing boats from Sliema, St Julians or Buggiba waterfront which would offer you an entertaining at times way to travel. Drinks and food are often offered on the board. I can understand the appeal as I also took one of those boats the first time I visited Malta. 

The issue here is, however, that mostly you will have around 3 or 4 hours to spend on Comino. If all you want to do is soak up a bit of sun and have a swim in Blue Lagoon – this is probably a good option for you. But if you are anything like me and like to venture into the ‘off the beaten path’ territories and explore a bit more – you will find there is not enough time for it.

The other, more ‘local’ way was to travel by bus or car to Cirkewwa at the far north of Malta and take a small water taxi/ferry which actually runs through the whole day. If you are staying in the area – this is probably still the best option.

However, if you are located more to the south of the island this can prove to be a little bit of a long journey.

But this summer 2020 a new Hop On Hop Off ferry concept was introduced and I absolutely love it. You can hop on as early as 9 in the morning from Sliema or around 45 minutes later from Buggiba and stay in Comino until 8 pm as this is when the last return ferry is scheduled. (This post is not sponsored I just truly love the concept)

Photo Credit – I Sea Malta

The whole day pass costs €15 and you can easily make it a day trip. The ferry starts from Sliema Waterfront and has a stop at Bugibba. The morning and midday service also stops at Gozo. I, however, recommend making Gozo trip a separate event as there is so much to see that you could easily spend 2 days there.

Arriving in Comino as early as 10:30 gives you a head start and you will be able to enjoy the island before all the cruises and crowds arrive. And with limited sunbathing space – this is a perfect opportunity to save this perfect spot!

I personally like taking the 2 pm service. With no stopping at Gozo, you will arrive in Comino at 3 pm. The tourist cruise boats won’t start leaving Comio until around 5 pm so during peak time I like to take a walk around the island, visit Santa Maria beach or go for a jet ski ride during that time. By the time I’m done, the crowds start leaving and I can just relax, enjoy the beach and await the sunset with a cocktail in my hand 🙂

There are lockers provided at the Blue Lagoon where you can store your belongings whilst enjoying jet ski or the banana ride 🙂 But of course, you can just decide to rent a sun lounger or grab a sit around the bay and enjoy the views and amazing turquoise sea.

Blue Lagoon, Comino Malta

Oh, and of course don’t forget to take a swim or two – true paradise-like water will be calling your name the moment you arrive. 

And finally, if you decide to take the last service at 8 in the evening, you will be rewarded with the most spectacular sunset. But this can only be done if you stay on the island longer than just 3 hours. So If this is your kind of trip, taking a Hop On Hop Off boat is definitely a better way to visit Comino.

It is very easy to book a day pass. Just visit IseaMalta sight and book your pass online. The code will be sent to you by email – no need for tickets. Just take your phone with you.

Are you sold to the idea? So here are things to do in Comino Malta

Swim in crystal blue waters of Blue Lagoon

This is the most obvious one. The Blue Lagoon is a primary reason why most of the tourists would visit Comino. It is absolutely spectacular. This small bay, with azure-coloured water, is breathtaking and truly resembles a paradise. You can swim in the turquoise sea, jet ski, snorkel or just soak up the sun. Food and drinks are available from food vans and there are all necessary facilities on offer including storage lockers, toilets and lifeguards.

Blue lagoon is even more striking in the spring or autumn months when most of the tourists are gone 🙂 But if visiting during peak season you need to be prepared for the pretty crowded experience. Please bear in mind the space around Blue Lagoon is limited so if a chilled day on the beach is what you have in mind you might be a bit disappointed. That’s why, as I mentioned earlier the best time to visit is either early in the morning or in the late afternoon. Or if you want to spend the whole day here (easily done) visit Santa Maria Bay during peak hours for the more peaceful experience.

Enjoy water sports in Comino

A great thing to do during peak hours. Whilst everyone is ‘fighting’ for a piece of ground or a lounger to sit on – you can just hop on one of the tour boats or take part in some water activities.

You absolutely must try the jet ski experience when in Comino. The boat will take you to the open waters between Comino and Gozo and after the safety briefing, you will jet between the islands and enjoy fantastic views. There are also other water activities on offer like inflatable banana or doughnut rides as well as speed boat trips. So much fun!

Visit Crystal Lagoon

Crystal Lagoon, Comino Malta

This is a hidden beach that can only be reached by boat. It is equally incredible to view from the top and offers fantastic opportunities for some of your best Insta pictures 🙂 You can walk down towards the lagoon and some brave folks do jump into the water from there – yet I believe this is not advisable and return to the land can be a bit tricky. But you can definitely enjoy the views and make it a start of your exploration hike.

Take a hike around the island and visit more than just a Blue Lagoon.

If you are hardcore like me – you can take a hike in July or August. Warning though – it is really hot. But if you take it easy, carry enough water, a sun hat and comfy shoes or sandals – you will enjoy the walk as much as I did. I hiked Comino in winter as well – and this is probably the best time for hikes in Malta in general. To walk (at a moderate pace) around the whole island, with few stops for picture taking – takes around 2.5 up to 3 hours. Stop at the Saint Mary Tower and if the flag is being hanged you can walk in to explore.

 This is the route I took and I really enjoyed it. If you follow the link you will get a route map as well as all the information about the fauna and flora of the area. The rocky island of Comino is a bird sanctuary and nature reserve and currently, only 3  people live there permanently.

Continue East to explore more of the secluded parts of the island or North toward Santa Maria bay. Both treks will lead you there eventually. And a swim in this quiet bay will be a great reward for your hiking effort.

 

Enjoy the quieter Santa Maria beach

Santa Marija, Comino Malta

It is a small sandy beach and definitely a quieter option. Come for an hour or so during your day stay and enjoy the shallow clear waters and white sands. It is mostly the locals coming with boats or guests from the Comino Hotel so this is definitely a more ‘local experience’ if this is what you are after. Bring some water and snacks with you however, as the last time I visited there was no shops or food vans around. After chilling for a while here you can go back to the Blue Lagoon and spend the rest of the afternoon there.

Santa Maria Caves – one of the best diving spots in Malta.

Very popular amongst the divers due to its fascinating cave systems, Santa Maria Caves are world-famous and divers come here year after year. The shallow Santa Maria Caves are rich in marine life so if you are a diving enthusiast – you can’t miss it!

There is a diving school located on Comino but you can use any of many diving schools spread around the country in order to explore the underwater world of Malta including Comino Caves as well as sank ships and aircrafts.

Watch the sunset and enjoy Comino at the best time of the day.

Sunset at Blue Lagoon, Comino Malta

My favourite time to be on the beach is during those 2 last hours before the sundown. And Blue Lagoon is one of the best places in Malta to do it. The food trucks will be slowly closing down so you can get a good deal on the cocktails or food and although the sun loungers won’t be available after 6 pm, you will most likely have space to put a towel on the little sandy strip – literally impossible to enjoy during peak times.  How can this not be a better way to visit Comino!

Usefull tips for the best day on Comino

  • Hiking – If you decide to walk around the island make sure you bring a large bottle of water and snacks with you. Food and drink facilities are on offer at the Blue lagoon yet everywhere else you will have to count on your own supplies.
  • Watch out for jellyfish. Not that many in the Blue Lagoon I must admit and during my year in Malta I got stung only once but it’s a good practice to be watchful. On the ‘jelly’ day you will spot them in the water. Or suddenly there will be very few bathers. I missed that hint unfortunately and this is when I got stung. Not the most pleasant experience but nothing dangerous. You seriously don’t need to pee on it. Swipe a credit card over the burn to remove the tentacles. Use some vinegar from the food vans, apply for 5 minutes and then wash off with seawater. The lifeguards often have supplies of antiseptic creams as well. It will burn for a little bit but trust me it is not bad and jellyfish around Malta coast are not dangerous.
  • I would not recommend combined Gozo and Comino trips. If you are short on time, choose the trip that you fancy the most and do that one. Doing both islands in one day will not let you truly explore and enjoy the area.
  • If you are planning to book a water activity, book this straight after arriving. You will have to wait your turn during busy period and you don’t want to miss out just because you left it for the last minute.
  • Bring a beach towel, sun hat (you will not find too much shelter around the island) and a sunscreen. It can get very hot during the summer. And enjoy!

Bonus tip:  Another very popular way, yet a bit more expensive is to rent a boat or catamaran charter for a day. Those boats are equipped with skipper and ofter the crew. You can bring your own supplies (food and drinks) and just sail around the islands with a stopover at the Comino. Or you can just stay there for the whole day. The boat will berth in a quieter area and you will be able to just jump out into the water, snorkel and come back to the boat without worrying about the space on the beach. There are few websites you can use to find a good deal yet this only makes sense financially if there is at least 4 or 5 of you in the group. A fantastic way to spend the day however and I highly recommend it.

So here it is – I hope you will visit Comino on your next trip to Malta and I am pretty sure you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Visit also my Guide the best 25 beaches on the main island of Malta and please share your experience in the comments. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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