One of the most popular places to visit while in Malta are the Blue Lagoon and Gozo.
The Blue Lagoon, or what many call paradise on earth, is where you will find the clearest waters. It is situated between Comino island and the island of Cominotto a natural wide swimming pool, partially sandy and mostly rocky. Here you can swim, snorkel and sunbathe or explore some of the caves to discover even smaller sandy beaches.
On the other hand you have the island of Gozo. Only a 10 minute boat ride away from the Blue Lagoon, the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago you will find history, culture, art, scenery and of course beautiful beaches.
What to prepare
When preparing for a Blue Lagoon and Gozo day trip what you need to factor first is the weather. If possible find a windless (or less windy) day. The Blue Lagoon is situated on the island of Comino and therefore to get there you need a boat. Having a day with no or little wind will make your experience that much better. If travelling in the summertime or warmer months (basically from April till November) be sure to take sun cream, hat, sunglasses, towel and of course your swimming costumes. If you are visiting Malta in the winter time, it is still possible to visit these islands but be sure to take a warm jacket (along with all the above-mentioned items) as it can get chilly especially while travelling.
How to get there
The best way to get to the Blue Lagoon and Gozo is with a full day boat tour. Hornblower Cruises offers daily boat cruises departing the Bugibba Jetty at 10am returning back at 5pm. Before arriving at the Blue Lagoon you will be able to see the Maltese northern coastline together with some information about the history and culture. The advantage of taking a cruise boat is that once in the Blue Lagoon you will have the comfort of the boat. Should you not wish to get off the boat or maybe spend only a little time on the beach, you can always come back to use its facilities – large sun deck, shaded main deck, air conditioned cafeteria, slide, deck chairs, toilet facilities and also onboard bar with very reasonable prices.
Things to do in the Blue Lagoon and Gozo
Depending on the time of the year you will be visiting the Blue Lagoon, there is always something amazing to do. In the less warmer months, you can enjoy a walk up to the Santa Maria tower, the views from up there are breathtaking. For those travelling in summer or early autumn, the weather is almost always good and the sea temperature would be around 19 to 23 degrees Celsius. You can swim and snorkel in the turquoise water. You can do this from the boat itself or from the beach. Once the boat moors up in the Blue Lagoon you will have easy access on and off the boat as you please. The Blue Lagoon receives thousands of visitors each day during this time and therefore if you are going to spend your time on the beach it can get quite crowded as the area is very small. A good option would be to spend most of your time on the boat. The upper deck is covered with a synthetic grass where you can put your towel down and enjoy the sun rays. Also available on the upper deck are free sun loungers. The main deck is equipped with a shaded and sunny area for those who are not so good to spend all day in the sun. The main attraction on the boat is its 10 meter slide that can be enjoyed from all age groups. Sliding into the crystal clear waters is definitely one of the highlights to do in the Blue Lagoon.
Once you have visited the Blue Lagoon on Comino island, it’s off to Gozo. The island comes complete with historical sites, forts and amazing panoramas. Once on the island of Gozo you will arrive in the Mgarr harbour and from here the best way to travel is either by local bus or organised transport. Some of the best places to visit are the capital city Victoria and the UNESCO site Cittadella, Dwejra where the famous Azure Window used to stand, Ta’ Pinu Basilica, the Ggantija Temples and the beach with the red sand called Ramla Bay.Why choose Hornblower Cruises
If choosing Hornblower Cruises for your Blue Lagoon and Gozo day trip you will not be disappointed as you will have all you need for your day. Whether you want to explore, swim and snorkel or jut relax and chill under the sun this is all available for you with Hornblower Cruises.
You can get your snorkel and go explore the sea world, or grab your trail shoes and hike around the island or simply get out your book lay dawn and enjoy the sun, big or small, you will always find something to do in the Blue Lagoon with Hornblower Cruises.