Blue Lagoon Info

What to Expect

Described by many as a paradise on earth, or the clearest waters ever seen, the Blue Lagoon of Comino Island is certainly one proud attraction that Malta has to offer. When traveling to Malta, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to spend a day swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing in Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a natural wide pool in between the Comino Island and the island of Cominotto. Partially sandy and mostly rocky, Blue Lagoon has also got caves, in one of which you can also find a hidden sandy beach. The size of the lagoon and its shape make out of it a safe spot for a day on the beach with family, friends, and little kids too. Below you will find all the information that you need to know before getting your snorkeling equipment ready to get here.

The Weather and When to Visit

The weather is a very important factor that determines how you are going to spend a day at Blue Lagoon. Ideally, you get to Blue Lagoon when there is little wind and when you can have an easy swim and cross the lagoon from the side of Comino and all the way to Cominotto (the small island on the other side of the lagoon). 

In general in Malta the weather allows the boats to bring the passengers to the Blue Lagoon of Comino every day but it can also happen that the trips are cancelled due to bad weather.

Blue Lagoon in spring:

In spring, while the water is still about to get warm, you can experience the Blue Lagoon in its quietest and most peaceful of surroundings. The colors of the water and of Comino Island are particularly beautiful during this period. The green plants grown on the island during the winter season and get even more visible in spring.

Blue Lagoon in summer:

During summer, the Blue Lagoon receives thousands of visitors per day. The weather in summer is almost always great and this is a great time to spend your day in Blue Lagoon of Comino island. Be aware, summer is the busiest period for Maltese tourism sector in general and the Blue Lagoon is possibly the top Maltese attraction.

Blue Lagoon in autumn:

While the visitors to the lagoon in autumn are less than is summer, certainly their number is still big due to the fact that the water is warm up until November. The warm Maltese climate helps the water to stay warm and on a sunny day, visitors swim even in November or December at the Blue Lagoon. After the summer heat, the nature takes a different color.

Blue Lagoon in winter:

The temperature of the water goes down to 16 degree celsius during winter. In general there is the chance that you will see very few people swimming in winter. However, Malta’s weather can be quite warm on some days even at the peak of winter, so with some luck, you can have a nice swim at this time as well. Remember that during the winter period, there is no swimming zone and no life guards in Blue Lagoon. The ferry boats will be passing through the lagoon itself, so pay attention to them.

Enjoy in Safety

In Blue Lagoon there are life guards that will make sure that you will stay safe. Since May and until October there is a swimming area that is covering the whole lagoon and allows you to swim in safety. However keep in mind that since the Blue Lagoon is open from both sides, in certain days, currents can be strong and swimming in the lagoon can be relatively difficult. Always check the flags around the lagoon and listen to the indications of the life guards.

Meaning of the flags:

Green: normal conditions and safe to bathe.

Yellow: safe to bathe but be aware of situation around you.

Purple: safe to bathe but be aware of the presence of sea pests (such as jellyfish).

Red: dangerous waves and/or undercurrents. Not recommended to enter the water.

Red-on-Red (double red flags): extremely dangerous waters. Bathers are warned not to enter the water.

Depth

The deepest point in the swimming zone is 2 mt. However, when you swim out of the swimming area, the depth increases to anything between 4 and 7 mt. The lagoon has a sandy beach and a part which is rocky.

Pay attention to the boats:

Boats, jet-skies, kayaks or any other vessels have no right to enter the swimming area. The life guards do their best to control boat owners in the area. 

When swimming out of the swimming zone, pay attention to the maneuvering boats. Do not swim too close to the boats and pay attention when snorkeling, Make sure the boat captains can actually see you even under water. Ideally carry on a buoy with you to show your exact location and to allow boat captains to get around you.

Skin protection:

The island of Comino is made of harsh rock and this makes it very hard for anyone to place an umbrella anywhere on the island. There are umbrellas and sun beds for hire but they are limited. Make sure you have enough sunscreen to keep your skin protected. Even during spring and autumn, the sun in Malta can be very strong. 

Where is the Blue Lagoon Located

Since the Blue Lagoon is located on the island of Comino, the ways of transportation will be via sea.

You can choose between 3 different options of sea transportation:

  1. The most common one is the Ferry that departs from Cirkewwa or Marfa. If you are coming from Gozo, you can get the Ferry from Mgarr.
  2. Day cruises companies are departing from Sliema Ferry and here you can choose between many different options.
  3. You can also come to Blue Lagoon by hiring a private boat which will allow you to avoid crowds which flock to Comino on day cruise boats.

Read the full guide on how to get the best transportation to Blue Lagoon of Comino here or on the button below.  

How to Get Here

Since the Blue Lagoon is located on the island of Comino, the ways of transportation will be via sea.

You can choose between 3 different options of sea transportation:

  1. The most common one is the Ferry that departs from Cirkewwa or Marfa. If you are coming from Gozo, you can get the Ferry from Mgarr.
  2.  Day cruises companies are departing from Sliema Ferry and here you can choose between many options available.
  3. You can also come to Blue Lagoon by hiring a private boat which will allow you to avoid crowds of day cruise boats.

Read the full guide on how to get the best transportation to Blue Lagoon of Comino here.

 

Nature Around

Being a natural lagoon on the island of Comino the sea life around the lagoon is pretty varied. You can see many local species around you when snorkeling. While on land, you can observe some nice vegetation and rock formation.

Fish in the Maltese waters:
  • Sea bream (Awrata in Maltese)
  • Dolphin fish (Lampuka)
  • Tuna (Tonn)
  • European Bass (Spnotta)
  • Red Snapper (Pagella)
  • Swordfish (Pixxispad)
  • Dasky Grouper (Cerna)
  • Wrasse (Merli)
  • Comber (Sirrana)
  • Mullet
  • Parrotfish (Marzpan)
  • Amberjack (Acciola)
  • Barracuda (Lizz)
  • Skipjack (Pelamit)
  • Dentex (Dentici)

Vegetation around the Blue Lagoon.

  • Bushy rest harrow
  • Maltese Fleabane
  • Maltese Sea Lavender
  • Maltese Salt Tree
  • Maltese Tree Spurge
  • Mediterranean Buckthorn
  • Olive Leaved Buckthorn
  • Mediterranean Thyme
  • Olive Leaved Germander
  • Seaside Ox-Eye Daisy
  • Shrubby Kidney Vetch
  • Silvery Ragwort
  • White Hedge Nettle

Food Options

In the Blue Lagoon of Comino, there are food trucks. Nowadays you can choose between different options of food menu and drinks. You will be able to buy sandwiches, baguettes, wraps, salads, fruit and much more. The prices are relatively affordable but remember, you are on the most visited attraction of the Maltese islands, the prices might be a bit higher than in other places.

To note:

  • If you are vegetarian, you will find options here.
  • If you are vegan or if you have food intollerance, your options are limited, if any.
  • Better to have cash with you. There are no ATMs on the island.

If you are more of a restaurant type, you’ll be slightly disappointed as there aren’t many options in the Blue Lagoon and the only one restaurant available on Comino island is at Comino Hotel, in St. Maria Bay, which is at about 15 minutes walk from Blue Lagoon. Next nearest restaurant is in Mgarr harbour of Gozo.

Accommodation

Closed for refurbishment.

The only hotel on the island of Comino is “Comino Hotel”. Comino Hotel is located in St. Maria Bay and offers accommodation in hotel and bungalows. The hotel offers various services such as restaurant, bar, pool, fitness center and connections to the island of Malta and Gozo. 

On the island there is also a camping site. It is located next to the bungalows of the Comino hotel. It is the only legal place to camp in Comino. The camping area also has toilet facilities.

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