The Famous Blue Lagoon Malta: Your Ultimate Guide + Tips!┃2022

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Party central or a peaceful day by the waves? Let me tell you how to get both out of the Blue Lagoon Malta.

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Discover The Blue Lagoon & Caves

The best way to enjoy the Blue Lagoon Malta is to take a tour boat in the morning, enjoy the facilities onboard as you sail towards Comino Island and then spend the afternoon swimming, snorkelling, drinking and dancing in the bay!

The Blue Lagoon Malta - A Quick Look

Spending A Day At The Blue Lagoon Malta

The Blue Lagoon really is as stunning as you have heard or can imagine. Its crystal blue waters almost glow with the sunlight and the glossy smooth water hardly ripples with a wave. It is a must-visit for anyone coming to Malta.

You may not be surprised to find out that these gorgeous attributes have made it an extremely popular destination for tourists, which in turn has made it popular for the tourism industry.

Watch the video to see the stunning bay without crowds (spoiler: we had an early start that day!)

An Aerial shot of the Blue Lagoon Malta
It’s as picturesque as they come

This industry quickly realised that young people were the vast majority of the people visiting the Blue Lagoon and this has changed the experience forever.

I certainly don’t think this is a bad thing but it’s something you have to be aware of to make the most of your trip.

This is what to expect early in the morning

The Blue Lagoon Malta is a fantastic place to visit if you want to party by one of Malta’s most famous and most beautiful bays but not always so good if you want some peace and quiet. 

But, fear not! My zen-loving travellers. I can show you how to relax with the quiet lapping of the waves OR have an incredible time partying on Comino Island!

I’ve organised this post into sections so that you can choose one that best suits you and find out how to best enjoy the Blue Lagoon Malta depending on what you’re looking for.

Click the links to jump down to where I explain exactly how to get the most of your day, or if you want to know everything you need to know about the Blue Lagoon Malta, then just keep scrolling and I will explain everything. Enjoy!

Party Craver

You’re in luck. The Blue Lagoon Malta is one of the best places in all of Malta to find and enjoy the beach club vibe. If you want to be able to jump off a boat into the crystal clear water with a drink awaiting on board or you want to drink from a pineapple on a deckchair listening to loud music then click here to scroll down to find out how!

Peace Seeker

You’ve seen how beautiful the Blue Lagoon Malta is and want a piece of the beauty whilst being able to hear a pin drop? Click here to scroll down where I explain the different options you have to make the most of your time on Comino Island.

I Want It ALL!

That’s right. There’s a way. It involves a waterproof bag and swimming with your booze away from the crowds and the music. Sounds mental, but it’s actually much easier than you might think. And you get the Blue Lagoon and your own little section of peace with a couple of bevvies and maybe even some music of your own choice. Check out how to do it here.

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Party Cravers

The vast amount of people coming to the Blue Lagoon Malta are looking for a party and this is the place to have it! Pretty affordable drinks and a huge area to swim create a quite brilliant combination.

How & When To Get There

The Blue Lagoon Malta gets very busy very quickly in the high season so do not book a boat a minute later than you can. I highly recommend booking tickets for one of the Blue Lagoon boat tours because they come with their own sun loungers and the ones at the Blue Lagoon are eye-wateringly expensive for the whole day! 1 umbrella and 2 deckchairs can cost as much as €20 on the shore!

You can book a boat that visits multiple locations other than the Blue Lagoon, and has facilities, slides, sun loungers, and TRANSPORT! It is literally a no-brainer. So do yourself a favour and take a look at availability here.

This is what you can expect in the low season after 12pm

I haven’t convinced you? Do you think you’ll get a better deal by going with local transport and finding a space on the shore without a sunbed? It’s not a terrible option for sure. If you get an early 8 am ferry from Cirkewwa ferry terminal then the Blue Lagoon Malta will basically be deserted when you rock up.

The problem is, the companies that provide the sun loungers cover the whole area like sardines. The walkways and paths are literally as tight as they possibly can be, so you will struggle to find a place to lay your towel without relegating yourself to a boulder away from the action (and to be honest they put them on the boulders as well…).

Seriously. Book a boat and concentrate on the things that matter. Swimming, drinking and catching some rays.

See some more of the best options for booking a boat below.

 

If you’re getting a tour boat (which you should be) then you’ll get there around 10-12 and spend roughly 4-6 hours at the Blue Lagoon. The party really starts going at 12 so I recommend choosing a tour around this time to maximise your party time.

If you are looking for a bit of time to psych yourself up then grab an earlier boat arriving around 10 am.

If you have decided to not buy tickets for a tour boat then get the earliest possible boat from Cirkewwa Terminal, we got one at 8.30 am which was the earliest time we could get one. Check out the Comino ferry website to book.


Peace Seeker

So you want to experience the Blue Lagoon in Malta without the crowds, rubbish, music and noise? We hear you. It really is a tranquil place. 

How & When To Get There

This one is easy. There is only one way to experience the Blue Lagoon without the crowds. You have to get there as early as possible. The earliest boat we could get was 8.30 am but this was after peak season.

The earliest boat during peak season is around 6:00 am but have a look at the Comino ferry website to see what the current times are.

The Blue Lagoon Malta in the early morning
Early Morning is the time to come if you want the Blue Lagoon to look like this.

All of the tour boats are getting there around midday so the beach is basically deserted this early in the morning, especially if you go during September/October.

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At this time, you can swim in the water and look up at the clear blue sky almost completely alone. There will be the odd other early bird and maybe some staff putting up deckchairs but by 9 am it’s already sweltering so spend the first few hours of your day relaxing and taking it all in.

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Of course, this tranquillity is not going to last all day! When the boats start rolling in, it is going to transform quite fast into the party fest it is so known for.

However, this is when you pull the pro move!

Santa Maria Bay is an easy 20-minute walk away and is always much much quieter than the Blue Lagoon. There aren’t any loungers or facilities here, but trust me when I say it is worth giving those up! Not only do you get gorgeous views on the hike to the bay, but the water is beautiful, the sand is soft and best of all, it’s peaceful!

Its a really beautiful place to relax

I would head over at around 11.30 am and get yourself a spot on the beach for the rest of the day. This is the best way to maximise the peace and quiet that you so crave.


I Want It All!

You want the quiet. You want the soul of the party. You want the cocktails and you want the peace. Well, luckily there is always a way!

How & When To Get There

There are two ways to get both experiences from the Blue Lagoon in Malta. 

#1 – Get to the Blue Lagoon nice and early on a morning ferry to Comino. Experience the peace for the first few hours of the day and then join in the party when it starts to get going at around 12 pm -1 pm. This is a pretty decent option if you want a full day at the Blue Lagoon.

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#2 – Ok, so you’re going to have to be a little bit adventurous for this one. You may know that on the other side of the Blue Lagoon is a small beach called Cominotto Beach. Well, people swim over to it and snorkel around it but throughout the day it stays much quieter than the Blue Lagoon on the main side.

Swimming over to cominottoe beach at the Blue Lagoon Malta
Swim across to this beach

So, my idea is to get all of your possessions in a waterproof bag, something like this, and swim over to Cominotto beach and set up camp there.

You’re close enough to benefit from the music and all of the facilities as it is a short swim back to the main side and you also benefit from the relative quiet of Cominotto Beach.

This is the ultimate Blue Lagoon experience in my opinion.

I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t have a waterproof bag. It’s a pretty good way to ruin your day by getting all of your stuff wet before you even begin.

For this, I would get an early Comino ferry. Check out their times here.


What To Do At The Blue Lagoon Malta

Apart from drinking, chilling, enjoying the sun and swimming? Jeez, you’re a hard-to-please bunch.

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Snorkelling

All around the Blue Lagoon Malta are fantastic rocky areas and even a reef by Cominnotto (one of the Maltese islands opposite the Blue Lagoon). These areas are teeming with life so if you have some snorkelling gear or your tour comes with it included/for hire, then take a look at the underwater life in more detail!

Water Sports

There is a little kiosk where you can hire a little boat, book parasailing, jet skis and other water sports available to do around the Blue Lagoon Malta. These won’t actually happen in the Blue Lagoon Themselves as it is not large enough but still something to pass the time!

Drinking

Your boat may have a bar but I recommend getting off and discovering some of the mobile bars at the Blue Lagoon. This is where you can find the extremely popular pineapple cocktails. This is where they have spooned out the insides of a pineapple and filled it with a cocktail. Prices are around €10 for the first but go right down to €5 for refills. I highly recommend this.

Put your damn pineapples in the bin after use!

The area surrounding the Blue Lagoon is a sea of discarded pineapples (which isn’t that bad because of decomposition) but they all have plastic straws in them. This is a really quick way to get places like this closed off.

It’s a pretty good price on the refill to be fair

Important Things To Know About The Blue Lagoon Malta

Apart from being a beautiful place on a remote island, there are a few things to note about the Blue Lagoon in Malta. It’s a dreamy place to visit but make sure you’re prepared because you won’t be able to return easily if you’ve forgotten something or if it’s not to your liking!

Accessibility

Comino is not in the slightest bit accessible. Some of the paths are straight-up hazardous if the slightest bit damp. You can still enjoy the beauty of the Blue Lagoon Malta but I highly suggest doing that from a tour boat that is accessibility-friendly, like the one below:

Shade

There is no shade on Comino, apart from under the umbrellas. If you are coming off the boat then make sure you have plenty of water and suncream. We struggled to find affordable high SPF suncream in Malta, so I’d recommend buying it before you go!

Bring Cash

We found that we could pay with a card at a few of the stalls but some of them were cash only and there are no ATMs. You should be able to pay for your drinks with your card but for things like the lockers, bring cash.

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No sand

Underwater there it is all sand which is why the lagoon is such a beautiful colour. However, the shore is a rocky area. This means that getting a sun bed is pretty much obligatory to enjoy your day – even more reason to get a tour boat!

Facilities

There are shower and toilet facilities at the Blue Lagoon Malta. They are just up the hill on the ridge.

Lockers

There is a locker van on the ridge that charges €5 – €8 for a locker for the day. You can even leave a large suitcase with them for €5. I don’t know why you would have a large suitcase on Comino but it’s nice to know there is an option!

Powerbanks

There is a power bank van so don’t worry if your phone is running low. You can pay to charge it up on the ridge above the Blue Lagoon.


Best Time To Visit The Blue Lagoon Malta

We visited the Blue Lagoon Malta at the very end of September, and it was PERFECT. Obviously, there are plenty of factors affecting this – weather, crowds, prices, tour availability – so here’s a breakdown of the year and the pros and cons of going at different times! I’ve also mentioned the best time of day to go as this depends on what you’re looking for.

March – May

March is not the warmest month but it’s certainly going to be quiet at the Blue Lagoon. Come May and you will start to be able to sunbathe comfortably and the crowds will definitely not be in full swing.

June – August

As you can imagine, these are the absolute busiest months where the temperature and crowds really soar. If you want to come during these months, expect the Blue Lagoon to be very busy and very loud. You can still have a great time of course, but this is the time to definitely book a tour to maximise your experience. 

September – October

In my opinion, this is the best time to visit the Blue Lagoon in Malta. The weather is still gorgeous and the summer crowds have left the island much quieter. You can easily get the whole place to yourself early in the morning and even at peak times, you’ll not be overwhelmed by tourists. If you can, this is the time to go.

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9 am – Midday – This is the quietest time at the Blue Lagoon as the tour/party/ferry boats all start arriving around midday. This is the best time to get some peace and quiet before it all starts to kick off in a big way.

Midday – 4pm – This is the busiest time to come and if you’re looking for a buzzing drinking day with loud music and beautiful surroundings then this is the time to come. There aren’t many places in all of Malta that can compete with the party that is The Blue Lagoon.

4 pm – Onwards – It slowly gets quieter and quieter as the day progresses as the boats and tourists all start to leave at scheduled times. If you want to enjoy the evening at the Blue Lagoon, I recommend camping at the Tal Ful camping site just above the Blue Lagoon. It’s the only place to camp on the island and is currently free of charge. Do not expect much from the campsite, however, as the area is substantially abused due to it being free. I am quite sure it will become regulated very soon.

If you’re thinking about camping in Malta anywhere, be sure to check out our complete guide to camping in Malta here.


What To Bring To The Blue Lagoon Malta

Like I mentioned before, Comino Island is remote and you can’t just jump back on a boat to the mainland if you’ve forgotten something. You’ll be able to buy food and drinks but that’s it, so make sure you come fully prepared for your day trip to the lagoon and the island!

Sunscreen

Don’t even think about stepping out in the sun without protection! This factor 50 sun cream from Sunbum is vegan, reef-safe and smells like summer, as well as being dermatologist approved! It’s non-greasy, easy to apply and doesn’t leave a white cast so you can quickly rub it in and get on with your adventures! Take a look on Amazon here.

There is not a single tree or piece of natural shade as far as the eye can see so it is very easy to burn quite badly unless you are prepared. Remember to bring sunscreen to re=apply throughout the day.

Food and Drink

Although there are food and beverage vans right at the lagoon, you can always save some money by bringing your own to drink on the beach. Just remember to clean up after yourself!

If you are thinking about walking around the island then bring much more water than you think you’ll need. The sun is literally relentless and you can become dehydrated quite quickly.

I’d recommend using one of these water reservoirs in your backpack – they keep the water relatively cool and they’re easier to carry around than a big bottle. You’ll need a bag that is designed to hold one though – this is similar to the one we use (same brand but slightly different design).

Good Footwear

You can manage in flip flops but you won’t be exploring much beyond the Blue Lagoon. If you want to even remotely explore the island then you’ll need something with laces at least. Beyond the Lagoon the paths are rocky and slippy in places.

Water shoes like these are also a good shout, the Blue Lagoon is all sand at the bottom but getting to the water you may have to walk over some rocks, depending on where you are set up.

Swimwear and Towels

If you want to swim you have to wear something right? This sounds obvious but it’s always good to put it in. Don’t forget a changing towel too – there are changing rooms at the lagoon (not Santa Marija Bay though) but if they’re busy or you can’t be bothered to get there then the above towels are a lifesaver!

Snorkelling Equipment

The boats sometimes provide this but since Covid-19 this has become a rarity. I strongly recommend bringing your own if you have any. It also makes a HUGE difference in comfort and ability to actually see anything underwater when you have your own high-quality equipment! We learnt this the hard way after years and years of renting old snorkelling gear!


Things To Avoid At The Blue Lagoon Malta

Comino Island is idyllic but there are some things that you have to be aware of when you visit. You don’t want to ruin your trip because you did something stupid!

Leaving the designated swimming spots

I strongly recommend staying within the designated swimming spots. This is for a variety of reasons. Firstly there can be quite strong currents beyond the Blue Lagoon.

Secondly, if you do get into trouble, it can be difficult to get back on land due to the high cliffs. Thirdly, and most importantly, there is a lot of boat traffic in the peak months, all of which is situated just outside the swimming zones.

Getting a Sun Bed On Land

Obviously, if you come over on an early ferry and you want to spend the whole day at the Blue Lagoon then this is your only option, so definitely do it.

However, I think there are insanely overpriced and if you get a tour boat then you will get a sunbed on the boat as well as transport. If you can do that then its a much better option.


What Else Is There To Do On Comino?

The Blue Lagoon is not the only place to see and thing to do on Comino. The island has a surprising amount of activities for something so small.

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Santa Maria Bay

This small sandy beach about 20 minutes from the Blue Lagoon is absolutely stunning and always quieter than the Blue Lagoon. It has got some beautiful swimming and incredible views and gorgeous soft white sand.

We nestled ourselves between some trees and really absorbed the tranquillity of the place. I highly recommend you check it out before you leave Comino.

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Santa Maria Bay is super quiet in the offseason

Saint Mary’s Tower

If you are already in Malta or have ever been before you will know that Malta is covered in watchtowers overlooking commanding positions, sticking out along the horizon. Well, Comino is no different and Saint Mary’s tower is a 20-minute walk from the Blue Lagoon and is worth checking out if you are a fan of the rich history in Malta.

Saint Mary's Tower close to the Blue Lagoon Malta
It’s definitely worth a visit. It has some great views

Cominotto Beach/Island

This is the small beach opposite the Blue Lagoon. You can swim across to it from the Blue Lagoon and enjoy the relative peace in comparison to the mainland. If you are spending all day at the Blue Lagoon then stick on some water shoes and swim across to have a little exploration of this tiny island.

Small but away from the crowds

Hiking

We decided that we were going to walk around the entire island to see exactly what you can see in one day. It was a gorgeous (but extremely hot) hike that I seriously recommend taking the time to do. T

The highlight of this walk has to be that very very few people do it so you can be in the middle of the island and not be able to see another human as far as the eye can see. Quite a strange feeling for somewhere so small.

Stunning views from the middle of Comino
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Saint Mary’s Battery

Whilst walking around Comino, you will eventually get to Saint Mary’s battery on the southeastern side of the Island. This is an interesting little fort sticking out over the cliffs. It has been renovated a little and has some cannons to show you what the fort would have looked like all those years ago.

You can find the battery on your walk around Comino Island

Santa Maria Caves

This is a great diving spot where you can expect hundreds of fish to swarm all around you due to this area being a popular spot for feeding the fish. I recommend having a look at Atlantis Diving for more information.

The Crystal Lagoon

This lagoon is just south of the Blue Lagoon and rivals it for crystal blue waters. Hence the name. I prefer Cominotto beach to escape the crowds but the Blue Lagoon is quite a good place as it is very close but very few people go down there compared to the main attraction (the Blue Lagoon). It’s not the most accessible so I don’t recommend taking a look unless you have decent shoes or water shoes.

Crystal Lagoon just down from the Blue Lagoon Malta
As you can see, the water is just as beautiful

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Blue Lagoon Malta?

You can book a tour, or get a ferry from Comino or Gozo. Check out the best boutique hotels in Gozo here

Is the Blue Lagoon Malta open?

The Blue Lagoon in Malta is always open but the facilities, such as food and drink vans, may not be there in the winter months.

Is the Blue Lagoon Malta worth it?

Yes. The Blue Lagoon is easily one of the best places to swim and relax in the whole of Malta. It also has some of the best facilities in the country. 

What facilities does the Blue Lagoon Malta have?

There are plenty of good facilities here including showers, toilets, changing rooms, food and drinks vans, umbrellas, sunbeds, water sports, lockers, phone chargers, camping and alcohol!

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