Day Trip to the Blue Lagoon in Comino

Wedged between Malta and Gozo in the Mediterranean Sea, Comino is the smallest island in the Maltese Archipelago. This sparsely-populated and aesthetically stunning island woos beach enthusiasts and nature-lovers from around the world with its otherworldly landscapes and impossibly blue waters. The island’s main attraction is the Blue Lagoon–a patch of shimmering turquoise water that has become one of Malta’s main tourist draws in recent years.

The Blue Lagoon in Comino (not to be confused with Iceland’s Blue Lagoon) is one of the country’s most beloved swimming holes. This sheltered inlet is packed to the brim with day-trippers. And for good reason. The lagoon’s water is brilliant and warm. The surrounding arid landscape is a breathtaking tapestry of browns, greens and oranges. And the sweeping views of nearby Malta and Gozo are unparalleled.

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I visited the Blue Lagoon as a day trip from St Julian’s after two wonderful days of exploring Malta’s fortified cities. Visiting the Blue Lagoon without a tour is easy, rewarding and inexpensive.

To reach the coveted swimming hole, I took a public bus along Malta’s eastern coast–past Paceville, Bugibba and Ghadira Bay–to the town of Marfa. Once I arrived in Marfa, I bought a €10 roundtrip boat ticket from Comino Ferries Co-op and embarked on the 25 minute journey to Malta’s smallest island.

Due to a lazy morning at my hostel, I arrived at the Blue Lagoon in the early afternoon, when boatloads of tourists had already inundated the beach. Since the area was incredibly crowded, I took a quick dip in the aquamarine lagoon, before gathering my things and finding a quiet place to sit and soak in the view.

From a solitary outcrop of rocks away from the crowds, I admired the ocean’s patchwork of turquoise, sapphire, cobalt and navy.

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With a total area of only 3.5 square kilometers, Comino is devoid of bustling cities or towns. In fact, Apart from one hotel and four permanent residents, the island is virtually uninhabited. Comino is car-free and contains no roads. It is worlds away from the chaotic humdrum of nearby Malta.

natural-arches-comino-maltaAfter relishing the views of my surroundings, I slowly made my way toward St Mary’s tower. The tower is Comino’s most prominent architectural feature. It was built in the 1600s to defend the islands of Malta and Gozo from the Ottoman Turks and to deter pirates and smugglers from using Comino as a hiding place.

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The island of Comino is an arid wilderness with jagged cliffs, small sandy beaches and a coastline that has been sculpted by the ocean waves over time. Though difficult to explore from land, the return boat trip from Comino to Marfa allowed me to take a close look at the sea caves and natural arches that litter the island’s coast.

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I still had a few hours of daylight to spare after returning to Marfa from Comino, so I chose to take bus 101 to Golden Bay on Malta’s western shores.

Golden Bay is home to one of the softest stretches of sand in Malta and is arguably the island’s best beach. In a country that is not particularly known for its sandy beaches, Golden Bay stands out among the fray with its gilded grains of powdery sand.

Like the Blue Lagoon in Comino, Golden Bay can be packed with tourists. By the time I reached the beach, however, most day trippers had already gone back to their respective hotels and I had the stretch of sand largely to myself.

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Lounging on the soft sands of Golden Bay was the perfect way to cap off my relaxing day trip to Comino. As I waited for the sun to set, I lay down on the beach, closed my eyes and listened to the soundtrack of gently lapping waves–drifting peacefully in and out of sleep and temporarily forgetting that my impromptu vacation to Malta was already halfway over.

Erika Bisbocci

Erika Bisbocci

Erika is an avid traveler and explorer of over seventy countries on five different continents. Since 2011, she has spent time studying Arabic in the Middle East, teaching English in Namibia and working as a flight attendant for a major US airline. When not traveling overseas, she loves exploring her own backyard in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
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Erika is an avid traveler and explorer of over seventy countries on five different continents. Since 2011, she has spent time studying Arabic in the Middle East, teaching English in Namibia and working as a flight attendant for a major US airline. When not traveling overseas, she loves exploring her own backyard in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

20 Comments

  1. subhadrika sen

    The lagoon looks beautiful. it is a place i would definitely enjoy with friends or family on a lazy sunday. Your photographs have beautifully captured the essence of the place.

  2. Looks fantastic, I think especially given that Comino is entirely car-free?! Exactly how natural attractions like the Blue Lagoon should be experienced – in silence 🙂

  3. Though I’ve already been to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, I really want to experience the Blue Lagoon in Comino too. You have inspired me to see this lagoon’s patchwork of blue water in person. It looks so lovely in your photos.
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  4. What a beautiful lagoon! It looks so peaceful and relaxing, i’d love to visit here myself!
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  5. The scenery looks stunning! The colour of the water is amazing. I’ve never heard of Comino and will definitely be checking it out when I visit Europe next year.

  6. The rugged cliffs contrasting with the lovely blue-green colors make a spectacular setting. I’m sure you had a fantastic time.

  7. Thank you for clarifying that this was not the same Blue Lagoon as in Iceland because I was starting to think I had been wrong about the location all these years. LOL Certainly a beautiful place to visit. I was just reading some posts about Malta earlier and thinking I would like to visit it.
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  8. The lagoon is enchanting. The island being literally uninhabited makes it a great attraction. It would be wonderful to swim in the lagoon and spend some secluded time on the island.
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  9. I never heard of this but it looks so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  10. That looks like a laid back place. It would be refreshing to take a swim in those clear waters.

  11. Oh wow, this places looks incredible! I am definitely going to have to put this place on the list. Malta just looks so beautiful.

  12. Looks very peaceful. I like that it’s car-free. Would love to go for a stroll and swim.
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  13. i love how nature sculpted this amazing lagoon.. it is really worth to find a place to enjoy solitude to enjoy and experience more the beauty of nature like this…

  14. Looks like the Grand Canyon but with a lot of turquoise waters. And all those little caves there looks like a diver’s paradise. What a great way to spend the day in Malta. (which by the way is one of my favorite places to visit!)
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  15. Oh my goodness… the description of that soft, soft sand with the blues of the water, and the curves of those rocks… Heavenly! I’m a Geography teacher, and we’ve been talking about Malta this week, so I’ll have to be sure to mention Comino, too.
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  16. What an amazing place to visit, you’re very lucky! Will definitely add this to my bucket list!

  17. The water here is really blue. The kind of blue that I love. And the sand on golden bay does look very soft. No wonder it is considered the best beach. Glad you had a wonderful trip

  18. Thanks for highlighting Comino. Love the idea of visiting this off the beaten track location. From your pictures and description, it looks beautiful and sound amazing. Will have to add this to my list of places to check out. Thanks 🙂

  19. Awwwieee this place is amazing! I’m an ocean girl and I just love what I see here. Hope you had a great time❤️

  20. Wow I never even heard of this island! Now added to my bucketlist of places to visit! The waters are so blue and clear you would think you’re in the Caribbean! Love the post xx

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