Discover the best of the Maltese islands with these 6 epic Malta boat trips.
Looking for some fun activities you can do during your summer holiday in Malta? You’ve come to the right place!
I spent several weeks exploring every inch of these beautiful islands, taking historical harbor cruises around Valletta and the Three Cities, as well as private charters to my personal favorite spot– Comino Island’s Blue Lagoon.
In this travel guide, I’ll be outlining the best boat trips to take in Malta to help you plan your visit and explore more of this incredible country.
By Olly Gaspar, traveler, travel blogger & photographer for 5+ years with 600+ published travel guides. I visit every place I write about & share real tips from what I learn.
1. Comino, Blue Lagoon & Gozo Full-Day Boat Cruise
This epic 2 Island Boat Cruise is a great option that I always recommend. It's a great time saver as it allows you to experience the top attractions on both Gozo and Comino including the Comino Caves, The Blue Lagoon, and highlights on Gozo like the Citadel in Victoria and Xlendi Bay!
Departing from the Buġibba, the boat cruise starts off with a tour of the most spectacular rocky cliffs, caves, and historical landmarks, such as St Paul’s Islands and Santa Maria caves. Make sure you have your camera ready for some incredible shots because this is one of the most picturesque places in the country!
Then, Captain Kevin takes passengers for a 1.5-hour stop in the crystal clear waters of Blue Lagoon, Comino. You can swim and snorkel, catch some rays on the upper deck, make a splash from the boat’s slide or simply take in the incredible surroundings.
The boat will then set sail to the island of Gozo, where you’ll have 3 hours dedicated to sightseeing. You can either book a shuttle bus on the day to take you to Victoria and Xlendi Bay or opt to do your own thing via public transport. (I recommend taking the local bus as it's cheap and easy).
As the boat cruise makes its way back to Malta, you’ll pass by more natural wonders such as the Crystal Lagoon, sea caves, and St Mary’s Tower.
2. Lazy Pirate Boat Party
Fancy a night out with a difference? The Lazy Pirate Boat Party is one of the best boat trips you can book if you’re traveling with a large group of friends or if you’re a solo traveler who’s interested in mingling with new people.
The famous “Fernandez 2” departs Sliema Ferries at approximately 6:30 pm. Expect great tunes from the DJ, lots of dancing, spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, and an open bar jam-packed with spirits, beers, and soft drinks.
What’s more, you can also head to the afterparty in Paceville after the boat returns to Sliema at around midnight.
Needless to say, the Lazy Pirate Boat Party has all the right ingredients for a memorable night out if that's what you're looking for from a Maltese boat trip!
3. Marsamxett Harbour & Grand Harbour Cruise by Night
Beat the heat with one of the best boat tours that will take you around the spectacular Marxamxett & Grand Harbour night cruise.
This delightful guided harbor cruise will give you a taste of Malta’s rich history and culture as you sail into Marsamxett Harbour (on the Sliema Side) as well as the Grand Harbour (Valletta Waterfront and Three Cities).
Throughout this 90-minute tour, complete with an ongoing commentary, you’ll also get the chance to visit 10 creeks. This is a boat tour that is great for those who want to learn about the unique history of these harbours.
Experiencing the historic harbour by night was one of my favorite boat experiences in Malta. Seeing the city light up some of the most significant fortifications surrounding Malta’s capital, Valletta was something I'll never forget.
Before heading back to its departure point in Sliema, the boat tour ends with a visit to the Three Cities – Senglea, Cospicua, and Vittoriosa.
4. Private Boat Charters to Comino Blue Lagoon
Are you looking to book a more exclusive trip to Comino? As much as I enjoy group tours, a private boat charter reserved just for you and your group of traveling friends is arguably a much more freeing experience since you can excursion that can be catered towards your tastes and preferences (without having to wait in queues).
I've had great experiences going on private boat trips with Outdoor Explorers. This is a local business run by two brothers and they showed us some secret caves we would have missed outherwise.
Whichever private boat tour you book, in Malta, you will have the option to book a private boat tour for half a day, a full day, or a sunset tour. Amongst the perks that come with a private boat trip to Comino, you’ll get to choose the pick-up point and the stops you’d like the skipper to make along the way.
Based on my experience, I highly recommend planning a route that will include stops at the Blue Lagoon and Crystal Lagoon as well as some of the most fascinating sea caves such as Popeye’s Cave, the Lovers Cave, and the Santa Marija Caves. However, make sure to plan with your skipper as they'll be able to show you some local sites as well.
You can swim, sunbathe on deck and use the snorkeling equipment that is almost always provided on board to explore hidden gems and marine life. What’s more, you can bring your own food on board or ask the skipper to make a couple of stops along the way.
And on that note, here are some of my favourite private charters that offer the best boat trips to Comino, Blue Lagoon.
Outdoor Explorers Private Boat Charter to Comino
The private boat trip with Outdoor Explorers was one of my favorite highlights of my trip to Malta. Run by two local brothers, they offer flexible trips to ensure you get ample time on your hands to truly make the most of your day in Comino.
Jump in the clear waters, explore and snorkel all the hidden gems below the surface, catch some rays and so much more! I especially liked the flexibility they offered me to plan an island hopping itinerary and they offered to pick me up from my hotel which was very convenient.
4-hour Private Boat Trip & Comino Charter
If you're looking for a private boat tour that is easier on the wallet, this 4-hour private boat trip and charter on Viator is a great bet. This trip is run by Johnny, a local who is well known for his expertise and knowledge around the islands.
He offers pickup in Mgarr, Gozo or Cirkewwa and the 4-hour trip includes stops at the magnificent sights, sea caves and beaches around Comino including:
- Blue Lagoon
- San Niklaw Bay
- Santa Marija Bay
3-Hour Sunset Private Boat Trip
It's no secret, the best sunset spot in Malta is from a private boat on the water! And, with this sunset boat trip, you can have this experience, as long as you book ahead!
I recommend this tour for couples and small groups who’d like to explore the Maltese Islands during a quieter time of the day. Since this is a sunset private boat trip, expect glorious hues as the sun sets over the crystal clear waters of Comino and Gozo.
5. Ultimate Kayak Adventure
One of my favorite experiences in Malta was a guided kayaking adventure on the south coast.
This is one of the best boat trips allows you to discover Malta’s hidden gems that are scattered along the south coast of Malta. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced kayaker, you’ll be given some tips and tricks from the instructor before you head out but they will base the itinerary on your skill level.
To name a few, you’ll stop by scenic spots such as the Munxar Window and Hofriet Window. What’s more, you can also bring along your snorkelling gear to discover more treasures under the sea.
6. Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk Half-Day Tour from Valletta
After setting sail from Valletta, you’ll start off with a stop in Blue Grotto, where you’ll get to see the actual site as well as other nearby rock formations and sea caves. Meanwhile, Marsaxlokk is known for its traditional luzzu fishing boats as well as the famous Sunday market.
I think this is one of the best boat tours to take in Malta, especially if you’re pressed for time since you'll get to see two iconic spots in one day!
What are the best boat trips to take in Malta?
The best boat trips to take to Malta include tours around the main island, Gozo, the Blue Lagoon, and Crystal Lagoons in Comino, as well as other hidden gems and sea caves located on the Maltese coastline.
Where do you get the boat to the Blue Lagoon in Malta?
The two main departure points to get the boat to the Blue Lagoon in Malta are Sliema Ferries and Buġibba. If you’re interested in booking a private tour, you can customise the pick-up location according to your liking.
More Travel Blogs for Malta
I hope this quick travel guide has helped you find an epic boat tour to book for your trip to the Maltese Islands! If you have any further suggestions, please let me know in the comments below!
- 70+ Things to do in Malta - my ultimate Maltese Travel Guide covering all the must-see attractions and hidden gems in the archipelago.
- 16 Things to do on Comino - my detailed guide to the island of Comino
- 40 Amazing Things to do on Gozo - I explored every corner of Malta's sister island of Gozo to form this comprehensive travel guide
- Best Beaches in Malta - a thorough beach guide covering the most popular spots and plenty of hidden gems
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- 26 Things to do in Valletta - I cover my favorite things to do in Malta's capital
- Top Sunset Spoints in Malta - wind down your day at one of these epic sunset locations in Malta
- The Malta Blue Lagoon Guide - the most up-to-date resource on visiting Malta's most popular natural attraction, the Blue Lagoon!
- Accommodation resources: Looking for places to stay? Read my guide to finding where to stay in Malta. Or, for a unique stay, check out this list of great Boutique Hotels in Gozo and more Boutique Hotels in Valletta.