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St Peter’s Pool: Fun Swimming & Cliff Jumping Spot in Malta

St Peter’s Pool: Fun Swimming & Cliff Jumping Spot in Malta

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

After visiting St Peter’s Pool, I can confirm this is one of my favorite swimming and cliff-jumping locations in Malta!

St Peter’s Pool is a beautiful natural swimming pool formed by eroded limestone. It’s famous in Malta due to the crystal clear water. On a clear, sunny day, the sun reflects off the white bottom to form a beautiful blue glow in the pool.

Most people make it here to cool off and swim in the pool. Additionally, it’s quite deep, making it a great place for cliff jumping too. Ready to explore this top-tier swimming location? Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your visit!

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St Peter's Pool

Where is St Peter's Pool?

St. Peter's Pool is located close to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, near the tip of Delimara Point on the southeast coast of Malta.

While this is quite a remote location for travelers staying in tourist areas like Valletta, Sliema, or Mellieha, it makes sense to visit this iconic natural limestone pool on a day trip to the nearby villages of Marsaxlokk, Marsaskala, or Birżebbuġa.

Below I've pinned the exact location of St Peter's Pool to help you find it.

St peter's pool map

How to get to St Peter's Pool

There are three ways to reach St Peter's Pool in Malta. We decided to drive as we had a rental car during our time in Malta.

The first option is to drive to a small parking spot near the rock pool along Delimara Point. This parking spot is pinned as "Parking for St Peter's Pool". The road leading to this point is quite narrow and winding. Also, once you get down to the carpark, the road is a little rough.

The second option is to take a jet ski tour (from nearby St Thomas Bay) or one of the boat trips to St Peter's Pool. You'll find signs offering these trips in Marsaxlokk or you could book the jet ski adventure online in advance.

The third option is via public transport, stopping at the bus stop called Abdosir and walking to the pool. Below are the available routes:

  • From Valletta or Floriana: route 81
  • Airport: route 119
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Car Rentals in Malta

The best way to experience both Malta and Gozo islands is to rent your own car! I recommend booking well in advance using price comparison sites like DiscoverCars if traveling in the busy summer season.

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St peter's natural swimming pool

Arriving at The Pools

Once you arrive at the car park off the main road, you'll need to walk down a short set of stone stairs carved into the cliff.

From here, you'll see plenty of space along the flat rocks around the pool to lay down a towel and relax.

St. Peter's pool from above

My Experience at St Peter's Natural Swimming Pool

As soon as we approached the shores, we saw just how crystal clear and blue the water was here! No, it's not as clear as the famous Blue Lagoon, but it's close!

The water is very inviting for swimming, with a bright azure glow offering excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities. There's a ladder leading into the water, which means getting in and out is a breeze. Further out in the cove, you'll also find a rope marking the safe swimming area.

Furthermore, the flat rocks around the pool serve as the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean summer sun.

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Natural Pool in Malta

Swimming In The Pool

When we visited, the weather during the dry summer months of May to August gets quite hot! The water temperature in the pool usually exceeds 20-22 degrees Celsius during this time, which makes for a comfortable swim.

Tip: Just remember that the pool is quite deep. Therefore, you'll need to watch small children.

Natural limestone swimming pool in malta

Cliff Jumping into St Peters Pool

St. Peter's Pool jump height: around 4 meters

The depth in St Peter's Pool is easily deep enough to jump from the high rocks at the rounded limestone edge. The highest jump is around 4 meters, which isn't massive, but a fun jump nonetheless.

We did the jump from the middle, which, as you can see from the photo below, is the deepest part of the pool.

Remember when cliff jumping to always do a depth check first.

Malta cliff jumping location, st peter's pool

Unique Limestone Rock Formations Behind the Pool

Around the cliff face to the south, (left if looking out to the sea) travelers will find another worthwhile natural attraction. This area is a wide, flat section with some interesting rock formations and weathered limestone boulders.

This is a great photography location, especially during sunrise!

Limestone formations in delimara point, malta
Delimara point rock formations

Review: Is St Peter's Pool Worth Visiting?

During our time in Malta working with the Maltese Tourism Board, we visited and photographed over 70+ of the islands' attractions. So, how does Peter's Pool stack up?

Well, despite Malta's wealth of scenic spots, this natural pool stands out for its clear, inviting waters and for being one of the safer cliff jumping spots in Malta. Furthermore, in my opinion its remote location contributes to a less crowded experience, which resulted in a more relaxed and enjoyable visit for us than say, the Blue Lagoon.

And, that's a wrap for this quick guide to visiting St. Peters Pool in Malta. If you're looking for similar places around the island, I highly suggest the Blue Grotto. Otherwise, you'll find some more Malta travel guides below.

St peter's pool in malta
There is a line with buoys stretched out along the rocky shores, enclosing the swimming area.
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I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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