The Very Best Day Trip To Gozo and Comino [Blue Lagoon] From Malta


Last Updated on 19 March 2024

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Introducing the best Gozo and Blue Lagoon tour…

Day trips are the perfect way to see and experience more of the world when you’re short on time, and Malta is no different! Malta’s sister islands of Comino and Gozo are must-sees on your itinerary for Malta, given their outstanding natural beauty and Mediterranean charm! Comino is Malta’s third largest island, and is home to the famous Blue Lagoon which is one of the most unique places to visit in Europe. Gozo is the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago, and is a charming place with a jagged coastline, green countryside and beautiful cities and villages! And if you’re looking for a recommendation for the best day trip to Gozo and Comino from Malta, then here it is… 

Cathedral of Assumption, Gozo - A day trip to Gozo and Comino from Malta with Sea Adventure Excursions
Cathedral of Assumption, Gozo

Note: Sea Adventure Excursions offer different options for boat trips to Gozo and Comino. You can visit both islands, or miss Gozo and stay at Comino’s Blue Lagoon for longer. I highly recommend doing the Gozo and Comino boat tour to get a taste of both of Malta’s sister islands! You can find information on how to book a trip at the end of this post.

Who are Sea Adventure Excursions?

When I visited Malta, I opted to book a one day trip to Comino and Gozo with Sea Adventure Excursions after reading good reviews for the company on TripAdvisor. Sea Adventure Excursions offer a range of different Malta sightseeing boat tours on their catamaran, Sea Adventure! What makes Sea Adventure that little bit special (and the reason I booked to go with them) is that they have 3 water-slides and an underwater viewing area. Along with this, they have all the standard amenities, like sundecks, sun loungers, toilets, and a bar.

Tip: Food and drinks are not included in the price of a boat trip. You can take your own supplies aboard, dine in Gozo or Xlendi, or purchase snacks on board the catamaran. 

Where does the boat trip depart from?

Sea Adventure departs from the tourist town of Bugibba located on the northeast coast of Malta. It’s a stone’s throw away from Qawra and St Paul’s Bay, and a short drive from other well known hotspots like Sliema, St Julians and Valletta. Transfers to/from the departure port in Bugibba are not included in the price of the boat trip, so you’ll need to factor this into the cost if you’re not staying in Bugibba. You can book these through Sea Adventure Excursions for an additional fee, or make your own arrangements. Personally, I booked my transfers through Sea Adventure Excursions as I stayed in St Julians.

Popular areas of MaltaApprox. driving distance to Bugibba
Mellieha~8km (~5 miles)
Mdina~8km (~5 miles)
St Julians~11km (~7 miles)
Rabat~12km (~7.5 miles)
Sliema~14km (~9 miles)
Valletta~19km (~12 miles)
Marsaxlokk~24km (~14.5 miles)
Mgarr Harbour Gozo Channel Line Ferry - A day trip to Gozo and Comino from Malta with Sea Adventure Excursions
The Gozo Channel Line in Mgarr Harbour, Gozo

Itinerary for day trip to Gozo and Comino from Malta

Stop 1: Comino Island and the Blue Lagoon

Departing from the town of Bugibba in the morning and bound for Comino Island, you’ll cruise alongside Malta’s dramatic rocky coastline with its impressive cliffs and geological features. As you sail across the water, be sure to look out for the Statue of St Paul on St Paul’s Island which marks where St Paul became shipwrecked in around 60AD. With all the wonderful scenery around you, you’ll arrive at Comino Island in no time, which is the first stop on your Comino-Gozo day trip!

Comino Island is home to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon which is one of the natural wonders of Europe and is where you’ll dock. It is located off the north coast of Malta and is the third largest of the Maltese archipelago! Located in between Malta and Gozo, the Blue Lagoon is most famous for its azure waters. You’ll have around 1 hour here (around 4 hours if you opt to do the day trip to Comino from Malta not including Gozo) to explore the island and swim in the crystal clear waters!

Tip: Take your own towels with you if you plan on swimming in the Blue Lagoon. And even if you don’t, take them anyway because you might not be able to resist the allure of the aqua blue waters! Oh, and don’t forget your swimwear! 

If you opt to take a wander of Comino Island, you’ll find that it is a mostly uninhabited 3.5 square kilometre island, with a population of herbs and flowers and one hotel. But seeing as you only have 1 hour, you’ll probably want to spend most of your time enjoying the Blue Lagoon and boat facilities, especially the slides and underwater windows due to the abundance of marine wildlife! (note: I went in November so it was very quiet on Comino and at the Blue Lagoon but I’ve heard it can be a pretty crowded place in peak months, so just be mindful of that)

Tip: There are rentable lockers aboard the ship to store your valuables in, so you don’t need to worry about them being left unattended whilst you unleash your inner child on the slides!

Blue Lagoon at Comino - A day trip to Gozo and Comino from Malta with Sea Adventure Excursions
Sea Adventure docked on the Blue Lagoon, Comino Island

Stop 2: Victoria (Gozo)

Once your hour’s up at the Blue Lagoon, it’s time to board the catamaran bound for Gozo which is just a short stretch away. Gozo is located northwest of Comino and is Malta’s second largest sister island. You will have 3 hours in Gozo and will arrive at Mgarr Harbour. From here you have the option to go off and explore solo, or to utilise the land transport offered by Sea Adventure Excursions for an additional small fee to help you to see the island.

Tip: I paid the extra charge for land transport on my day trip to Gozo. I’d recommend you do this for ease and to maximise your sightseeing time. You’ll jump aboard a minibus and be ferried up to Victoria before heading across to the coastal village of Xlendi.

The Citadel, Gozo
Views over the fields from the Citadel in Gozo
The Citadel, Gozo

Victoria (known locally as Ir-Rabat) is the capital city of Gozo, and if you ever have a little more time would make for one of the best summer city break destinations in Europe. Taking centre stage of Victoria is the UNESCO World Heritage Citadel. The Citadel is an ancient fortification which has served as refuge from attacks over the years, and hidden within its walls is a whole other world of quaint lanes, museums, and cathedrals. One of the best things to do in Victoria is to wander the Citadel, and be sure not to miss the sweeping countryside views from the top of its high walls. 

But Victoria is more than the iconic Citadel, and is home to a network of charming streets and sociable squares below its fort. St George’s Square is one of the most famous squares in Victoria to visit, and is lined with many bistros and bars. But if you want a quiet spot to enjoy a frothy coffee and a slice of cake, then head to Rizzles Cafe and Dolceria at St Francis Square before heading back to the bus stop!

St Francis Square in Victoria (Ir-Rabat), Gozo
St Francis Square in Victoria

Stop 3: Xlendi (Gozo)

If you’ve paid the additional charge for land transportation, after visiting Victoria you’ll be driven to a charming seaside village called Xlendi. Now admittedly, I did this trip in November so it was a little chilly and the waves in the cove were quite fierce, but this did not take away from how stunning it was. Xlendi is a quaint little place hemmed in by large cliffs either side, and is the ideal place for a spot of lunch with fantastic ocean views! 

Stop 4: The Crystal Lagoon

Once your time has come to an end in Xlendi, you’ll be transported back to Mgarr Harbour to board Sea Adventure once again. As you head back towards Malta nearing the end of your Gozo and Comino tour, you’ll stop off at the Crystal Lagoon for around 1 hour, for swimming, snorkelling, and sliding (note: the boat only stops at the Crystal Lagoon if the weather permits and does not stop here from October-May)! After the Crystal Lagoon, you will sail back to Bugibba and if you’re lucky will be able to watch the sunset over Malta island! 

Sunset over Malta on return journey following day trip to Gozo and Comino with Sea Adventure Excursions
Sunset over Malta

Summary of day trip to Gozo and Comino from Malta

The only down-side I can possibly identify from this day trip to Gozo and the Blue Lagoon is that it was a little chilly, but this is completely beyond the control of Sea Adventure Excursions and is due to the fact that I went in November! So if you’re looking to explore the two islands that neighbour Malta and want to take a day tour for ease because you’re short on time, I would highly recommend Sea Adventure Excursions. I felt like I had enough time to get acquainted with each destination, the boat had fantastic amenities, it was well organised and was good value for money! I certainly plan to do it again on my next trip to Malta… 

Tip: If you’re doing this Comino and Gozo day trip from Malta between October and May, it’s advisable to take a light jacket or jumper with you because the sea breeze can be crisp! 

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*Not all boats have water slides and underwater viewing areas, and facilities may differ. Itinerary, schedules and other details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change (this post is based on my experience only). Please check Sea Adventure Excursions website for up to date information and prices.

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The best day trip to Gozo and Comino Blue Lagoon from Malta
The best day trip to Gozo and Comino Blue Lagoon from Malta