Malta is very often referred to as a little gem in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. This comes as no surprise, as it has so much to offer — from sun-kissed beaches to buildings steeped in folklore, one can never fall short of ideas of things to do around the island.
This is more so the case in summer when there are endless activities to choose from. With loads of snorkeling sites in Malta and Gozo, it’s the perfect start to an adventure holiday.
The Maltese Islands are adorned with gorgeous bays and beaches, each showing a unique characteristic. The Maltese waters are known for being rich with flora and fauna, which is why every year, many tourists look for aquatic activities, such as scuba diving and snorkeling.
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Snorkeling is especially preferred due to it being an activity that is perfect for the whole family. Adults and children alike are left in awe when witnessing the beauty that various sites around the Maltese Islands possess.
Blue Lagoon, Comino
Perhaps the most widely sought after site would arguably be the Blue Lagoon, which is situated between the the islet of Cominotto and the island of Comino. The water in the Blue Lagoon is so clear, that you can see the white sand all the way at the bottom.
This little piece of heaven has not only captivated the eyes of tourists, but also of filmmakers, who used the site as a location in scenes for productions such as the highly acclaimed Count of Monte Cristo. This site is sure to attract many snorkelers and divers.
Fomm ir-Rih Bay, Malta
Fomm Ir-Rih Bay is perhaps the most remote beach in Malta, but is certainly one of the most mesmerizing too. Fomm Ir-Rih is very much favoured by divers and snorkelers especially due to it being highly secluded. Making your way down to Fomm Ir-Rih is no easy feat.
The path is rough, steep and even slippery, and it takes around around 20 minutes to get there. The walk down the beach, however, is accompanied by fantastic views, not only of the cyan-coloured sea but also of the surrounding cliffs and valleys.
Moreover, it is without a doubt, all worth it in the end, as you get to enjoy hours of undisturbed peace and tranquillity.
Santa Maria Caves, Comino
The Santa Maria Caves are some of the most magnificent cave systems in the world. The caves are located in deep waters as well as shallow waters, which makes it a perfect site for both divers and snorkelers.
The caves are a huge attraction as they are copious with various marine creatures such as crabs, eels, morays and nudibranch. There is also the notorious banded sea bream that will swarm you to get food. This site is truly not one to miss, as the possibilities here are endless.
Hondoq Ir-Rummien, Gozo
Hondoq ir-Rummien, stunning and picturesque, is one of the most favoured spots in Gozo. It is perfect for snorkeling due to its surrounding coastline and nearby caves at water level. It also attracts many divers for its underwater life.
The sea is also one of the cleanest around the islands. The bay also enjoys views of Comino Island and the Blue Lagoon.
San Blas Bay, Gozo
Just like Ramla Bay, San Blas is famous for its bright red coloured sand and beautiful surroundings. The bay is located at the end of an area surrounded by valleys and can be reached on foot.
What makes this bay extra special is that is has been kept in its natural state, and is almost never crowded. It is quiet and ideal for relaxing under the sun. In the summertime, San Blas is a popular destination for snorkeling, and in the winter people enjoy picnics.
Wied il-Għasri, Gozo
Wied il-Għasri is a long, narrow, deep inlet, surrounded by small caves. The beach is situated further along the coast of Marsalforn in Gozo. It is surrounded by cliffs and can be accessed through a dirt track. The scenes at Wied il-Għasri are absolutely spectacular.
Close by there are also saltpans and a cave leading to the top of the steep cliffs where people used to leave buckets and ropes to bring up sea water and fill these saltpans. This haven is certainly one to attract many curious visitors.
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