Hiring a boat in Malta is the ideal way to explore its unique coast. Your sailing trip can extend from Malta to Comino and Gozo which all make up the three main islands of the Maltese archipelago. With a typically Mediterranean climate, rainy winters and hot summers, stable temperature and countless beaches and bays in Malta, you can enjoy a perfect sailing holiday. Malta has several unique marinas where you can find the ideal catamaran, sailboat or motor yacht of your choice. For the ideal boat you can directly contact the owners or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of available options:
You can book and hire a sailboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise around the Maltese coastline. You also have the opportunity to hire a motorboat or speedboat, their fast cruising speed will allow you to visit multiple beaches and bays you desire. Book and hire a catamaran for special events or even for snorkeling opportunities in the infamous Blue lagoon of Comino. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat for a week or two to explore the Sicilian coast in Italy for the most memorable experiences.
Malta is situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, 60 miles off the coast of Sicily and 180 miles north of Libya. The Maltese archipelago is made up of the three main islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino which are inhabited, and Filfia, Cominotto and St.Paul which are uninhabited smaller islands. If you want to combine your sightseeing boat tours with the city you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the famous Hypogeum known for its prehistoric and mysterious temples, the Knights of St. Johns where the eight-pointed Maltese cross was adopted and the Harbour of Valletta which is an important hub dating back to Maltese maritime history and is one of the most impressive ports in the world that has continuously brought a large influx of foreign yachts. Birgu in Malta is also a historic city with a beautiful waterfront, here you can visit Fort St. Angelo which offers excellent panoramic views, the city is also a Centre of seafaring activity for almost a millennium. You have many things to do in this small island paradise before you begin your sailing trip with your friends and family.
If you cruise around Malta on a full day tour, you will come across various pristine beaches and bays between Comino and Gozo. Your trips can start from the Harbour of Valletta, the harbour town of Msida or for an alternative sailing route from the harbour of Mgarr in Gozo. With the option to start from whichever marina you please, you have the opportunity to experience the perfect three-island sailing trip (Malta, Gozo, Comino). One cannot miss heading up to the Blue Lagoon in Comino which is one of the best beaches in Malta, many referring them to the Caribbean waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling with a catamaran or speedboat. The Blue Lagoon of Comino is also situated between Malta and its sister island Gozo which marks a popular trip that many charterers offer on the BednBlue platform. The island of Comino has no roads and plenty of anchorages such as the Crystal Lagoon only accessible by boat. The crystal clear waters will ensure you have a great swim, at the end of the bay you can also get to see St Mary’s Tower which was featured in “The Count Of Monte Cristo'' (a spectacular novel which became a classic movie). If you want to extend your sailing cruise you have the option to spend an overnight at Cominotto which has a calm anchorage and offers several hiking opportunities.
If you prefer a day cruise in Malta, Comino to Gozo is only 20 minutes away allowing you tour around the islands without stopping, a motor yacht may be the best option if you have limited time. On your boat trip you can pass by St. Paul’s Bay which has amazing sun-bathing spots and enchanting open sea views. If you have more time available, Mellieha Bay is another great stop offering endless activities such as: water-skiing, jet skis and windsurfing since intense underwater currents are almost never experienced. Popeye village is in close proximity and Popeye the movie starring Robin Williams was filmed here back in 1979, today the tiny picturesque inlet brings lots of visitors. Heading to Gozo, you can dock in Mgarr marina where you will come across unspoiled landscapes, several vineyards and quiet and peaceful bays that can only be accessed with a yacht. Here you have several options, you can simply go in-land, visit several temples and religious attractions, enjoy the Gozitan food and stroll along the streets of Rabat at the heart of the city. Your charter experience can be extended for a two-day or three-day cruise where you can keep exploring various bays including Ramla Bay and the beaches of Xlendi and Slan Blas where you will be impressed with the sandy bottom and crystal clear waters.
You also have the option to rent a boat in Sliema in the north-east of Malta for a more exclusive experience, St Julian’s bay is packed with bars and restaurants, and further down you can visit Kantra Beach Club followed by a great swim in St.Peter’s Pool known for its blue waters and divine grottos. Marsaxlokk is a great stop you can add to your charter experience in Malta, you will come across some of the oldest religious temples in the world and brightly colored fishing boats by the beautiful bay of Marsaskala. Finally, a boat trip to the Blue grotto of Malta on the far west of the island is not to be missed, snorkeling in the crystal blue sea of Zurieq’s valley within beautiful rock formations will steal your heart.
Malta sailing experiences can be combined with Sicily and the Aeolian islands. Malta to Sicily can take 90 minutes with a motorboat or a high speed catamaran where you can dock into the ports of Pozzallo and Catania. Catania is the liveliest city of Sicily, you can also explore Mt.Etna which is the highest active volcano in Europe. Syracuse is a UNESCO world heritage site, here you can better understand the Sicilian history which was colonized by the Greeks, the Ear of Dionysius is an interesting attraction site. For an excellent Mediterranean yacht charter experience, you can sail to the Aeolian islands that attract illustrious travelers from all over the world who want to immerse in paradise lands and uncontaminated nature.
Alternative sailing journeys from Malta that can be included in weekly charters involve traveling to Linosa island and Lampedusa. Linosa and Lampedusa form the Pelagie islands of Sicily and hold many surprises for sailing enthusiasts. The colorful marine life including turtles and dolphins, the shallow waters and various sheltered bays make it a great cruising ground for many catamarans and sailboats. The islands are ideal for those who want to explore anonymous beaches and escape from the crowds and will guarantee an unforgettable sailing holiday.
Marinas and Airports grouped together for your yacht charter in Malta:
How to Get There - Malta International Airport is the only airport which operates services to and from all major airports in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Grand Harbour Marina, Valletta: a world class super yacht marina with a capacity for yachts up to 100m. Has perfect facilities and provisions for all sailors and sailing enthusiasts. Also offers an atmospheric setting with trendy and chic bars.
Marina di Valletta, Pieta: Has a berthing capacity for 210 yachts, luxury vessels included and great services.
Roland Marina, Ta’Xbiex: A sheltered marina with excellent yachting facilities and suppliers, offers electricity needs to all vessels.
Distance from Roland Marina to the airport is only 15 minutes, transport from the marina can be provided.
Msida Marina: another great option instead of Roland Marina. This marina offers 720 berths for yachts up to 22m in length with all the provisions necessary.
Malta Airport to Msida: 6,7 km, 11 minutes.
Mgarr Matina, Gozo: lies in a beautiful fishing village and offers 208 berths for all types of yachts. Professional services and amenities to all vessels
ferries also connect Malta to Pozzallo & Catania in Sicily.
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