the magical island of comino

one of the most beautiful paradise in Europe

Comino also called Kemmuna is the third largest island in size in the Maltese archipelago and is sandwiched between Malta and Gozo. It is almost barren and bears no signs of any early civilization.

Many people try and visit Gozo and Comino in one visit. It all depends on your time and your priorities. We recommend visiting Gozo on a separate day as there is much to be appreciated. 

People swimming and sunbathing at Blue Lagoon Malta on the island of Comino.

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To spend a whole day especially during the high season, it is advisable to arrive with an early boat and not take a tour. Arriving early gives you an advantage as the sun will still be fairly mild and Blue Lagoon will not be crowded.

During the hot months the change is visible and the pulse of this tiny island quickens considerably with the scores of people crowding on its shores and swimming in the surrounding sea.

The island remains always the best gem in the archipelago.

Facts About Comino Island

  • Over 500,000 Instagram photos have been shared.
  • The place that attracts the most cruises all through the year.
  • The most popular spot is Blue lagoon.
  • A popular destination for diving, snorkelling.
  • A car-free island with no roads.
  • Comino is the third largest island in the Maltese archipelago.
  • The island is a protected nature reserve and bird sanctuary.
  • The area measures 3.5 square kilometers (2.1 square miles).
  • Populated with 2 people.

Tours To Comino Island

A Handful Of Tours To The Island

There are plenty of Comino Malta cruises that go to the island on a daily basis.

comino and gozo boat trip

A joined boat trip to the island of Gozo and Comino on a beautiful wooden boat. Sail across the Mediterranean sea and see the island from a different perspective. This tour is operated by the Fernandes boats.

For the Italian version of the boat trip click here.

blue lagoon malta cruise

Want a full day at Comino while sailing on a beautiful catamaran? This is the perfect cruise for you. Spend a lovely day on the island of Comino and have the opportunity to sim in its crystal-clear waters.

For the Italian version of the boat trip click here.

underwater catamaran day tour

Sail to the island of Comino in a catamaran while glazing at the underwater species. A full day tour operated by the Sea Adventure Excursions is extremely worth it. See our full review as we also went on this tour and it was an unforgettable experience.

Gozo and Comino hotel in the distance.

How To Get To Comino Island

The only way to visit the island is by sea. You can either take a day cruise from three different locations or by a 15 minute boat trip from Cirkewwa beside the Gozo Channel.

There are also other options to Comino through hotels and tourist companies from various parts of the island. This can be arranged individually but probably it will cost you more as it will be tailored for your requirements.

How To Get To Comino from Bugibba jetty

Four cruise companies operate from the Bugibba Jetty, namely Sea Adventure Excursions, Hornblower Cruises, Seahorse Cruises and Mermaid Cruises.

The distance from here to the Blue Lagoon is much shorter than from Sliema.

ferry from sliema to comino

Sliema is the most popular location of departures. They depart from the Sliema Ferry promenade.

From here four main operators have their moorings: Captain Morgan Cruises, Hello Malta (Supreme Travel), Luzzu Cruises and Hera Cruises. Each one of them have a pier location along the Ferries promenade.

getting from valletta to comino

From Valletta one does not find any cruises or sea transport to take you to Comino. The best options are by taking a bus to Sliema Ferries or to Bugibba jetty from where the cruises leave always in the morning around 9:30 to 11:00. The trip to Bugibba is much longer as there are several bus stops along the way.

People camping on Comino Island.

How To Get To Comino from st. julian's

From St. Julian’s there are no boat trips or cruises. Along St. Julian’s promenade there are usually sales persons to sell cruises and mostly Hop-on Hop-off tickets.

The closest location to St. Julian’s to buy tickets and to embark for cruises, is by going to Sliema either by walk around 25 minutes, or taking a bus which passes along the seafront promenade, duration around 10 minutes. Several bus numbers pass use this route.

boat transportation from malta

The various boat trips depart from Malta at Marfa (Opposite Labranda Riviera Hote and Spa), Cirkewwa ferry terminal and from Mgarr harbour in Gozo.

the gozo ferry boats

Although the Gozo ferry makes continuous trips between Malta and Gozo, it does not have a mooring point in Comino. It can never do such trips as there are no facilities on the island for such big boats.

best Comino & Gozo Cruises

What to do In Comino

Why should we come here? Is it worth coming during our holiday in Malta?

A definite yes and it all depends on your interests and time available. Depending on your time available, Comino deserves some time for a much detailed visit.

There is not much that you can do on the island apart from walking around and see the few sites along the island. Comino is pretty much nearly inhabited so you will not find any commercial shops.

If you wish to explore the island, it will be tough with high temperatures. To do so you have to be organized with water, hats, sunblock, and sunglasses. Even if you do not intend exploring around, do take what has been suggested. A mobile is always handy for photos but especially for safety reasons as you will be walking around in a new environment. Waling on the rugged landscape surely requires a closed shoes not a filflop.

blue lagoon malta

At the Blue Lagoon the sea is crystal clear, cyan water, with a brilliant white sandy base. This picturesque bay is a must see. It is a place very popular for day trippers to post photos on Instagram.

At the same time since it is heavily visited during the peak summer months, it tends to be very overcrowded during this time of year. There is a small sandy beach on each side of the Blue Lagoon.

Blue Lagoon will be very crowded during these months especially during July and August.

santa marija bay

Santa Marija Bay is small beautiful bay where you can sunbathe on the sand, stay under the trees for shade, swim or have a snack at the kiosk.

One can wander around and visit the Santa Maria watch tower which is 35 minutes on foot from the Blue Lagoon, the Knights of Malta battery on the seashore located facing Malta.

There is not much that you can do but you can walk up to the Santa Maria tower which will take you around 35 minutes, then the barracks, walk along the seashore cliffs, walking to the hotel on the other side of the island.

st. nicholas bay

St. Nicholas Bay is adjacent to the Comino hotel a fairly large inlet where at far inside there are two small bays. Crystal clear beautiful water which goes from very shallow sand to deep sea ideal for snorkelling. In summer this area is reserved for the hotel facilities with sunbeds and umbrellas for visitors.

st. mary's tower

The Santa Maria tower is located on a high vintage point purposely built by the Knights of St. John in 1618 for defence and to provide communication between the Cittadella Gozo and Mdina.

Today it is restored and can be visited on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays April to October. Opening hours 10.30 to 15.00 subject that the flag is flying and this will indicate that it is open for visitors.

The most historical location which will make you spark is the historical tower. It will be wise to check from before if it will be open so that you can go up on the roof for the great view and photos as memory of your visit. You can check on the Din l'art Helwa site for opening hours and mobile number.

Santa Maria Tower on the island of Comino in the distance.

santa maria batteries

Saint Mary's Battery is located on the far end side to protect the channel between Malta and Comino. Built by the Knights of St. John between 1715 to 1716 as an artillery battery as part of the coastal fortifications. Today it is restored and is open to the public all year round. It is a long walk for those wish to visit especially during summer.

do a selection of water sports

If you love diving dedicate time for such an incredible experience. Various dives are available especially the Santa Maria coves and the P31.

During the high season when the hotel is open you can hire canoes and paddle along the coast and to the Santa Maria caves.

hike around the island

If you are a trecker, during the winter months Comino is considered as one of the places to hike. Roaming around Comino is considered as the best hiking trails.

st. mary's chapel

The small chapel is dedicated to the Return of the Holy Family from Egypt. It is located adjacent to Santa Maria Bay. It used to serve the local community but today it is still used for Sunday mass. It is a small chapel. It was built in 1618 during the same time when the tower was built.

Comino Barracks

Comino Barracks are located just north of Santa Maria Tower. They were built by the Knights of St. John some time after the tower in 1618. During emergencies the garrison manning the tower counted up to 60 soldiers. The barracks located in such an isolated area, were subsequently used by the British as an isolation hospital. Later on also during WWI and WWII.

The cemetery located in the centre of the island of Comino.

Cominotto Island

Cominotto is sometimes also referred to as Cominetto. Also in Maltese as Kemmunett. This little island is totally uninhabited and is very easily accessible by swimming over the very short distance from the shore of Comino to Cominotto sandy beach which is very small and the ideal location to land on this little island. 

Comino Hotel

The hotel and bungalows are both located on the other side of the island at St. Nicholas and St. Mary’s bays. The hotel is open for around April to October where it is very busy with tourists and Maltese. It is the occasion to come to a quiet location beautiful location away from all the noise of every day life.

Walking to the hotel from the Blue Lagoon takes around 10 minutes. At the hotel you can make use of the bar and reception seating area all air-conditioned. Outside table for eating and drinks are available.

The History of Comino Island

For many centuries, Comino Island remained uninhabited as people were probably afraid to live there due to the frequent attacks and hostile landings from pirates, smugglers, corsairs and Turks. When the Knights of St. John arrived in Malta it became important for them in various other ways.

Today it is very popular for the Blue Lagoon, with numerous cruises all through the year. But what about the history of the island! Did it ever cross your mind that a history trail could also be interesting to read about!

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