Visiting Comino by Ferry during Covid-19

Comino Boat Tour

With Malta’s heatwaves, there’s nothing better than having a relaxing boat day, looking at the spectacular views of the Maltese islands while having a cool drink and getting a much-needed tan. Even though the Covid-19 pandemic has put a large dent in most people’s plans. Ebsons Comino Ferries are offering inexpensive boat travels from Malta and Gozo to Comino and back which will lift up your spirits whilst keeping the Comino ferry covid free!

The standard Comino boat

One way to go about travelling to Comino during the Coronavirus pandemic is by using the general Comino ferry. This departs from the Mgarr Harbour in Gozo to the beautiful Blue Lagoon beach in Comino. Although you’ll be with people who you don’t know on the ferry, the Covid-19 restrictions in place will surely allow you to enjoy your day off in the open air and keep the Gozo Comino ferry covid free. The use of masks or visors and strict social distancing measures whilst on the Comino ferry ensure a safe and enjoyable journey, both to Comino and back. As per Maltese Covid-19 regulations, fully vaccinated people may remain maskless outside when in groups of a maximum of 2 people.

Private Charters

A better option for those who are still too wary to be around a group of people during the pandemic is the private boat. By booking a private boat, you and your family and friends can appreciate the gorgeous views of the Maltese islands and crystal blue waters in seclusion, with no need to worry about other people on the ferry potentially making you or others sick. Private charters are arranged depending on your individual requirements, and you can choose between a 3 hour and a 5 hour boat ride which take you to unique swimming and snorkelling locations around Comino and Gozo. Including the infamous Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon, St Maria Bay, Mgarr ix-Xini, and Xatt l-Ahmar.

Self Drive Boats

Going one step further, instead of the standard Gozo Comino ferry, you can also rent a Self-Drive Boat, thus not needing any extra persons to actually drive the ferry. This way, someone from your own safety bubble can drive the boat themselves, with a maximum of 5 passengers on the boat. By using one of these self-drive boats, you can be completely relaxed knowing that nobody outside of your friends and family is aboard alongside you, and therefore that the virus cannot reach you. Another advantage of choosing this ferry is that you are completely free as to which beaches you would like to visit. So, if one seems too crowded for your liking, you can simply move on to another one, or even enjoy the stunning Mediterranean sea from the comfort of your Comino ferry, covid free!

Choosing quieter beaches

Whichever boat option you choose, due to Covid-19, it’s always better to choose quieter beaches so that you can enjoy some sun and sea feeling reassured, especially when going with young children who run around like lightning bolts. When visiting a quiet beach, there is much more space for easier social distancing, both on the beach itself and in lines for kiosks and ice-cream trucks, making it simpler to stay safe. Santa Maria Bay is arguably Comino’s quietest beach, as many people automatically go towards the more popular Blue Lagoon which is a postcard location. Despite it not being the first option for many, Santa Maria Bay, being a small but just as stunning beach, should be at the top of your list during these times, as safety and relaxation are guaranteed!

Choosing quieter days

Avoid weekends and holidays to enjoy quieter time in Blue Lagoon, Comino

Apart from choosing the right beaches to visit during Covid-19, choosing days which are quieter than others is also crucial to ensure a comfortable and peaceful mini-holiday. It’s to be expected that most people choose to go on such day trips during weekends and public holidays, given that many workplaces, including children’s summer schools, operate during office hours. So, by avoiding weekends and holidays, not only would the standard Comino ferry be less crowded, but so would all the beaches and establishments, thus making social distancing a much less problematic feat.

Finally, it goes without saying that if anybody in your bubble feels any Covid-19 symptoms, or has tested positive for the virus, please do your part for the community and cancel your Gozo Comino ferry booking.

This article was written on 21 July 2021. It is possible that such health regulations pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic have been modified in line with the health Authorities. For any updated information, kindly get in touch with the Health Authorities of Malta.

Idyllic beach havens to visit by boat around the Maltese Islands

Comino Blue Beach

Comino Beach havens on a glorious summer day

There’s nothing more spectacular than crystal-blue waters, surrounded by gorgeous cliffs reflecting colourful hues of oranges and browns on your chartered boat. This is what Comino has to offer and tonnes more with picture-perfect beaches and memorable bays – deal for kayaking and paddle-boating. Across the bay from Comino, is the easily-accessible sister island of Gozo which also offers breathtaking, spectacular beaches.

Santa Marija Bay, Comino

A shallow bay nestled in between several other secluded bays around Comino, Santa Marija offers a place of respite for non-confident swimmers. With shallow waters and a sandy beach, the bay is ideal for families with young children and for swimming alike.

Crystal waters in Blue Lagoon

This magnificent bay is well-known to many and is renowned as one of the most spectacular beaches around all the Maltese Islands. Crystal-blue waters, sandy beaches and glorious landscapes is appealing to people of all walks of life. A number of activities can be done from here such as kayaking, snorkeling and paddle-boarding. Such items can be easily rented out from the on-land kiosks who rent such equipment for those seeking a little adventure in an idyllic setting.

Isolated bay in the sister island of Comino

You may get to Daħlet Qorrot – a secluded beach in Gozo from land or by boat. Conveniently situated close to the village of Nadur, this tranquil bay is often frequented by local fisherman and offers a peaceful bay from which you can relax, snorkel or kayak in the surrounding waters after taking one of our schedules Gozo to Comino ferries.

Diving for beginners and advanced enthusiasts alike

Comino and the Maltese Islands offer a perfect location for diving enthusiasts – whether you have just started the hobby or whether you have years of experience. There are a variety of bays and caves to dive from and all with something unique to offer.

Natural cliffs, rock and a secluded bay

For a secluded experience, enjoy a secret bay which can be found lying underneath the cliffs of Rdum il-Biez. This bay is only accessible by boat and can be part of a chartered boat trip around the islands of Gozo and Comino. The unique bay gives you the chance to enjoy a private bay whether you have rented a boat alone or with a small group of friends who are avid sea and beach lovers.

How to charter a boat

You may book a chartered trip by visiting our webpage https://www.cominoferryservice.com/services/private-charter/ where you may book a half day or a full day boat trip whether it’s for small groups or large groups. Our skipper will offer you a private tour of what the Comino Islands and its surround areas have to offer.

Fishing – a unique experience to enjoy in Comino

Fishing in Comino

Fishing – a unique experience to enjoy in Comino

If you’re looking to do something unique in Comino, shore fishing might be just what the doctor ordered! Enjoy idyllic landscapes, nestled between beautiful bays and venture into an age-old hobby.

What’s the big enjoyment with Comino fishing?

Shore fishing came about to get closer with nature by immersing yourself with sea creatures and have mental peace and well-being. The relaxing atmosphere with the calming sounds of the Comino seas gives a sense of calmness which is hard to achieve unless in solitude – remove from other social contact. Shore fishing can be enjoyed both in isolation or amongst a small group of friends who are equally passionate about this hobby.

The scenic coast of Comino

There are several locations around Comino which are ideal for short-fishing. A short walk to the cliffs close to Santa Maria Bay provides a pleasant fishing experience which is both quiet especially during the months of Winter and also in the evenings on a warm summer day. The reef of Lantern Point is another place to find an abundance of fish sheltering from the deep.

Rocky areas provide a good platform for fishing in Comino

You can find shallow waters made around the island of Comino and such locations provide rocky areas to fish from which are easily accessible by on foot. In such areas you will mostly find parrot fish, several kinds of wrasses and breams with fish sizes varying from small to medium.

Fishing activities require equipment

You may use both pole and reel rods for your fishing expedition in Comino. Pole rods are easy to use however are a bit more complicated if you’re looking to shoot out bait further away from the rocky area. A reel rod on the other hand, allows you to fish in deep waters and you are also able to reach difficult areas which are otherwise impossible with a pole rod.  

Fish of the day

The type of fish you catch is dependent on the type of rod. Big fish can be caught using a reel role. But, both pole and reel rods can be used using a float or lead. Float fishing is more indicated to catch mullets using bread as bait whereas you have a greater chance of catching a variety of bottom-fish with lead when charting a boat for the day.

Where to get equipment

Being such a popular hobby in Malta and Gozo, fishing equipment can be purchased from several shops around the islands. There are a couple of fishing shops in Victoria, Gozo so you will always find a place to get what you need. Then hop onto one of our scheduled Gozo to Comino ferry to enjoy a nice spot of fishing.