Malta

A boat charter destination

When it comes to the perfect destination for boating, the island of Malta has it all. Known for its warm climate and breath-taking landscapes, Malta is surrounded by safe beaches, plenty of warm sunshine and a gorgeous coastline. Clear blue is the colour that best describes the Malta experience, be it the sky or its reflection on the deep, almost transparent sea. This makes the island a perfect haven for swimming, snorkelling, diving or simply sunbathing and soaking the sun.

Another advantage is the natural and built coastline. Malta is a unique historical treasure and viewing it from a boat enables you to appreciate its eclectic mix of outstanding architecture, stretches of Mediterranean vegetation and sea life that thrives right up to the shore. The island is full of prominent churches that are at least 200 years old and rural houses that are juxtaposed by remarkably modern structures and fine examples of contemporary buildings.

Exploring all of this in the comfort of a private boat is the true meaning of the best of both worlds: basking in the beauty of sunshine and sea-salt, whilst admiring the islands that have stood in the middle of the Mediterranean for long centuries.

Ħofra

‘Ħofra’ in Maltese means ‘a pit’. There are two ‘pits’ that can be found along Malta’s southern coast. In reality, they are two semi-circular enclosures made of globigerina limestone. This area is beautiful because of its natural characteristics, such as the typical Mediterranean colours and the scent of Maltese thyme. Visiting these sites by chartered boat is ideal, because their location makes them difficult to access. Close to the largest enclosure, you will find a point called ‘Ras il-Fenek’, which means ‘rabbit’s head’. The best way to explore why this point is called so, is to find out for yourself!

Ħofra

One of the island’s most peculiar attractions is found in the norther and is called Il-Ħofra, which translates to: ‘the hole’. It is literally a hole in the ground that leads to a very large, underground cave. Its location is exciting in itself, as you would need to explore between St Agatha’s Tower and Paradise Bay in order to stumble upon it, although it can also be reached by means of a small pathway. The search is worthwhile, with plenty of vegetation growing inside the underground cave. If natural rock formation is your thing, il-Ħofra is definitely worth your time.

St Peters Pool

Possibly one of the most photo-worthy attractions, St. Peter’s Pool is a natural swimming pool in the southwest of the island. The sea here is so clear that is seems to be transparent, reflecting blues and greens and sparkling light. The plethora of sea life that thrives below makes this place ideal for those looking for the most spectacular snorkelling experience Surrounded by flat, natural limestone rocks, this accessible pool also seems to be made tailormade for sunbathers. It is also located comfortable away from the mainstream tourist attractions, therefore it is usually a quieter and calmer location to visit.

Blue Grotto

The Blue Grotto is a complex of seven caves, and it is found in the southern part of Malta, overlooking the tiny island of Filfla. An imposing main arch of over 30 metres stands tall above six other caves, with striking blue water flowing underneath. In fact, the Blue Grotto is called so because it really looks like Capri’s famous Grotta Azzurra. The sky reflects the white, sandy seabed, emitting a unique, bright blue colour. Blue is, however, not the only colour here. The caves mirror mesmerizing shades of green, orange and purple that are reflected from minerals in rocks.

Blue Grotto

The Blue Grotto is a complex of seven caves, and it is found in the southern part of Malta, overlooking the tiny island of Filfla. An imposing main arch of over 30 metres stands tall above six other caves, with striking blue water flowing underneath. In fact, the Blue Grotto is called so because it really looks like Capri’s famous Grotta Azzurra. The sky reflects the white, sandy seabed, emitting a unique, bright blue colour. Blue is, however, not the only colour here. The caves mirror mesmerizing shades of green, orange and purple that are reflected from minerals in rocks.

Paradise bay

If you think paradise on earth is a fairy-tale, wait until you visit this charming bay. One of the most popular beaches in Malta, Paradise Bay is found at the far northwest. It is ideal as a family destination because the bay is sandy, and the water is shallow but deepens when you are a couple of meters away from the shore. Characterized by crystal clear water, the bay is perfect for young swimmers, expert simmers, those who enjoy snorkelling and those who love to dive. Swimming here means that you get to enjoy views of Malta’s sister island, Gozo.

Golden bay

Golden Bay is the second largest beach in Malta. A Blue Flag beach, it is known for its red sand and natural dunes on the slopes that surround it. Found along the north-west coast, it has a larger stretch of sand than other beaches and is surrounded by typical Mediterranean countryside that is perfect for walks on the wild side. The jagged cliffs host a watchtower that was built by the Knights of Malta in the 17th century. Once you experience sunset over Golden Bay, you will surely understand and treasure where the golden reference in its name comes from.

Golden bay

Golden Bay is the second largest beach in Malta. A Blue Flag beach, it is known for its red sand and natural dunes on the slopes that surround it. Found along the north-west coast, it has a larger stretch of sand than other beaches and is surrounded by typical Mediterranean countryside that is perfect for walks on the wild side. The jagged cliffs host a watchtower that was built by the Knights of Malta in the 17th century. Once you experience sunset over Golden Bay, you will surely understand and treasure where the golden reference in its name comes from.

Armier bay

A popular beach among the Maltese, Armier Bay enjoys views of the neighbouring island of Gozo and Comino. If you think of Malta being shaped like a fish, this gorgeous, sandy bay is found at the tip of the tail. Armier Bay is situated in a green, cultivated area in the village of Mellieħa. With hardly any hotels or tourist establishments around, Armier Bay offers an authentic Maltese experience, where you can mingle with the friendly locals. The water is clean and clear, and a small stretch of rocky coast separates Armier Bay from a smaller bay, called Little Armier.

Valletta Harbour

Also known as the Grand Harbour, this historic landmark lies beneath Valletta, the capital city of Malta, and the Three Cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea. This natural deep-water harbour has been used since prehistoric times and was the base for the Order of Saint John for 268 years. The area was the scene of much of the fighting in the Great Siege of Malta of 1565 when the Ottomans attempted to eject the Order of St John but were ultimately defeated. After the siege, the capital city of Valletta was built on the north west shore of the harbour.

Valletta Harbour

Also known as the Grand Harbour, this historic landmark lies beneath Valletta, the capital city of Malta, and the Three Cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea. This natural deep-water harbour has been used since prehistoric times and was the base for the Order of Saint John for 268 years. The area was the scene of much of the fighting in the Great Siege of Malta of 1565 when the Ottomans attempted to eject the Order of St John but were ultimately defeated. After the siege, the capital city of Valletta was built on the north west shore of the harbour.

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