On all the islands of Malta, you will find natural pools. These are true wonders of nature. They are often formed from the coast’s rocks and have deep blue water. Where does this blue colour actually come from? Water is transparent, which you see when you swim. Yet, the Maltese waters look deep blue. Especially in Malta.
The reason is that the sea, silt particles, and plankton extract the red light from the sun’s rays and the sea reflects the blue rays back. Combine that with white sandy soil and the sea reflects an azure blue colour that we know as lagoons.
Lagoons in Malta
Let’s list the lagoons of Malta for you:
This naturally formed cave is in the north of Malta. This cave is a diver’s dream. It is completely open to daylight, which makes the lagoon a little warmer than the seawater surrounding it. The higher temperature allows for the increased growth of marine life. You will find corals and many starfish.
Near Siggiewi in the south (and near the blue caves) you will find one of the most picturesque locations: Ghar Lapsi. Known to divers and people who visit Malta by boat. A beautiful round lagoon can be found under a sheltered rock. Crystal clear water, almost azure and shielded from the sea. This is the best way to describe Ghar Lapsi. This small lagoon is ideal for children, and you can snorkel in the turquoise depths of the water.
St. Peters Pool
This lagoon is near Delimara between Marsascala and Marsaxlokk. It is located in the south of Malta. The inlet we know for its crystal clear bright blue waters. The water is enormously deep so always cold, and you can jump off the cliffs spectacularly. Swimming and snorkeling is a must there.
The jewel of Malta is the Blue Lagoon. This lagoon can be found near Comino. The small island in between Malta and Gozo. Many yachts and boat trips come here, so it can be quite busy in the summer. The fascinating blue water is ideal for a lovely swim, and don’t forget your snorkel!
You can get cocktails here with fresh pineapple, where the cold rum mixes with the fresh pineapple juice. Definitely try it!
On the promenade of Sliema you will find rocky coast. The sea is open and cool and you can easily enter the water with steps. In the rocks, you will find pools where you can bathe. Note that the water is warm in the summer, l. It’s like a spa then!
You might just spot dolphins in Malta. These bottlenose dolphins often play with the boats during the excursions. If you’re lucky, you may also see sea turtles and seahorses off the coast of the islands!
Swimming with dolphins
It’s a dream for many: swimming with dolphins. And in Malta, you can do it at the Mediterraneo Marine Park at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq. The dolphins in Malta we know as bottlenose dolphins. Just like the famous dolphin ‘Flipper’.
These dolphins are extremely intelligent and can grow to be between two and three meters long. They swim an average of 10 kilometres per hour, with a maximum speed of 40 kilometres per hour. Dolphins are mammals, so breathe through the air. At maximum speed, dolphins can soon make high jumps in the air. As a radar, a dolphin uses echolocation through ultrasonic sound.
In the park, you can interact with the dolphins for up to 125 euros. The minimum age is 8 years. In itself, this is cheap compared to other countries around the islands. You must book in advance because the dolphins only do a swimming contest three times a day. The group is a maximum of 12 people.
During the swim session, there are instructors to guide you. Jewellery and fake nails are prohibited. You will receive a wetsuit towel and swim slippers. The entire interaction with the tumbler lasts thirty minutes. Pregnant women are not allowed to participate in the sessions. Swimmers who use alcohol or drugs will also not be allowed with the dolphins.
The park will pick you up from your accommodation (for a fee) should you not have transportation. The dolphinarium is located in northern Malta on the coastal road.