Swimming at Comino on the Island of Gozo and Exploring the Coastal Caves of Malta.


While we visited Malta, we took in many of the island’s attractions. Our first trip was over to the island of Gozo, where we got in a stop to visit the world famous Azure Window. Our day continued on after the Azure Window for a swim in the Blue Lagoon at the Island of Comino. We ended the day exploring many of the Coastal Caves in Malta that are breeding grounds for octopuses.

This post is one chapter on our trip to Malta, Italy and Germany. This trip was enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status and credited to Alaska Mileage Plan and Air Canada’s Aeroplan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Activity: Swimming at Comino on the Island of Gozo and Exploring the Coastal Caves of Malta.

Booking the Trip:

On our second day in Malta, we had booked a day trip to Gozo through the Westin Dragonara Resort hotel. The first part of the day was spent going to the Azure Window at Dwerja, Malta. The sights there were really picturesque and the Azure Window is something that was worth the trip.

The Azure Window
Tidal Pools at the Azure Window

Sightseeing at the Basilica Ta Pinu:

We left the wonderful Azure window and headed back on the hop on off bus through the Basicila of Ta Pinu.

Gozo Island Roadways
Basilica Ta Pinu on the Horizon
Great Views from Every Angle: Basilica Ta Pinu
Basilica Ta Pinu

Our day tour took us over to Xlendi, which is another small town on the west side of Gozo. It was a quaint small sleepy spot backed right up against the water in an attractive cove.

Coastal Bays
Coastal Towns of Xlendi
Seaside Restaurants in Xlendi

Swimming at Comino Island and the Blue Lagoon:

We finished off our tour and got some lunch back at Mgarr before we took the boat over to Comino island and the famous Blue Lagoon. Comino is a small island between Gozo and Malta that has a terrific sandy lagoon. It’s recommended to visit in off periods as it tends to get busy. It was pretty busy on our visit and it really captured the spirit of the place. I didn’t mind the crowds at all and enjoyed seeing the youthful spirit of the place.

Crossing from Mgarr to Comino Island
Arriving to Comino Island
A Youthful Scene at Comino
Swimming at Comino
Rugged Coastlines
Great Views over Colorful Seas
Swimming Water that Looks Inviting

We each took in a swim in the crystal blue waters and I enjoyed a Maltese beer.

MrsWT73 having a dip
Malta’s Domestic Cisk Beer

Exploring the Caves of the Island of Malta:

In the late afternoon, we found our boat back to the Westin. We stopped at some caves on the way back that we had seen on the way in. The caves were a natural breeding ground for octopuses.

Coastal Caves
Silhouettes of Caves
Peaceful Hollows along the Coast
Interesting Coastlines

We got dropped off in the Spinola Bay harbour. It was the scene of where we had dinner last night.

Arriving to Spinola Bay Harbour
A Busy Harbour

We returned to the hotel to enjoy bubbly on the deck in the executive lounge at the Westin Dragonara Resort and to freshen up and get rid of all the salt water that we had accumulated over the day.


Dinner in Spinola Harbour, Malta:

After we had freshened up, it was a short walk back to the Spinola harbor for dinner at Gui, which was traditional Maltese food. We had a starter of paired with local olives marinated in thyme and olive oil, with a bottle of wine from Simonsig, a winery we visited on our last trip to South Africa.

Gululu Maltese Kitchen
Outdoor Dining under Fall Heat
Waterfront Walkways
A Great Atmosphere for Dining Outside

And a hearty dinner of Maltese braised rabbit in red wine sauce.

Braised Rabbit with Red Wine Sauce
Local Specialties

MrsWT73 had the Maltese Pizza – cooked in a brick oven but cut out with a hole in the middle on sourdough bread. It received high accolades.

Maltese Pizza

My Thoughts on Comino at Gozo and the Coastal Caves of Malta:

Wow – what a full second day in Malta. It was full of fabulous sights, sounds and smells. I can see why this is such a hidden destination, there were so many terrific and neat discoveries to make around every corner. Gozo was an absolute super model stunner to photograph and we could have easily spent days discovering its charms.

If you’ve travelled to the Island of Gozo, did you get in a swim at the Island of Comino ?

3 Comments on “Swimming at Comino on the Island of Gozo and Exploring the Coastal Caves of Malta.

  1. Your post brought back such wonderful memories of our time in Malta. We stayed in Xlendi on Gozo for a weekend while exploring the island of Gozo – just a splendid time. Your photo’s of the blue-blue sea at Comino is spectacular! Great post, Greetings from South Africa, Corna.


    • Thanks wetanddustryroads. That’s quite a trip from SA to Malta.

      I think Malta is a “yet to be discovered” gem that has a lot to offer as a travel destination. It’s one that takes a little time to get around but I think there is enough there that travellers are rewarded for their effort.

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      • I totally agree with you! There is so much to see! We would go back to Malta anytime to explore more of this tiny island (although we’ve been there already twice 😁).
        And yes, it’s quite far to travel – it took us 9 hours from Cape Town to Dubai and then another 6 hours to Malta (via Cyprus) … but definitely worth the long travel time!

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