Swim & Dive

With over 30 beaches dotting the coast of the Maltese Islands, swimming and a spot of sunbathing are a must when you visit.

Given the close proximity of some of the bays and beaches, you can plan to visit more than one in a day and check out whether you prefer the sand or the rocks. You might even find yourself heading for an autumn or winter dip, as good weather graces the islands practically all year round.

At the moment, 10 beaches in Malta and Gozo are proudly flying the Blue Flag awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Blue Flag status indicates that a beach meets and maintains environmental, educational, safety, and access-related criteria. Our 10 Blue Flag bays and beaches are:

  • Saint George’s Bay
  • Fond Għadir Bay
  • Westin Dragonara Hotel & Spa Beach
  • Qawra Bay
  • Buġibba Beach
  • Mellieħa Bay
  • Golden Bay
  • Għajn Tuffieħa Bay
  • Islands Edge Beach
  • Ramla l-Ħamra Bay (Gozo)

Moreover, according to the European Environment Agency’s report on bathing water quality, over 97% of bathing sites in Malta are of excellent quality! This puts Malta among the top three countries boasting waters that are excellent for swimming in. The report quoted presents information gathered in 2015, which indicates where one should head to in 2016 if bathing water quality is a determining factor in choosing a holiday destination.

Beyond beaches, the enthralling underwater world surrounding the Maltese archipelago attracts some 60,000 divers every year. Diving schools have mushroomed on the islands, so you need not worry about finding the best diving spots and equipment rental. In 2016 the Maltese Islands placed third in the ‘Best Diving Destination’ category at the prestigious Diver Awards Ceremony, giving you one more reason to plan your next diving trip to Malta!

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