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The Blue Lagoon is a small shallow strait located between Cominotto and Comino, the 3rd island of the Maltese archipelago. It owes its name to its white sandy beds, azure waters and rocky coves, making it an idyllic swimspot. This shallow environment features good snorkeling: it is home to large schools of seabream and to sandy bottoms dwellers, such as the flying gurnard.

School of saddled seabream in Comino's Blue Lagoon
Large schools of saddled seabream live in Comino’s Blue Lagoon.

How to get to Comino’s Blue Lagoon snorkeling spot?

The Blue Lagoon (in Maltese Bejn il-Kmiemen) is the name given to the shallow channel which separates the island of Comino from the islet of Cominotto. The easiest and most economical way to reach the site is to take the ferry, either from the port of Cirkewwa in Valletta if you are in Malta, or from the port of Mgarr if you are in Gozo. Ferries depart approximately every 45 minutes in summer. The ferry will dock at the Blue Lagoon, so you will be just a one-minute walk from the snorkeling spot.

Another common way to visit the location is to get a cruise or a tour to the Blue Lagoon by catamaran, sailboat or small private boat (from euro 30. per person). Tours usually include several stops in addition to the Blue Lagoon, for example at the Crystal Lagoon or at the Blue Grotto. Find out from the providers what their tours include.

Comino's Blue Lagoon snorkeling map
Comino’s Blue Lagoon snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling Comino’s Blue Lagoon

The recommended water entrance is the small Blue Lagoon Beach which is next to the ferry dock. The beach, nestled on a rugged coast, is tiny, and crowded in summer.

Comino’s Blue Lagoon snorkeling exploration tips

The recommended area for Blue Lagoon snorkeling stretches between Blue Lagoon Beach and Cominotto Beach, on the other side of the channel. The two beaches are about 200 meters apart. On each side of the beaches, lines of buoys delimit the bathing area. Don’t go any further, as there is heavy boat traffic beyond the buoys.

The Blue Lagoon, Comino
The Blue Lagoon, with Cominotto island in the distance.

Facing the beach, and in a large part of the “lagoon”, the bottoms are almost exclusively sandy (↕3-9ft/1-3m). While large schools of saddled breams gather near the shore, fish are rarer in the sandy beds found in the central part of the site.

However, take the time to explore them, as they are an ideal place to observe fish species specifically living in the sand such as the wide-eyed flounder, the red mullet, weevers, or the magnificent flying gurnard.

Flying gurnard at the Blue Lagoon, Comino
A pair of flying gurnards noted in the Blue Lagoon’s sandy beds.

As you get close to Cominotto Beach, the seabed becomes rocky (↕2-6ft/0.5-2m) and you can see many fish such as seabream, salema and wrasse swimming around. Following the rocky coastline on either side of the beach, you’ll reach small drop-offs that are nice to explore, on which sponges and starfish are sometimes found.

Rock arch at the Blue Lagoon
Rock arch at the Blue Lagoon.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

In summer, many kiosks are available around the Blue Lagoon Beach and the ferry pontoons.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth10ft/3m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersBoat traffic beyond the buoy lines
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, near the ferry jetties

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These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.