Comino Island or Kemmuna (in Maltese), once a hideout for smugglers and pirates, is a very small, virtually uninhabited island located halfway between the islands of Malta and Gozo. The island, famous for its Blue Lagoon, is named after the cumin flowering plant that grows there.
The island of Comino first came to our attention on our first visit to Gozo, when we stopped for a coffee to enjoy the view from Xerri il Bukkett in Qala.
Why Visit Comino Island?
Most people visit Comino as a day trip to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, although there is a hotel and a camping ground on the island if you wish to stay longer.
But Comino Island is more than just the Blue Lagoon. With its jagged cliffs, creeks, two small beaches, coves, 17th-century tower and a coastline dotted with caves; it’s a great place to explore on foot.
Comino is also a bird sanctuary and nature reserve. BirdLife Malta has a bird ringing station on the island plus observation hides (Stazzjon tal-Birdlife). These are situated in the centre of the island and are used during the bird migration seasons to observe the migratory trends of various bird species.
For more details about the bird life in Malta, check out https://birdlifemalta.org.
Top Tips For Visiting Comino Island
Most visitors to Comino Island, come to see the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is gorgeous, but it’s a very popular tourist spot, and during the summer months it’s seriously packed with people.
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To escape the crowds, walk a few minutes away from the Blue Lagoon and set off to explore the island. Although bear in mind, there’s very little shade in the height of the summer, so take lots of water and wear a hat.
Travel outside the peak tourist months, and it’s a lovely island to hike, take photos and fly the drone, although it will probably be too cold to swim.
How To Get To Comino Island and the Blue Lagoon
There’s a daily ferry service from Marfa and Ċirkewwa, Malta and Mġarr Harbour, Gozo. The ferry crossing to Comino takes around 25 minutes and costs 13 Euro for a round trip (Price correct as of May 2019).
Without your own transport, it’s possible to take a bus to the ferry ports. Check on Google Maps for which bus to take.
The Camino ferry from Malta also offers you an option to stop at the Blue Lagoon on Comino and then continue to Gozo. To return from Gozo to Malta, take the Gozo Channel Line ferry which operates 24 hours a day.
Boat Tours and Day Trips to Blue Lagoon and Comino Island
Another option to get to Comino Island is to book a day trip or tour with one of the boat tour operators that depart from Sliema or Buġibba/St. Paul’s Bay. These tours usually stop for a half-day, five to six hours, at the Blue Lagoon plus sail around part of the island.
Have you visited Malta, Gozo or Comino? What did you think of the islands? Tell us in the comments below.