Hiring a catamaran in Malta is a fantastic way to explore its unique coastline. Your sailing trip can extend from Malta to Comino and Gozo, which all make up the three main islands of the Maltese archipelago. With a typically Mediterranean climate and countless beaches and bays in Malta, you can enjoy the perfect sailing break. Malta has several unique marinas where you can find the catamaran of your choice. You can directly contact the owners for the perfect vessel or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of available options:
You can book and hire a catamaran with a skipper--or without one, if you own a license--and enjoy a one-day cruise around the Maltese coastline. You also have the opportunity to hire a catamaran for three island-tour around Malta, Comino, and Gozo. If you book a catamaran, you will also have plenty of space to throw a party or enjoy a sunset cruise. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat for a week or two to explore the Sicilian coast of Italy for the most memorable of experiences.
Malta is situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, 60 miles off the coast of Sicily and 180 miles north of Libya. The Maltese archipelago is made up of the three main islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino--which are inhabited--and Filfia, Cominotto, and St. Paul--which are smaller uninhabited islands. The Harbour of Valletta is an important hub, dating back to Maltese maritime history, and is one of the most impressive ports in the world, which has continuously brought a large influx of foreign yachts.
When you begin your catamaran tour in Malta, you will be excited to explore various pristine beaches and bays between Comino and Gozo. You can depart from the Harbour of Valletta or the harbor town of Msida. If interested in an alternative sailing route, you can depart from the harbor of Mgarr, in Gozo. You cannot miss heading down to the Blue Lagoon(Comino), which is one of the best beaches in Malta, resembling the Caribbean waters. A day cruise in Comino can offer you plenty of experiences involving swimming and snorkeling. The Blue Lagoon of Comino is also situated between Malta and its sister island, Gozo, which marks a popular trip that many charterers on the BednBlue platform offer. The island of Comino has no roads but plenty of anchorages, such as the Crystal Lagoon that is only accessible by boat. At the end of the bay, you can also get to see St. Mary’s Tower, which was featured in “The Count Of Monte Cristo'' (a spectacular novel that became a classic movie). You can also spend the night at Cominotto, which has a calm anchorage and offers several hiking opportunities.
Comino to Gozo is only 20 minutes away, allowing you to tour around the islands without stopping. On your private catamaran, you can pass by St. Paul’s Bay, which has amazing sun-bathing spots and enchanting open-sea views. If you have more time available, Mellieha Bay is another great stop; it offers endless water activities, such as water-skiing, jet-skiing, and windsurfing, since intense underwater currents are almost never experienced there. Heading to Gozo, you can dock in the Mgarr marina where you will come across unspoiled landscapes, several vineyards, and quiet bays that can only be accessed by boat. Your charter experience can be extended for a two-day or three-day cruise. Various bays including Ramla Bay and the beaches of Xlendi and Slan Blas will impress you with their crystal-clear waters.
A catamaran cruise in Malta will also allow you to discover Sliema, situated in the northeast of the island. St Julian’s bay is packed with bars and restaurants, and further down you can visit Kantra Beach Club, followed by a great swim in St. Peter’s Pool, known for its blue waters and divine grottos. Marsaxlokk is a great stop you can add to your charter experience in Malta; you will come across some of the oldest religious temples in the world and brightly colored fishing boats by the beautiful bay of Marsaskala. Finally, a private cruise to the Blue Grotto of Malta on the far west of the island is not to be missed. Snorkeling in the crystal-blue sea of Zurieq’s valley within beautiful rock formations will steal your heart away.
A catamaran charter in Malta can be combined with a visit to Sicily and the Aeolian islands. The trip from Malta to Sicily can take 3 hours by catamaran. You will find yourself docking into the ports of Pozzallo and Catania. Alternative sailing journeys from Malta, which can be included in weekly charters, involve traveling to Linosa island and Lampedusa. Linosa and Lampedusa form the Pelagie islands of Sicily and hold many surprises for sailing enthusiasts. The colorful marine life--including sea turtles and dolphins--the shallow waters, and various sheltered bays make it a great cruising ground for many yachts. The islands are ideal for those who want to explore anonymous beaches and escape from the crowds and will guarantee an unforgettable sailing holiday.
Marinas and Airports grouped together for your catamaran hire in Malta:
How to Get There: Malta International Airport is the only airport that services to and from all major airports of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Grand Harbour Marina, Valletta: This is a world-class superyacht marina with a capacity of yachts up to 100m. Has perfect facilities and provisions for all sailors and sailing enthusiasts. It also offers an atmospheric setting with trendy and chic bars.
Marina di Valletta, Pieta: Has a berthing capacity for 210 yachts, luxury vessels included, and great services.
Roland Marina, Ta’Xbiex: A sheltered marina with excellent yachting facilities and suppliers. It offers electricity to all vessels.
The distance from Roland Marina to the airport is only 15 minutes. Transport from the marina can be provided.
Msida Marina: another great option instead of Roland Marina. This marina offers 720 berths for yachts up to 22m in length, with all the provisions necessary.
Malta Airport to Msida: 6,7 km, 11 minutes
Mgarr Marina, Gozo: Lies in a beautiful fishing village and offers 208 berths for all types of yachts. Professional services and amenities are offered to all vessels.
Ferries also connect Malta to Pozzallo and Catania, Sicily.
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