The sea has coloured our history and it colours any visit to the Islands. It is sensuous in summer and restless in winter, and always great to be by, in or on. Here are a few ideas on enjoying some of the clearest, warmest waters in the Mediterranean.
The simplest is to relax on the beach. Explore a little from the main resorts and discover sandy coves and rocky inlets almost deserted, even in high summer. Malta and Gozo's beaches are largely untouched by development. Many beaches offer watersports from windsurfing to sea-kayaking and jet ski hire. The more adventurous can try water-skiing, wakeboarding, or paragliding. Other watersports include waterpolo, canoeing, fishing, yachting and sailing.
Use our interactive map to see where the beaches and bays in the Maltese Islands are, as well as facilities such as:
- Adira Sailing Centre
- Royal Malta Yacht Club
- Neptunes Waterpolo
The Maltese Islands are also a paradise for divers . The sea is warm all year and offer excellent visibility. Seek out unusual underwater inhabitants in the sunken wrecks of Malta's maritime past. But you only need a snorkel to gain some access to the secrets of the waterworld.
The Islands are superb for sailing. Come in October and see the exciting Rolex Middle Sea Race. Schools offer lessons for the active while harbour cruises are ideal for those who prefer to relax on board.
The winter season is also perfect for enjoying the sea. Stroll along beaches or hike along cliff tops, and for some of the best vistas and winter wave drama, visit the coast at Dwerja, Gozo.
Want to compete? Want to watch?
You can never predict the sea, so it makes for some tough competition and thrilling spectator sports. There are plenty of opportunities to test yourself against elements and other competitors. Check our events calendar for some sports highlights. And remember - Safety comes first!
Malta's climate lends itself to all-year-round water sports. The Islands host teams seeking a dedicated, but relaxed, training location. Swimmers can train at the Olympic size National Pool. For info on who can help and where to train, use our interactive map.