From Kalkara Marina, the home base of our yacht fleet, cruising sailors may visit the pristine beaches and anchorage spots along the coastline of Malta, Gozo and Comino. Gozo is the second biggest island, where sailors may use the good facilities at the Marina of Mgarr or anchor in one of the picturesque bays.

Gozo is worth a visit ashore for it reserves its own charm. Comino is excellent for swimming and its bays provide excellent shelter for anchorage at night in prevailing winds. The clear waters of Comino’s lagoons are a sight to behold. In Malta, the large Mellieha Bay facing North East makes for excellent anchoring with unlimited space, especially in a North West wind.
Blue Lagoon

With its crystal clear water, Blue Lagoon resembles a movie set. It is perhaps the most beautiful bay in Malta. It is no surprise that it features on many a Malta postcard, website or brochure. If the wind is not blowing from the north-west, Blue Lagoon makes a beautiful anchorage at night if you are cruising in Malta at the beginning (mid-March to May) or the end (October to mid-December) of our sailing season. It is one of the most popular beaches in summer.

Crystal Lagoon

Crystal Lagoon is adjacent to Blue Lagoon and is equally beautiful and charming. The sight to behold are the cliffs on Comino and the picturesque tower which overlooks both the North and the South Comino Channels.

Santa Marija

Waking up in a beautiful bay is probably one of the most beautiful experiences of sailing. Santa Marija Bay, on the northern side of Comino, is one such place. Its sand bottom makes for very good anchorage, especially in northeast, southeast and southwest winds.

San Blas and Ramla l-Hamra

San Blas and Ramla l-Hamra Bays in Gozo, which face north, make for some epic scenery, literally. Tradition has it that the red sand and the caves around Ramla l-Hamra were home to Ulysses during the years spent in captivity under the spell of the nymph Calypso. This part of the island gives Gozo its nick name: the Island of Calypso.

Marsalforn

Also facing north, and just a couple of miles west of Ramla l-Hamra, Marsalforn Bay is ideal for anchoring at night, especially in south winds. Marsalforn has some excellent dining places that can be reached easily by tender.

Azure Window

The Azure Window is one of Gozo’s natural landmarks and a sight to behold. The rocky shore surrounding the Azure window gives off an aura of natural wildness, especially in rough weather when you would not want to be out on the water. But in the calm summer weather, the Azure Window and the adjacent Fungus Rock look incredibly beautiful from a sailboat. Sadly this natural wonder was destroyed by nature in March 2017.

Xlendi and Mgarr ix-Xini

Xlendi and Mgarr ix-Xini are two small fiords in Gozo facing west. They are rather narrow, and Xlendi even has a reef at the entrance. But both are also the stuff of postcards. Xlendi is the busier bay, with some good restaurants. Mgarr ix-Xini is wilder and quieter.

Mgarr Harbour

Mgarr is a beautiful harbour that is naturally sheltered by hills. Thanks to its breakwaters, Mgarr Harbour is an ideal haven in rough weather. It has marina facilities that have been recently renovated to a high standard and the staff is professional and friendly. The harbour is quite busy because it is a berthing point of the Gozo-Malta ferry. At Mgarr, you will find some very good restaurants serving fresh fish as well as a couple of English-style pubs where sailors hang out after a day’s sail. It is the place to be if you decide to spend some hours visiting Gozo from land.