Blue Grotto is the name of a number of sea caverns on the southeast coast of Malta. The location of the caves, combined with the rays of sunlight, lead to the seawater mirroring and showing numerous shades of blue on the cave walls and ceilings. Several caverns also mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora and fauna, whilst other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue.
Underwater, different colours of red, mauve, green, orange and yellow give an impressive and most welcoming picture to its visitors. Once at Wied iż-Żurrieq, you’ll be able to easily get a boat ride to the caves. There is a ticket booth just before boarding where you can purchase your tickets. An attendant will be there where he will give you the tickets.
Here’s some more information about Blue Grotto:
- Located on the outskirts of Żurrieq.
- It is free of charge to roam around the village and explore.
- Boat trips to Blue Grotto Caves leave from here. Fee is applicable (more below)
- The trip is not wheelchair accessible, but you can roam around the village with a wheelchair.
- The boat trip takes around 60 minutes.
- Easy parking available at car park.
- Stunning diving spots where you can scuba dive too.
- A few cafes and restaurants where you can have a good meal and also take fresh fish.
- A public garden where you can walk and rest. Children can also play and enjoy themselves. It is advisable that children are not left unattended as there are some dangerous areas in the garden.
This location is also very popular for diving and snorkeling. Scuba diving on the nearby scuttled wreck Um El Faroud, and snorkeling along the coastline, together with rock climbing, are the most popular activities practiced here.
Blue Grotto is around 23km away from Mellieħa, around 36 minutes away by car and approximately two hours by bus.