Experiencing Gozo by Boat
Taking a boat trip around Gozo or chartering you own vessel is a perfect way to experience the island's treasures and its surrounding Mediterranean Sea.
What better way to get a perspective of a tiny Island than by boat? The ferry voyage from Malta will already whet your appetite for an eventual boat trip around the bays of this Mediterranean jewel. As you approach Mġarr Harbour, you’ll be greeted with dramatic natural scenery, punctuated by the sky-seeking steeples of nearby churches. There’s a typically Mediterranean mix of lush vegetation and arid rocky outcrops.
If you’re on your own vessel, there’s only one official Marina on the Island of Gozo – Mġarr Harbour, however, there are plenty of quiet, sheltered bays, perfect for dropping anchor and spending the night. While the peak Summer months tend to be quite crowded, Gozo’s bays are often less crowded than Malta’s, and the Maltese archipelago is blessed with a rather long sailing season, stretching from May to October, so if you plan your journey for the shoulder months, you’ll find even less competition for the coveted spots.
If you don’t have your own boat, you can book guided boat trips with any of the local charter companies. They’re usually found around Mġarr, Xlendi, and Marsalforn. These trips are often on large speedboats - adding a bit of exhilaration to the tour, or converted fishing boats, for those looking for a more comfortable journey.
For the ultimate in freedom and luxury, try chartering your own vessel (with or without crew). If you’re a group of 4 or more, the per-head price can be quite reasonable for a week’s charter. You’ll have the experience of navigating this dramatic coastline on your own time without any of the hassle that comes with owning your own vessel. Anchor outside Dwejra bay for an unforgettable sunset, or spend the night at Mġarr harbour close to all the fish restaurants.