Last month was filled with too many adventures: trips to Gozo, snorkling down south, multiple scuba dives… no wonder time flies on this tiny island! When my friend from London, Jenn, came to visit Malta in August, we added another item to the list: kayaking around Gozo and Comino. Jenn and I always make an effort to do an outdoor activity during our travels, whether it be walking the Seven Sisters in the UK, running up stairs in Sorrento, biking 20 km through Krka National Park, or walking from one Christmas market to another in Prague (it was a toiling task, ok?) – we made sure to do something to sweat out the local food and drinks from the night before.
As a way to beat the heat in Malta, everyone tends to go to the sea… even though its 29 degrees… it is surprisingly still refreshing! Being on the water and having easy access to enjoy the water was at the top of our list for activity requirements, which is why we chose Kayak Gozo! They offer four different kayak adventures: Rise & Shine (which we chose), Siesta Paddle, Day Trippin’ and the Gozo Special (customized group tours). The full day tours include a lunch and snacks and are 6 hours along. We chose the morning adventure as we wanted to explore more of Gozo afterwards! This company made everything very simple: they specified which ferry we needed to take from Malta and showed us the way to Hondoq Bay, where they had all our kit ready to go. The three hour excursion showed us multiple caves and cliffs of Gozo and gave us time to clamber onto Comino and have a quick dip in the Blue Lagoon. Our host, Laurie, even packed us some vegan oat bars and watermelon for our stop in Comino, so we were well watered and fed during the morning heat. Highly recommend!
TIP #23: Have you been to the Blue Lagoon yet? It is always extremely busy in the summer, but come October time you can easily escape the crowds and experience some of the warmest sea temperatures!
In my opinion, the morning kayak was the perfect amount, especially under the beautiful blue skies and blasting heat. I inquired about a sunrise kayak…. I think it’d be worth seeing the sunrise over the cliffs of Comino, wouldn’t you agree?
Once we arrived back to Hondoq Bay around 12:30, we were kayaked out… arms were tired and we were soaked to the bone from our countless swims… but after we had a quick coffee, we were re energized to explore more of Gozo!
Some tips for future Gozo Kayakers:
- Book your tour here: http://www.kayakgozo.com/
- Bring more water than you think you need (x 2)
- Wear sunscreen and a t-shirt ( I know you want that nice tan, but no one enjoys a Maltese sunburn)
- Bring a waterproof camera or GoPro!
- Ask for your guide to be Laurie… she’s great!
- Prepare to get wet and enjoy your morning explore caves of Comino and Gozo
Thanks for listening!