Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)
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  • TAP647
    Chicago, Illinois517 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable boat ride to see the caves up close - so, so beautiful!
    Cost is 10 Euros. If the line is long, don’t worry, it’s very efficient and you won’t wait too long. The ride is fairly quick, but the views are amazing. It’s impressive to see the caves up close. This is worth a visit to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 24, 2023
  • ElsieF499
    London, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best experience in Malta
    Blue grotto and other surrounding sea caves were beautiful on a sunny day. The sunshine brings out the iridescent blue colour. I got off the bus at Panorama stop, there is a viewing point with a good view down to the blue grotto. Then walked down into the little port which is a charming little village where you can get a boat tour to the caves. The boat trip was €10 for an around 15 min trip into the various caves - definitely worth doing to see the caves close up, this was easily the best thing I did in Malta. There are several restaurants and cafes in the village for lunch or a snack. I visited late morning, went on the boat trip and then had a lovely lunch with a great view before walking up the road to Hagar Qim temple.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 20, 2023
  • TheHappyHapa
    Denver, Colorado173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing caves and blue waters
    This was our FAVORITE thing we did in Malta! The water was beautiful, and we went in and out of 4 or 5 little caves over 20 mins. The waters were calm. It was 10€. We arrived at 9:30am, and there were prob 30 people ahead of us in line. But it moved fast and took only 10 mins. I wished it was longer!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Mobile34738148618
    Dublin, Ireland11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good experience
    We took a boat out out to the blue grotto, it was 10 euro per adult and worth it in my opinion. The sea was choppy so we were thrown around a little bit and the walk down is steep so might be difficult for those with mobility issues. The view from above is well worth seeing too.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2023
  • fairliekid
    Narrandera, Australia110 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful blue water.
    This is an area of beautiful scenery. We caught the bus from Valetta and it very easy to get to. The boats were lined up and ready to take us the the caves and out to sea the stunning colours. It was very efficient and the boatmen are skilful so that you can get your photos. I think the worst part was getting out of the boat as it is unsteady. It's a bit of a steep walk back up to the shops and restaurants. Whilst very touristy it was a relaxing day.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • NooraG
    Tampere, Finland78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful viewpoint
    It was a very nice view, very convenient to go with a car. It was easily accessible from the road unless you are planning on taking the boat. Then definitely go "down" as the boats are closer from there. We just wanted to see the formation and decided to stay "up". You get nice pictures from there and see why there's so much hassle about it. We were visiting in July around 3pm and there wasn't much crowd, lots of boats going around though. Definitely worth your time, Bolt/Uber from Valletta wasn't too much for a family, but just a visit though, nothing to see/visit if you stay up and don't go down to the village where you can access the boats.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • James Williams-Hewgill
    London, United Kingdom14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blue Grotto Caves! Woth a visit!
    We got the opertunity to visit the caves of the blue grotto from a traditional fishing boat! ( a higher view point is avaliable on land aswell!) The most famous of Malta’s cave complexes, the Blue Grotto is a series of nine caves whose rocky sides glow green, purple, and orange according to their mineral content. Surrounding the caves are some of the clearest, brightest cobalt-blue waters imaginable! (Boat trips aren't for long around 30min for €10, drivers can be grumpy, most are ex fishermen not tour guides, and don't expect high-level of politeness from them)
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Nick F
    Trowbridge, United Kingdom38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    A lovely place. Arrived by Uber from Senglea which was 15 euro. Busy but not too overcrowded and we visited on a Friday in August. Water is very clear and certainly worth taking a dip - very refreshing on a hot day. Boat trip was 10 euro and about 20 minutes but worth it if you’ve taken the trouble to come here. Caves looked great from the sea. Overall, a lovely day out.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Athena
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful caves
    Very beatiful caves and azure water, little problem with parking but that was issue our whole week at Malta so as usual. Personnel at harbour and on the boat were nice, even returned with boat little bit after my hat fell off to the water so I could retrieve it :) I would recommend to stop at Blue Grotto, there is also viewpoint with small parking spot little further up. You can find it at google maps.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Phillip L
    Melbourne, Australia364 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque, although not compulsory.
    Certainly a calm day activity, given the small fishing type boats used (life jackets provided for compulsory wearing). It's an interesting trip to a series of caves and the actual blue grotto, where the water is a lovely azure colour, offering plentiful photo opportunities. 10 Euros per person and whilst it's worth doing, if you have seen blue grottoes elsewhere, then missing it won't be a disaster. There's a steep walk down to and up from, the harbour, so if you need to 'save' your legs, for 1 Euro per person, you can be driven in a stretch golf cart. There are a number of cafes at the site, as well as a large car park.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
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Keith L
Taunton, UK213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Go by bus. The journey is a roller coaster across the island. The drivers get through impossible gaps on roads little wider than cart tracks in places. You will be dropped off at the viewing area. A short walk to the viewpoint which is nice but a bit disappointing after the hype. However, take the walk down the hill footpath to the small Blue Grotto harbour and reward yourself with a drink and snack before waiting for another bus to take you back through Mosta to Valetta. As the bus ticket lasts two hours you could easily hop off at Mosta and see the Rotunda roof before taking the next bus on to Valetta.
Written March 29, 2020
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Angel
London, UK373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
It is not the easiest place to get to. I think there are buses that get there (I saw a bus stop and a line of people) but easiest would be via car. There is a large car park, which is free but like most of Malta is manned by a person who takes tips. I definitely think Blue Grotto is worth a visit especially if you have never seen caves and similar interests before. It is beautiful particularly on a sunny day. Try to go earlier as possible to ensure less chance of big waves. There are a few caves the boat travels into. The sailors are very very experienced. Their skill was almost underestimated but our sailor ensured he rode with the waves to ensure it was as smooth as possible - A skill which is very hard and takes years of experience. Its not expensive and a good price point so worth visiting.
Written January 30, 2020
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KrisD_pl
Warsaw, Poland7,784 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
The bus stop for the viewpoint is Panorama. The best time is in the morning when the grotto is in the sunlight. From the viewpoint we walked down to the village and took a boat ride to the Blue Grotto. It costs 8 euro per adult/ 4 euros per child and takes 15-20 minutes. You get a different view from the sea. As Azure window on Gozo collapsed few years ago, Blue Grotto is probably the most iconic landscape view in Malta.
Written January 19, 2020
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dandms11
Weymouth, UK167 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Although it’s quite a pleasant place to visit with restaurants, bars and cafes it is a bit of a tourist trap. The boats to the Blue Grotto are overpriced at €8 for the 20 minute round trip. The grottos are nice but nothing really special. The trip is rushed so they can pack the next lot in and you will be sidelined in favour of a bigger party! Too fast, no time to stop and stare, take photos. Quite disappointing.
Written February 15, 2020
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Doinița Jipa
78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I cried when we got inside the cave by boat, it is THAT beautiful. We first took photos from the viewpoint and then we bought tickets for a boat to see the grotto from inside. It is one of the most beautiful natural places I've ever seen.
Written August 30, 2021
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Badforever
London, Canada834 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
We visited on a gloriously sunny and warm day (for March 4th). We took the Bus #74 leaving from Valletta City Gates. The bus goes once per hour and was full with about 95 % being tourists heading to the Blue Grotto. (Interesting, some got off at the Hagar Qim archeological site just up the road - smart move - just walk between the two.) Anyhow, call ahead to the Blue Grotto boats to avoid disappointment because today the sea was too rough for the boats even with the seemingly prefect weather. You can take a photo of one of the caves from the lookout point at the top of the hill. You can sit on the rocks looking at the gorgeous sea. And you can have coffee, drinks or a meal at one of the 4 or 5 restaurants. That's it, that's all there is to do here. And if the boats aren't going, well that's not much for the trip all the way here. Look into bus #201 for other scheduled times and it gets you much closer to the Grotto. A taxi cab sits in the parking lot as a third option to get you back to wherever you came from.
Written March 4, 2022
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
It is a nice cave but not so spectacular. To go inside, you have to get a short boat ride, and have to do it between morning and noon (because of the light inside the cave). Or you just go on top of the cliff and look below, and you will see it is nothing special.
Written December 9, 2020
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ElsieF499
London, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Blue grotto and other surrounding sea caves were beautiful on a sunny day. The sunshine brings out the iridescent blue colour. I got off the bus at Panorama stop, there is a viewing point with a good view down to the blue grotto. Then walked down into the little port which is a charming little village where you can get a boat tour to the caves. The boat trip was €10 for an around 15 min trip into the various caves - definitely worth doing to see the caves close up, this was easily the best thing I did in Malta. There are several restaurants and cafes in the village for lunch or a snack. I visited late morning, went on the boat trip and then had a lovely lunch with a great view before walking up the road to Hagar Qim temple.
Written May 20, 2023
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LinoYogya
Tangerang, Indonesia738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We are very glad that we tried this boat trip indeed.
The small boat trip take 45 min and it brought us to the caves which has very clear blue water beneath.
I was born and raised in town near sea and I am still amazed of the view offered here.
If you bring car, park it in the village and go downward to the pier where you can pay the trip.
Written April 13, 2020
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Tor G
Tallinn60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Worth the visit.
We payed 15 EUR for a cab to go from Valletta to Blue Grotto.

Easy to get there and they have small shops selling everything you need if you have forgotten your swimming trousers.

The actual trip to the Grotto is quick lasting 10-15 minutes. You are not allowed to swim during the trip and it costs 8 EUR for adults and 4 EUR for children.

After the trip you can swim a the docks and a lot of the people do so.

The kids enjoyed it too.
Written July 18, 2022
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