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“Good experience but expected more”

Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)
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Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk Half Day Trip
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Zurrieq
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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126 reviews
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“Good experience but expected more”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

It is a good side trip and enjoyable but I somehow expected more. But for 8 euros per person it is worth the experience if you are in the area.

Visited May 2013
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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“Nothing grotty about this grotto”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

The day was cool, the wind abrasive and legions of clouds scudded across the day hillsides. The occasional break in the clouds allowed the sun to illuminate this beautiful natural feature.

The boats were not running due to the high seas but I suspect that the view from the hillside with its seating/viewing area is just as good. (Park at the side of the road where the parking spaces are before the little village) You would have to be mental to try and climb down the hill - just don't do it!

Walk down to the harbour through the village to admire the heavily camouflaged war defenses. We almost missed them, so cleverly are they blended with the rocks.

Worth taking a picnic to admire the view, its a relaxing place to be but probably busy in summer.

Visited April 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Great geology intro for the young ones!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Surely, Blue Grotto is one of the must-see sights in Malta. An easy half hour drive from Attard where we were staying, we first stop by the roadside for a panorama view of the limestone arch, the cliffs and even the abandoned oil rig in the far off distance.

My 5-year old daughter and I walked down the little viewpoint/park by the roadside as we carefully explored the natural microcosm of rocks, plants and bugs.

Then we whet our appetite by looking at shells, fossilized corals and the gorgeous view of the huge caverns and boats bobbing up and down in the Mediterranean Sea.

Satisfied, we went back to the car and headed down the steep winding road down to the little bay side.

Tourist buses are still few at noon and some day trippers like us have already filled the parking slots. There are a few seafood restaurants lining up the steep road down to the ramp leading to the water. We passed by some divers getting ready to do a 'beach' entry while we slowly make our way to one of the boats.

There were no lines for the boat tickets. Boat rates were reasonable (~€20 for 2 adults + 1 child and 1-year old goes free) and each boat carried 6 passengers plus the boat driver.

I got very excited seeing how clear the water was. The sea was just different hues from aqua to deep blue at certain places.

The ride took us to different caverns under the cliffs - from small ones to the humongous cavern we could see from the top of the cliff. The boat driver also took us to one that goes very deep where it was pitch dark. We also get to admire different rock formations by stalactites including a wee elephant's foot!

Some people were disappointed about the Blue Grotto based on TripAdvisor reviews.

Well, we took it as face value and this was a brilliant intro to geology to my eldest daughter who is just learning why Nemo's home was uplifted and brought out of the water :0). She goes 'oh that's poor..' I dare say that the oil rig helps explain how Geologists try to reach the same kind of rocks underneath to find oil/gas to provide energy to our daily needs but it's always important to remember how everything is connected and we have to be careful with what we do.


Visited March 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“views!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

we caught the Arriva bus from Valletta to iz-Żurrieq, then transferred onto a bus to the blue grotto. The first stop near the blue grotto is signposted panoramic views this is were you need to get off in order to see the arch in the hills otherwise you get off at the next stop approx. 500 meters down a very steep hill for gorgeous views across the sea and the base were you can buy tickets for a boat ride through the grotto, weather permitting. there are cafes close by and some temples are close by. Worth a look!

Visited April 2013
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Lauterbach, Germany
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“Terrific”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Bad weather, the boats didn't drive. Anyway a place to see. I got a hell of a lot of trouble as I tried to climb down to the water;-)

Visited March 2013
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