Sailing Holidays

Sailing Holidays in Malta

Malta has been the centre of seafaring activity in the Mediterranean for over 1000 years.

Sailing holidays in Malta

Malta is a fascinating island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean for many centuries. Ideal for a relaxed sailing holiday, you can sail round Malta and visit the islands of Gozo, Comino and Cominotto, renowned for their pristine beaches and caves. Peaceful, unspoilt Gozo has a picturesque harbour, Mgarr, and lots of quiet anchorages where you can swim in turquoise waters- definitely worth a visit. Comino is excellent for swimming in the famous Blue Lagoon which provides excellent shelter for anchoring at night.

If you want a mix of city nightlife, historic buildings and deserted anchorages with very short passages, the Malta is a good choicefor a 5 to 7 day sailing holiday.

With the islands so close to Malta, you may want to combine a yacht charter with time ashore to visit the historic sights of Malta, including the historic town of Mdina. In two weeks you could extend your sailing holiday to visit Sicily, some 60nm north of Gozo.

For yacht charter in Malta the skipper must have RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate or RYA ICC qualification.

Ideal for a relaxed sailing holiday, you can sail round Malta and visit St Julian's Harbour, St Paul's island and the picture-perfect fishing harbour of Marsaxlokk on the south of the island. Sail to the islands of Gozo, Comino and Cominotto with their pristine beaches and caves. Gozo is the second biggest island full of character and charm. Use the marina at the picturesque harbour of Mgarr or anchor off one of the beaches. Quiet compared to Malta, Gozo definitely is worth a visit ashore. Comino is excellent for swimming in the famous Blue Lagoon which provides excellent shelter for anchoring at night. From here you can sail round the Maltese Islands returning for an evening dip in the pristine waters of the lagoon.

An itinerary around the Maltese islands is easy sailing but most nights you will on anchor in protected bays. A trip to Sicily includes a 60nm open passage so best for experienced skippers only. 

Lovers of history will want to explore Valetta and Birgu, with its maritime museum, Inquisitor's Palace, walled town and narrow streets.

DAY 1 : Embark at Kalkara Marina, a private marina in Valletta Grand Harbour.
DAY 2 : Mgarr, Gozo (15nm). A picture postcard harbour with colourful boats and bustling restaurants.
DAY 3 : Tour of Gozo (25nm). Anchor at one of the lovely beaches for lunch.
DAY 4 : Comino (4nm). Spend another day exploring Gozo before sailing to Comino
DAY 5 : Blue Lagoon and Cominotto (10nm). Anchor overnight in the Blue Lagoon with its perfect white sand and still turquoise water.
DAY 6 : Mellieha Bay, Malta (6nm). Excellent sheltered anchorage with unlimited space on the NE coast.
DAY 7 : Return to Kalkara Marina (12 nm).

These yachts are based in Kalkara Marina, a private marina in Valletta Grand Harbour and can start and finish any day of the week, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. 

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Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

Air Malta have flights from Gatwick and Heathrow. easy Jet have daily flights from Gatwick to Malta. Transfer time to Birgu 10 mins. 

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Malta

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Sardinia, Sicily & Tuscany

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3:  

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper 
standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.


To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School  



Sailing holidays in MaltaThe Maltese Islands’ clear blue Mediterranean sea is ideal for scuba diving. All three Islands offer excellent and unique diving experiences with reefs, caves and wrecks. The calmness of the sea makes for excellent visibility and is ideal for first time divers and beginners. For qualified divers there are various sites that include archaeological artefacts, some from WWII, some even dating back to the Roman era. Join one of the scuba diving trips offered by locally licensed diving schools.

Sailing holidays in MaltaMalta is so much more than just sun and sea. With a rich history dating back thousands of years, the islands offer endless opportunities for sightseeing and exploration. Prehistoric temples, roman ruins, medieval castles, walled cities, forts and churches are just a few of the historical attractions. Some of these locations are venues for colourful  historic re-enactments. 

Sailing holidays in MaltaGozo is extremely popular with both locals and tourists alike for its serenity and quiet beauty. Often referred to as “the land where time stood still”, Malta’s sister island is excellent walking country. One of the best walks is along Dingli Cliffs. It’s truly spectacular to watch the sun set over the sea from the highest area in Malta where the land falls away at a spectacular 220m height (720ft). These cliffs offer remarkable coastal views.

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