5. Sliema: Round-Trip Gozo Cruise
After being collected from your accommodation, you will make your way to your new and unforgettable cruise for a day of exploration along the Gozitan coastline. You will depart from the Bugibba Jetty at 10:30AM, at which point you will cruise towards Malta’s sister island, Gozo. During this cruise you will be able to see the Cliffs of Ta’Cenc. This area consists of garrigue, as well as steep and rugged cliffs which rise from sea level to a height of 120 meters.
The cliffs are identified as an "Important Bird Area" by BirdLife International, due to the fact they support 800–1,000 breeding pairs of Cory's shearwaters and 150–300 pairs of yelkouan shearwaters. You will also cruise to Dwejra Bay, which is the home of Fungus Rock, or as it is locally known, “Il-Ġebla tal-Ġeneral”. Up until recently, you could also see the Azure Window, a 28-metre-tall limestone natural arch. The arch, together with other natural features in the area, has appeared in a number of international films and media productions. Following decades of natural erosion that caused parts of the arch to fall into the sea, the slab and pillar collapsed completely in stormy weather on March 8, 2017.
Another attraction during this cruise is Ir-Ramla l-Hamra. Ramla l-Hamra Bay, meaning Red Beach in Maltese, is Gozo’s largest sandy beach, with unique bright orange-red sand and beautiful blue clear waters. Ramla Bay is also one of the most beautiful beaches in Malta, set in the bottom of a valley with unspoiled wild and fertile nature. During this cruise you will stop in a bay around Gozo (weather permitting) and also at the Blue Lagoon with it’s crystal clear waters. There you can relax on the boat or lay on the beach, before you return back to Bugibba at around 6:00PM.