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Safety at Sea

Swimmer’s zones are areas that are specifically reserved for swimmers. No boats, seacraft or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers shall be used within a swimmers’ zone. Such zones are marked by coloured marker buoys and ropes which are installed in designated areas between May/June and end of September/ 15th October.

List of Swimmer Zones


  • Armier Bay
  • Birżebbuġa Bay (Pretty Bay)
  • Birzebbuġa Bay (Qajjenza)
  • Birżebbuġa Bay (San Gorg)
  • Ġnejna Bay
  • Iċ-Ċirkewwa
  • Iċ-Ċirkewwa (Paradise Bay)
  • Ir-Ramla ta’ Għajn Tuffieħa
  • Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (Golden Sands)
  • Kalanka t-Tawwalija (Delimara)
  • Kalanka tat-Tumbrell
  • Kalkara
  • Marfa (Ir-Ramla tal-Bir)
  • Marsaskala (opposite ex Jerma Hotel)
  • Marsaskala (Waterpolo Pitch)
  • Marsaxlokk
  • Mellieħa Bay
  • Mellieħa Bay (It-Tunnara)
  • Mellieħa Bay (Ramlet il-Qortin)
  • Mgiebaħ Bay
  • Qawra Bay
  • Rinella Bay
  • Salina Bay (opposite Coastline Hotel)
  • Salina Bay (opposite Suncrest Hotel)
  • Sliema (Fond Ghadir)
  • Spinola Bay (Balluta Bay)
  • Spinola (opposite Cavalieri Hotel)
  • Spinola (Sliema)
  • Spinola (St Julians)
  • St George’s Bay (St Julians)
  • St Paul’s Bay - Buġibba (opposite Dolmen Hotel)
  • St Paul’s Bay (Buġibba Square)
  • St Paul’s Bay (Għajn Razul - Veċċja Breakwater)
  • St Paul’s Bay (Għażżelin)
  • St Paul’s Bay (Selmun)
  • St Paul’s Bay (Tal-Fekruna)
  • St Paul’s Bay (Xemxija)
  • St Peter’s Pool
  • St Thomas Bay (Inner)
  • St Thomas Bay (Outer)
  • Ta’ Xbiex (Marsamxett)
  • Tigne
  • Torri l-Abjad
  • Valletta - Waterpolo Pitch (Marsamxett)
  • Xrobb l-Għaġin (Delimara)


  • Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay
  • Ir-Ramla
  • Marsalforn Bay
  • Mġarr ix-Xini
  • Qbajjar
  • San Blas
  • Xlendi Bay


  • Blue Lagoon (click for a card overview)
  • Santa Marija (Inner)
  • Santa Marija Bay (Outer)
  • San Niklaw

Charts and Notice Mariners

Relative Charts and notice to Mariners can be downloaded from here.

Safety Checklist

The Ports and yachting Directorate within the Authority for Transport in Malta is also responsible for promoting and overseeing safety of navigation. This is achieved through the organisation of the annual Safety at Sea campaign and promotion of safety practices with boat owners/skippers of vessels.

On their part owners/skippers of vessel are responsible for the safety of all persons on board their craft. In an effort to promote safety of navigation the Authority for Transport has produced a list of basic equipment that is to be carried on board craft.

 Click here to download the English Checklist, and here for the Verzjoni bil-Malti.