Blue Grotto (Malta)

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This article is about the Blue Grotto in Malta. For other uses, see Blue Grotto.
A tourist boat on its way to the Blue Grotto.
Water in the Blue Grotto
Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in the grotto
A tourist boat at the Blue Grotto.
As seen from inside the Blue Grotto.
The blue grotto as seen from above.

The Blue Grotto (Maltese: Taħt il-Ħnejja) is a number of sea caverns on the south coast of Malta, east of the fishermen's harbour Wied iż-Żurrieq. Wied iz-zurrieq is in the village of Qrendi and the blue grotto cave located within the Qrendi village as per Local Council Act 1993 It is located right across from the small uninhabited islet of Filfla.[1]

Every day from sunrise until about 1 pm a unique sight can be observed here. The location of the cave combined with the sunlight lead to the water mirroring showing numerous shades of blue. Several caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora; other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue.

The Blue Grotto is a popular destination for tourists on the island of Malta with boat trips to visit the caves, scuba diving snorkeling and rock climbing being the most popular activities here. It also has some typical local restaurants that offer good food with stunning views. The location has been used many times by filmmakers, including a Milk Tray advert showing a cliff diver jumping 30m into the sea, numerous promotional videos about Malta, a scene of the 2004 film Troy and most recently in a RAI TV 2 filming for the popular travel programme Sereno Variabile.


Coordinates: 35°49′N 14°27′E / 35.817°N 14.450°E / 35.817; 14.450