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 Swimmers’ Zones


  • Ġnejna Bay
  • Għajn Tuffieha
  • Golden Bay
  • Paradise Bay
  • Armier Bay
  • Mellieħa (Għadira Bay)
  • Mellieħa (It-Tunnara)
  • Mgiebaħ
  • Selmun
  • St Paul’s Bay (Tal-Veċċja)
  • St Paul’s Bay (Tal-Għażżelin)
  • St Paul’s Bay (Il-Fekruna)
  • St Peter’s Pool
  • Buġibba (Main Square)
  • Buġibba (Perched Beach)
  • Qawra Bay
  • Salina Bay
  • St Julian’s (St George’s Bay)
  • St Julian’s (Spinola Cavalieri)
  • St Julian’s (Spinola)
  • Tas-Sliema (Exiles)
  • Ta’ Xbiex
  • Marsamxett (Waterpolo Pitch)
  • Kalkara (Ir-Rinella)
  • Marsaskala (Iz-Zonqor)
  • Marsaskala (ex Jerma Hotel)
  • Marsaskala (St Thomas Bay)
  • Xrobb l-Għaġin
  • Delimara (Il-Kalanka)
  • Birżebbuġa (Pretty Bay)
  • St Paul’s Bay (Ix-Xemxija)
  • Tas-Sliema (Fond Ghadir)
  • Birżebbuġa (San Gorg)
  • Ċirkewwa
  • Tigne’ (Tas-Sliema)
  • Marsaxlokk
  • Balluta (San Giljan)
  • Qawra Bay (below Sea Front Hotels)
  • Qajjenza


  • Qbajjar
  • Marsalforn
  • Ramla l-Hamra
  • San Blas
  • Ħondoq ir-Rummien
  • Mġarr ix-Xini
  • Xlendi


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

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.