Surfing in Malta
Malta is an archipelago and one of the smallest nations in the world located right in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. The country is known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, French and British. Due to good exposure to mediterranean swells and nice weather conditions it’s easy to find uncrowded line-ups and perfect waves under sunny blue skies. The best time to surf in Malta is during winter when good NW-NE swells reach the coast of the islands. There are multiple reef and beach breaks spread throughout the country, but the best spots are located on the north coast of the islands. The good thing about searching waves in Malta is that distance is never a problem. The island only has 316 km² and you will never have to drive more than 40km to find the best surf spot of the day. Surfing in Malta might not have the best waves in the world but surfing on the smallest enclosed sea in the world on this beautiful island definitely has its charm.
Climate in Malta
Malta has a mediterranean climate with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. The average sea temperatures range from 15°C to 26°C (59°F-78°F), so a 3/2 wetsuit will be enough for the colder winter months from October to June. Malta's strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea has lots of potential since the mistral or grecale wind swells are constantly reaching the maltanese shores. Winter is the best time to surf in Malta since you have the biggest NW-NE swells and is also a good time to avoid the crazy summer crowds.
Best surf spots in Malta
The best waves in Malta are located on the north coasts of the islands. The best surf spots are Ghajn Tuffieha, Golden Bay, Ix-xtajta, Iz-zewwieqa Bay, Marleys, Qbajiar Bay and Ramla Beach.
Meal price range
Simple meals start at $10 USD. Mid-range meals start at $23 USD. Dining & drinking at high-end restaurants can cost anywhere from $60-110 USD.
There are a couple places where you can rent gear. Boards start at $17 USD an hour.
Prepaid SIM cards
Vodafone is a good choice. SIM cards can be purchased from Vodafone kiosk in the airport.
Prepaid packages start at $24 USD.
The public bus service in Malta and Gozo is a good way to get around as they go practically everywhere and are inexpensive and efficient.
There are daily ferries between Malta and Gozo.
A service of electric minicabs runs in Valletta, charging a flat fare of $7 USD for three people.
You can rent a car or motor scooter easily.
$1.80 USD a liter.
Types of risks
Cliffs, shallow rocks, jellyfish.
How to prepare
Citizens from 62 countries, including the US, and Australia, can enter Latvia without a visa for up to 90 days.
Although it's not mandatory, it’s recommended that you have been vaccinated for hepatitis A & B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, Tdap, chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, influenza, measles, mumps and rubella.
Things to know
Language & Currency
Maltese and English are the official languages.
The currency is the Euro (€).
Best time to go
Winter is the best time to surf in Malta since you have the biggest NW-NE swells.
Checking Surf forecast
Checking the forecast about a week before your trip is always a good idea. Understanding what the waves will be like and knowing what gear to pack is essential. You can check the forecast for the waves here.
Do I need pack a pharmacy kit
You should bring a basic kit. Including ear drops, eye drops, bandaids, ear plugs, gaze, alcohol, mosquito repellent and broad spectrum antibiotic ointment.
World Nomads has great travel insurance packages that are not super expensive and they cover surfing.
Check surf pictures of Malta at #surfmalta.