Advantages Entertaining boat trip with flexibility on where to go and for how long
Disadvantages None for me
|Value for Money|
|Ease of getting around|
I first visited the island when I was in my teens and had no expectations other than having a good time. I was extremely excited to be having a holiday in the sun. This first trip I admit was as far back as 1975. On this first visit I was fortunate enough to spend a whole month of the summer with a friend and her family (Her father being half Maltese) there and I liked it so much that I have been back several times since. True, it can be a little on the smelly side at times, well, to be perfectly honest sometimes it can be VERY smelly. Also, some areas are quite built up and the landscape is mostly arid. Beaches are mainly small coves and rocky bays, and many areas are only accessible to the sea by steps as there is no sand, just rocks. But what I really like about Malta is that I feel that there is so much to do here (even though it is such a small island) in terms of both culture and for having holiday fun in the sun.
Another great advantage to spending a holiday on this Mediterranean island is that, as it is such a compact place, staying anywhere on Malta means that you won't be very far from the coast. And, In the sweltering heat of a Maltese summer, being able to travel quickly and easily to the coast can't be a bad thing, can it?
I have stayed in various Maltese resorts over the years, but whenever I go, and wherever I stay, I always like to take at least one boat trip of some kind. I have always enjoyed boat trips and when the sun is shining and the sky is blue and clear without a cloud in sight then what better past time to while away some time on a hot afternoon than feeling the breeze as one coasts along on a boat?
Boats of many descriptions are to be seen in abundance in bustling Bugibba, so we really were spoilt for choice.
He helped the ladies onto the boat, insisting that they took his hand to clamber onto the boat, which isn't the easiest thing to do with dignity, all the while keeping up a friendly banter, until he had enough passengers on his boat to begin the trip. And off we set!
My teenaged daughter, an animal lover, seemed more fascinated by Tony's brown mongrel dog that seemed to understand his owner's every word. He would obey commands to move to different parts of the boats. Sometimes he even had a cooling swim in the sea. This dog appeared unmoved and not at all phased by passengers on the boat who tried to talk to him. He was nonchalant and only had ears and eyes for his owner.
We left the coast at Bugibba, traveling at high speed, skimming across the blue-green waves of the Mediterranean Sea. At times Tony drove the boat at speed into the waves, seeming to delight in getting us all sprayed from the sea. He laughed as we were showered but, no matter, as the cooling water was refreshing and welcome.
We sped around the coast for a while with Tony pointing out places of interest in the distance, and making many jokes. Any boats that sailed near to us were subjected to his pretend derision. His was the best boat and the best trip! All the boat owners seemed familiar and friendly with each other and their exchanges were amusing.
Then we could see the island of Comino. Here the water is clear and the sand is white. I think it a shame though that this spot has become so popular. When I first visited Comino many years ago it was idyllic, but now it is difficult in the height of the season to even find a spot on which to place a towel. We didn't alight as this was too short boat trip than would be required if landing on the island of Comino. Tony did say that he often took parties out to Comino to swim and snorkel for a few hours before returning.
As we went into an especially dark cave, with boat engine switched off, the water could be heard lapping at the sides of the Oki Ko-Ki and nothing much else could be heard... until Tony told us that this cave was home to many bats. I think he lied, but we all jumped as he made a squeak which was meant to be a bat. I probably jumped the most, being terrified of bats.
This boat trip is fantastic if you want to meet one of the islands colourful characters and aren't too serious a person. I believe Malta is full of character and fun. Tony navigated the boat well and we all felt confident at all times in his skill. He gave us a wonderful, memorable trip which was entertaining and funny throughout and although he was a little rude he wasn't too rude and was never offensive in the least. Everyone seemed to find him hilarious and great fun. Although we went on this trip as we love a speed boat trip, and wanted to again (as this wasn't our first trip to Malta) see the caves, we were all in agreement that this was more than an ordinary boat trip; it was something rather special.
Every visit to Malta should include a trip on the Oki Ko-Ki.
Attention, this is the first review from this author
Instead of giving a negative rating, consider:
Help this member by giving your advice
Report fraud (for example plagiarism) or other issue with the review to the Ciao support team
Add your comment