I'm Tina,

Czech expat living in Malta and looking to rediscover what made me fall in love with the island 9 years ago.

First Kayak Adventure at Gnejna Bay

First Kayak Adventure at Gnejna Bay

It has been very hot in Malta in the last few days, so I was thinking what to do, where to go without baking in the sun... During the planing process I remembered seeing two guys on kayaks while hiking in Fomm ir-Rih last week and then it hit me! I have never been on a kayak before, so let's go!

And here I am! On a kayak for the very first time! I didn't have an idea about how much does it cost to rent a kayak or if it's hard work, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that a kayak rental is €5 an hour and it's really not that difficult! In my opinion that's a really good price and great exercise too! Win-win situation here! :-)

Living in Qawra I thought I would go somewhere close, so I just went down to Gnejna Bay. Plus the surrounding areas, the view of Ta' Lippa Tower, the clay slopes and the Qarraba promontory are just stunning so it wasn't a hard decision. 

It's a selfie time with the Ta' Lippa watch tower in the background! I have been in the area many times, but never saw it from this angle and I have to say that for some reason, everything seems to look better from the sea. :-)

After approximately 20 mins of paddling I reached this beautiful secluded sandy beach. You can count the number of people on your fingers, so it's very nice and quiet. You can easily 'park' the kayak on the beach and go for a swim if you would like, but I was eager to continue my exploring so I didn't. 

Also don't you think the anchored sailing boat with the clay slopes background is simply stunning? I wish I could be in the boat, but I am on a kayak and that's good too and it only cost me a fiver. :-)

And here is a gorgeous view of the Qarraba promontory. I just love nature and what it is able to create! And I wasn't the only one admiring its beauty, there were quite a few people hiking in the area. I have done it myself, you can walk all the way around it and the views from up there are also stunning! You can check my blog about my afternoon trek in Ghajn Tuffieha

And this my final destination, the peak of the Qarraba promontory. I didn't go any further this time as the sea was a bit choppy on that day and I wasn't feeling 100% so I turned around at this point. But it was a very nice experience. Next time I would like to go and explore the other side and hopefully visit Ta' Marija cave. Have anyone been yet?

It took me exactly an hour (however I was stopping a lot to take photos, so you might be faster) to see all this and go back to the Gnejna Watersports where I rented my kayak from. They were very helpful and professional. The lady there was concerned about me being safe since the conditions weren't ideal and I appreciate that a lot, when it is not just a hard sell. 

Here is map with the exact location so you know where to go. If you want to come with a friend they also have doubles. I hope I got you tempted and you will give it a try! And if kayak is not your thing, why not to rent a paddle boat? :-)

Quick dip at Slugs Bay

Quick dip at Slugs Bay

Hiking in Fomm ir-Rih

Hiking in Fomm ir-Rih