Floating smack-bang and isolated in the middle of the shimmering Mediterranean Sea, minuscule Malta trots along to a charmingly laid back pace.

A consortium of 3 bite-sized islands containing countless blue water lagoons backed by stunning surrounds, the country presents a beguiling mish-mash of Arabic and European languages, architecture, cuisine and traditions - the legacy of having been alternately raided, invaded, or occupied by virtually every Western power to have attained conquering capacities over the past 2,000 years. Little wonder then that the locals are so versed in sharing their island’s spoils with the latest foreign hordes to reach their shores.

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy

A service charge isn't generally included in restaurant bills. If the food and service has been good, adding a few Euros to the bill is the norm. Likewise for taxis (which won’t generally run their meter).

Internet access is good in Malta and internet cafes are easily found in most cities and major towns. Some hotels will also have wireless.

Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Malta. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive if you plan to use your mobile phone.

Western-style, flushable toilets are the standard in Malta. Expect to pay a small fee when using public toilets in some parts of the country.

Soft drink = 1.50 Euro
Sandwich = 2 Euro
Pizza = 6.50 Euro
Meal at a mid-range restaurant = 37 Euro

The water is safe to drink in Malta, though it may taste a little brackish as it’s desalinated sea water. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water

All major credit cards are widely accepted by stores in Malta. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

ATMs are readily available throughout Malta.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 10 Feb Feast of St Paul's Shipwreck
  • 19 Mar Feast of St Joseph
  • 31 Mar Freedom Day
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 1 May Workers' Day 
  • 7 Jun Commemoration of 1919 Riot / Sette Giugno
  • 29 Jun Feast of St Peter and St Paul
  • 15 Aug Feast of the Assumption
  • 8 Sep Feast of Our Lady of Victories / Victory Day
  • 21 Sep Independence Day
  • 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 13 Dec Republic Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Malta go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/malta/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Malta

1. Be considerate of Malta’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. The tap water is considered safe to drink, so for environmental reasons try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill and refill a reusable water bottle or canteen instead.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive and supports the local community.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.