Heritage Malta offers boat tours to “get as close” as possible to Filfra

Heritage Malta offers the public the opportunity to get as close as possible to the inaccessible island of Filfra, listening to some fascinating anecdotes told by senior natural history curator John J. Borg. The island since 1982.

Two interesting tours around Phil Hula will take place on Sunday, August 14th and Sunday, September 4th. In the meantime, Borg provides information on how Philfra was formed, the origin of its name, its appeal to old pirates, and its use as a target for bombing. During British rule, the species of flora and fauna that now inhabit Philfra, and why the islets were declared as Nature Reserves and Natura 2000 Sites.

Tour participants can enjoy a boat ride while keeping an eye out for seabirds, turtles and dolphins that they may encounter while traveling. The boat departs from the Sliema ferry, passes through Malta’s east and south coasts and heads straight towards Philfra.

You will not disembark on the island and you will not swim around Phil Hula. However, on the way back, the boat stops near Derimara and returns to Sliema for those who want to swim.

The boat bar only serves light meals, so food and drinks must be brought by the participants themselves. It is highly recommended to use sunscreen and a hat. Children should be constantly monitored.

Each tour starts at 10:00 and ends at 15:00. If you have a ticket, please come to the pier (Luz Cruise Point) at 09:30. In case of bad weather, the tour may be canceled.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults – € 25; Elderly and Students – € 20; Heritage Malta Members and Children (6-11 years) – € 15.

Tickets can be purchased online at or from the Heritage Malta site and museums. Heritage Malta offers boat tours to “get as close” as possible to Filfra

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