April 2016 – We stayed on Malta for Winter 2015/2016 at a nice berth in Creek Marina Msida, which is in-between Sliema and Valetta. In our opinion Creek Marina is the most save marina on Malta with the most reasonable pricing, not to mention the good location. On top, the people of the marina are nice and supportive. The only disadvantage are the shower accommodations: there is only one room next to the marina office with two showers and two toilets. Depending where you’ve your boat you have to walk quite a while, but most inconvenient is that the showers are often crowded and till it’s your turn the water is cold.
In general the Maltese are friendly and helpful. We never had any bad feelings walking the streets, not even by night. The bus connection is very good, you can visit all famous and not so famous places by bus. Even if it’s not always easy to find the right bus, there are always friendly people around helping you with the right information.
Prices on Malta for costs of living are moderate, compared to Switzerland a paradise. The typical food is a mix of Italian and North-African cuisine, but you can find all other dishes as well. There are lots of small shops in which you can buy food or any other stuff needed (or not needed), but also big supermarkets. And for sure you will find many shipper shops / chandleries.
Malta is a rather crowded island with lots of traffic but also full of historical places, which we enjoyed to visit.
One big advantage at least in our opinion: almost all Maltese speak English, so communication is quite easy.
In-between our stay on Malta we went to Monastir / Tunisia. Thus coming back to Malta we had to check-in to the EU again. The procedure was easy and free of charge; you only have to go with all usual papers (boat-papers, passports etc.) to Seaport Immigration Police Office, nothing else was required.
We worked with ‘Raymarine’ on Malta and were very pleased with the service and knowledge of Ing.Kurt Casapinta. In addition we can highly recommend Ing. Stefan Trapani, he is specialist in SSB, VHF, Antenna connections and similar things, he solved for us lots of problems caused by the unprofessional works done in Turkey. The specialist for rigging on Malta is ‘Nicky’s Marine Services’, although it’s difficult to get him on the boat because he is very busy, he is the only one we can recommend for rigging adjustments. To buy and order special boat things, we made very good experiences with ‘Gauci Borda’, for diving equipment we recommend to go to ‘Scuba Systems Ltd‘. To rent a car in Malta is very cheap indeed, however never ever use Goldcar or Rhodiumcar – these companies are fraudulent in their ways of doing business!
Unfortunately we made some rather unpleasant experiences with ‘Dagata Marine’ and ‘Skyline Plastic Works’, we would not work with them again.