Hondoq ir-Rummien Bay and Beach in Gozo

Discover the vibrant charm of Hondoq ir-Rummien, one of the most exciting beaches on the island of Gozo. This small sandy beach blends a wild, adventurous spirit with a tranquil, rustic charm, making it a beloved destination among locals.

Whether planning a day trip to Gozo or seeking an escape into nature, Hondoq Bay offers an ideal seaside retreat with a great beach and crystal clear water.

In this article, we provide details on how to reach Hondoq Bay in Gozo, a guide to the various activities and useful tips to enhance your experience. 

Where is Hondoq ir-Rummien Bay

Nestled on the southeast coast of the stunning island of Gozo, Malta, Hondoq ir-Rummien Bay is a small cove within walking distance from Mgarr Harbour, with the nearest village being Qala.

Getting to Hondoq ir-Rummien Beach

By Bus

Reaching Hondoq Bay in Gozo is conveniently accessible by Bus number 303, with the nearest bus stop named Kuncizzjoni. A short 15-minute walk covering a distance of 1.2km from the bus stop leads you to Hondoq Bay.

On Foot

A scenic walk from Mgarr Harbour to Hondoq Bay is a journey that takes less time than a bus trip. This walk is around 3.7km, requiring about 37 minutes to 2 minutes quicker than the bus route. Navigate the path effortlessly by following the red spots for guidance.

By Car

The most convenient method to reach Hondoq Bay in Gozo is by car. Follow the road signs, and you'll arrive at Hondoq Bay effortlessly. Using mapping apps like Google Maps makes navigation much easier. A spacious car park near the beach ensures worry-free parking for your convenience.

By Taxi

Consider the option of reaching Hondoq Beach by taxi. Reliable services such as eCabs, Uber, and Bolt operate all over the islands of Malta and Gozo, providing accessibility to this location. Additionally, traditional white-labelled taxis are readily available on Gozo for transportation.

Exploring Hondoq Bay

Blue Flag Beach

In 2019, Hondoq ir-Rummien secured its Blue Flag beach status, joining a prestigious group of over 4,000 pristine beaches globally, highlighting its exceptional cleanliness. As one of Malta's 12 exclusive Blue Flag beaches, Hondoq ir-Rummien is an ideal destination for those seeking sandy shores and crystal-clear waters to dip in the blue sea.

Snorkelling and Diving

Hondoq ir-Rummien's popularity among locals for diving and snorkelling is attributed to its azure waters. The south extension of the rocky shore provides excellent snorkelling opportunities, allowing enthusiasts to observe a lot of small fish among the rocks and Posidonia meadows.

Accessible through a small sand and pebble beach, the area is supervised during the summer months, securing a safe water entrance for visitors. The northern border features a concrete platform, while limestone rocks define the border.

These rocks, adorned with numerous cracks and small caves, attract diverse fish species, including common wrasse, rainbow wrasse, ornate wrasse, and the painted comber.

Things to Do in Hondoq Bay

Swim and Relax

Hondoq ir-Rummien beach, though adorned with pebbles, offers an ideal setting for swimming lovers. For a relaxing experience, consider renting a sunbed, basking in the sun, and enjoying a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of this small sandy beach. Hondoq ir-Rummien provides the perfect combination of sea, sun, and fun for a refreshing seaside getaway. 

Join the Locals

Hondoq ir-Rummien is a favoured destination for those looking to experience local travel vibes. This bay is a popular hangout for Gozitans, providing an authentic atmosphere for tourists to chill and connect. Join the locals for a chat while enjoying a meal, sipping on a refreshing beer, or participating in the community spirit by engaging in fishing activities.

Enjoy the Sunrise

Beyond its charm for swimming, Hondoq Bay is a great spot to witness one of the most spectacular sunrises on the Island of Gozo. Positioned to the East, the bay offers stunning sunrise views, with some days aligning perfectly between the farthest point of Gozo and Comino.

Visit Hondoq Bay, especially on partly cloudy mornings. You'll experience the sky transforming into hues of red just before the sun ascends from the horizon. The East-facing location provides a lovely view with glimpses of the famous Blue Lagoon in Comino.

Water Sports

For water lovers seeking thrilling activities and fun, Hondoq Bay offers a wide range of water sports opportunities such as Crazy Sofas, UFO Rides, Kayaks, Canoes, Water Skiing, Paddle Boarding, Knee Boarding, and Wake Boarding.

Additionally, self-drive boats and Jet Skis are available for rent, ensuring an adrenaline-pumping and enjoyable time on the water. Explore the excitement and rent your gear at Hondoq Bay for an unforgettable aquatic adventure. Rentals are available at the beach (in summer).

Useful Tips and Recommendations

High Season

Hondoq Bay, known for its sandy shores, tends to experience high levels of crowding, particularly in the high-season summer months of July, August, and September. If you're not a fan of crowds, consider planning your visit early in the morning for a better experience.

Water and Sunscreen 

When visiting Malta, being aware of the intense sun is important. To ensure a comfortable experience, staying hydrated by carrying a bottle of water and protecting your skin by constantly applying sunscreen are highly recommended.


To prioritise safety, always check the water level, be alert for underwater rocks, and ensure no people swim nearby before taking the plunge. Enjoy responsibly by staying mindful of water conditions at Hondoq Bay.

Tight on Time? Visiting Gozo for a Day?

Your All-Inclusive Gozo Day Trip with Yippee Tours

Following your Hondoq Bay visit, seize the chance for various day trips around Gozo, starting at 10.30 am, 2.15 pm, and 2.30 pm. Opt for a Tuk Tuk Gozo Tour or a Quad Bike Gozo Tour, featuring a lovely traditional Gozitan lunch.

These all-inclusive packages provide a fulfilling day in Gozo, with convenient pick-up and drop-off services from Malta and Gozo. Explore the beauty of Gozo with our Tuk Tuk and Quad Bike Day Trip options.

Author: Norbert Bezzina

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