Blue lagoon http://dudubluelagoon.com/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 08:20:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dudubluelagoon.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-11-120x120.png Blue lagoon http://dudubluelagoon.com/ 32 32 Blue Lagoon in West Wales closed early to protect seals https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-in-west-wales-closed-early-to-protect-seals/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:12:57 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-in-west-wales-closed-early-to-protect-seals/ //= do_shortcode(‘[in-content-square]’) ?> The Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire was closed to the public earlier than expected due to the early arrival of breeding gray seals. The National Trust Cymru has closed popular West Wales attraction the Blue Lagoon to the public ahead of schedule due to the early arrival of breeding gray seals. Each year, the […]]]>
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The Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire was closed to the public earlier than expected due to the early arrival of breeding gray seals.

The National Trust Cymru has closed popular West Wales attraction the Blue Lagoon to the public ahead of schedule due to the early arrival of breeding gray seals.

Each year, the former slate quarry of Abereiddi, famous for having previously hosted rounds of the Red Bull Cliff Diving series, closes to the public from late September to November.

Recent years have seen increasing numbers of the gray seal population breeding in and around the lagoon.

This, combined with the high number of visitors to the Blue Lagoon and its sheltered nature, which makes it so attractive to seals, creates a situation where there is a high potential for disturbance to seals.

The time seals spend resting on land is vital to their health and that of their young, as they digest a recent meal, socialize and feed their young.

In order to provide them with a safe environment to raise their puppies, the National Trust Cymru has closed the Blue Lagoon to visitors until November 5.

Reopening is subject to seal farming activity at that time.

“There are two species of seals that can be found in Britain; harbor seal and gray seal. Only gray seals are a regular occurrence in Pembrokeshire, where they are present all year round,” said Mark Underhill, National Trust Cymru’s campaign manager for Pembrokeshire.

“Around half of the world’s population of gray seals breed on our coastline and the total number in West Wales, mainly Pembrokeshire, is estimated to be around 5,000, with some 1,400 pups born each year.

“The breeding season is vital for our seal colonies here in Pembrokeshire, and we ask visitors not to enter the Blue Lagoon and to follow the guidelines set out by the Seal Alliance and the Pembrokeshire Marine Code when on the coastal path.”

Keep your distance

Activity providers who have signed the National Trust Coasteering Agreement and undergone specific training on how to operate around seals will still have access to the lagoon with groups of visitors who have booked in advance.

To avoid disturbing seals, the National Trust Cymru recommends following the Pembrokeshire Marine Code: stay quiet, keep your distance and at least 50m from seals and never get between a seal and its pup, or a seal and the sea and do not take dogs. near a seal breeding area.

If a seal is spotted in distress or alone, never approach the pup. Seals are often left alone on the beach and distress can be caused by contact with people.

To raise any concerns about seals or seal pups, contact the conservation group Welsh Marine Life Rescue on 01646 692943 or 07970 285086.


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Blue Lagoon closes early as breeding seals arrive https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-closes-early-as-breeding-seals-arrive/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 09:11:39 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-closes-early-as-breeding-seals-arrive/ Blue Lagoon is closing a week earlier than planned, due to the early arrival of breeding gray seals. The National Trust Cymru has taken the decision to close the former Abereiddi slate quarry today (Saturday September 17), a week ahead of schedule, to protect seals from disturbance. Each year, the Blue Lagoon closes to the […]]]>

Blue Lagoon is closing a week earlier than planned, due to the early arrival of breeding gray seals.

The National Trust Cymru has taken the decision to close the former Abereiddi slate quarry today (Saturday September 17), a week ahead of schedule, to protect seals from disturbance.

Each year, the Blue Lagoon closes to the public from late September to November, with recent years having seen increasing numbers of the gray seal population breeding in and around the lagoon.

This, combined with the high number of visitors to the Blue Lagoon and its sheltered nature, which makes it so attractive to seals, creates a situation where there is a high potential for seal disturbance.

Gray seals have arrived earlier than expected in Pembrokeshire

The time seals spend resting on land is vital to their health and that of their young, as they digest a recent meal, socialize and feed their young.

To provide them with a safe environment to raise their puppies, National Trust Cymru will close the Blue Lagoon to visitors from September 17 until November 5.

The reopening of the area is subject to seal farming activity at that time. at this moment

Visitors will still be able to view these wild creatures in their habitat from the Wales Coast Path and coasteering activity providers.

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Mark Underhill, Campaign Manager for National Trust Cymru, Pembrokeshire, said: “Around half of the world’s population of gray seals breed on our coastline and the total number in West Wales, mainly in Pembrokeshire , is estimated at around 5,000, with some 1,400 pups born each year.

“The breeding season is vital for our seal colonies here in Pembrokeshire, and we ask visitors not to enter the Blue Lagoon and to follow guidelines when on the coastal path.”

The National Trust Cymru recommends following the Pembrokeshire Marine Code to avoid disturbing seals: stay quiet, keep at least 50 yards from seals and never come between a seal and its pup, or a seal and the sea , and do not bring a dog near a seal. farming area.

They also ask that if a seal is spotted in distress or alone, they never approach the pup. For any concerns about seals or seal pups, contact the conservation group Welsh Marine Life Rescue on 01646 692943 or 07970 285086.

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Sao Tome’s Magnificent Blue Lagoon — Transcontinental Times https://dudubluelagoon.com/sao-tomes-magnificent-blue-lagoon-transcontinental-times/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 11:23:36 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/sao-tomes-magnificent-blue-lagoon-transcontinental-times/ Sao Tome and Principe : The Lagoa Azul (“blue lagoon”) is one of the most amazing places on the charming island of Sao Tome, located off the coast of Guinea. Located about an hour’s drive from the city of Sao Tome, this small bay is known for its sparkling blue waters and the pristine greenery […]]]>

Sao Tome and Principe : The Lagoa Azul (“blue lagoon”) is one of the most amazing places on the charming island of Sao Tome, located off the coast of Guinea.

Located about an hour’s drive from the city of Sao Tome, this small bay is known for its sparkling blue waters and the pristine greenery that surrounds it.

Photo credit: Raghu Gururaj

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The lagoon is part of the Obo de São Tomé National Park, but is located on the outer periphery and therefore easily accessible by road.

Photo credit: Raghu Gururaj

There are countless beaches in Sao Tome, but the Blue Lagoon stands out. Swimming a few meters in these waters on a sunny day with blue skies, I was overwhelmed with a surreal feeling of being surrounded by a pure clear blue sea.

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There are several interesting aspects to this lagoon. One delightful thing about the lagoon is that it displays different hues in different places. The first few meters are pure blue in color, which can be attributed to their purity as they reflect the blue sky on a perfectly clear day.

The next two miles or so are turquoise, which is due to the green algae below. The warm turquoise waters then merge into the powerful gray of the Atlantic.

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This place is immensely popular with adventurous tourists for diving and snorkeling. The meeting point of the warm turquoise waters and the gray waters of the Atlantic is also the playground for groups of dark gray dolphins, which can be seen frolicking and having fun. These tourists snorkel to this spot to get closer to these playful dolphins.

Photo credit: Raghu Gururaj

There is a lighthouse near the bay, which serves as an observation post for passing ships, illegal fishing boats and poachers. Guards keep watch around the clock to protect Sao Tome’s marine wealth in these rich breeding grounds from illegal fishing. Their vigilance from this point of view also ensures the safety of the revelers.

The lighthouse was designed and built by the Marinha de Guerra Portuguesa, and is the Portuguese Maritime Department in 1997 and is now maintained by the Ministry of Defense of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Principe.

It is located at the top of a hill. A short hike up the hill gave me stunning views of the entire bay. I could clearly see the different layers of colors in these waters. It was also a perfect place for photography and drone shots.

From this high point, I had the incredible chance to see dozens of dark gray dolphins languidly moving through the turquoise waters. As they approach the Atlantic, they seem to change gears, jump and dive. I felt like they were either competing with each other or engaged in a fun race.

Access to the pinnacle of the lighthouse is via a small balcony at the top of the tower. A photovoltaic solar panel is installed there to ensure that the lighthouse operates on autopilot most of the time.

As I descended from the mound and walked away from the beach, I found the shoreline covered in rounded boulders of vesicular basalt, which looked like calcite crystals. These shiny, multi-coloured, multi-layered pebbles make attractive ornamental or decorative pieces in a garden.

At the end of the beach there is usually a carnival atmosphere. Lots of Sao Tomeans and tourists hang out, watch local crafts, listen to local calypsos, and enjoy local banana fries and roast fish.

The Blue Lagoon is an authentic reflection of the enchanting islands of Sao Tome and Principe. As with the whole nation, there is nothing cosmetic about this place.

Also Read: Exploring Sao Tome’s Unique Culinary Traditions

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10 Magical Geothermal Springs To Visit That Aren’t The Blue Lagoon https://dudubluelagoon.com/10-magical-geothermal-springs-to-visit-that-arent-the-blue-lagoon/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/10-magical-geothermal-springs-to-visit-that-arent-the-blue-lagoon/ Known as the land of fire and ice, Iceland is a popular destination among travelers. This northern island is known for its hospitality, rich traditions and breathtaking landscapes. Iceland is celebrated as one of the best destinations in the world, offering travelers a rainbow of experiences. Specifically, Iceland’s Blue Lagoon remains a major attraction for […]]]>

Known as the land of fire and ice, Iceland is a popular destination among travelers. This northern island is known for its hospitality, rich traditions and breathtaking landscapes. Iceland is celebrated as one of the best destinations in the world, offering travelers a rainbow of experiences. Specifically, Iceland’s Blue Lagoon remains a major attraction for tourists, which means it can get pretty one crowded during peak holiday season. While the milky blue waters of the lagoon are worth a visit, this northern country is blessed with dozens of geothermal springs worthy of a dip.



Are you going to Iceland? Before booking this Blue Lagoon excursion, consider visiting these hot springs instead!

ten Myvatn Nature Baths

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Admission cost
    : 41.86 USD (5,900 ISK)

The journey to Myvatn is quite long, as it is 473 km from Reykjavík or 89 km from Akureyri. However, this nature bath is the quieter counterpart of Blue Lagoon. Bathe among the billowing smoke and wispy clouds of Myvatn while enjoying the comfortably warm waters of this lagoon. When you embark on the Diamond Tour of Iceland, the natural baths of Myvatn are a must in the region!


9 Reykjadalur hot spring thermal river

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 24 Hours

  • Admission cost
    : Free

  • To note:
    Read the signs before swimming—
    not all
    the hot springs are swimmable
    along the hike!

Also known as Steam Valley, Reykjadalur is a feast for the senses. This beautiful natural hot spring is only accessible by hiking, which can take a few hours. However, those who persist with the hike will be rewarded with Reykjadalur, which sits comfortably among Icelandic valleys and waterfalls. Walk around the area to marvel at the natural scenery before taking a dip in the naturally warm waters of the river.


8 sky lagoon

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Admission cost
    : From 56.69 USD (7,990 ISK)

  • To note
    : Young people under the age of 12 are
    not
    allowed in Sky Lagoon

Are you staying a few days in Reykjavík? Instead of visiting the Blue Lagoon, visit the Sky Lagoon instead! Only minutes away from the city center, this newly built thermal spa offers a tranquil Icelandic bathing experience. Enjoy the traditional 7-step bathing ritual to rejuvenate the senses, which includes time spent in the sauna, heated pools and a cold dip! For hungry visitors, the Sky Lagoon offers light snacks and drinks at the Smakk Bar, Sky Cafe or Pool Bar.


seven Vok Baths

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Admission cost
    : From 42.50 USD (5,990 ISK)

  • To note
    : Opening hours vary from season to season

Opened in 2019, Vök Baths is a relatively new geothermal area in Egilsstaðir. Vök Baths enjoys the reputation of being Iceland’s only infinity pool, overlooking the crystal clear waters of Lake Urriðavatn. These baths may not be as huge as the Blue Lagoon, but they still offer a peaceful bathing experience in the beautiful Icelandic landscape. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a drink at the pool bar or grab a light lunch at Vök Bistro.

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6 Gamla Laugin (Secret Lagoon)

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Admission cost
    : 21.28 USD (3,000 ISK)

  • To note
    : Bathing suit and towel rental is available for 6.39 USD (900 ISK)

Since 1981, the Gamla Laugin geothermal pools of Hverahólmi have been fed by nearby geyser activities. Maintaining a constant temperature of 38-40°C (or 103-104°F) year-round, Secret Lagoon is only a short drive from Reykjavík, making it a great alternative to the very popular Blue Lagoon. frequented!


5 Reykjafjarðarlaug Hot Pool

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 24 Hours

  • Admission cost
    : Sorry

  • To note
    : Admission to the pools is free, but donations are greatly appreciated

Don’t expect to find a world-class spa at Reykjafjarðarlaug Thermal Pool. However, this community-run pool comes with a unbelievable backdrop of the Reykjafjörður fjord. In addition, this hot pool is located nearby the road, so it is easily accessible by car! Dive into these warm waters, which can reach temperatures of 40°C (or 104°F) due to nearby volcanic activity.

4 geomer

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Admission cost
    : 39.02 USD (5,500 ISK)

  • To note:
    Opening hours vary from January to August

There’s more to Iceland than the Blue Lagoon, like Geosea’s geothermal sea baths! The mineral-rich waters of the pools come from two places: an old cheese barrel in Húsavíkurhöfði (which serves as a reservoir for warm seawater) and the port of Húsavík. All in all, Geosea is a perfect way to relax after exploring Húsavík, the whale capital of Iceland!

RELATED: All Aboard Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Wonder of the Seas

3 forest lagoon

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 10:00 – 00:00

  • Admission cost
    : 42.50 USD (5,990 ISK)

  • To note
    : Towel rental starts at US$6.39 (ISK 900) per person

This new spa is located in the middle of the serene forest of Vaðlaskógur and a short drive from Akureyri. This stunning geothermal spa features heated infinity pools, a swim-up bar and a sauna. Compared to its Blue Lagoon counterpart, this spa offers a quieter experience, as it can only accommodate 200 visitors!

2 Guðlaug Baths

  • Business hours
    : Wednesday – Friday, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

  • Admission cost
    : US$3.55 (ISK 500)

  • To note
    : Children under 15 are free; hours vary between May and August 31

While the Blue Lagoon offers breathtaking views of Iceland’s volcanic terrain, the Guðlaug Baths in Akranes offers breathtaking views of the beach. This property features three levels: a viewing deck on top and two heated pools on the lower risers. Appreciate stunning sea views while enjoying a hot bath at Guðlaug Baths!


1 Hveravellir Blue Geothermal Pool

  • Business hours
    : Monday – Sunday, 24 Hours

  • Admission cost
    : Free

  • To note
    : Although admission is free, there is still an entrance fee (3.55 USD or 500 ISK) to use the shower and toilets in the reserve.

Unlike the Blue Lagoon, the Hveravellir Blue Geothermal Pool is entirely made by nature. Located in the Hveravellir Nature Reserve, this geothermal pool is small. However, travelers who go to Hveravellir can bathe in warm waters while enjoying the wild nature of Iceland!

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Blue Lagoon closure hailed – Jamaica Observer https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-closure-hailed-jamaica-observer/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-closure-hailed-jamaica-observer/ Visitors enjoying the waters of the Blue Lagoon. PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Portland stakeholders have welcomed the news that the popular Blue Lagoon attraction will be closed in a few weeks, renovated and renamed. The Blue Lagoon is a major tourist attraction and heritage site located in San San, East Portland. Last Wednesday, Jamaica Heritage […]]]>

Visitors enjoying the waters of the Blue Lagoon.

PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Portland stakeholders have welcomed the news that the popular Blue Lagoon attraction will be closed in a few weeks, renovated and renamed.

The Blue Lagoon is a major tourist attraction and heritage site located in San San, East Portland.

Last Wednesday, Jamaica Heritage Trust chairman Orville Hill told stakeholders it would be closed to commercial activity from August 29. The attraction will undergo a three-phase overhaul that will begin with cleaning up the area, upgrading the facilities, and then resuming operations in an organized fashion.

Over the years, there have been complaints about the attraction’s decay, lack of sanitary amenities, and general disorder among those operating in the space.

Chief Executive of the Alligator Head Foundation, Nicky Myers is among those who have embraced the plan.

“There have been a number of incidents and the conversations have been going on for years. [Last Wednesday] we had a multi-party meeting which was a success and which can serve as a model for managing other things around the island. We have had many people from different agencies come together – private, public and not-for-profit, non-governmental – with the goal of building capacity within our community and preserving what is best for our country,” she said. said.

“It is a space of incredible beauty, not only aesthetically, but also environmentally, an exceptional space that we want to celebrate, preserve and honor. It is an opportunity to support the members of the community who are there and have been asking for help for years. We have been able to bring stakeholders together to find the help they need to do what needs to be done. We hold everyone here accountable for achieving the three phases that have been identified,” she added.

According to Hill, the third phase of the project will see the resumption of controlled atmosphere activities. Factors considered will include the capacity of the area and the number of people who can comfortably operate in the space.

Craft items for sale at the popular attraction. (Photos: Everad Owen)

“People will be duly authorized, trained [regarding] not only how they operate in the water, but with the visitors who come there. We must ensure that the product we distribute complies with all legal requirements,” he warned.

He hinted that rafting could be among the reduced activities once the attraction reopens.

“Saltwater rafting is really not allowed under Jamaican law; it’s for the waterways. It’s also a challenge,” Hill said.

12-year-old Blue Lagoon Alliance chairman Colin Beckford was among those who welcomed the initiative, even though it will create a temporary financial challenge for its members. He, too, thinks it will solve a number of issues that have plagued the attraction for years.

Customers enjoying a meal at the Blue Lagoon.

“The Blue Lagoon is overcrowded and overrun with outside people who come into space and operate a business. I am very satisfied with the meeting that took place. The Blue Lagoon Alliance has been set up for the future development The main objective is to contribute to the future development We are satisfied with the results of the meeting and [are] totally agree with the decision,” he said.

He hopes that the work will be done quickly so that the negative financial impact is brief.

“The closure will be a very big setback for us as it is approaching back to school, so it will be very, very difficult economically for us during this time. We are looking forward to the rapid rebranding and opening,” he said. -he declares. .

Among the improvements planned and eagerly awaited is the installation of sanitary facilities.

According to Hill, there is currently a “health risk” as there is “no structured form of sanitary facilities for people visiting”.

Leonard “Captain Fox” Grant, who operates a boat to San San, Monkey Island and the Blue Lagoon, is among those eagerly awaiting this change.

“I’ve been here for almost 40 years and I don’t have a toilet, it’s a shame. Some people want to pee and…have to go out into the bush and around. Having a toilet is good and I’m ok with the closure. he said.

—Everard Owen

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Bathers clash with protesters descending on Blue Lagoon https://dudubluelagoon.com/bathers-clash-with-protesters-descending-on-blue-lagoon/ Sat, 13 Aug 2022 08:18:02 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/bathers-clash-with-protesters-descending-on-blue-lagoon/ Tista’ taqra bil- Malta. Moviment Graffitti’s second protest action in Comino’s Blue Lagoon in as many months began somewhat anti-climactic on Saturday, but arguments quickly erupted when commercial operators of the bathing spot insisted on keeping their furniture from beach on site – and the police officers present supported them. Activists initially found the area […]]]>

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Moviment Graffitti’s second protest action in Comino’s Blue Lagoon in as many months began somewhat anti-climactic on Saturday, but arguments quickly erupted when commercial operators of the bathing spot insisted on keeping their furniture from beach on site – and the police officers present supported them.

Activists initially found the area largely devoid of rental sunbeds and umbrellas which for a long time virtually transformed the site into a private lido and made the Blue Lagoon the most notoriously overcrowded swimming spot in the country.

But as activists insisted they had informed the police of their protest action – as a result a significant number of police were on hand – and had agreed that beach furniture would be removed during the protest action , a number of Maltese sunbathers insisted on staying put with beach furniture eagerly rented by the commercial operators targeted by the dispute, and the mood quickly heated up.

Speaking to other activists, André Callus of Moviment Graffitti insisted that the presence of swimmers on the day of the demonstration was no coincidence. Unlike the June protest, this one had been publicly promoted in advance, with the NGO organizing boat trips from Malta and Gozo to entice the public to join them.

“Just yesterday we were informed from various sources that the deckchair suppliers would seek to sabotage our action today, by bringing their own people to occupy the space themselves. And that’s what’s happening: the people you see here came with that goal in mind.

Callus said the NGO informed the police, warning them that such actions could cause trouble, but added that the police always ultimately bow to business interests and “bullies who think they control Malta”.

Police insist rented deckchairs must not be removed

Police on the spot refused to allow the activists to clear the site, with one officer insisting the activists could not leave people out in the sun as there might be ‘vulnerable people among them’.

‘It was your responsibility,’ Callus retorted, but the officer insisted the deal the activists made with the police only covered the time of their arrival, not the duration of their presence the low.

The NGO has made four essential demands, in particular that the rental of beach furniture should only be installed at the request of a client physically present on site, and should in no case occupy more than 30% of the surface. He also called for a ban on larger boats from disembarking hundreds of tourists at a time, limiting the number of kiosks to two – both banned from playing music – and limiting the waste generated. Objectionable waste included the use of hollowed-out pineapples as cocktail glasses, with campaigners pointing out that discarded pineapples were tossed indiscriminately and left to rot, attracting pest rats to the birds that nested on the island, a Natura 2000 site.

The event has been endorsed by ACT Malta, BirdLife Malta, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Extinction Rebellion Malta, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth Malta, Għawdix, Grow 10 Trees’ Project (G10T), MaYA Foundation, Nature Trust Malta , the Malta Archaeological Society, Malta Walkers Association, Rota and Żminijietna – Voices from the Left.

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Tension mounts as protesters descend on Comino’s Blue Lagoon https://dudubluelagoon.com/tension-mounts-as-protesters-descend-on-cominos-blue-lagoon/ Sat, 13 Aug 2022 07:44:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/tension-mounts-as-protesters-descend-on-cominos-blue-lagoon/ Updated at 12:20 p.m. A protest at Comino’s Blue Lagoon was in danger of ending in a physical confrontation on Saturday morning, as activists, deckchair operators and beachgoers came face to face. More than 100 people responded to a call from the Moviment Graffitti to descend on Comino Bay to protest the rampant commercialization of […]]]>

Updated at 12:20 p.m.

A protest at Comino’s Blue Lagoon was in danger of ending in a physical confrontation on Saturday morning, as activists, deckchair operators and beachgoers came face to face.

More than 100 people responded to a call from the Moviment Graffitti to descend on Comino Bay to protest the rampant commercialization of the Blue Lagoon. It is the second such protest of the summer, with activists clearing the bay of deckchairs and umbrellas in June.

Protesters say commercial interests have overtaken Comino and are insisting that sunbeds and umbrellas be limited to 30% of the Blue Lagoon, with operators installing them only at the request of a paying customer.

Their other demands include:

  • Large boat ban in Comino
  • A limit of two booths without music
  • Strict waste rules and daily waste collection
Andre Callus from Moviment Graffitti talks about the event. Video: Matthieu Mirabelli

Rising tensions

Operators had already placed a number of deckchairs and parasols on the quayside by the time the protest began on Saturday morning.

Things escalated as the event got underway and more umbrellas were laid out and activists moved in to remove them.

Protesters at the Blue Lagoon on Saturday. Video: Giulia Magri/Matthieu Mirabelli

Malta Time saw a woman physically trying to stop a protester from removing an umbrella, which resulted in a standoff between the two.

Speeches were repeatedly interrupted as activists and beachgoers said. The police then intervened, taking the side of beach attendants and deckchair operators.

As tensions mounted, Moviment Graffitti coordinator Andre Callus got into a heated argument with the officers. As they argued, the activists around them chanted “il-baħar, ix-xatt, Kemmuna ta kulħadd” (“the sea, the beach, Comino belongs to everyone”).

A woman who was seen arguing with protesters over an umbrella she rented has told Malta Time she was disappointed with the way things turned out.

“It’s heartbreaking. What they did to us is the opposite of what they preach. I also have a right to be here on the bay with my children and my family,” she said .

Moviment Graffitti led the Blue Lagoon event. Photo: Matthieu Mirabelli

But activists said the people with umbrellas on Saturday morning were sent there by the operators, to spoil the protest demonstration.

Andre Callus said the protest was organised, with a permit, so the police had a duty to ensure the protest area was clear for the event.

“Despite this assurance, when we arrived we found a few. And they kept adding to it. Look at the power of these bullies,” he told the crowd as he stood behind a banner reading “Comino belongs to everyone.”

Callus alleged that bathers present at the Blue Lagoon had been planted there.

“We received information about this yesterday, and it turned out to be true,” he said, adding that activists would hold further protests in Comino.

Natural, spoiled beauty

Comino’s Blue Lagoon is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful bays in Malta.

But the gradual encroachment of deckchairs and umbrellas, coupled with the ever-increasing number of people visiting Comino, have made the Blue Lagoon a less attractive place to visit.

In the past, authorities have played down concerns about the bay – last year Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo repeatedly insisted that “Comino is not just the blue lagoon” – but the Things came to a head last June, when activists led by Moviment Graffitti physically cleared the area of ​​deckchairs and umbrellas.

Environment Minister Miriam Dalli has since said a study being finalized will establish a ‘carrying capacity’ for the island, implying the government is seriously considering limiting the number of visitors allowed on the island.

Saturday’s protest event was endorsed by several other NGOs: Għawdix, ACT Malta, BirdLife Malta, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Extinction Rebellion Malta, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth Malta, Grow 10 Trees’ Project ( G10T), MaYA Foundation, Nature Trust Malta, Rota, The Archaeological Society Malta, The Ramblers’ Association of Malta and Żminijietna – Voice of the Left.

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Teenager fractures spine at Blue Lagoon Abereiddy | United Kingdom | New https://dudubluelagoon.com/teenager-fractures-spine-at-blue-lagoon-abereiddy-united-kingdom-new/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/teenager-fractures-spine-at-blue-lagoon-abereiddy-united-kingdom-new/ With the return of warm weather, people will be looking for ways to soak up the sun and cool off. However, a mum is warning others to be careful after watching her son fracture his spine as he fell in Wales. Tombstone (or cliff jumping) involves jumping with an upright posture into the sea or […]]]>

With the return of warm weather, people will be looking for ways to soak up the sun and cool off. However, a mum is warning others to be careful after watching her son fracture his spine as he fell in Wales. Tombstone (or cliff jumping) involves jumping with an upright posture into the sea or another body of water from a height, such as from a cliff or bridge.

Lindsay Wilson was vacationing in Wales with her family last week when they decided to head to the Blue Lagoon. The Abereiddy site in Pembrokeshire is a former quarry that has long been a popular spot for those wishing to leap from its high slate walls into the deep waters below.

The 41-year-old NHS worker from Bradford said her son Sam had already taken the plunge over 30ft once and, after coming back up to jump a second time, she pulled out her mobile phone to film him.

However, speaking to WalesOnline, Lindsay added that she knew something had gone wrong shortly after she emerged from the water, after hitting the surface hard in a “lightly seated position”.

She described seeing the 16-year-old as having “turned pale” as he clung to the rocks in obvious distress.

“Sam is a big 16-year-old boy and a fantastic swimmer, so we didn’t think anything was going on initially,” said Lyndsay, who was later told the impact of that height was tantamount to “bumping on concrete”. There were others in the lagoon at the same time and we just thought he was just waiting for them to come out first.

“But then we could see that he had turned pale and was clinging to the rocks.” She added that a woman called Tessa from Celtic Quest Coasteering, a local outdoor adventure group who had also been in the water, swam to Sam.

“She put him on his back and, using a paddle board as a makeshift stretcher, a few of them swam him to shore. We are so grateful to them for doing this. , I can’t imagine what could have happened otherwise.”

The teenager was then airlifted away from the cliffs by a Coastguard helicopter to a waiting ambulance before being transferred to Carmarthen Hospital later that afternoon (Tuesday August 2). There, consultants sent Sam for a CT scan which showed he had a broken spine that would require him to wear a body brace.

“When he was first checked he must have still been in shock because he told the doctors he had no pain in his back – so it’s a good job they were so thorough and insisted on having him scanned,” Lindsay added. “We just hope the injury will heal on its own over time and he won’t need surgery.”

“In the meantime, my dad and I are sleeping on his bedroom floor to make sure he has everything he needs if he wakes up in the middle of the night. He should be enjoying his summer school holidays by Right now, instead, he’s in terrible pain and can barely move.

“I just want to make sure everyone realizes the risks of this stuff and that no one else has to go through what we went through. But, given that there were still children jumping from the ledge in the water after Sam had his accident, I’m afraid this warning will fall on deaf ears.”

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Moviment Graffitti announces protest against Blue Lagoon ‘hijacking’ https://dudubluelagoon.com/moviment-graffitti-announces-protest-against-blue-lagoon-hijacking/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 13:50:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/moviment-graffitti-announces-protest-against-blue-lagoon-hijacking/ Moviment Graffitti is once again removing the empty deckchairs and parasols from the Blue Lagoon and this time inviting the public to demonstrate with them. The NGO will hold a public protest at Blue Lagoon on Saturday August 13, saying the beach “continues to be hijacked by commercial interests”. “We will not accept a situation […]]]>

Moviment Graffitti is once again removing the empty deckchairs and parasols from the Blue Lagoon and this time inviting the public to demonstrate with them.

The NGO will hold a public protest at Blue Lagoon on Saturday August 13, saying the beach “continues to be hijacked by commercial interests”.

“We will not accept a situation where a few people with money and political influence take over what rightfully belongs to the people. Nor will we accept that these corporations continue to destroy a nature reserve for their profits. private,” the NGO said.

The activists will demonstrate with four essential demands: deckchairs and parasols can only be installed at the request of a person physically present on site (and must never occupy more than 30%) of them; large boats that disembark hundreds of tourists at a time are prohibited in Comino; a limit of two small kiosks without music in the Blue Lagoon; a restriction on the type and amount of waste generated.

Last month, activists and members of Moviment Graffitti launched an early morning direct action on Comino, protesting private concessions blocking access to the public coastline. Activists removed the laid out deckchairs and neatly folded them against a retaining wall.

Deckchairs and umbrellas have taken over Comino’s Blue Lagoon for many summers. A petition in 2021 asked MPs “for the removal of deckchairs and deckchairs from Comino”, gathering more than 600 signatures.

Deckchairs are placed on every inch of the shore – pier, beaches and rocks – before the first tourist boats arrive, by private vendors who treat the Blue Lagoon like their own personal beach lido.

While the NGO has made repeated requests to ministers on the issue, the beach continues to be invaded by empty deckchairs and parasols.

Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo said he had issued an order that no umbrellas or deckchairs be placed on the sandy beach, but Moviment Graffitti claimed otherwise.

The NGO said only a few deckchairs on the small sandy part of the beach had been removed. The rest of the area, including the quay, the walkway and another small beach, was still covered in empty sunbeds and umbrellas from the early hours.

Those interested in joining the event can reserve their place on the boat via an online registration form. The boats will leave for the Blue Lagoon from Ċirkewwa or Mġarr (Gozo) at 8:00 am. There will be several round trips starting at noon.

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Demonstration to reclaim Blue Lagoon announced for August 13 https://dudubluelagoon.com/demonstration-to-reclaim-blue-lagoon-announced-for-august-13/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/demonstration-to-reclaim-blue-lagoon-announced-for-august-13/ The pressure group and activist Moviment Graffitti has just announced a public demonstration to recover the Blue Lagoon of Comino. The event is due to take place on Saturday August 13, where the public is invited to enjoy a day at the Blue Lagoon, sheltered from the deckchairs and umbrellas that plague the area. “We […]]]>

The pressure group and activist Moviment Graffitti has just announced a public demonstration to recover the Blue Lagoon of Comino.

The event is due to take place on Saturday August 13, where the public is invited to enjoy a day at the Blue Lagoon, sheltered from the deckchairs and umbrellas that plague the area.

“We will not accept a situation where a few people with money and political influence grab what rightfully belongs to the people. We will also not accept that these companies continue to destroy a nature reserve for their private profits,” Moviment Graffitti said in a statement.

Moviment Graffitti pointed out that the reason for the dire situation at Blue Lagoon is the intensive commercial interests that have invaded the beach.

This does not only refer to the copious amount of deckchairs and parasols that take up all possible space, but it also indicates the large boats that bring in thousands of tourists a week.

“Also, on a more recent visit to Comino, we found that only a few sun loungers on the small sandy part of the beach had been removed, while the rest of the area – on the dock, walkway and other small beach – was still covered with empty sunbeds and umbrellas since early morning.”

Those interested in joining the event must reserve their place on the boat via this registration form.

The boats will leave for the Blue Lagoon from Ċirkewwa or Mġarr at 8:00 am. There will also be several round trips starting at noon.

The following demands will be reiterated during the demonstration:

1. Deckchairs and parasols are only installed at the request of a person physically present on site, and AT NO TIME should they occupy more than 30% of the total surface of the Blue Lagoon

2. Large boats disembarking hundreds of tourists at a time should be banned from Comino

3. There should be a limit of two small kiosks, without music, in the Blue Lagoon

4. There should be restrictions on the type and amount of waste generated, and this should be collected daily in the evening to avoid feeding rats, which cause great damage to the natural environment

Just a few weeks ago activists went to the Blue Lagoon and physically removed the deckchairs in strong protest. Since then, little has been done to remedy the situation.

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