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Comino, formerly called Ephaestia, is a small (3.5 sq km; 1.4 sq mi) bird sanctuary and nature reserve island in the Mediterranean Sea. Between Comino and the adjacent islet of Cominotto lie the transparent cyan waters of the Blue Lagoon, a picturesque bay with a white sandy base and rich marine life. The long and narrow bay surrounded by rock and a bit of sand is almost like a pool, making it ideal for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, or relaxing on the beach.