Anchor Bay takes its name from the large anchor situated at the edge of the bay. This was one of the most charming and attractive bays in Malta until the area was completely taken over for the filming of ‘Popeye the Movie’ in 1979 starring Robin Williams. The whole set of Sweethaven Village still stands in place thirty years later and has become a mini theme park and tourist attraction to the detriment of the natural environment of the area.
The picturesque inlet is surrounded by rocky slopes on either side and is a popular dive site due to the extensive marine life and a large cave easily accessible from a steep slope leading down to the bay. The little quay is also usually used as a peaceful spot by fishermen to cast out from. Even though the sea is generally calm here, the general exposed nature of Anchor Bay is only suitable for experienced and good swimmers.