Everybody needs a break from the monotonous life we lead. Goa is such a tempting destination that attracts people of all age groups. As there are hundreds of options to refresh your body and mind, millions of people travel to Goa every year. Amongst the various water activities goa offers, boat trips are a favorite for a lot of people. It is simply amazing to sail down the same routes through which once the discoverers of Goa sailed. Witnessing the age old buildings and knowing the tales behind them is exotic in its own way.
Goa is all about the pristine waterbodies, golden beaches, Goan cuisines and ofcourse the party life. Party life in Goa has helped Goa earn the title of ‘Vegas of India’. You just have to make your bookings for a cruise trip and rest you will experience. When traveling to Goa, cruising must be there in your itinerary. You should never miss a chance to enchant yourself by the hypnotism of the beautiful Arabian Sea and Mandovi River.
Boat cruise options available in Goa
There are various kinds of cruise packages and you can select the suitable one as per your likings. The different packages and trips are:
- Dinner cruise – To make the evening special for your loved one, this is the ideal package for you. Your cruise will leave the Santa-Monica jetty and the view of the capital city of Panjim is simply breath taking from the river Mandovi as you move towards the sea. You will get to enjoy some local dances on the cruise with a delicious dinner.
Price: Rs 650 for elders and Rs 350 for children between the ages of 5-12
Timings: Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 8.30pm onwards
- Backwater cruise – The backwater cruise is popularly known as the Shantadurga cruise which will take you through the most beautiful path of your life. You will enjoy sailing on the Mandovi-river, crossing Chorao and Divar watching the mangroves. You will be sailed to the spic plantation where you can enjoy some delicious lunch. If you are lucky, you will be able to witness crocodiles and dolphins on your way. Your cruise will sail through Salim Ali bird sanctuary, so you will be spotting some colorful birds.
Price: Rs 900 for elders and Rs 450 for children
Timings: Tuesdays and Fridays, 9.30am to 4.00pm
- Overnight Houseboat Cruise Trip:
If you’ve ever thought of sailing down the river in a houseboat then this is one thing you can scratch off your bucket list when you get to Goa. You know all about its stunning coastline, exciting nightlife, music scene, adventure Sports but you’re looking for something that will further enrich your vacation experience. Something whose memory you will carry with yourself for the longest.
Overnight House Boat Trip in Chapora River – The cost of this amazing overnight on a houseboat is 6250 INR per head/ cabin. The costs include Tea, snacks, mineral water, dinner, breakfast, and lunch. The cost is inclusive of all taxes.
Overnight Houseboat Trip in Mandovi Backwater – Equipped with all modern luxuries for a super comfortable stay, your House boat comes with six Air-Conditioned cabins. Three at Upper Deck and three at Lower for you to choose from and block in advance. Step in and forget the rest of the world as you sail across majestic Mandovi.
Casino cruise – The two famous casinos which can be spotted easily from the roads of Panjim are Deltin Royal and Casino pride. A trip on any of these casino cruises is sheer luck. You can be lucky if you make your bookings soon. In both the casinos, there are interesting games like Teen Patti, black jack, Money wheel, casino war, etc. Apart from the games, the glamour of the casino world will give you a feel of Vegas. You will totally be engaged with the plethora of events going on inside. There are dance and song performances and ofcourse the bar is quite peppy. The experience of gambling and enjoying will stay with you forever. This trip ends with a relishing dinner.
Price: Mondays – Thursdays, Rs 2000
Fridays to Sundays Rs 3000
Price: Monday -Thursday Rs 1500
Fridays – Sundays Rs 2000
- River cruise – This is the trip in which you will be amazed by the beauty of sunset, the twinkling lights of the city and the party life of Goa. The river cruise starts from the Santa Monica jetty on the Mandovi river. In the two hours cruise trip, you will be enjoying the beauty of Goa and being a Goan. How the city has been formed by mixing the Indian and the Portuguese culture, this is what you will discover on the river cruise. You will be welcomed with Goan songs and dances. And then you can have the deck for yourself, DJ will play some party songs, you can dance and enjoy some drinks on board.
Price: Starts at Rs 300
Timings: 5.30pm to 7:30pm
Cruises and yachts for special occasions
Apart from the above mentioned cruise trips, you can book a yacht to celebrate a special occasion. You can book a yacht for overnight, for birthdays, anniversaries or for proposals. Throughout the trip you can do whatever you want to without anyone intruding. You will be provided with a private barbeque, your favorite drinks and your favorite music. You can sail solo or in a group. You can spot dolphins and crocodiles. Staying away from the noise of cities, relax in the lap of nature. Sometimes it necessary to take time out for self and nothing can be better than booking a yacht fully for yourself.
Luxury cruises and prices
Luxury cruise trips are also available with prices starting from Rs. 15000 per person. These trips include snacks and beverages. There are different kinds of luxury cruise packages, you can select and book online.
Though Goa is all about vacationing and exploring, these amazing cruise trips should be in every travelers to do list. There is so much to explore and experience in these trips. At affordable prices you can get the best of Goa. Staying in a 5 star hotel and eating delicious cuisines is simply not enough if you don’t hop on board and enjoy Goa. Get ready to live a fairy tale wrapped in these Cruise packages.