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Bat Island Boat Trip – Dolphin Sighting and Snorkeling Activities

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09:00 am - 03:30 pm Bat Island
  • Operational Month : October - May
  • Pick and Drop from North Goa Hotels
  • Boat Ride Towards the Island
  • Dolphin Sighting, Snorkeling, Swimming, Bottom Fishing
  • Buffet Lunch with Veg and Non Veg Option
  • Snacks, Mineral Water, Soft Drinks and Chilled Beer
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Tired of the madding crowds everywhere you go? We have the perfect getaway where you can disconnect from technology, your work, and stress, and reconnect with nature without leaving sight of the ocean. We promise you a day of fun, sun, sand, swimming and much more.

Our Bat Island Boat Trip is the newest addition to our list of excursions and it is gaining rapid popularity. Take a plunge in the Arabian Sea where the clear emerald green waters are almost still and perfectly safe. Enjoy the gentle swaying of the boat while you watch dolphins.

Between The Islands

Goa has a few hidden pearls strewn around. A few of these secrets lie on the ocean bed around the islands. The Island Trip is the perfect opportunity to explore Goan aquatic life, and coral reefs. You can see the corals while snorkeling, and if luck is on your side then you can see a variety of brightly colored fish that have made the coral reefs their home.

About The Islands

Ilha (ill-ya) Grande as it was known in Portuguese simply means “Grand Island”. There is a small 20-meter beach in the northern part and it is believed that there was a spring on this island where boats would stop to get fresh water. The western part of the island is less rocky than the entrance. One can see a dilapidated jetty on the east side of the island. Just behind Grand Island is Ilha de Saint Jorge or St. George Island in English which looks like it is a part of Grand Island but in actuality it is a separate island.

A little distance away from Grand Island and Saint George Island is another island called Pequeno (Pick-en) which means “small” in Portuguese. However, it is better known as “Bat Island”. Surrounded by coral reefs, the sea between the islands is great for snorkeling and swimming.

The waters surrounding these islands are clear from October to May.

How Your Day Will Pan Out

Your day will begin with a pick up from your hotel in North Goa at 8 a.m. followed by a pleasant drive across Mandovi Bridge through Panjim. You will proceed to Hawaii Beach in Dona Paula, one of Goa’s most historic places, where you will board the boat with shed on top to protect from sun. You can look forward to a fun ride across the Arabian Sea towards Bat Island in the South. The islands are just off the Marmagoa Harbour. You will be served Snacks, Soft Drinks and Mineral Water during the ride.

As you sail along, you will get to see dolphins gamboling about in their natural habitat. They travel in pods which means you will see a minimum of seven. If the tide is coming in you might get to see them breaching. The boat engine will be switched off so you can enjoy watching them swim around. Keep your cameras handy because these are going to be memories you would want to capture.

Once you reach the spot behind Bat Island you are free to dive off the boat into the cool sea. If you are not a strong swimmer please request the crew for a life-jacket for your own safety purposes. If you have an extreme fear of water it might be a good idea not to leave the boat.

You are free to go swimming and snorkeling as soon as the boat is anchored. The waters are calm and safe. There are no currents or waves.

What to expect.

The boat will be anchored behind Bat Island where you can swim and snorkel. You might get a glimpse of the reef fish which one can see while swimming around. Beautiful corals lie on the ocean bed. There are no sharks in Goan waters and if there are they are extremely rare and highly unlikely to be sighted. You can also try your hands on bottom fishing. Bait and nylon thread will be provided.

The boat will then head towards Hansa beach (commonly known as “Navy Beach” by the locals) has been taken over by the Navy and is only accessible by boat making it one of the few lesser populated beaches in Goa. The beach is clean and free from litter and pollution. There are no vendors to pester you while you soak in the sun and enjoy your time. The crew will set up two tents so you can change in if you wish.

You can play beach volleyball if you’re feeling extra energetic. You will be served a delectable lunch consisting of a Pulao Rice, Green Salad, Chicken Curry, Vegetable Xacuti, Bread, and Barbecued Fish. You can also sip on Chilled Beer too. If the tide is high then lunch will be served on the boat anchored near the bat island that means you won’t be going to the beach. This is only a measure of safety precautions.

The End of the day

Your day will end with a boat ride back from Bat Island where you might get to see dolphins again. The trawlers head back to port around that time and there are usually dolphins swimming in the area in hopes of an easy meal. You will also see seagulls flying around and occasionally swooping in for a beak-full of fish. The white-bellied sea eagle is also a common sight. You will be served fresh fruits during the ride.

Your day ends at 3:30 p.m. with a drop back to your hotel.

The price, what it includes and the best time to go

The cost of the Island Trip is 1599/- INR per person

Includes :

  • Pick and Drop in Shared vehicle from North Goa hotels only
  • Boat Ride Towards Island - 24 Seater boat with Shed on Top to protect from Sun Rays
  • Bottom Fishing with nylon lines
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Dolphin Sighting in their natural habitat
  • Beach Volley Ball
  • Life Jackets for safety

Complimentary :

  • Snacks
  • Mineral Water / Soft Drinks / Beer (2-3 pint bottles)
  • Buffet Lunch with Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian options
  • BBQ Fish.
  • Snorkeling gear and life jackets will be provided to you. You are requested to keep your life jacket on during the boat ride even if you are a strong swimmer.
  • The trips are held on a daily basis from November to Mid April. There are no Island trips from June to September due to the monsoons.

What to wear and carry along with you

Considering that the weather ranges between 32 degrees to 36 degrees Celsius during the day, it is going to be hot. It would be advisable to wear light cotton clothes. Shorts and a t-shirt work best. A comfortable pair of sandals or rubber shoes with a good grip. Carry a cap or a sunhat along to protect your head from the heat. Wear your swimsuit because there will not be a changing room on the boat.

Carry your sunscreen, a towel, an extra set of clothes if you feel you might need a change, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Useful Tips

  • Keep yourself hydrated during your trip. It will be hot out at sea.
  • Avoid carrying or wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
  • Please dispose of your litter responsibly. Carry a bag to gather your litter in. Please don’t throw empty packets and bottles into the sea, on the beach or on the drive back to your hotel.
  • Please refrain from entering the water if you have consumed alcohol.
  • If you have a fear of water please do not enter the water.
  • If you are not comfortable sitting on the sand then you can carry a mat or sheet to sit on when you get to the beach.
  • If you suffer from motion sickness please take a tablet so you won’t feel uncomfortable during the boat ride. Don’t forget to carry them with you for the way back.
  • If you are asthmatic or suffer from any other ailments please carry your required medication.



You will be picked up at 8 a.m. from your hotel in North Goa areas.

You will get a pick up from anywhere in Nerul, Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Arpora and Nagoa. If the road to your hotel is too narrow for a car to drive through then you are requested to come to the main road.

We have designated pick up areas in Ashvem, Arambol, Morjim, Mandrem, Siolim, Mapusa, Anjuna, Vagator, Sangolda, and Porvorim.

Unfortunately, we have no pick up and drop off options for South Goa at the moment

It is a half an hour drive from Candolim, Sinquerim, Nerul, Arpora, Nagoa, Baga, and Calangute. The drive will be forty to fifty minutes from Anjuna, Vagator, and Mapusa. The time from Morjim, Mandrem, Ashvem, Siolim, and those surrounding areas will take a little over an hour.

That won’t be a problem. If you want to swim you can always request for a life jacket.

It would be advisable that you avoid swimming if you are afraid of water

You can still swim in the sea. That should not be a problem. Please ensure that you are carrying all the necessary medication along with you.

We would not recommend as yours and the baby’s safety is first.

The total amount of the Scuba Diving in Goa trip will cost you 1599/- INR per pax

The Bat Island Boat Trip includes life jackets when you’re on the boat, snacks and mineral water, a soft drink or a beer depending on your choice. Lunch consisting of a salad, rice, Chicken Curry, Vegetable Xacuti, and barbecue fish. Snorkeling gear will be provided if you wish to snorkel. You can also play beach volleyball at Hansa Beach. There will also be two tents setup that will serve as changing rooms

No there won’t be any as no permission to install toilets or wash room is granted by Navy.

If the tide is low then you will have your lunch on the beach of Bat Island. If it is high tide then you will be served your lunch on the boat.

Yes, you certainly can. You can block your preferred date by booking online via our website.

You will see seagulls, white bellied sea eagles, and dolphins. You will pass by Marmagoa Harbour and Marmagoa Fort.

Yes, the water is extremely safe.

Sharks are extremely rare in these waters. It is highly unlikely that you will see one.

If you go snorkeling you will see coral reefs and a variety of brightly colored fish.

Yes, we do provide life jackets

Preferably yes but if you choose not to use a life jacket then kindly note that it will be at your own risk.

You will need to carry a change of clothes, a towel, a camera, sunblock, and sunhat or cap. A mat or sheet if you don’t feel comfortable sitting on the sand because there are no chairs to sit on.

Light cottons.

The Bat Island Boat Trip is a whole day excursion which begins with a pickup from your hotel at 8 am and ends with a drop off at 3:30 pm.

Of course you can.

If the trip is canceled by us then we will give you a full refund of your money within ten working days.

You will get a full refund within ten working days if you cancel it before two weeks. If it is closer to the date then we will charge you a cancellation fee.