Goa is a destination for both a nature enthusiast as well as an adventure seeker. The best thing about Goa are memories and the experience that you carry back home. Coming to Goa and not going for the half day trip to Grand Island in Goa is simply an incomplete journey to the pearl of the orient.
You can avail this trip by online booking options. Before finalizing any one tour operator, you can compare a few shortlisted travel agencies and book your package in the best price available. Most probably your journey starts at 8.30am and continues till 4.00pm. This Ilha grande tour package includes pick up and drop from your hotels, so while booking it make sure your tour operator is providing you with all the inclusions.
Island trip package Cost
Tripraja.com offer Island trip at Rs 1299 per person, this all-encompassing trip is a steal. We do not recommend children’s below the age of 5 years on this trip. All children above the age of 5 years will be charged full rate.
Booking on: Visit tripraja to check out the enquiry form. Select your date in advance and make your Goa visit count.
And the Grand Island journey begins
The best journey of your life starts early in the morning when the sun is not that harsh. On the way, the boat operator or your tour guide will show you places which are totally unrecognizable from the water. You will spot the Aguada Fort and jail, a millionaire merchant’s bungalow which for sure is nothing less than a tourist spot itself and a lot of cruises on your way to the island. The best part of this boat trip remains in the fact that you will witness end number of dolphins twisting, twirling and having fun in the Arabian Sea.
How to reach Ilha Grande
Reaching Ilha Grande (Grand Island) is a breath-taking experience. The beauty that surrounds is divine. You can plan a half day or a full day trip to the Ilha Grande in Goa.
You will be provided a transport facility from your hotel and then from the jetty, your journey starts where you explore the Arabian Sea with dolphins twirling here and there. The experience of reaching Ilha Grande is such that you will make wonderful memories on your way back home.
Enjoying, traveling, clicking photos and munching snacks- what else do you need in life? Apart from the amazing tourist spots shown to you by the guide, you will be provided with snacks, water, fruits, beer, and rum. Isn’t it excellent? Yes, it is, everything is included in the package. Once you make the payment for this trip, you can enjoy carefreely. It is the duty of the travel agency to make sure that your Grand island trip is a comfortable and safe one.
And your boat halts to surprise you
When you are nearing your destination, your boat stops, and no! Nothing to worry, they have something exciting to offer. You will be given fishing ropes with bait to enjoy the fishing mid-sea. If you are too lucky, you will catch a fish or two, even if you fail to catch a fish, the experience of fishing in the middle of the huge sea is memorable.
A snorkeling experience like never before awaits. If you are fearless about diving underwater, this trip is going to be the best in your kitty. Whoever is interested will be given a chance to snorkel and scuba dive. You will be given a life jacket and the equipment you need for snorkeling and of course, the guide will accompany you. The beauty of the marine world cannot be described in words, after experiencing it you stay quiet for a short time just to feel the essence of the surreal beauty that you just encountered. Your being a non-swimmer is not an obstruction here as your equipment and the guide will be with you. It is safe and for further query, you can contact the finalized travel company.
Finally, you reach Monkey Island
Buffet Lunch on the Beach
When you reach Monkey (Monkey Island) Beach on Grande Island, you are welcomed with the aroma of barbeque fish & chicken and in case you are a vegetarian, you can smell some veggie delights too. The buffet includes barbeque fish, rice, and veg items. The food is so tempting that even if you are not hungry you will end up eating your buffet lunch first and then go swimming. In this halt, you are given time to eat your lunch, swim, spend some time sitting on the beach and enjoy the unbelievable panorama which is right in front of your eyes. And after given enough time to make some memories, you have to walk back to your boat and then go back to your starting point. From there, you will be dropped back to your pick up points.
Grand Island is simply an incomplete journey to pearl of the orient.
Some points to keep in mind
There are some do’s and don’ts that you need to remember while going on Island trip.
- Try wearing comfortable clothes
- If possible carry a towel and swimsuit along, in case you feel like having a closer view of the aquatic world
- Avoid taking valuable stuff and cash along
- Don’t forget to carry your camera to click some of the best pictures of your life.
- Remember to keep your medicines with you in case you have a problem with seasickness
- Last and the most important advice is, listen to the instructions carefully as those are for your safety and comfort.
The journey to the Island will always remain in your heart as the few hours you spend on the Arabian Sea are enthralling and amazing. Make sure that you enjoy each and every moment of this trip and carry back a lot of memories and a lot of pictures to add in your ‘book of the memoir’.
What is Included?
- Pick and Drop from North Goa Hotel in A/C Shared Vehicle
- Boat Trip with sightseeing of famous location
- Life Jackets
- Bottom Fishing
- Dolphin Sighting
- Snorkeling Equipment
- Snacks and Fruits
- Mineral Water / Soft Drinks / Beer (Kingfisher or Kings depending on availability) or Old Monk Rum
- Buffet Lunch with Veg or Non-Veg Option
- BBQ (Fish / Chicken / Veg) if prepared
- Photos and Videos
- Nonswimmers can also enjoy all the activities during the trip
- Pick up & Drop will be provided from hotels booked only in Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Nagoya, Candolim, Sinquerim, Nerul Area.
- If the vehicle unable to reach your hotel due to the narrow road, you will be picked up from the nearest location.
- Wear swimwear or light T-Shirts, Shorts and carry Towels and some sheets along, as there are no changing/washrooms or Chairs to sit on the island.
- Snorkeling area maybe rocky so please be careful when in water
- In case of windy situations at Island area, lunch will be provided at Coco beach instead of on Monkey beach.
While you are very welcome to enjoy a solo ride, you will enjoy this half-day tour more if you make it in groups. From a quiet nature lover who is here for sightseeing to an adventure seeker for Snorkeling, the trip has something for all. For the range of things accomplished in half a day, this one sure is one of the cheapest tours there is.
Things to know:
- Your boarding and departing point is near Coco beach, North Goa
- On the date of your choosing, our vehicle will pick you up from your Hotel and transfer you to your boat.
- Alternatively, if you are driving to the meeting point in your car, please note that there is ample parking space.
- Wear comfortable clothing and footwear. You must also carry your swimwear and towel.
- Remember to wear your sunscreen and carry it along with your shades, hats since it’s a long day out in the sun.
Conclusion / What to Expect?
The land of Goa folds so much of beauty, history, character into itself that it is impossible to cover even one facet fully for even a permanent dweller. There is always something you have not done or not know about. If there is a chance that you have not heard about this Grand Island Half Day trip package or heard yet not been to, then about time you did. You will return with pictures, memories and treasured moments for a lifetime out of your Snorkelling experience, sightseeing, to and fro boat ride. Take our word and just go for it!
FAQs for Island Trip
The boat departs from the beach between 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The boat trip is a little over an hour. It will take longer if you are lucky to sight dolphins on the way there or back.
A towel, a sunbathing mat (if you don’t want to lie on the sand) swimwear, sunblock, a hat, a pair of comfortable sandals or shoes that have a good grip.
The seas are generally calm but if you suffer from motion sickness it is advisable that you take a tablet before the trip begins and carry the tablets with you for the way back.
Apart from the scenic boat ride you will get to see the Governor’s palace as we sail by and part of the fort wall that protects the area. You will also see an old fort in Marmagoa.
Apart from enjoy the boat ride you can go snorkelling, fishing, and swimming. These activities happen once we have reached Grand Island. You can also indulge in a little dolphin spotting on the way especially when the tide is coming in.
Snorkeling is swimming while equipped with a diving mask, a snorkel, and sometimes swim-fins (flippers).
Swimming will be an asset but it’s okay if you don’t know how to. You will be provided with a life jacket.
If you are a confident swimmer then you are definitely safe. If you are not a good swimmer or you don’t know how to swim then you will get a life jacket to help you stay afloat.
Yes, we have an instructor/guide on board.
You can see the ocean floor if the water visibility is high. You can see colourful fish and the corals that rest on the ocean bed. If you put your ears in the water you can hear the coral crackle which gives one the impression that the ocean is truly alive and it is.
Between the months of Mid October to mid-May is best for Snorkeling in Goa. The sea is clear and the visibility is relatively high.
Yes we do. We give you a life jacket, the snorkel, the snorkelling mask, and fishing gear.
The boat usually anchors between Grand Island and Bat Island which is one of the best places for snorkelling.
Preferably, adjust the goggles before you enter the water. Make sure it is comfortably tight but if water does enter your goggles, stay calm, remove the goggles and readjust them.
Yes you can but you need to ensure that no water enters the mask.
We cannot guarantee that because it all depends on the visibility of the sea on that day. The visibility is always higher during the months of November to Mid-April.
We can provide you with fishing gear and you try your hand at fishing or you can dive off the boat and swim for a while. The water is inviting and cool around the island and more often than not, one does want to splash around in it.
There are plenty of fish in the sea and it all depends on your skill and patience.
Yes, we provide veg and non-veg buffet lunch at Monkey Beach. There is also a chicken / fish and veg barbecue.
We anchor the boat at Monkey beach (Headland Sada, Vasco).
No there are no monkeys there. It got its name because monkeys used to inhabit the beach a very long time ago.
The chance of sighting dolphins out in the open sea, a pleasant boat ride, and snorkelling in one of Goa’s best snorkelling areas.
Yes, we do but only in the hotels mentioned in the itinerary.