Ten-Second Takeaway

Cruise through the mangroves or open sea, gliding on your own luxury trawler or yacht kitted out with beer, food, and even an eco-friendly loo. Plus, anything from day trips to overnight stays can be arranged. This is your chance to explore the other Goa.

All Aboard!

Conceptualised by Poonam Daryanani and Pascal Ribo, who sold their house in Mumbai and bought a wooden fishing trawler in Goa five years ago, you’re in for a marvellous experience. and named it The boat called Nocturne Indien is docked on Chapora River, with three cabins, two electric marine {eco-friendly} toilets, and one shower unit, there’s plenty of space to chill out on the stern deck, the bow and other decks.

What the traditional fishing trawler lacks in looks it is more than made up for by the couple’s other sleek yacht called Red Mangrove. This modern fibre boat has been built in New Zealand but for Indian waters, and though small, is kitted out with enough space for sitting or chilling {there is a canopy for lounging too} and a marine toilet. A catamaran, dinghy and kayaks are also provided for you to cruise up to a point and then you can really discover the mysterious mangroves {along the river} or explore the open waters, in whichever vessel that suits you. Or you could just jump in for a swim {us with our life jackets on}.

Day Tripping

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There are two kinds of packages on offer. The trips and cruises range from an hour to a full day. The Red Mangrove docked on Chapora River, plies from Morjim and includes a welcome drink along with snacks, limited number of beers and also soft drinks for an hour or two-hour cruise {Short Trip Formulas}. We’d say go for their three-hour long Approach Formula or their four-hour long Discover Formula. This includes kayaking on the river or in the open sea {according to weather conditions and at the discretion of Konkan Explorers} on either the Nocturne Indien or the Red Mangrove. Limited snacks and drinks will be available on board or you can BYOB and food too. Just make sure to inform them while making your booking.

Your Private Cruise

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Konkan Explorers also takes private bookings for a larger group {minimum 10} and you can opt for all the packages described above. But you don’t have to share it with others; basically the whole boat is yours for a private trip. The kayaking sessions can be tailor-made according to beginners or seasoned rowers, depending on your skill level. The folks at Konkan Explorer ensure safety and security, and according to information on their site, although they are licensed to carry 23 passengers at a time, they limit it to 15 so that guests can chill out with enough space to enjoy some privacy.