Yacht – Yes, the same Yacht that was first introduced in kindergarten when we said Y for Yacht. A Yacht ride in Goa! Yes
A Yacht is a fancy luxury boat that you can charter to chart your own journey over water. Most of the commercial yachts are available for hire. Most come with a team of captain and service people who make sure you enjoy your time on the Yacht.
Taking a Yacht ride in Goa is fast becoming a trend among the visitors of the sunshine state. After you have explored beaches of Goa, taking a Yacht ride is a perfect way to experience its backwaters, its mangroves, and its biodiversity.
10 reasons you should take a Yacht ride in Goa
Pamper yourself with Luxury
Having a Yacht to yourself is luxury redefined. A captain driving you around as per your wishes, a host serving you your favorite food and drinks. The air blowing through your hair.
Drive to the Sunset
Sunsets are what make Goa so much more lovable. You can watch the sunset from the beaches a million times, but it is another experience to watch it in the waters where it is merging. You almost feel the water is going to be on fire. The day I went for the Yacht ride, from one point it felt we were walking into the sunset and from another, it appeared rolling down the hill.
Small group celebrations
You planned a reunion with your friends from college and you want to be in your own world – not to be disturbed by other people. Choose to spend time on the Yacht. This is the best place to get up, close and personal in a small group. Even a small family event can be celebrated on the Yacht. Most yachts in Goa can accommodate up to 20 people including the crew. The cost of the Yacht is very affordable when it is split across the group.
See a different Goa
When you take a Yacht ride in Goa on Mandovi River, you see the city of Panaji on one side with its colorful skyline. On the other side, you see heritage structures like Reis Magos Fort. My favorite point on this ride is crossing the twin bridges. I also like the colorful fishing boats parked near the Betim jetty. I always feel they are relaxing after a night’s work.
If you are getting married – hiring a Yacht to have a pre-wedding shoot is an upcoming trend. I looked at some of the shots and they are amazing – against both the sun and the blue waters of the Arabian Sea. I think it would be a memorable experience to begin their journey together on a Yacht, holding each other every time it goes up and down with the sea waves, much like they would have to do in life later.
Enjoy the Goa Backwaters
Goa backwaters are a delight to be in. Unlike the more popular Kerala backwaters, they are not crowded, so you get to see unhindered views. There are mangroves on the banks of the River Mandovi, where you can get down and see the bio-diversity. My recommendation would be to drive upstream on Mandovi and stop at its islands like Chorao & Divar to take a walk and see the simple and rustic Goa. If you enjoy birding – you would have ample to rejoice.
Night party on the Yacht
While during the day, the sights of the ocean and surrounding earth fill your senses. It is during the night you can feel the solitude of sea and the river. The twinkling lights in the distance tell you there is civilization not too far. You can hire the artists who can entertain you on board.
Celebrate the artist in you
If you are a musician, there can be nothing more inspiring than singing on the deck of a luxury Yacht for a private audience. I had once such chance to enjoy music on a Yacht in Goa. And it was an experience that I would always cherish.
Getting married on a Yacht
Well, to be me this sounds a bit too experimental. I was told that it is no longer a dream idea, many weddings or after wedding parties are happening on the private Yachts. I would say spending a part of honeymoon on a yacht in Goa is not a bad idea at all.
Have an office party
What better place for a team bonding than a secluded Yacht to bind them in a small space but give them vast ocean around to think out of the box. Go, convince your boss to have the next offsite meeting on a Yacht in Goa.
Travel Tips for Yacht Ride in Goa
- Most Yacht rides are available on Mandovi River that runs along the city of Panaji.
- The jetty at Britona on the north bank of River Mandovi is where a lot of them are parked and can be boarded from.
- Wear comfortable clothes if you want to hop up and down, The winds are strong – so dress accordingly.
- Ladies, it is not easy to leave your hair open when you are outside.
- Sit on the deck and just enjoy the surroundings – keep your cameras inside for sometimes – not easy but try.
There are a few companies that run yacht services, I tried the one offered by Goa Yacht and I can definitely recommend them to you.