From: ₹11,990.00 for 12 hours
Circumnavigate the province of ‘Ilhas’ or the ‘Island of Goa’: Sail up the Zuari river, then motor up the Cumbarjua River (you could spot a crocodile if you’re lucky). Stop at Old Goa to see the medieval churches. Motor to Panaji, hoist sail and sail around the Cabo Raj Bhawan back to Dona Paula.
Weekdays, 12 hours, 7.00 am to 7 pm
Available 2 February 2020
Rs. 11,990 for a boat (up to 4 persons)
This excursion is not available on weekends (Saturday and Sunday)
We start out from Dona Paula and sail up the Zuari river, past the Zuari Bridge, to Marcaim. Here, we put down the sails and motor up the Cumbarjua River, which links the Mandovi and Zuari Rivers. This is a place with lots of mangrove forests, where crocodiles sun themselves on the mudflats during low tide. We emerge into the Mandovi river and stop at Old Goa, where you can see the churches of the medieval city of Goa. Then, we motor past Panaji. Here, we hoist sail and sail around the Cabo Raj Bhawan back to Dona Paula.
You will have circumnavigated the province of Tiswadi, also known as ‘Ilhas’ or the ‘Island of Goa’, which the Portuguese conquered in 1510, 16 full years before the Mughal emperor Babur conquered Delhi.
You will have travelled in the Zuari and the Mandovi, Goa’s two biggest rivers. You will also go through the Cumbarjua River and the Arabian Sea. You will see birds and, if you are lucky, crocodiles and dolphins. You will see the churches of Old Goa. It’s a full day well spent on the water.
Our sailing boats are powered only by the wind. There’s no irritating throb of an engine, just the sound of the wind in the sails and the waves splashing. Sailing is relaxed and peaceful. There’s no need for speed. We go at the pace of the wind (which, sometimes though, can be quite fast)
Our sailing boat:
(1) Seabird: Fast, 21-ft open gunther-rigged sailing boats with no cabin and no toilet. Capacity: 4
These boats are equipped with life jackets for safety, have outboard motors (for use only in emergencies) and are handled by experienced and competent skippers. We operate out of Dona Paula, 8km from the Panaji Bus Stand.