Hiya, I saw these boats / ferrys in Pajim last time we were in Goa. And remember reading on here about people that had been on them, and saying that they were a really good experience.
Just wondered if any are better than others? Anyone recommend one in particular?
Can you just pay to get on board as you arrive? Or do you have to pre-book?
What time do they tend to leave? And how long for?
Sorry for all the questions, just the board doesn't seem to be that busy at the moment. And we'll be there a week on Monday :d woooo woooooooo
Choose your boat and pay at the kiosks along the jetty, you can't miss them.
Prices went up to 150rps last year, drinks on board are not that bad price wise, and also a decent selection of snacks, bajis,chips and samosas etc..
If you can't make it for the sunset, then get any when it is dark - all boats look great lit up and seem to attract more people.
Great fun - not to be missed.
Don't forget a trip round Panjim later - some hidden bars to be found ! along with the Delhi Darbar restaurant for some top food.
Nice little bar opposite side of the river and further down from the cruise boats is a pub called Top Gear, small but great to chill out in.
As I've only been to Goa once before, I don't know if anyone else is the same. But I feel awful leaving a taxi driver waiting around for us whilst we go off and do stuff. Or is that just me?
Where are you staying ? If you are in Candolim/Calangute area why not get the local bus (about 10rps each) to Betim and get the free ferry across the Mandovi, you are then just a 5 min walk to the cruise boats.
Forgot to say in my other post, the Royal didn't go on the night we went due to engine problems (and it's the only one that leaves at 6.00pm) so they put another one on in it's place, so got some cracking sunset pics.
Also we paid an extra 50rps to sit on the premier deck, and got waiter service thrown in.
Staying in Candolim again. Will probably check out the taxi prices for ease, as we ended up using one taxi driver for the majority of our trips last time we were in Goa, as compared to other drivers he seemed very fair, and didn't in my opinion rip us off. So fingers crossed he is still around.
Ha ha, premier deck and waiter service for under a £1, superb Would love to get the 6pm ferry then to see the sunset!
Out of interest though, how long does the bus to Panjim take?
Either by bus or taxi I wouldn't leave later than 5.00pm, there is a bar and toilets at the jetty if you do have to wait though.
Another thing to let you know (but not to worry about) is, one year the taxi we took called at a travel shop in Panaji center and the driver took our ticket fare and got them from there - just getting a bit of commission I guess, so if that happens - don't panic.
Dehli Darber is a must as Spike says, we got lucky when we went as Dipoo one of bar lads we have known for a few years knew the Manager, we mentioned his name and got treated like Royalty and a bit off the bill
with the indians dancing
Anyone who hasn't been to Panaji at night time - take a trip in the daytime and 'suss' out where the bars and restaurants are, also a nice walk from the jetty along the coastline passing parks (one with sculptures and Portuguese canons) and great old houses. Have seen a few posts over the years where some people seem to thing all there is are Reebok shops etc..
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