6 Best Private Islands to Experience in Goa

Imagine an intimate gateway – an Island with the utmost seclusion & privacy, deserted & being surrounded only by your own people. It’s too much of a temptation. Isn’t it? Adding up to the fun, there are excellent water sports adventures, exotic cruising in Goa, yacht party & boat party, overnight stay-on-yacht, great spa & lots of entertainment bounty – all  just perfected by the art of a laid back luxury. Goa is known as the Queen of Beaches but to find out which Private Island spells the right fit to your taste & requirements seems a challenge.

 

Private Islands

Private Islands with isolation are just like private heavens to spend your dream holiday. For sporty holidaymakers & party freaks it’s a spectacular paradise designed for hosting private parties, wedding on yacht, party on cruise, corporate party on yacht, birthday party, reunion bash or any other celebration at an unspoiled location amidst stunning serene & natural marvel.

 

Goa is blessed with many unspoiled beaches & beautiful Islands but to make your moments truly magical, there are some exclusive beaches that are perfectly accessible for full day private hopping, cruising, boating, water sports or just revel in ultimate solitude.

 

Having investigated many, we share the top six of the best private Islands in Goa and what you can do around in order to help you find the right one.

 

  1. Chorao Island (Panjim)

Charao Island is one of the largest Islands in North Goa situated just beside the Divar Island, ideally suited for family holiday.

 

Location:

 

Located along the Mandovi River, this beautiful island is adorned by dense mangrove forest; some of them even grow on the enchanting backwater surface that can be best navigated using a canoe.

 

How to reach: You can either use a regular ferry boat from Ribandar village or any other jetty or by canoe (small boat).

 

Things-to-do:

 

Blessed with rich flora & fauna, this Island boasts of the largest Salim Ali Bird sanctuary which is a home to about 400 species of foreign & domestic birds.

 

As you navigate the Island with a short canoe ride, you will discover inspiring Portugal culture & customs, their architectural design work & the traditions of Indian Brahmins. Once you cross the Mandovi Bridge, don’t forget to get a look at the Reis Magos Fort, Miramar beach, Hotel Marriot & the interesting river mouth of Mandovi.

 

  1. Conco Island (Canacona)

Popularly known as the Monkey Island as it is a home of a lot of hidden shy monkeys, Conco Island is a 5 acre lush green Island situated at the bay of Palolem beach.

 

Location:

 

The Island is located in Canacona near the Agonda beach.

 

How to reach:

 

Take a 20 minute boat ride to reach the Agonda beach which is closest to the Conco Island. The other way to reach the Island is via boat ride starting from the Palolem beach.

 

Things-to-do:

 

For beach hoppers, it’s a chance to rejoice as a lot of beaches such as the Palolem beach, the Agonda beach surrounds the island where you can catch a glimpse of some amazing scenic views. Take a short swim on the low-tide waves or take a short boat ride. If you are lucky enough, you can even spot a few dolphins & their acrobatics on the Palolem backwaters during your ride!

 

  1. San Antonio Island(Vasco da Gama)

If you are a nature lover from heart, San Antonio Island is worth a visit! This serene yet unexplored Island offers a great tranquil atmosphere which is ideal for relaxing & resting.

 

Location:

 

San Antonio Island is located just about 1 km away from the Vasco Da Gama coast.

 

How to reach:

 

You can reach the Island via the Vasco-Panaji coast road towards Vasco Da Gama coast.

 

Things-to-do:

 

The Island is most popular for adventure seekers & nature lovers. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy limited water activities apart from fishing & swimming.

 

  1. Divar Island (Panjim)

This serene Island named Divar across the River Mandovi coast is a mesmerizing alternative for tourists to hop around as it’s a fascinating isolated abode embracing the age-old ruins of religious ethnicity & typical Portugal colony. Enclosed by lovely forested hills, this quaint & tranquil nature of the River Island is a nature’s irresistible charm & a true sight to behold.

Location:

 

Divar Island is located near to Chorao which is roughly 9 kms from Panjim.

 

How to reach

 

Take a free ferry ride from Old Goa (near the Viceroy’s Arch) to reach the Southern Island while the East end side of the Island can be reached by a ferry ride to Naroa.

 

Things-to-do:

 

Although known to a few, Divar Island is a historical place for visitors where major festivities, events of fun & revelry galore. The laidback lifestyle of the region speaks of typical Goan fenny, the local liquor & Portugal heritage – all counts for perfect holiday retreat! The Island is an abode to many ancient temples, churches & chapels that depicts the age-old story of Island’s religious transformations.

 

Apart from the Island hopping experience in Divar, the backwaters of Divar offers many enjoyable ferry rides. Enjoy your entire holiday trip with Champions Yacht Club which is a service provider for luxury sailing experiences. The Club offers Yacht and Boat hires, luxury yacht & boat party, overnight-stay-on yacht, day & night cruise party in Goa and a series of water sports adventures for water sports lovers.

 

 

 

Take a 30 minute luxury cruise ride to the Brittona jetty to explore the rich flora & fauna across the backwaters of Divar Island. The Island backwaters are ideal for myriad water sports activities such as Jet Ski, Banana ride, Bumper ride, kayaking, Kayaking, Eco friendly boating, Zorbing and many more that you can enjoy.

 

  1. Butterfly Island

Popularly known as the honeymoon Island for loving couples, this private Island is a nature’s marvel & muse for many passionate lovers. It is known as the butterfly island due to the presence of a millions of exotic species of butterflies gliding over the hilltops. The picturesque semi-circle shaped landscape of the Island encircled by plush forestry is a blessing for ultimate privacy & tranquil experience. It is also a hidden treasure for enjoying a series of adventures, experiencing the magical aquatic life, & watching dolphin acrobatics.

 

Location:

 

The Island is located along the coastline of Palolem beach and about 37 kms away from Margaon by road.

 

How to reach:

 

You can access the Butterfly Island via road (43 Kms) from Margaon or about 76 Kms road ride from Panaji. You can also get there by a short cruise ride starting from the Palolem beach or just 200 meters ferry ride from the mainland.

 

Things-to-do:

 

Enjoy breath-taking sunset view at its most natural setting from the Island. A dolphin trip to butterfly island is a must-to-watch the splendour. Spot dolphins & their playful activities or simply take a delightful tour with boat ride above the translucent beach waters around the island. Apart from thrilling canoe riding, other activities which you can try around the beach are sunbathing, trekking & rock climbing.

 

  1. San Jacinto Island

San Jacinto Island is a tiny private Island situated in South Goa. The Island is enveloped by lush green landscape with mesmerising natural views. This exotic Island is the most secluded & tranquil paradise with pleasant beaches that will definitely enthral you with all the charm. Known for non-commercialisation status of the land in order to protect from outsiders, the speciality of this beach is the unexplored picturesque surroundings with natural charm & peaceful private ambience the islet beholds.

 

Location:

 

The tiny Island is located in Mormugao bay, about 5 kms from the Bogmalo beach and just few kilometres north-east from the Dabolim International Airport.

 

How to reach:

 

Hire a rented boat to access the Island in the Mormugao bay.

 

Things-to-do:

 

The Islet is popular for photo fanatics, nature lovers & adventure seekers. Exploring the charm of the Island with adventure trips, tours & excursions amidst the breath-taking landscape can give you exciting holiday goals.

 

Is that all that conjures up for a perfect memorable escape in Goa? Wait. Probably there’s more. The exclusivity of each secret deserted Island getaways is so refreshingly secluded that the exclusivity is incomparable to the other. With the list of these top private not-so-familiar Island escapades, your holiday experience from this picklist is surely not to disappoint you.

10 Exciting water sports activities in Goa during monsoons.

Regardless of the season, it’s always the weary soul that asks for a break after a grueling stressful week, whether at home or at office. This monsoon, ditch the sunshine and throngs of tourists around. What you get to explore are the calm & peaceful empty sea beaches, drenched lush greenery, swelling sea & waterfalls, and great economic deals to bet on! It’s great right?

 

So hop around, take a relaxing walk by the beach or simply discover the magical romance of the rain with the earth. But if you are an adventure junkie, water sports in Goa are a must-try activity to explore even during the monsoons.

 

While most of the water sports activities are banned by the Govt. during the monsoons, Champions Yacht Club still takes the privilege to offer exciting water sports packages in Goa to the holidaymakers during the ongoing monsoon season.

 

Being the off-season time of the year as called by many, water sports in Goa are the best fun to soak up oneself & venture into the world of the magical pouring island water waves. If you are still wondering what all are included within the water sports list, here are top exciting water sport activities in Goa to satiate your incurable adventure lust.

 

1.Jet Ski

It’s fun, fast & funny. If you want to explore the beauty of water waves at high speed, try this non-stop Jet Ski adventure rush. With warm waters splash, slides and glides through waves, the adrenaline pumping fun ride offers a chance to enjoy some serious fun on waves as well as catch a glimpse of magnificent sites across the coastlines. 

 

2. Speed boat

Speed Boat Champions Yacht Club

Be the captain of your own group as you explore this high speed fun activity on-board. Nothing beats the fun of navigating above the waters as you captain your own speedboat action-packed with thrills, high speed and adrenaline. Enjoy this great fun time together with laughter and screams by taking control by yourself.

 

3. Scuba diving

If underwater life fascinates you, scuba diving is just the right adventure for you.  Delve deep into the marine life and explore the mysterious underwater coral reefs & the entire eco system which is loaded with incredible fun below the azure waters. Get acquainted with many other breath-taking marine wonders as you dive into the exotic underwater world.

 

4.Parasailing

You cannot measure the vastness of the sky but with parasailing, this flight like a bird will let you witness the earth diameter more than 100 feet above, close to the propensity of measurement. This adventure sport is a thrilling activity of soaring high in air above the water level towed at high altitudes.

 

It’s fun & mind blowing & offers great scenic views. Learn the art of balance, flow and glide with the breeze or simply go with the flow maintaining a steady mind-set. But make sure that you are armed with enough protective mechanisms for personal safety.

 

5.Fly boarding

If you are a thrill seeker, fly boarding is something that you should definitely give a shot on. This action thriller ride is a flight above the sea level with incredible twists, sweeps and turns while flying!

 

6.Banana Boat ride

It’s fun riding together! The excitement it delivers is similar to jet skiing where 6 people can ride together at a time. This wet and wild sport boasts of wave splashing experience as it glides for a scenic tour up and down splashing the waves all around. Explore the fun!

 

7.Backwater Cruising  

Backwater Cruising @ Champions Yacht Club

If you are in Goa and haven’t experienced cruising yet, you are not a water baby. Take the backwater cruise along the Mandovi River, Islands, Chorao and Divar. Backwater cruising comes with an exciting mix of a variety of entertainment, sightseeing, dolphin spotting, crocodile watching, fishing activities and much more. Explore the fun.

 

8.Water skiing

For water sport lovers, this sport is the most adventurous sport to try on that requires the game of balance, patience and a lot of strength while riding on the waves. It’s challenging and pure fun. Try it!

 

9.Kayaking

Kayaking

A kayaking trip Mandovi River or Nerul River during a fair weather and good tide is highly enjoyable. Explore mysterious surroundings in Goa’s most scenic rivers this monsoon. Catch the bird and marine life around as you cross past the lush green mangroves by the scenic landscape. It’s an absolute peace and fun.

 

10.Paddle boating

Paddle boating

Enjoy this flat-water cruising activity that includes a work out family fun coupled with adventure on waves. Make the most out of it as you sit and push yourself to the limit while paddling on across the river. Enjoy a great leisurely time with friends and family exploring picturesque views & aquatic life on wide open waters.

 

These water sports activities in Goa are sure to offer you unmatched thrilling experience to test on the waters. Trying these water sports activities are complete safe when other water based activities are inoperable during that time. Refresh your soul in the water paradise Mthis monsoon.