Guide for the most popular Boat and Cruise trips in Goa

Ever dreamed of staying in a boat house or sailing through the crystal clear water catching fishes and relaxing with friends and family?

Well, all your fantasies will come true, all you need to do is visit Goa and choose the boat/cruise trip which appeals the most to you and don’t worry, you are signing up for everlasting fun and a once in a lifetime experience at pocket-friendly rates. There are a variety of Boat and Cruise trips to suit your requirements, whether you are an adventure seeker or enjoy partying or want to dine in a cruise or stay overnight amidst the sky full of stars, these trips are all you want to book for a perfect Goa Vacation.

So go on, read this list of the boat and cruise trips and select the one which you prefer and book it instantly!

Houseboat Backwater Cruise in Goa
Houseboat Backwater Cruise in River , Goa Photo: Ashley malar

House Boat Tours:

Staying in a House Boat will be on your bucket list. By booking the below-mentioned houseboat tours, you can cross that one off your list.

Overnight House Boat in Mandovi River

Goa, for most of the people, is the synonym for nightlife, partying hard, adventure activities and beaches.

There is another side to Goa and if you want to spend your vacation in a different way, opt for the overnight houseboat tour in Mandovi River. This tour which starts in the afternoon and continues until next day morning is a power-package to discover yourself. Sway in the sunset colors with shimmering lights on the calm backwaters of the marvelous Mandovi river. Tune to the night with authentic Goan delicacies and a window-side table(reserve it beforehand). Lose yourself in the magical sky filled with stars. Have a peaceful sleep in your comfortable AC room on the boat. Wake up with the sound of birds as your alarm and witness a morning never seen before.

Enjoy the Goan breakfast along with watching a plethora of birds and get a chance to see Crocodile lazing out in the Zuari river. Discover yourself again with this ride in the river and go back home with a bag full of memories! book this trip Overnight Houseboat trip in Mandovi River  online.

  • Timing: 3:00 pm – 11:00 am next day
  • The trip starts from: Britona Jetty
  • Operational Month: November – April
  • Price: Starting from 6399/- per person, 3200/- for children between 3 – 9 years
  • Trip includes:
  • Pickup and Drop from Hotel
  • Welcome drinks, tea, snacks, Dinner and Breakfast
  • Crocodile and Birds spotting

Trip excludes:

  • Alcohol is not included but you can get from the bar on the boat

Overnight House Boat in Chapora River

Tourist Couple at Houseboat in Goa
Couple at Houseboat in Goa – Photo: De Higgins

See the sight of Goa from the Chapora river, the surrounding villages, green palms and farms and what not by enrolling yourself for this overnight houseboat trip. Enjoy the view of the Chapora fort lying in ruins and yet so beautiful. Wonder at the changing colors of the sky with the sun going down making way for moon and stars. Take pictures of the panoramic views flanking both the sides of the boat and preserve them in memories. Enjoy the mouth-watering Goan Dinner amid the river and be delighted by the morning breakfast to start afresh! You can book this trip Overnight Houseboat trip in Chapora River online at Rs. 6250 per person.

  • Timing: 5:00 pm – 01:00 pm next day
  • The trip starts from Siolim Jetty
  • Operational Month: November – May
  • Price: Starting from 6250/- per person, 3200/- for children above 5 years
  • Trip includes:
  • Pick and Drop from hotel
  • Evening Tea, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

Trip excludes:

Alcohol is not included but you can get from the bar on the boat

Day trip on Chapora River in House Boat

House boat Day Trip in Goa
Houseboat Day Trip in Goa – Photo: Manish Singhal

The day trip on a houseboat in the Chapora river is a whole different experience. You can see the mighty Chapora fort and the Goan villages and the daily life in Goa along with enjoying the boat ride. This day-trip is your perfect getaway from the crowded city and have some quality time with friends and family. You can play board and card games available on the boat, carry a book if you are a bookworm to enjoy the ride. If you are lucky, you will spot the playful dolphins which will be a delight to your eyes. You can also go fishing and swim in the pristine water of the Arabian Sea. Make sure to take photos of the surrounding picturesque locations.

  • Timing: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • The trip starts from Siolim Jetty
  • Operational Month: November – May
  • Price: Starting from 2799/- per person, full price for children above 5 years
  • Trip includes:
  • Pick and Drop from hotel
  • Lunch, Tea/Coffee
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

Trip excludes:

  • Alcohol is not included but you can get from the bar on the boat

Adventure Cruise tour in Goa:

 Kayaking at Adventure Boat Trip Goa
Kayaking at Adventure Boat Trip

Gear up for adventure activities in Goa. An entire package of fun activities awaits you, all you have to do is book your four hours cruise ride. This ride includes sightseeing, spotting Dolphins if you are lucky, fishing, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, sailing on SUP board and snorkeling. You can also dance to the rhythm of the music which will be going on in the background continuously. To enjoy the sunset, book the evening trip in advance. Non-swimmers do not have to worry about anything, instructors will be there with you all the time while doing the adventure activities.

  • Timing: 9:00 am to 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Place: Coco Beach
  • Operational Month: Oct-May
  • Pricing: Starting from 1599/- per person, full price for children above 5 years
  • Trip includes:
  • Veg/non-veg meals, snacks
  • Chilled beers(3 bottles per person)
  • Mineral water, soft drinks

Party Cruise tour in Goa:

Adventure and Party Boat Cruise in Goa -
Adventure and Party Boat Cruise in Goa – Photo: Lab Das

Why party in a closed place when you can do the same amidst the Arabian Sea on a cruise!

Book your cruise party ride which comes with more than DJ and Dance. You get to do a plethora of adventure activities along with partying hard but make sure you take precautions. Have the time of your life with your friends and families and rock the dance floor. The adventure activities which are included in this package are sightseeing, Dolphin sighting, kayaking, paddle boat, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, sailing on SUP Board and snorkeling. If you feel you haven’t had enough, you can pay and do the other activities like Speed Boat Ride and Bumper / Ringo Ride. Also, get your Instagram candid-clicks while you are lost to the tunes and waves.

What can be better than all the fun activities in one place?

  • Timing: 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Place: Panjim
  • Price: 1599/- per person

Trip includes:

  • Welcome Drink, mineral water/soft drinks
  • Snacks
  • Photos / Video
  • Veg / Non-Veg Lunch
  • 3 Chilled Pint Beers per person

Trip Excludes:

  • Swimsuits
  • Towels

Dinner Cruise in Goa:

Enjoy a perfect dinner on a cruise and make your evening in Goa memorable. Immerse yourself in the essence of Goa by having Goan food and tapping your feet on the Goan folk music. Dance your heart out while the DJ is beating the music. Enjoy the scenic colonial era remains which will be seen while you pass the old monuments in Panjim. Make the two hours of this ride a lifelong memory!

Dinner Cruise, Panjim, Goa
Dinner Cruise, Panjim, Goa – Photo: Sankar Das
  • Timing: 8:45 pm (Wednesday & Saturday)
  • Place: Santa Monica Jetty
  • Price: 650/- with dinner, 300/- (for children between 5-12 years)

Sunset Cruise in Goa:


Starting from the Santa Monica Jetty at 6 pm and moving towards the Mandovi river, this cruise ride will enable you to see surreal views during sunset. Passing by the Adil Shah Palace which used to be the summer palace of Sultan, this cruise ride also offers never-seen views of the Promenade, Miramar Beach, Mormugao Port, and Aguada Fort. While on the cruise, one can enjoy the performance given by artists on famous Goan folk dance forms namely Dekhni and Fugdi and enjoy this one-hour long journey of seeing the sun going down the horizon leaving its shining trails in water.

  • Timing: 6:00 pm
  • Place: Santa Monica Jetty
  • Price: 500/- per person
  • Book Online: Sunset Boat Cruise

Crocodile and Birdwatching boat trip:

After enjoying the nightlife of Goa, get back to nature to rejuvenate your spirits. A perfect option for this is going on the Crocodile and Birdwatching boat trip. This boat trip is all you need to get away from the hustle-bustle of Goa and spend some time appreciating the other creatures of nature.

Cumbharjua Jetty Boat Cruise Crocodile Trip
Cumbharjua Jetty Boat Cruise Crocodile Trip

The Zuari river, which is the largest river in Goa, passes through several villages and connects many rivers and canals. One such canal is Cumbarjua Canal. This canal is the home to the Crocodiles. It is believed that the Portuguese brought the crocodiles with them to keep the invaders off.

Bird watching Cumbharjua Goa -
Bird watching Cumbharjua Goa – Photo: Savio Fonseca‎

You will see crocodiles lying peacefully, so keep your cameras ready for selfies with the crocodiles.

This trip also brings you to the world of Birds. You will see flocks of many migratory and local birds. Be amazed by their wonderful colors and varying size and shape, yet all in unison to form a perfect picture.

While taking this trip make sure that you wear footwear with a proper grip.

  • Timing: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Place: Cumbharjua Canal
  • 9:00 am Old Goa Jetty
  • 10:00 am Cortalim Jetty
  • Operational Month: November – May
  • Price: 1599/- Per Person

Trip Includes:

  • Mineral-water/soft-drink
  • Beer
  • Snacks

Grand Island Tour:

Grand Island Boat Tours -
Grand Island Boat Tours – Photo: Swarajya Prasad

If you come to Goa and you didn’t go to Grand Island, your trip is incomplete. Yes, it is one of the must-visit places in Goa which will be an experience you will never forget. Your boat will take you to the island and the journey is itself a masterpiece. You will see the views of the famous Aguada fort, merchant’s bungalow and other such places which will be very different from land. Seeing the Dolphins dancing and twisting and then fishing and taking dips in the Arabian Sea will elate your spirits. This Grand Island Snorkeling and boat tour available onlne.

This trip is famous for Scuba Diving. See the splendor of the aquatic beauty in its raw form undersea and live in that moment.

Check Pricing on Official Site of Grand Island, Goa

  • Timing: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Operational months: October – March
  • Price: 1299/- per person

Trip includes:

  • Boat Trip with sightseeing
  • Fishing
  • Dolphin spotting
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Snacks and Fruits
  • Mineral Water/Beer/Rum
  • Buffet Lunch with BBQ (Fish/Chicken/Veg)
  • Trip excludes:
  • Breakfast
  • Swimsuits
  • Photos and Videos

Luxury Yacht Trip:

Luxury Yacht in Goa -
Luxury Yacht in Goa – Photo: Travel Adventure, India

If you are looking for an exotic way to spend your vacation, the luxurious Yacht trip is all you want in Goa. With less load on your pocket, this Yacht trip can give you all the comfort in the world in the middle of the Arabian Sea. There are various options available for the Yacht trip, choose the one which is in your budget and have a great time!

You are going to have a wonderful time in these boat and  cruise tours, but there are certain things you should bear in mind while packing for your trip:

  • Wear comfortable clothes so you can enjoy the adventure journey to the fullest
  • If possible wear swim-suit because you may want to take a dip in the wonderful sea
  • Carry a towel and an extra pair of clothes
  • Carry appropriate medicine if you have sea-sickness
  • Bring along your camera for capturing the moments
  • Don’t carry any valuables
  • You can bring caps and sunglasses as per your comfort
  • Clad yourself in Sunscreen

Have a great time in Goa!