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Santa Monica

Santa Monica, the luxury launch is built on twin hull and used for daily evening cruises on river Mandovi with 'live' cultural programs performed by the best cultural troupes of Goa.
The launch can accommodate approximately 200 passengers at a time. There is a bar counter to quench your thirst. Santa Monica launch is also available for special parties on hourly charges.
The Santa Monica cruise is the most attractive entertainment with live Goan Cultural Show and music on board.

One can enjoy an evening full of entertainment on board GTDC's luxury launch, the 'Santa Monica'. During the sunset/sundown cruise into the shimmering waters of the river Mandovi, the cultural troupe performs the Dekni Temple Dance, the vigorous Fugdi Dance and the Portuguese peasant dance known as Corredinho. Each dance is lively and each tune catchy!!
As the cruise proceeds along the waters of the Mandovi, the Reis Magos Church dedicated to the Three Magi Kings, the Reis Magos Fort, the Aguada Fort, the Cabo Raj Bhavan at the Dona Paula Bay and the Mormugao Harbour provide a memorable sight.

Dolphin Fantasy, Pearl of the Orient and Backwater Thrills to Savoi Verem are on board the Poseidon, a newly acquired 24-seater fibreglas luxury launch.

Dolphin Fantasy Cruise:  
       Venture into the sea; Watch the dark graceful water beauties in a playful mood and the rhythmic dance of love. Sight closely, the headlands jutting out into the sea, Crowned on either side by Raj Bhavan, Aguada Fort & Reis Magos.  It includes the sights of the Dolphin.

*     Days of operation:             Everyday.
*     Timings:                           From 9.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. 
*     Rates:                               Rs. 250/- per person inclusive of snacks and cold drinks
Pearl of the Orient:  
       A blend of natural & cultural heritage, Cruise-cum-walking tour to visit World Heritage Monuments at old Goa.

*     Days of operation:             On every Saturday.
*     Timings:                            From 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. 
*     Rates:                               Rs. 250/- per person inclusive of refreshments

Backwater Thrills:   
       Cruise along the riverine tip of Islands of Chorao, Divar, Old Goa.. Dock at the countryside to sniff through the Spicy World, Juicy fruits, exotic plants and medicinal herbs at Savoi Verem, Spice plantation. Experience the typical Goan cuisine served in earthen pots and banana leaf.  The enjoyment includes endless sight seeing through the rivers of Mandovi sounds of Mandovi’s thick mangroves. 
*     Days of operation:             Tuesday - Friday.
*     Timings:                            From 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. 
*     Rates:                               Rs. 550/- per person inclusive of refreshments & lunch
Special Hire of Launches for longer periods is also available. Check at the Panaji jetty ticket

River Cruises

There are two types of day cruises -- from the Panaji jetty, down the Mandovi into the Zuari bay and up the Mandovi to Aldona and a mineral water spring.
A few private firms also offer a variety of imaginative cruises or boat tours for sunset views as well as for crocodile or dolphin spotting.
The private cruise operators, which operate their own cruises, can be contacted at the numbers given below:

The Mandovi River Cruise:

A popular alternative to watching the sunset from a beach bar - at least for most Indian tourists - is an evening River Cruise along the Mandovi from Panjim. GTDC runs two return trips every day from Santa Monica jetty the first at 6.00 pm, and the second at 7.15 pm. Snacks and drinks are available, and the price includes a display of Konkani and Portuguese dance accompanied by folk singers in traditional Goan costume, and sometimes a live Hindi cover band.

Full Moon Cruises

Two hour "Full moon" cruises leave daily at 8.30 pm, regardless of the lunar phase.
*     Days of Operation: Daily
*     Timings:  From 8.30 pm to 10.30pm
*     Rates: 1 hour Rs 150 per head.


Emerald Water Cruises

Operating in direct competition to GTDC are Emerald Waters Cruises from the quay outside the Hotel Mandovi. They also offer longer sightseeing trips during the day.

Bookings: For the GTDC Cruise can be made through their travel agents. Emerald waters' ticket counter is opposite the Hotel Mandovi.

Castaway Cruises

A full day cruises to Grande Island popular for marine & bird life.  Sailing out of sea watching Dolphins is rather an exciting and thrilling experience.
Everyday as per the requirement of the customer.

Goa By Night

Covers Dona Paula Bay, river cruises, Adil Shah’s Palace, Mae de Dues church, view of Panaji city from Atinho hill-top and Shri Maruti Temple.
Everyday 6:30 p.m to 9.30pm Rs. 140/- per head.

Sunset Cruise
*     Dep.6.00 pm                    1-hour   Rs. 100/- per head
Sundown Cruise                              
*     Dep.7.15 pm                    1-hour   Rs. 100/- per head
 Includes attractive Goan Cultural show, live music and plenty of exciting moments.

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