Your vacation in Goa will remain incomplete if you don’t visit the Grande Island. Also called the Grande Island, Ilha Grao, and the Ilha Grande, this is the best place in Goa for scuba diving and snorkelling. A visit to the Grand will surely be a spectacle you will remember for long.
Grande Island is on the Arabian Sea. It is very close to Vasco da Gama, just off the coast. It is west of Vasco da Gama in the Mormugao peninsula. The only way to reach the island is by a boat because of its mid-water location. It is one of the best places in Goa for snorkelling. Armed with a snorkel, face mask and fins, you skim the surface of the sea for a chance to see some exotic marine life. Your body will be half submerged in the water. Visibility is good, so you can see clearly. Snorkel a bit below the sea and you will see many colourful corals too.
On the way, you will get to enjoy sightseeing from the boat like never before. You will spot the Aguada fort and jail, a millionaire’s palace and a lot of other yachts and cruises on your way to the island. The best part of this boat trip remains in the fact that you will witness end number of dolphins twisting, twirling and having fun in the Arabian Sea but again that depends on luck and nature.
On your trip, you are served light snacks, fruits and refreshments. On your return leg of the journey, you are served with packed lunch which culminates your hilarious trip with your return to the Jetty.
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Sinquerium boat jetty|
|DURATION||08:30am to 03:30pm|
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|Pick up - Drop||Pick up & Drop will be provided from Hotels booked in Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Nagoa, Candolim, Sinquerim, Nerul Area. Transport required in areas other then mentioned above will be charged extra.|
08.00 am : Reporting at the Dive Center
08.30 am to 9.00 am : Dive Center to Boat Jetty
Lighthouse, The Millionaire’s Palace and dolphin sighting.
9.30 am to 10:30 am : – Boat Jetty ride to the Activity Location
10:30 am to 1.30 pm : Experience Snorkelling
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm : Ride from the Activity Location to the Boat Jetty (Return)
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm :Boat Jetty to Dive Centre
Note – Pick up and drop will be provided from and to the dive centre only.
What does snorkeling mean?
Snorkeling requires you to wear swimming goggles with a snorkel i.e. a breathing tube, and a pair of swimming fins that allow you to swim on the surface of the water while facing your head down and still be able to breathe. It is a fun activity for family and friends to indulge in, that lets you explore the vibrant ocean floor.
Is there a difference between scuba diving and snorkeling?
Yes, there is. Snorkeling enables you to breathe on the water surface with your head turned towards the water, while scuba diving lets you breathe underwater.
How safe is snorkeling?
It is extremely safe as it encourages people of all ages to participate.
Does snorkeling require me to have special swimming skills?
Though a good swimmer would be more comfortable in the water, it is not necessary to have any special swimming skills as such.
Does snorkeling require special equipment?
Yes, namely three things: 1. A face mask which enables you to watch the marine life without wetting your nose and eyes, 2. A Snorkel allows you to breathe on the water surface while your head is facing down through a curved hollow tube that is fixed to your mouth, and 3. Swimming fins are artificial webbed paddles that fit on your feet like shoes and assist in swimming effortlessly.
While snorkeling, can I wear my contact lenses?
Indeed you can, however make sure to fasten your face mask carefully onto your face so as to avoid it filling with water.
Will I be able to go underwater with my snorkel?
Yes, you can with a deep breath. It is not uncommon for seasoned snorkelers to go to the ocean floor on a big gulp of air and pump out water from their snorkel’s hollow breathing tube with a powerful exhale once on the surface.
Is there any favoured time to snorkel?
Yes, bright sunny days are the best as the sunlight improves water clarity bringing out the vivid colours of the sea bed with its beautiful corals and marine life.
How do you insure safety while snorkeling?
At Atlantis Watersports we employ certain safety practices that assist beginners as well as experienced snorkelers. One of them is by limiting snorkeling groups to make sure every snorkeler gets one on one time with our instructors.
Is it necessary to be an experienced snorkeler?
No, it is not as our trained personnel have the expertise to cater to beginners as well as experienced snorkelers.
What is included in the fee?
A. The fee of our Island Trip includes all activities mentioned in its itinerary like, meals, snorkeling, snacks, drinks and local taxes.
How long does it take to reach Grande Island?
The time needed to reach the snorkeling site is approximately 1 hour.
Besides snorkeling what else can I do on the trip?
There is plenty to do besides snorkeling like, relaxing on the boat, sipping on some beer by the sea under shade, taking a dip in the sea and sunbathing, to name a few.
What time does our journey begin?
We embark on our journey from the boat jetty around 9 AM.
Is there anything in particular I should carry on this trip?
A towel, a pair of comfortable shoes with good grip (flip-flops not advised), sunscreen and sunglasses. If you are prone to sea sickness or think you may get it, we advise you to take a pill to counter it prior to us leaving the boat jetty.
Does the trip include lunch?
Yes, it does. Along with our Goan style buffet and barbeque (Chicken/Fish/Veg) we also provide an unlimited supply of beers, mineral water and soft drinks.
How do I keep myself from accidentally choking on water?
In case your snorkel gets filled with water, don’t panic, ensure you’re on the surface of the water and the snorkel is above it and then exhale powerfully to clear the water from it.
Can I snorkel even though I can’t swim?
Yes, you can. We will fasten a life jacket onto you that will help keep you afloat at all times.
What type of equipment is needed for snorkeling and do you provide it?
Yes, we provide the following equipment: life jacket, snorkel, face-mask and fishing equipment.
How long a drive is it to the boat jetty?
It is usually between 15 to 20 min depending where you stay in North Goa.
Is there a 100% guarantee that I’ll catch fish?
There is an abundance of fish in the chosen fishing spots, therefore there’s a 99.9% chances you will catch a fish.
Will I see monkeys on monkey beach?
No, this is just a name given to the beach.
What is the highlight of the entire trip?
The highlight of the trip is snorkeling and the fact that Grande Island is the only place for snorkeling in Goa.