Go Luxury Yachting In Goa For The Ultimate Sailing Experience

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Goa has, of late, become the clichéd party destination that everyone rushes to on their long weekends. With its wild nightlife, easily accessible beaches, and a slew of adventure sports, it is one place in the country everyone wishes to travel to. And rightly so. But partying is just the tip of the iceberg. As tourism has increased in the state, so have the number of leisure and adventure activities and one such activity, which puts almost everything else to shame, is yachting.

Often considered a luxury that can be afforded only by a few, yachting is now being made accessible to the common man in Goa. You no longer need to pack your bags and head to the Caribbean or South of France if you want to experience life on a yacht. India's beach capital has it all.

Yachting in Goa is what dreams are made of

Yachting is for anyone looking to take a break from crowded beaches and experience the solace that being on the sea can bring. Whether you want to host a private party, enjoy a session of fishing, or spend some romantic time with your partner, yachting in Goa will take you to splendid locations—some of which might not even be accessible to tourists otherwise, like secluded villages, bird sanctuaries and islands.

While being the country's beach capital, Goa is also one of the greenest states in the country with beautiful backwaters boasting of a wide variety of flora and fauna. If you want to get on a yacht therefore, you can either choose to sail across the Arabian Sea or book a luxury vacation in the backwaters.

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Everything you need to know

In several parts of the world, yachting is a recreational sport, complete with tournaments and competitions. It is a relatively new activity in India and is mostly for leisure. There is a wing of the Indian Navy that does train soldiers in yachting, but professional training otherwise is limited to the Yachting Association of India (YAI), which is affiliated to the International Sailing Federation. The YAI provides various courses to anyone wishing to enter the sport.

For travellers, however, yachting is an activity that is done under the supervision of skilled sailors. All of the agencies providing private yacht charters have trained crew accompanying the travellers. So, if you're looking for a weekend getaway, you don't need to worry yourself with the technicalities of sailing.

Types of boats 

While there are a number of sailing activities available in Goa, when it comes to yachting, you can choose from two main types of boats: motorised yachts and sailing yachts (Catamarans, speedboats and jet skis being the other types of boats available).

Motorised yachts

These are high-speed vessels that are perfect for those looking to rent out for a shorter period as they allow you to reach your destination quickly and enjoy without having to worry about the time spent on transportation. These yachts are usually in high demand, especially during peak season. So, it is often best to book the experience online, in advance, to avoid any last minute problems. These yachts are often more expensive than sailing yachts as they offer more luxury on board.

Sailing yachts

These are more serene. These are the classic Hollywood-style sails that you see in movies and offer a rewarding experience. There's no motor, therefore, the noise factor is absent and these are perfect for those looking to spend some quiet moments at the sea. Private sailing yachts are sure-shot head turners.

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Motorised Yacht by Don Ramey Logan

Best areas for yachting in Goa

North Goa is the hub of all yachting activity in the state, with the maximum number of agencies being located in the stretch between Arambol and Bambolim beaches. Yachts are available in various capacities and can be rented for celebrations, romantic getaways, film-shooting and other special occasions.

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Arambol Beach by Vijay Tiwari

These are the five most popular agencies you can choose from:

Located at the Champions Island in Panjim, this is one of the most popular clubs offering yacht sailing for parties and events. If you're looking to host a unique birthday party, you might want to check out their website.

Situated in Malim, Marine Asia offers more than a dozen chartered yacht experiences. They might not have the largest fleet of boats, but their services are impeccable. If you're looking for a honeymoon getaway or just a romantic day with your partner, they're your best bet.

They offer some of the most competitive packages when it comes to booking luxury yachts in the state. You can choose from a whole array of different activities like parties, candle-light dinners, motor cruising etc. for the customised vacation that you want.

They handle a fleet of over 400 boats across India and have offices in Mumbai and Goa. They offer customised boat rides depending on your need and have a team of professionals who will guide and educate you about everything beforehand.

This is a multi-state agency, with offices in Mumbai, Cochin and Chennai besides Goa. They offer a number of adventure sports in combination with yachting.

Cost

The pricing starts from anywhere between Rs 5,000-7,000 per hour for sailing yachts and between Rs 30,000 to 45,000 per hour for motorised yachts.

If you book for parties or events, the rate is charged per person and depending on the capacity of the boat, you can be charged as low as Rs 5,000 per person (including food and drinks) for a couple of hours.

You can also get discounted rates if you book the yacht for a couple of nights together. Packages start from an upward of Rs 1,00,000 per night.

Best time to go yachting in Goa

While the services are available all year round, you will find the best experience between October and March, because the weather is pleasant and wind is favourable. 

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