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Trips from the north.

Leeds, United...
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Trips from the north.

Hi everyone,

I have been working on a trip guide for next season for someone.

I am including the draft in the forum for those interested.

All these trips can be booked with johns boat tours, or any of their agents.

I will bring it back later as people ask about trips on the forum.




( No dolphins no pay )

Pass the prison & millionaire palace, see the dolphins remember Goa.

Reccommended by International dolphin watch UK.

Cost £9 per head 4-5 hours trip.

Includes Goan barbq free beers & soft drinks.

Sunday tuesday thursday & saturday.


Enjoy the backwaters and mangroves, see the crocodiles birds & butterflies 3 to 4 hours trip.

Includes free beers soft drinks mineral water, snacks fresh fruits and transport to the boat.

Cost £12 each sun & thurs.


Travel by boat to the exotic hippy market of the 1960's and treat yourselves to a panoramic view of the famous beaches along the way.

try your hagging skills in the market. grab a bargain.

2 hours in market for shopping enjoy chilled beers on the boat ( free )

4-5 hours trip wednesdays only.

Costs £ 6 each.

FISHING TRIP ( rods & bait included )

Catch nail biting excitement as you hook Indian salmon, grouper, red snapper rockfish etc.

Or you can chose to relax on the boat, watch the sunset, sunbathe whilst acompanying the fishing enthusiasts with a few chilled beers

Trip lasts 3 hours beers soft drinks & water included.

Cost anglers £9 non- anglers £ 6 .

Tue wed thur sat & sunday evenings.


We head out to grand island, spotting dolphins along the way. On arrival we drop anchor.

You can then swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters viewing the marine life.

This is followed with a visit to monkey beach where we have a beach barbq.

The rest of the day can be spent sunbathing, swimming, or relaxing on the beach.

Included are :: fresh fruits beach barbq, snorkeling equipment, soft drinks and unlimited chilled beers.

Cost £ 13 each Monday & fridays.

( visibility in the water depends upon weather conditions & currents )


Lose yourself in time on our magical houseboat.

Overnight stay on a traditional houseboat, sleep under the stars, watch a fantastic sunset.

Takes you deep into the backwaters of Goa, see the village life as it really is, see the wildlife and Goa as mother nature made her.

Come and fall in love on the most romantic trip of your lifetime !

Included are :: breakfast, lunch, dinnertea, coffee, alcoholic and non- alcoholic unlimited drinks.

Food. continental,Goan, Indian & seafood.

Double bedroom with attached bathroom.

( Everyday ) cost £ 49 each.


Passing through old Goa we will be stopping at an interesting place on the way where we will have our packed lunch.

Oportunities for photography are plentiful, last season the stopping place had an elephant !

This natural and spectacular beauty spot are well worth the trip.

See the antics of the wild monkeys as they feed from your hands.

Bathe in the holding pool below the falls.

Elephant rides can be taken on this trip .

You will need towel swimming gear and good footwear.

Includes packed lunch, mineral water, jeep ride,and all entrance fees.

monkey feed is availible and there is a small camera charge.

Tuesday & saturday.

Cost £ 12.50 each.


This is one of the most popular trips with visitors to Goa especially first timers.

Tour the working plantation, have a traditional Goan lunch served on a banana leaf.

also includes visit to other places of interest en route with guide.

Includes water lunch and entrance fee

Cost £ 12 Monday & friday.


Stay on one of the virgin beaches in the south of Goa.

Spend the night in bamboo hut or treehouse.

Leave your footprints in the sand.

Includes coco hut accomodation with attached toilet, mineral water and transport

Cost £ 23 or £ 20.

( pick up between 3 and 4.30 pm next day )

Mon wed & fri.


14 th century capital city where the stones tell historical secrets in scilence.

Included are transport, 2 nights hotel accomodation, guides, bed & breakfast.

( monument fees and other meals are not included)

cost £ 41 each.

Ask about timings.

Prices shown in pounds are a guideline.

Charges will be in rupees at the prevailing rate.

All trips are insured.

All taxes are included.

All boats have british safety standard life jackets.

All trips are subject to weather conditions.

Your safety is our priority.

All trips pick up and drop off at our office or nearest main road point to your hotel.

Darlington, United...
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1. Re: Trips from the north.

Thanks for that Ian..

My first time to Goa next year and that is a great insight into the trips.

Well done for compiling the list. :-))


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2. Re: Trips from the north.

Like the house boat one, did a similar in Kerala some time back.

Would have a go at that one, don't have to share boat with others do you?

Barry, United...
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3. Re: Trips from the north.

Ian what about:

Hiring a taxi for the day and exploring the coast further north (or south) visiting Mandrem, Morjim, Asvwem and Arambol beaches seeing all the sights on the way, if you have a good taxi driver he will point out the monkeys in the trees . Also Kiri beach and if you have time going across on the ferry to Tiracol fort. All for £10 - 15 pounds depending on you negotiating skills.

Also worth a trip is going into Panjim in the early evening by taxi and asking the driver to stay with you for the evening (about £5.00) Hop onto one of the river cruises, on the Mandovi, go on the one with the live bands and watch all the male Indian tourists bopping about to their Punjabi music whist enjoying a cool beer - pure magic cost of cruise - about £1.50 After that pop into one of the many fine restaurants for dinner such as the Dehli Dharbour cost depends on what you eat.

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4. Re: Trips from the north.


good idea putting all the trips up like this


smoking,we did the boat trip in march,one night

on the mandovi,it was ok,you are sharing with 6

other people,8 all together,the only thing i did'nt

like was there were 4 on the top deck and 4 on

the bottom and nowhere to get all 8 together to

have a beer or two and get to know each other

properly,4 had their meals and drinks upstairs

and 4 down.

we were on the bottom with a german couple,we

got on well with them although we don't speak much

german,they did'nt speak much english,but,as we

all know,kingfisher is an international word,so we

were buying each other beers no problem,ha,ha,ha.


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5. Re: Trips from the north.

Shame that. I'm not one for sharing confined spaces. In Kerela we had it to ourselves. God knows how I manage on planes.

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6. Re: Trips from the north.

I think this is excellent Ian and brilliant for first timers as it gives them an idea of what they can do and also the price - very important for those on a budget. You're certainly working hard as a local expert!

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7. Re: Trips from the north.

yep very comprehensive ian, must have taken ages!! glad to see your taking your new status seriously.


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8. Re: Trips from the north.

thanks ian for your info.

we are going to north goa on the 24th may, do you think all these trips will be available then? or are we too outside the season? thanks.

Leeds, United...
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9. Re: Trips from the north.

Hi there sbo,

As goanluv said earlier you can always use a taxi to take you to most of the places the tour people go to, at that time of year they will be glad of the buisiness and should give you a great deal, just approach them and ask, they are very well informed as to what's on and what's not .

I am unsure if john's trips operate outside main season.

have a great trip


Barry, United...
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10. Re: Trips from the north.

Showales, if you are staying anywhere near the money exchange/shop called Babutes opposite Kamat hotel next door to Dona Tereza he hires our a huge 4x4 with a/c and driver for about £15 a day

Believe me its well worth it you can see far more from the vehicle too!

Good luck


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