Vacationing at sea is one of life's great escapes. After all, there's nothing more relaxing than cruising across azure waters under a warming sun, with friends and family.
For those planning to sail into the sunset on their next vacations, or simply take a day's pleasure cruise, read on here more on how to go about it.
If you want to see Mumbai from a different perspective, one of the most memorable things you can do is go on a Mumbai boat trip. If you're on a budget, taking the ferry to the Elephanta Caves or Alibaug are options.
However, if you don't mind splurging, you can charter a luxury yacht and determine your own itinerary. Both day and overnight trips are possible, as well as sunset trips around the coast of Mumbai.
Itinerary and Package Options
Boat hire companies generally offer a lot of flexibility in terms of packages and destinations. Some of the options include:
- Marine Drive and the Mumbai skyline (also beautiful at night, with the chain of lights glittering like their name "the Queen's necklace").
- Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
- Northern beaches such as Madh Island and Gorai.
- Fishing in the open waters towards the west.
Most of the time, the Packages include:
- An evening cruise, dinner, and overnight in Mumbai Harbor.
- A day on board the yacht.
- A day of water sports at Mandwa beach near Albaug.
- A weekend trip with beach hopping around Alibaug.
- Photography along the Konkan coastline.
Boat Sizes: What to Consider
The first thing you should decide on is the type of experience you wish to have -- are you looking for a boat that's built for speed (a motor boat) or leisure (a sail boat)? You'll need to take into account the sailing capabilities of yourself and your crew. It's harder to maneuver longer yachts, so the destination will also play a big role in the size of the yacht you hire. In addition, it's necessary to consider the number of people that will be aboard.
Decide on the type of experience you're looking for. Ask yourself if you're looking for a charter yacht built for speed or leisure. Accordingly, opt for a power or sail boat.
Cost of Hiring a yacht in Mumbai
Most yachts are hired on an hourly basis. Prices start from 10,000 rupees an hour, for groups of two to 30 people. Double this rate if alcohol is to be served. For bigger groups of up to 100 people, rates can go up to 200,000 rupees for four hours. Of course, with high costs of charters come superb services.
From Mumbai, some of the best sailing routes take in Goa, Kochi, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Andamans and even parts of Thailand and Malaysia.
Source - boats.com