OCEAN BIODIVERSITY EXPERIENCE
Led by a conservation professional, this experience includes a short briefing on Goa's residential dolphin species and associated marine life found in Goa. This is followed by an ocean biodiversity experience to explore the river mouth and marine habitat. If lucky, we may spot the endangered and protected Indian Ocean Humpback dolphin (Sousa Plumbea). All our wildlife watching activities are conducted in accordance with international dolphin watching guidelines.
HOW ARE WE ETHICAL?
1) We ensure the boat engines are switched off or in neutral when in presence of the animals.
2) We do not allow chasing or corralling (surrounding them).
3) We ensure the boat always stays parallel to the direction the dolphin is moving in.
4) We try and maintain at least 50 - 100 metres distance at all times.
5) We never cut their path of travel.
6) We do not serve alcohol, play loud music or allow guests to cause any disturbance to the habitat.
**During the safari , we are on 'dolphin time' and we customize the boat operation to the behaviour of the dolphins.
**Watching animals takes time and patience, and we encourage our guests, to enjoy the holistic oceanic experience, which is the clean air, beautiful coastline, sightings of sea birds, local fishing boats and of course the Humpback dolphins.
(Please do read this section as it helps you understand what to expect on our trips)
1. Our trip is similar to the international whale and dolphin watching trips, we strictly follow international guidelines for marine wildlife watching, and our trip is conducted by a conservation professional.
2. It is a 2 and half hour experience from 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
3. We begin with a short briefing on the local species of dolphin, that is the Humpback dolphin and allied marine wildlife.
4. Post briefing, we board the boat to head out into the Arabian Sea. We then move parallel to the coastline, in search of dolphins for about 2 hours, if lucky you may spot local bird species such as sea gulls, sea terns and Brahminy Kites.
5. We serve light refreshments on board. We do not use plastic plates or cups. We do not provide individual mineral water bottles, as we carry cans of filtered water on board, and serve water in glasses, this is to reduce the amount of waste generated on our trip, and in accordance with ethical tourism principles.
6. This being a wildlife safari, we DO NOT serve alcohol or allow smoking on board.
7. We then head back. The trip concludes by 10:30 am.
WHAT TO WEAR
1. Light comfortable clothes.
2. Carry a hat and sunglasses.
3. Mobiles and cameras, should be in waterproof bags. Please note we are not responsible for personal electronics on board. Sometimes, with the surf spray and wind, it may get a bit wet.
4. Please wear rubber slippers, floaters , that you don't mind getting wet, as you may have to walk a few steps in the water to access the boat.
5. Please note that there are no restrooms on the boat.
6. All guests are requested to wear the life jackets we provide throughout the duration of the trip.
7. We can provide a pick up and drop service at an extra cost.
Boarding Jetty - Near Cohiba Restaurant, Aguada (20-25 min drive from Anjuna)
1. Once you confirm your dates, we would require the full payment in advance via online transfer at this link to confirm the trip.
2. We provide a 100% refund, if the trip is cancelled by us due to weather conditions or any other unforeseen circumstances.
3. We provide NO refund if the trip is cancelled by you.