Chorao Island

Goa has 17 islands. Chorao on the Mandovi River is the largest island in Goa. It is a beautiful, green island that is best known for having the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, where the mangrove forest is the home of hundreds of birds, mudskippers, fiddler crabs, and crocodiles.

You can visit this wonderful, green island on a luxury cruise. Your cruise will start from Panaji (the capital of Goa), pass under the majestic Mandovi Bridge to reach the sanctuary. For this luxury cruise, we recommend the Fairline Squadron 42, Yacht Fairline, or the Yacht Prestige.

Cover Many Sites on Your Goa Luxury Cruise

Several other sites will also be covered on your luxury yacht cruise. You will visit the Reis Magos Fort, Miramar beach, the Governor’s residence, and the Hotel Marriot. You will see Panaji while cruising on the river gently. From the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, you can also visit Divar Island, which too has a smaller mangrove forest. On the opposite bank is Velha or Old Goa, where you can see many historical landmarks and UNESCO heritage sites. It can be a wonderful half-day or full-day tour.

Chorao Island

There are various names for the Chorao Island like Chudamani, Chodan, and Choddnnem. It is a laid-back island that is divided into two parts. The western part of the island has the bird sanctuary. On the eastern side, there are three villages – Ambelim, Caraim and Devgi. You will see a lot of paddy fields, some churches, and temples.

The first people to arrive here were the Indo-Aryans who settled here during the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. The Mapusa River flows from one side of the island and the Mandovi from the other.

A trip to the Chorao Island can be a very fulfilling experience. You will see a different side of Goa, away from the beaches, restaurants, busy roads, and the nightclubs. You will see lush greenery, traditional homes, beautiful local churches, and plenty of birds. The life here is easy-going and laid-back.

What You Can See on a Luxury Cruise While Going to Chorao Island

  • Start your cruise from Panaji
  • Miramar beach
  • Hotel Marriot
  • Goa Science Center & Planetarium
  • Kala Academy
  • Campal Gardens
  • Reis Magos Fort
  • Aguada Fort
  • Mouth of the Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea
  • Pass under the impressive Mandovi Bridge
  • See the floating casinos on the river
  • Mouth of the Mapusa River
  • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • The villages, churches, and temples in Chorao
  • Divar Island
  • The UNESCO heritage sites of Old Goa

Activities You Can Enjoy

  • Dolphin sighting – There is a very good spot at the mouth of the Mandovi and the Arabian Sea
  • Crocodile sightings
  • Bird watching at the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary – You can see the western reef heron, striated heron, black bittern, jack snipe, pied avocet, and the red knot. There are also fiddler crabs and mudskippers.
  • Kayaking – We can carry a kayak on the luxury boat so that you can kayak through the water of the sanctuary gently and silently to get real close to the birds. Many waterways crisscross the sanctuary.
  • Swimming
  • Lunch on board the luxury yacht for rent in Goa
  • Sunset with champagne and snacks Protection Status
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