Catch the ferry across the Mandovi river to the quaint Divar Island, and experience a day in the life of a local Islander. Despite its proximity to Goa’s capital city Panjim, the local community of Divar Island has resisted urbanisation and successfully preserved their rich heritage and unique lifestyle. Enjoy a rare change of pace, as the Island’s blissful tranquility and lush surroundings leave you feeling rejuvenated by the time you head home.
This experience is not a walking trail and requires transportation. Explore the Island using your own vehicle, or we can book one for you (at an additional cost).
A memorable ferry ride across the serene Mandovi river.
Get a taste of the minimalist and sustainable island life as we interact with locals and explore indigenous occupations like fishing and Khazan farming (a traditional aqua-agricultural system that ensures an equitable sharing of resources between local farmers and fishermen).
Discover the island’s multicultural heritage as we visit landmark monuments – from ancient Hindu temples to Goa’s finest 18th century baroque church with stunning panoramic views.
Visit the archeological ruins of a 12th century temple and a mystical holy bathing site called Porne Tirth.
Explore the island’s natural hidden caves (subject to weather and accessibility).
Enjoy a musical performance by a local musician.
End your experience with a sumptuous authentic lunch hosted at the home of a local family.
Experience led by a knowledgeable local storyteller.
Lunch at an Indo-Portuguese home or a beautiful riverside property.
Visit to an ancient temple site.
Visit to the site of a Baroque-style church (entry inside the church is prohibited).
A refreshing beverage.
Meeting a renowned Goan Musician.
Vehicle for the experience (although this can be arranged at an added cost).
Hotel pickups and drops (although this can be arranged at an added cost).
Sightseeing points that fall outside of the curated route.
We do not provide umbrellas, raincoats, hats/caps, face-masks or sanitizers.
Please carry your own water bottle.
We recommend wearing comfortable footwear, using sunscreen and mosquito repellant.
Please also carry your own umbrella/raincoat or cap/hat/sunglasses (as the weather dictates).
Avoid the consumption of alcohol before the experience as we will be visiting holy/religious sites.
Photography & videography is strictly prohibited at the Our Lady of Piety (Piedade) Church premises (facade included).
Is the Divar Island experience a heritage walk?
Divar Island is too vast for us to cover on foot, and so we will use vehicles (cars/two-wheelers) to move around the island. The idea is to really take our time exploring each place we visit on the island, and the vehicles will help us reach the far ends of the island easier and quicker.
Can we bring our own vehicle for the experience?
Yes, we recommend that you bring your own vehicle for the experience. In the event that this is not possible, we can arrange a vehicle for you at an added cost.
How do we reach the meeting point at the Ferry Terminal?
The location link will be sent to your mobile along with the details of the experience and the name and contact number of your storyteller.
Is there parking space?
Yes. There is ample parking space at the meeting point.
Is photography permitted?
Yes, photography is permitted on Divar Island. However, while doing so travellers must take care not to trespass on private property, respect the privacy of local residents and avoid blocking roads/pathways. Photography & videography is strictly prohibited at the Our Lady of Piety (Piedade) Church premises (facade included).
How will we reach Divar Island from the Ferry Terminal?
We will take a Government-run commuting ferry boat service which is used by the local island residents and departs every 5 minutes. You will board the ferry with your vehicle (car/two-wheeler).
Is it safe to take our vehicles on to the ferry boat?
Absolutely. However, if this is a new experience for you - here are some handy tips: (i) We recommend asking the pillion rider (in case of two-wheelers) / fellow passengers (in case of cars) to walk onto the boat. This will make your vehicle lighter and easier to drive onto the ferry ramp; (ii) For cars, we would advise driving on to the ferry ramp as slowly as possible - using brakes constantly as the wheels touch the ramp surface, and then gently releasing the brakes to ascend into the ferry boat.
Can we consume beer / other alcoholic drinks during the experience?
No. It is not recommended to consume alcohol during the experience as we will be visiting holy/religious sites. However, as we end our experience with lunch hosted at a local Indo-Portuguese home, on special request we could arrange for some beers or a tasting of the local brew Feni (at an added cost). Alternatively, you can book our Goan Feni & Tapas Experience for a more immersive experience on local Goan cocktails and cuisine.
Do we need to wear face masks?
It is mandatory to wear face masks, use sanitizers and maintain social distancing in all public spaces.
Are Covid-19 protocols followed during the heritage walk?
All Covid-19 safety precautions will be taken by us. Our Storytellers are all double vaccinated, wear face masks, maintain social distance and avoid physical contact. All enclosed spaces will be sanitized by us.
Are washrooms available?
Washrooms are available at the Indo-Portuguese home we will visit at the end of the experience.
Please follow all standard Covid-19 precautions - such as wearing a face mask and the use of sanitizers.
All our tour presenters and hosts will be wearing a face mask.
We will avoid physical contact with guests like handshakes.
We will be serving refreshments / meals (if applicable) in places that follow hygiene and sanitary guidelines approved by Make It Happen.
All enclosed spaces will be sanitized.
Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
If we cancel the experience due to unavoidable circumstances, then a full refund will be processed.
For groups sizes of 15 and above, refund upon cancellation will be provided if cancellation is done 7 days prior to the booking date of the experience.