As a last destination of our small trip we choose to spend one day at Alibaug. To reach Alibaug we took 12 o' clock ferry from Gateway of India to Mandwa jetty. The ferry took around 1 hour to reach Mandwa. From Mandwa it was half an hour route by bus run by the ferry operators. We sat on the lower deck of the ferry. Though it was hot month of May, wind from sea kept us cool. It was not the first time we were on the boat ride. Still it was different experience sailing the Arabian sea near Mumbai. On the way to Mandwa, the boat passed by many huge ships, cruises, naval ships and yacht. Seeing coal loading activity from ship into small boat using big crane from few feet distance was a learning experience for my 7 years old son and as well as for us. The boat was moving gently and it was pleasant ride. Because of afternoon sunlight the sea water was looking golden as if someone has mixed golden colour in the water. Around 1 o'clock we reached Mandwa.
|Ferry service at Gateway of India|
|Ship on the way from Mandwa to Gateway of India ferry ride|
|Ship on the way to Mandwa to Gateway of India|
|On the way from Mandwa to Gateway of India ferry ride|
|Yacht - On the way from Mandwa to Gateway of India ferry ride|
We stayed in Alibuag for one night and board the afternoon ferry boat to Gateway of India on the next day. But the next day brought different experience for us. On that day the sea was in different mood. The water level in sea had risen.Probably it was high tide. Our ferry boat was open. The surf water was coming inside the boat and made us and our bags wet. For the first half an hour the tides waves were lifting the boat up and down and sometimes inclining one side. Initially the experience was thrilling but then it started scaring me. As if that thrill was not enough, our boat engine stopped for a moment. There were no other boats around and we were not wearing life jackets. The driver started the boat again within couple of moments. That moment scared me away. As we moved closer to Gateway of India the boat started moving steadily. And I felt relaxed. We got busy watching big ships, ferry boats, cruises, speed boats and yacht I decided to check the weather condition and tide timing before boarding the boat. It was mix experience riding on ferry boat. We were planning to visit "Essel World, Mumbai" during our small trip. But we experienced all thrill we could have experienced at Essel World in our return trip.
Three different operators run ferry service to and from Gateway of India to Mandwa jetty. They are Ajanta, Maldar and PNP. The PNP run Air Conditioned ferry. The Ajanta ferries are open and more enjoyable.It costs Rs.75 for one way trip including bus ride upto Alibaug.