GET ONBOARD SEAQUEST
VISIT OUR SAILING CATAMARAN
Welcome aboard our sailing catamaran at its mooring and give you a tour, you have an option to enjoy a swim around the catamaran with snorkels & then end your session with a cup of tea. (This program is a visit to the sailing catamaran & not a sailing trip. You do however get an opportunity to swim & snorkel if you want.)
Visiting hours: Daily | Duration: 1 hour
Price: ₹ 750 per person
Visit time: on request
Includes a visit to our sailing catamaran at mooring & refreshments. Please book your trip online & in advance since we do not allow walk-in on the spot bookings.
Located on the southeastern tip of the subcontinent, the Gulf of Mannar & Palk Bay are known to harbour over 3,600 species of flora and fauna, making it one of the richest coastal regions in Asia. 117 hard coral species have been recorded in the Gulf of Mannar. Sea turtles are frequent visitors to the gulf as are sharks, dugongs, and dolphins. However, the combined effects of 47 villages, with a total population of around 50,000 has meant that over harvesting of marine species has become a problem. Fish catches have declined, as have pearl oyster, gorgonian coral, and acorn worm populations. Local fishermen rely on the reef to feed their families, but destructive fishing methods combined with the stress of pollution and coral mining have meant both nearshore and offshore catches have decreased. Endangered species include dolphins, dugongs, whales and sea cucumbers. In 1986, a group of 21 islets lying off the Tamil Nadu coast between Thoothukudi and Dhanushkodi were declared the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park. The park and its 10 km buffer zone were declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1989. The Palk Strait connects the Bay of Bengal in the northeast with Palk Bay in the southwest.The strait is 53 to 82 kilometres (33 to 51 mi) wide. Several rivers flow into it, including the Vaigai River of Tamil Nadu. Palk Bay is studded at its southern end with a chain of low islands and reef shoals that are collectively called Adam's Bridge, since ages it is popularly known in Hindu Mythology as "Ram Setu" i.e. The Bridge of Rama. This chain extends between Dhanushkodi on Pamban Island (also known as Rameswaram Island) in Tamil Nadu and Mannar Island in Sri Lanka.