We know space in Mumbai comes at a steep cost, so why not take a break from those cramped roads, buildings and homes and venture into the water? And by that we don’t mean walks on Carter Road, Worli Sea Face or Marine Drive, but going right in the middle of the vast blue expanse!
Watersports on Juhu Beach
Yes. You read that correctly. Now there is no need to wait for that Goa trip for a dose of some exhilarating water sports. After Maharashtra Maritime Board gave a green signal, Juhu Beach offers water sports like jet skiing, banana boat ride, bumper ride, flying fish and sofa ride. The rides usually last for 3 to 5 minutes and are affordable (Rs 200-300 per person). The activities start at 8 am and continue till sunset. But there is huge rush on weekends, so prepare for a wait.
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Dining on the sea
Over the past year, many floatels have opened that give you a chance to drink, dine and party in the middle of the Arabian Sea. Here is where to go when you want to be away from the chaos of the town.
Picture this: The sea breeze gently playing with your hair, the sky is 1000 shades of orange and yellow, the Worli skyline hasn’t looked better and the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link adds drama to the scene. You take a sip of your sundowner and think “I never knew Mumbai could be so calm at the rush hour.” This is exactly what you will experience sitting at the sky deck of AB Celestial that’s docked in Bandra. It will cost you Rs. 2000 plus taxes per person that is redeemable against food and drinks.
When you are coming from the airport, you will spot a jazzy ship blinking with red and blue lights near the sea link. That’s Mumbai Maiden, a floating restaurant that also cruises under the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (but only on certain days) and is accessed via speedboat from the Bandra jetty. It takes no more than a minute to reach this ship. Needless to say, the top most open deck has the most gorgeous views of Mumbai’s skyline and the sea link. Make sure you reach at sunset to get splendid views.
The two ships- Queensline Sea YAH and Queensline Neverland- are the biggest floating restaurants in the city and can take as many as 450 people each. They have lovely wooden interiors and a deck with a bar. Apart from digging into delicious food and sipping on your favourite sundowner you’ll also see the skyline change – that’s because these two will take you on a cruise along the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is an unforgettable experience for just Rs. 2500.