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Boat service from today to St. Mary’s Island

Boat service to St. Mary’s Island, about 6.5 km from the Malpe beach here, will begin from Sunday.

A popular tourist destination, this palm-fringed island is about 300 metres long and 100 metres wide and has unique basalt rock formations. It was declared a geological monument by the Geological Survey of India.

The boat service will be available from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. However, the boat requires a minimum of 30 passengers to move from the tourist jetty located near the Malpe Sea Walkway.

There will be a service at 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., when the boat will leave for the island irrespective of the number of people. Three boats will be ferrying passengers from Malpe to the island and back. The capacity of each boat is 143 persons plus seven crew members. The ticket price per adult is Rs. 250, while it is Rs. 150 per child. The boats have lifejacket and lifebuoy facilities. The service will be available till the end of May barring those days or periods when the sea is rough. There will be no service during the monsoon.

No plastic materials

Ganesh Amin, a boat owner, told
The Hindu
that as the island is a zero-plastic zone, passengers would not be allowed to bring plastic materials other than those required for children.

The boat owners want a floating jetty to be constructed at St. Mary’s Island so that it is easy for the passengers to alight.

Presently, passengers are transported from the big boat to a small boat near the island to reach it. Besides the big boats, four small boats from Malpe beach also ferry passengers.

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