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Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
Trip End Nov 27, 2012

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The Blue Whale

Flag of India  , Goa,
Friday, November 9, 2012

We'd read in the Lonely Planet guide about the Blue Whale, possibly as remote a beachside bar as ever existed and we set out to find it. We knew roughly where it was supposed to be but none of the locals we'd asked were able to confirm it so we caught a bus to the end of the line at Mobor and kept walking to where the River Sal meets the sea. 

Just about 200 metres before we ran out of land we were beckoned in to the Blue Whale by a lady who was clearly sat by the side of the road to attract any passing punters. I would think that we were probably the first potential punters to have walked that road for days. But we'd found it! And it's stunning! A beach bar built of proper bamboo, fronds etc. Not the Spanish type that would be made out of rolled hollow sections and plastic. [Jane: No offence meant to Spaniards!]

We sat under this shade at the back of the beach with about eight other people and I would say there was no other establishment within maybe a mile. We had had a long walk but after a couple of Kingfishers and a light lunch, we walked all the way back to our village (Cavelossim) along the golden sand beach stopping only for a swim in the truly warm Arabian Sea. [Jane:the sand had colonies of starfish - never seen so many - and hermit crabs]

For anyone who reads this that thinks it sounds worth a visit, check out . A guy called Bitu (?) has built about 10 bamboo shacks which are simply but beautifully furnished and are available for round about 30 a night. If you truly want to get away from it all, this could be the place for you. But be warned, it's a 5 kilometre round trip to go and get the bread for your morning toast! 

There's always the Blue Whale if you want to save your energy!

Zoom in on the map and turn it to a satellite picture to see exactly where this beach shack and the houses are....
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Roberta Bailey on

Hi Jane and Phil, have just enjoyed reading your blog entries all at once, after the occasional peak to see what was happening, and it sounds like the long, toilet-challenged journey was worth it - eventually. Loving the wildlife commentaries, fuelled by the liquid branch of the Kingfisher family! Hope you continue to enjoy the 'assault of the senses' which India is so famous for - look forward to hearing all about it when you get back. Love Roberta and Mo

Kate on

This looks absolutely idyllic. So different to gloomy, damp Stockport. Am enjoying sharing your experiences.

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