Butterfly Beach

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Timings : 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Best Time to Visit : Early morning to spot dolphins

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Butterfly Beach, Goa Overview

A little to the south of Palolem in Cancona region of Goa lies the Butterfly Beach. This beach, also known as Honeymoon Beach, is in the form of a small cove surrounded by dense trees. One of the most secluded and lesser-known beach of Goa, the butterfly beach is mostly accessible by a boat (ferry) ride from the nearby beaches, which only adds to the charm.

Vehicles do not lead directly to Butterfly Beach and reaching here through land involves a challenging forest hike. However, this also makes for a wonderful opportunity to go trekking through a forest! Interestingly, Butterfly Beach is so named as the surrounding trees attract a wide variety of butterflies occasionally. It may also be because the beach itself is in the shape of a butterfly! Either way, it is just as pretty as one, especially during sunsets. 

Enclosed by a thick forest on one side and leading to the open sea on the other, the beach has a unique and picturesque landscape. Butterfly Beach is also one of the few places in Goa to sight the playful dolphins. Avoid visiting the beach during the monsoon as the boat rides are mostly unavailable during heavy rainfall.

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Dolphin Spotting at Butterfly Beach

Dolphins (Indo-Pacific Humpbacks) can be spotted from other places in Goa as well, but Butterfly beach is an ideal location as it is not crowded with tourists. If you choose to travel by boat from Palolem or Agonda to the Butterfly beach, especially in the early morning, you should be able to spot the dolphins along the way. Also, the changing sea tides reveal other marine fauna on the beach. At low tide, the seawater recedes and bring sea crabs, sea urchins and many fishes out onto the wet sand along the beach line.

Need to Know

  • For those taking a boat to Butterfly Beach - negotiate with the boatsman while on the way as they are always in a rush for the return journey.
  • As the beach is secluded, take essential food and water along with you as there are no shops or vendors on the beach.
  • Avoid staying for too long post dark 
  • The beach does not have any shacks or restaurants, remember to go well prepared

How to Reach Butterfly Beach

How to reach Butterfly Beach by boat:
The beach cannot be accessed by buses, cars or bikes as it is surrounded by a dense forest. You can reach Butterfly beach by boat from Palolem or Agonda beaches. A boat ride costs around INR 1000-1200 (to and fro). You must keep in mind that during monsoon season boating to Butterfly beach is not possible.

How to reach Butterfly Beach by Road: 
If you take a taxi or auto from Agonda, first drive onto the Agonda beach road. On this road, 0.8 Km from Tina beach resort, a walking trail leads to the Butterfly beach. If you are travelling from Palolem to Agonda beach road, the starting point of the trek is 1.5 Km after passing Leapord valley club. Beyond this point, vehicles cannot pass. The trekking route from here is approximately 2 km long and is said to take 1.5 hours to cover the distance. Markings along the trekking route safely lead you through the jungle to the beach. It will also be helpful to have a GPS to navigate through.

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