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San Jacinto Island, Goa Overview

One of the tiniest islands in South Goa, San Jacinto is one of the most exotic islands to visit. This lovely green island dates back to the early 20th century, around 1927 when inhabitants of San Jacinto to protect and preserve this island by vowing to never give the island on a lease to any company or government, or let them disturb or intrude on the island’s ecosystem. This makes it one of the most exquisite islands in South Goa. San Jacinto Island is highly secluded and is considered a tranquil place to be.

The legend of San Jacinto also says that the underground tunnel in this island connects to the old chapel in Siridao Beach which is located at the far bank of Mormugao Bay. This island is best known for its panoramic, beautiful and natural views from the Portuguese lighthouse. A church called Hyacinth Church is also located in this area that celebrates a feast on the last Sunday of September. What’s more, visitors can also walk up the hill to a view-point where an excellent view of the surrounding can be seen. A romantic walk or boat ride across the perimeter of this island is really recommended here. 

All in all, this small green island signifies purity and charm as it maintains a strict non-commercial status, away from industrialisation, with picturesque surroundings, making it a unique and relatively unexplored beach.

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Ferries and Cost

Ferries from Vasco City to San Jacinto Island are available throughout the day. Visitors can take a ferry or a boat at any time and charges depend on time and kind of boat hired.

How To Reach San Jacinto Island

San Jacinto Island is located in South Goa, near Vasco City. The closest airport to this island is Goa International Airport (GOI) which is around 3.5 kilometres away and it would take around 8 minutes to reach via NH566. Visitors can take a cab or a taxi from the airport to Vasco City. It is also around 5 kilometres away from Bogmalo Beach and around 5.7 kilometres (13 minutes) away via NH 566. Visitors can take a ferry or a boat from Bogmalo Beach to San Jacinto Island. Jacinto is connected with mainland Goa via the Silver Gate Bridge. Visitors can ride along NH 17 to reach Vasco City as well and from there, they can take a ferry to San Jacinto Island.

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