Mumbai to Mandawa by M2M Ferry Experience: One day Trip to Alibaug
The warm breeze slowly caressing my face, salty wind brushing my hair, seagulls soaring in the sky showing us the way ahead and the sea water shining bright in the rays of the sun, an afternoon journey well spent on M2M ferries.
Mumbai to Alibaug travel
The road journey from Mumbai to Alibaug is a tedious one (110 kms) and I for once used to dread the long journey. Imagine my joy when I heard about this ferry service from Mumbai to Mandawa jetty in less than 1 hour. Sounds amazing right?
M2M Ferry Service
M2M Ferries is an initiative between the Mumbai Port trust and the Maharashtra Maritime Board to offer world class Roll – On – Roll – Off – Passenger (Ro – Pax) ferry service in Maharashtra. The best part is it cuts down the journey from 110 kms (by road) to 19 kms just 1 hour (by sea) and is operational throughout the year. The M2M ferry operates between Mumbai and Alibaug.
Why should one travel by M2M Ferries?
Whilst there are plethora options of travelling from the Gateway of India to Mandawa, one should definitely experience travelling by M2M ferries what with its first class chic lounges, food & drinks on board providing you a world class experience. The M2M ferry has a gigantic deck giving you the Titanic feels.
The best part about travelling through M2M ferries is that your “Vehicle” and “pets” can travel with you. How cool is that?
Well more on it a bit later..
Where to board the M2m ferry from?
One has to arrive at Bhaucha Dhakka in Mazagaon where this mighty beauty is docked. There are ample options of reaching Bhaucha Dhakka. One can either opt for a private taxi or the A41 public bus service running from Colaba via Gateway of India to Bhaucha Dhakka Ferry Wharf.
The boarding process is smooth and fast. There is a separate line for vehicle entry and passenger entry.
There are 2 scenarios here,
If you booked your tickets online
In this case, you need to showcase the barcode that you would have received over email. Once the staff at the ticket issuing counter checks the authenticity of the bar code, you are handed over physical tickets.
If you havent booked tickets online
In this case, you have to pay upfront and get the tickets.
The Waiting Area
Since the jetty does not have a cover overhead to provide any shade from the scorching heat in Mumbai, M2M ferries have thoughtfully build an air conditioned waiting room to relax till one boards the ferry.
Entering the M2M Ferry
We made our way through the well paved road which by the way has directions marking perfectly to guide you ahead. The climb up from the jetty to the M2M ferry was a smooth ride. The ferry has fasteners on the floor should you wish to secure your car.
We secured our car and climbed our way to the deck. As soon as one reaches the deck, the Mumbai sea breeze seems invigorating. We made our way to the front of the deck, which has a covered seating arrangement, where the sun was blazing and the water of the ocean was dazzling like diamonds. It was such a happy sight to watch some kids squeaking with glee and pointing out in excitement to the seagulls.
I smiled looking at Naved and felt very happy in that moment!
We decided to head back inside to the cool comfort of air conditioning and to gorge on some snacks.
The 3 Seating Zones on M2M Ferry
The seating arrangement onboard the M2M ferries is divided into 3 zones. One can opt for either of the 3 zones based on your comfort and how much you are ready to splurge.
Skoda Kushaq Zone
The Skoda Kushaq Zone is the largest seating zone and can easily accommodate a lot of passengers.
Plush leather cushion seats spread across the zone make for a comfortable seating. Right in the middle of the Skoda Kushaq zone is Meemo’s cafe that offers a variety of snacks starting from as low as Rs. 70/- and few beverages as well.
Cost per passenger : Rs.360/-
Access to the other Zone : None
Skoda Octavia Deck
If you are someone who enjoys a chilled beer on a hot summer afternoon then opt for the Skoda Octavia Deck. Its Situated on the upper deck offering outdoor sofa & bar seating with breathtaking views. What’s more – One can get Rs.100/- off on the first beer per passenger (on select beers only).
Cost per passenger : Rs. 450/-
Access to the other zones : Only access to Skoda Kushaz zone
Skoda Superb Lounge
If you want to add a dash of luxury and travel in style then this ones for you! The zone oozes luxury right from the indoor seating to complimentary snacks and drinks to butler service. What’s more – you even get a priority check in and check out.
Cost per passenger : Rs.1250/-
Access to the other zones : Access to both Skoda Kushaq and Skoda Octavia Deck
Good to know
Your furry friends are welcome onboard however they are only allowed in few designated areas. The cost for bringing your pet is Rs. 300/- per pet one way.
The cost of bringing in your vehicles differs according to the type of vehicle.
Cycle: Rs. 100/-
Bike – Rs.200/-
Car :Starts from Rs. 1000/- and goes up to Rs. 1700/- depending on the model of your car. The higher the model, higher the charge.
Your ticket only allows you travel. Meals need to be purchased separately at an additional cost.
The ferry has sufficient life jackets should they be needed in case of any emergency
Operational throughout the year
The M2M ferry is built to withstand all weather conditions. Thus its good to know that when most ferries stop operating in the months of June – September from gateway of India, the M2M Ferry is operational throughout the year!
The best feature of M2M ferries is that it is wheelchair accessible. One only needs to call and inform in advance that they would be requiring wheelchair assistance and the team of M2M ferries will take care of the rest.
Contact Information of M2M Ferries
Address : Ferry Wharf, Bhaucha Dhakka
Mumbai – 400010, MH
Contact Number : +91 8291902662
Email id : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : https://m2mferries.com
Needless to say it was a great experience travelling by M2M ferries. So whenever you are travelling to Alibaug then you should definitely ditch the road journey and give this a shot once.