Thrilling Experiance of Otter Fishing and Backwater Tour
$390 tour starting at
Thrilling experience of otter fishing and backwater trip with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sixty-Domed Mosque. Otter fishing and backwater trip begins with a fascinating overnight launch journey. Backwater canal cruises and floating markets will immerse you in the rich aquatic landscapes of Barisal. Without any doubt, this will be an unforgettable experience where adventure meets aquatic beauty.
Backwater and floating markets of Bangladesh are very unique and impressive. Bangladesh is one of the largest deltas in the world, proud of its vast river network. Barisal backwater trip, floating vegetable gardens, pottery village, architecture, traditional crafting and serene canal cruise navigate through tranquil waterways, surrounded by lush landscapes and local life, as you discover the unique charm of this hidden beauty. Don’t miss the vibrant floating markets, where traditional boat brim with colorful crops, crafts, and lively exchanges, offering an immersive cultural experience that’s both memorable and mesmerizing. Because of the extensive river networks around Barisal and Kuakata regions, they are affectionately called the “land of rivers“ by their people. The civilization in this delta evolved around the rivers, which are the lifeline here.
Bagerhat has been blessed with ancient brick architecture. Islamic architecture and Hindu architecture of this area are unique in many ways. The Sixty Dome Mosque is a UNESCO World Heritage site and recommended place to visit. Holly mausoleum of Saint Khan Jahan Ali, a huge water tank in front of the shrine, nine domed mosques, and one dome mosque are the context icon of this area.
Sustainable fishing technique with trained otters has been here for thousand years. This old-fashioned fishing technique plays an important role in otter conservation in Bangladesh. Only Lutra perspicillata otter species are used for fishing by the fishermen around Bangladesh Sundarbans.
Otter families are kept in a bamboo case on the corner of the wooden fishing boat. The otter family size can be from 2 up to 6 or 8 with one or two offspring. Usually, adult otters help the fisherman with fishing, never mind the offspring are set free to play around. The fishnet lies on the bamboo deck, between the otter cage and a small storage area packed with pans, pots, and food supplies. The otter fishermen go on fishing for a week or more at a time. They prefer sleeping on the open deck rather than on the mudflats and islands, where tigers wander. The otter fisherman fishes for a couple of hours at a stretch, high tide is the most productive time for catching fish.
Four barefoot men operate the boat along one of the muddy waterways in the mangrove, close to Koromjol and Harbaria in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans.
It will be the same setup and crew who will demonstrate the whole activity on a river near their village. Do not hesitate to give it a try to learn their traditional fishing techniques, passed down through generations, and gain insights into the intimate relationship between otters and fishermen. Your guide will explain and make sure everything goes right. No worries, you are on the right hand.
A visit to S M Sultan‘s Art Gallery will be a very special gift for an Art lover. Sultan’s work dives into social topics, providing light on poverty, inequality, and the human condition. His Art reflects society, encouraging introspection and change. Sultan’s art inspires us to consider the nature of mankind and our responsibility to one another.
Let’s join the trip to experience all the excitement in real life. Be careful, don’t fall in love with the culture and its people. Guaranty, it will not be your last trip.
- Tour Price
Group Size Per-person price in USD Or in BDT 1 PAX $999.00 99,900.00 2 PAX $550.00 55,000.00 4 PAX $480.00 48,000.00 6 PAX $390.00 39,000.00 1.2% to 2.5% charges will be applicable while paying by credit card.
- The trip, as per the itinerary
- Hotel/ Residence (Gulshan area) to Sadarghat transfer by reserved vehicle
- VIP (most luxurious) cabin for Dhaka – Barisal overnight journey on twin sharing basis
- Reserved boat for backwater and floating market cruise
- Accommodation at a hotel in Khulna on twin shared basis
- All transfers and sightseeing by reserved vehicle
- Entrance fees and local permits
- Otterfisning activities
- Daily breakfasts,lunch, drinks and snacks during the excursion
- Knowledgeable English-speaking guide
Personal expenses, Dinner, gratuities, or any activity not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
Rocket/paddle Steamer is no longer in operation, no idea of its return ever. The only river journeys a tourist may experience would be by a privately owned public launch routing between Dhaka – Barisal route, which leaves between 8 PM to 9:30 PM from Sadarghat. It is a recommended trip to experience the beautiful & calm cruise and travel life on board. You are welcome to walk around your ship, meet people, make friends and take pictures. In normal situations (of weather, tide and fog) the launch arrives between 3 AM to 8 AM at Barisal.
There are various cabins in a launch; Single, double, family and VIP AC / and non-AC cabins. Regular single and double cabins are the simplest and cheapest, with few common bathrooms shared by 20-25 cabins. A sensitive person may find difficulties in using a common bathroom being used by a big traveling crowd. Even the cabins near the common bathroom would feel the strong bathroom smells. VIP cabins always offer the best facilities, including a big bed for two adults, a European bathroom attached, a private balcony and some seating spaces. All VIP cabins are located in an isolated zone of the ship. The bed in the VIP cabins varies from queen/king to twins from ship to ship. Of course, this is the most expensive class on the ship. This trip includes VIP cabins for our guest’s comfortable journey, good sleep, privacy and hygiene are important. Our guests always deserve more, no compromise on comfort on the journey also for the safety and privacy of our guests. A budget traveler should express their opinion regarding their cabin preference.
The name of your launch is [TBA], will reserve a nice VIP double cabin for you. And the boat will leave Sadarghat around 8:30 PM.
They serve Bangla food (Plain rice, mixed vegetables, chicken & Fish Curries and daal) according to your order, in the dining area of the ship, located inside the VIP Zone. They require pre-orders to get the food on time. Better to settle the bill at night to avoid a rush in the morning.
There is a nice restaurant on the terrace of the Sadarghat River terminal building, overlooking the busy river ‘Buriganga’. The food is nice, and the view is charming. The menu has a selection of local and European-style food with Bangla influences, mild spicy.
Barisal is the last stop of the boat you are riding on, so it doesn’t matter how early the boat arrives in Barisal. We can wait inside the launch until the daylight is up and then we can disembark. It is best to leave the launch by 6 AM otherwise floating markets will be gone by we will reach.
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, closed shoes, hat. Warm jacket during the winter (November to February). Raincoat/ umbrella during the rainy season (May to August).