Do you seek an adrenaline rush? Do you need a break from routine and into an exciting world of speed and thrill you haven’t explored before? Enter water sports in Goa — your ideal getaway from all things routine. Adventure seekers rejoice, for Goa has on offer some of the best water sport facilities in the country, and we’re here to give you the low down on the types of watersports available out there and where in Goa you can experience them.
Among the most popular and widely enjoyed watersports in India, windsurfing can be enjoyed atop a windsurf board, which is around two to four metres long and is powered by the wind on a sail that is attached to the windsurf board. To enjoy a good ride, one needs appreciable balance and be able to move in and out of the wind which will take you in different directions! Dona Paula Beach, Vagator Beach and Calangute beach are among the most popular locations to try this out.Tourists as well as locals indulge in plenty of windsurfing here in Goa. A number of beaches in Goa such as Bogmalo, Miramar, Calangute, Arossim, Uttorda, Benaulim, Vagator and Baga also feature the facilities to try out this exciting watersport!
Here is a relatively new entrant into the water sporting world in Goa. Similar to water skiing, knee and wake boarding presents only one difference in comparison — instead of the two narrow strips that are used in skiing, a single board is used here, upon which you have to balance yourself. An entertaining sport that puts your balance to the test, knee and wake boarding is one sport that everyone needs to try! Some of Goa’s popular wake boarding beaches in Goa include Candolim Beach and Mobor Beach.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
While snorkeling is performed just under the surface of the water, scuba diving takes you further below into the depths of the ocean. Scuba diving is an activity which has been growing in popularity in Goa. However, amateurs are advised not to dive alone and to always do so with a partner or trainer ready to help you around. The visibility below the water in Goa ranges from five to ten metres. Ensure that you are mentally and physically fit before you get out there to explore the underwater world. Try Grande Island if you’re looking to dive in Goa.
Among the most thrilling activities one can take up in Goa, jet skiing takes the cake when it comes to an adventure sport on the waves that is suitable for people averse to too much risk but get a thrill out of speed anyway! Unlike snorkeling and scuba diving, which takes a while thanks to the need to get used to the gear and manner of breathing, jet skiing is made for those who seek a quick and easy thrill out on the ocean! Like to drive? All the better. Dona Paula Beach, Candolim Beach and Majorda Beach are just some of the places that offer this exciting water sport.
This one’s for those who like to take the backseat but enjoy the thrill of speed anyway. Enjoy the wind in your hair and the moist spray that reaches you from all sides when you opt for a speed boat ride.
Banana Boat Ride
When it comes to one for all ages, Banana rides take the prize in Goa. A very popular attraction among the kids, Banana rides can be a fun-filled activity to take up. Pulled along by a speed boat, a six-seater banana shaped raft of sorts takes you on the ride of your life over tumultuous waves. Watch out for the flip that awaits you at the very end of the ride, which adds that extra oomph, especially for beginners.
Dolphin spotting can be exciting if done in the right season that allows you to catch sight of these graceful creatures without a long wait. Opt for a small-group tour if you want to get up close and personal with the dolphins! You can also catch sight of Fort Aguada, a former Portuguese prison and fort set atop high rocks and take a dip in the ocean. Who knows, you may even get to swim with the dolphins!
This one’s for those who would like to relax and enjoy the ocean from atop a yacht. Enjoy the vast ocean and stare into the horizon with a loved one while on a yacht. Goa offers a lot to yachters such as sun bathing, fishing, snoozing, dining and more! Some of the best yacht companies in business around Goa can be found at the Candolim and Miramar beaches.
Not for the weak, this one requires more strength than seems like at first blush. Don’t make the rookie mistake of confusing this sport with a surfboard. Among the more difficult watersports to pull off, paddle boarding is a recent addition to what Goa has to offer. One needs to stand up with a single paddle in hand while canoeing simultaneously. Once again, Candolim and Rajbaga are among the best places to experience this sport.
This one’s a trickster. Popular as it is, water skiing is not as easy as it looks. This sport requires good balance and physical fitness to pull off without being tripped over by the momentum of the speed boat that pulls you while you balance yourself on a surf board.
Try Candolim, Calangute, Arossim, Mobor or Utorda beach for a taste of this unforgettable sport.
White Water Rafting
An unexpected entrant, river rafting is quickly gaining popularity after its recent introduction by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) on the Mhadei River in Goa, at a small hamlet by name Ustem in Valpoi, Sattari.Not for the weak of heart, this adventure sport will find surrounded by green on both sides of the river as you cruise down its waters.
Offered at Candolim, Calangute, Anjuna and Baga beaches among others, parasailing offers you a chance for endless fun and frolic. The first choice of many when it comes to adventure sports, this sport involves a parachute attached to a motor boat. It takes you high up in the sky and you have the opportunity to view the world, and the ocean, from the vantage point of the sky-borne! Dona Paula, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute and Candolim beaches offer this watersport.
So go ahead and pick your favourite sport, or sports, from among these and make your next trip to Goa well worth your while!
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