The incredible beauty of Goa and its serene beaches is talked-about everywhere even outside India. The final and most sought after destination for every bachelor troop, the hotspot for honeymoon couples, Goa never ceases to mesmerize anyone by its sheer vibrant and rejuvenating atmosphere. Post-liberation of Goa from Portuguese, with its improved lifestyle and unflappable architecture, it was once declared as the ‘best placed state’ by the 11th Finance Commission and the ‘best quality of life’ by National Commission on Population. Its white sand beaches, vibrant night clubs, places of worship, world heritage sites and lively concerts are the hotspots that attract a myriad numbers of foreign tourists and hence have contributed immensely to the highest GDP per capita amongst all the states. This article discusses some of the famous water sports that you can experience in Goa.
The ones not to miss
Out of some 30 odd water sports, following are the mandatory ones, which must not be missed on a trip to Goa.
Being the most exciting of all the water sports, Parasailing is a must have in your bucket list. With a safety jacket on and parachute attached to a speedboat with a rope, one can experience the cool breeze and enjoy the best view of the spellbound sea and the beaches as the speedboat moves at a high speed. It is played only during the time of mild winds and hence October to March is considered the ideal time for parasailing. On the basis of the wind speed Colva, Anjuna, Majorda Calangute, and Dona Paula are the best spots to try this sport. Book into one of the hotels in Goa near beaches & enjoy time with friends.
2. Banana Boat Ride
If you want to create some great memories in Goa with your friends and family, then banana boat ride is surely the best option. This sport can be enjoyed by kids (above age of 10) as well as adults. One banana shaped boat, 6 to 10 people with safety life jackets, long and strong ropes and the best speedboat is what is required to have the best experience on water and feel the calm effect of waves striking. The banana boats come in variants of single and double boats with the risk of falling in water lesser in double ones. This sport requires low or moderate water currents and hence October to June is considered as the ideal time for the sport. Agoda, Calangute, Candolim, Miramar, Paolem, Baga, Anjuna and Vagator are the ideal beaches to experience this sport.
3. Scuba diving
Scuba diving is the sport that provides once in a lifetime experience of having the serene view of the aquatic life underwater and captures a charismatic moment of life. You do not need any special skills for this as you will be trained properly regarding the use of scuba tanks and sign languages to be used underwater by certified tour organisers of Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). This training is planned keeping in mind the safety of the divers as well as ensuring the best possible way of exploring the marine life. Sunscreen lotions are a must before and after entering inside the water to prevent any kind of skin burn. October to February is considered the ideal time for scuba diving. Grande islands, Suzy’s Wreck, Bat Island, Navy Island, St. George Island, Devagh Island, Pigeon Islandand Netrani Islands are the ultimate hotspots for scuba diving.
4. Knee boarding
Visiting Goa and not having any plans for surfing? Well that is not the way to enjoy a trip to Goa. Considered as the simplest form of surfing, knee boarding is a sport for all the daredevils out there. With slots on the board for holding the knees, it reduces the tension of having balance all the time and the rider enjoys till the zenith level. Swimming and some guts are the pre-requisites for enjoying this sport. Played during the times of onset of high tides and breeze, October to June is considered as the ideal time for the sport. Candolim Beach, Mobor Beach, and Rajbaga Beach are the ideal spots to ace knee-boarding.
Kayaking is one such sport which does not have any kind of restriction and can be enjoyed at any time of the day. A perfect combination of adventure and harmony, this sport is ideal for all the nature lovers out there. Exploring the untamed territories and getting lost in the enchanting flora and fauna is what makes kayaking so popular. Zuari River, Mandovi River, Sal Backwaters and Nerul River are the terrific options for an unparalleled experience of kayaking.
Now that you know the best ways of having some lifetime experiences when it comes to water sports in Goa, plan well.