Goa is every traveler’s first love, me included! I have written about how much I love Goa in the Monsoons and I know some of you have experienced Goa amidst the rains, and loved it. But when it comes to Goa, picking one thing over another is extremely difficult. The beaches in winters are as mesmerizing as the by-roads during summers. For me, Goa is enchanting all year round, there is no doubt about it. So here is another Goa post and this one is very close to the heart because on my very first Goa trip – I got addicted to it.
Yes, I am talking about the myriad of water sports and activities in Goa!
All adventure travel addicts will agree that water sports in Goa are the very definition of Fun and Thrill. Your Goa trip is not complete until you indulge in a Banana Boat ride, or Surf the waves, or try your hand at these water adventure activities.
It all started when a British windsurfer, John Lucas, found himself in Goa while seeking spiritual peace, and fell in love with vast possibilities of water base sports and activities in Goa. Needless to say, this keen windsurfer got his board and rig with him and started the trend of water sports in Goa.
The best time for water sports in Goa is anywhere from October till around May because the skies cloudless and blue, and the sea is calm. Personally, I feel ready for water adventure any time of the year, and I make sure I try water sports at least once, every time I visit Goa regardless of what time of the year it is. However, water sports in Goa are at a lull during monsoons, for obvious reasons. So if you’re going to try it for the first time, I suggest you do it between Oct to May and enjoy water sports in Goa at its best!
Let me share my favorite water sport activities in Goa, and even as I write about it, all I want to do is, indulge in the thrill once again. Hopefully, a trip to Goa will happen soon.
My List of 6 Must-Try Water Sports in Goa:
This is my favorite water activity! The view of the mighty Arabian Sea from top, is completely magical. Imagine this – a 300 feet long rope that’s attached to the parasail harness at one end and to the speedboat at the other, and when the boat speeds off on the water, the parasailer just takes one or two steps and he is lifted into the air, the parasail lifting behind him. Nothing short of magic, really.
- Water Scooter / Jet Skiing
To be honest, I was pretty scared of the water scooter at first. But like the security rues state, you don’t have to venture alone with it – you get a trainer. So I set off on my water scooter, also called a Jet Ski, with an instructor, and instantly fell in love. It takes a while to get used to high speed, but it is fairly easy to operate. And once you get used to it, it can get pretty addictive.
- Wind Surfing
Surfing and Sailing the waves while you adjust your strength and balance according to the changing patterns of wind and water, is Wind Surfing for you! It is incredibly exciting and for me, windsurfing is as thrilling as trekking in an Offbeat Himalayan region. The Dona Paula bay is considered to be the best for Wind Surfing, and while the beginners can learn the ropes of one of the exhilarating water sports in Goa, the afternoons with stronger winds are perfect for experienced surfers. Do try it, and thank me later.
- Scuba Diving
This is one of the many water sports in Goa that is quickly becoming popular amongst travelers from all over the world. The underwater visibility in Goa ranges for five to ten meters, and you can explore fascinating marine life at Goa’s bays and lagoons. Along with bright schools of various kinds of fish, attractive coral heads in shallow waters, there are also few wrecks dating to colonial Portuguese and British times. Go underwater and explore!
I love kayaking and I’ve indulged in white water rafting and kayaking several times in the Alaknanda, Upper Alaknanda and Ganga – but Goa is a surprise kayaking heaven. This water sport is calm and serene and gives you an opportunity to explore the Natural Ecosystem of Goa in the mangroves, mud-flats, backwaters, coves and mini bays. Do not venture in deep-sea while kayaking in Goa, and avoid it during rains for safety. You can go kayaking in Goa along the South Goa beaches and at some beaches of the North Goa, including Palolem Beach, Dona Paula jetty, and Hollant Beach.
- Banana Boat Ride
This is most popular amongst kids, but is my favorite too! The Banana Boat Ride is one of the most widely available water sports in Goa, where you sit on six-seat banana-shaped contraception (mostly a vibrant yellow in color), which is towed by a speedboat rolling and pitching over the ocean waves. In short -total excitement! I look forward to the flip at the end of the ride – it adds that bit of extra fun.
All these, and more water activities are available on most beaches in Goa and you can also book some of them online, prior to your visit.
With endless options for water sports, Goa is the ultimate beach destination for every traveler who loves to dabble in an adventure. Also, the water sports in Goa (mostly) require participants to be accompanied by professionally trained instructors at all times. The quality is at par with international standards, although I’d suggest you take the norms seriously yourself and ask for the security procedure before signing up.
That’s all from me on Water Sports on Goa. Here’s hoping to experience some of the above thrill-inducing, adrenalin-pumping water adventures again very soon. Until then, let me know if you are in Goa and want to try these out because I’m happy to help.