It is no wonder that Goa is one of the most sought-after destinations not only in India but the world as well, simply because it offers the best of all. Miles of golden and beaches, a vast shore, a fun-filled party-scene, and endless drinking and dining options, all of this make it one of the most advanced destinations for adults and kids. If you figured that a beach trip would be all about a comfortable, slow sea-gazing and food-centered experience, we bring you some of the most adrenaline-pumping and exciting activities that might find a spot on your bucket list of Things to Do while traveling to Goa. It hardly matters whether you are a swimmer or a trekker, an out and out adventurous person or the more careful one but open to trying out experiences, Goa will leave you spoilt for choices. So read on to know more:
Adventure Sports In Goa
1. Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
If the sublime experience of aquatic life and the enchanting world of underwater caught your fancy while watching ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, scuba diving and snorkeling are the sports for you. Colorful corals, wrecks from the pages of history, and the excitement of being in the abandon of the endless sea, scuba diving is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And here is the thing: in countries like Maldives and Thailand, you don’t want to dish a moolah for that sport when Goa gives you breathtaking views of marine life while diving with the best instructors and safety equipment. You will be expected to engage in a 1-hour long training session with the instructors during which you will be all set for the sport 12 meters down the sea. It is advisable to go scuba diving from October to May when the seas are not rough.
Who would not want to enjoy the stunning views of the blue Arab Sea as the sky rises and defies the limits? Parasailing is one of Goa’s most popular adventure sports. Tourists typically tend to parasail the winch boat where the parachute is taken off and landed in the winch boat at the other end. Parasailing is a hot favorite between families, kids, and couples as it provides the perfect combination of thrill and fun while being comparatively easier than the other water sports. The best time to enjoy parasailing is from October to May when the sea is calmer, and winds are ideal for gliding the parachute.
Windsurfing blends the elements of both sailing and surfing. The rider has to stand on the board and tightly grip the sail attached and then maneuver according to the wind and water pressure. It takes a strong balancing act on the surfboard when cruising through the ocean waters. Dona Paula jetty, among others such as Candolim Beach, Calangute and Baga is considered to be the best place for windsurfing particularly if you are a beginner. You could go windsurfing in the afternoon, rather than in the morning when the winds are stronger and the surfers are more difficult.
4. Water Scooters
Water Scooters are a healthy yet exciting choice for people who want to try water sports but are relatively inexperienced. This sport is a mixture of speed and excitement that accompanies riding a bike on the smooth surface of the water. Water scooters in Goa are trendy and can be found on most of the beaches.
5. Mandovi River white water rafting and boat ride
The Mandovi or Mhadei River is one of India’s most picturesque rivers, located on the edge of the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary. Here the Whitewater River rafting company, Goa Tourism Development Corporation has introduced attractions to tourists from India and abroad. Rolling waves along a white sparkling river bring your boat amongst the speedy white water sports is one of the most common water sports for many travelers. You will receive a small preparation, safety equipment, and lifejackets required for the 10 km adventure journey.
Kayaking is not a tough and demanding relaxing water sport. Enjoy its picturesque beauty in Goa and the scenes of Goan’s everyday life through the thickets, backwaters and rivulets. Some options provided by the various clubs in Goa include kayaking races, kayaking festivals, picnics and moonlight kayaking. The beaches of Süd Goa are more popular and the season is more appreciated when the sea is calm and the winds are moderated, from October to May.
7. Knee and wakeboarding
Wakeboarding is increasingly popular with water sports enthusiasts and needs less pace and balance than water skiing. The sport is full of fun and available on most beaches. It uses one board and not two. Kneeboarding is also a favorite equivalent who uses a platform to rest his knee in the waters. This is often known as preparation stages for more advanced water sports.
8. Skiing with water
Water skiing is one of the most adventurous and exciting sports in the Goa river. Skiers are putting on a couple of skis, further tied to a speedboat. At the speed of the boat, one must maintain equilibrium when pushing the racing boat. This sport can be a little complicated for beginners and is not appropriate for children under the age of five. However, you can get a little practice and an unforgettable experience!
9. Surfing Kite
Kite Surfing is surfing, jet skiing, and wakeboarding combination. This sport is very difficult and is only available to adults. This sport must be practiced by coaches to manipulate the power kite. During the season, kitesurfing can best be achieved in the morning if winds are not too hot and the surfing process is helpful.
10. Rides of the Banana Boat
Banana boat tours in South Goa are an immense attraction. At an astonishing speed, a banana boat fitted with a steamboat sprint off its passengers in the sea. Then the passengers take the boat again and carry on The process. This is overwhelming but at the same time incredibly fun. You may also join Ringo rides and jet skiing to add to your experience another level of thrill.