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The best time for enjoying water sports in Goa is from the month of October to May when the skies are cloudless, clear and blue.
The water in the sea as well as river is fairly placid. These few months give you the opportunity to participate in a maximum variety of watersports like surfing, diving, sailing, paragliding, etc.
Here is all that you’re going to need on your trip to Goa. Nothing over and above these items:
Goa falls under the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, so it has a hot and humid climate for most time of the year. The month of May is usually the hottest that witnesses a daytime temperature of over 35 °C (95 °F) coupled with great humidity.
The monsoons and winters here, on the other hand are moderate. It is never too rainy or cold.
Goa is absolutely worth visiting for water activities. There are so many different watersports you can try out. Right from basic banana and bumper rides to kayaking in backwaters of rivers, from sailing to surfing, from being above water on your jet ski to diving below water for a scuba diving time.
Moreover, if you’re an enthusiast but are not sure about the techniques, there are provisions for you to learn any of these activities.
You must surely do the following water sports in Goa-
We have often heard that swimming, which is a type of watersports activity is safest for pregnant women. However, not all water activities are safe during pregnancy.
These activities are very energetic and unpredictable in terms of movement. So,for a pregnant women, it is best to avoid water sports in Goa.
Some water activities like scuba diving have strictly stated the minimum age requirement of 10 years. However, other activities like banana ride and jet skiing do not have a well stated minimum age bracket.
It is completely the choice of parents to analyse whether or not the kid will be able to pull off the activity while adhering to all instructions.
Small kids can engage in activities like swimming, snorkeling and fishing in Goa. These activities are completely safe for an age bracket of 2 years and above. The parents can smartly take kids to beaches that have shallow water, like Palolem beach in Goa where kids can be safer.
Moreover, if you’re still not sure of letting your kids engage in open water activities, you can always take them to amusement parks that have water sports specially created for kids in the kids area.
The first thing you can do incase of medical emergency during water sports is to contact the nearest hospital. More often than not, there are cops at every beach in Goa who can help you get first aid or medical help.
There are many hospitals in Goa. The below numbers can help you get immediate rescue or help.
Not all water sports are open during the rain. Activities like snorkeling and scuba diving decrease the underwater visibility during the rains that then become a pointless sport. Similarly, activities like sailing and surfing do not have conducive weather to carry out the activity.
On the other hand, short and above the sea activities like jet skiing, bumper ride and banana rides are made available subject to rains.
The following beaches are famous for water sports in Goa:
Scuba diving like any other activity is a very safe one when done with all safety measures. Make sure you follow all the instructions given by your guide and you don’t have to worry.
There are a lot of places where you can enjoy the ride to witness the underwater world. Here is a list of all major scuba diving spots in Goa:
The approximate rate for a scuba diving experience costs approximately INR 2000 ($15) per head for a dive time of 15 to 20 minutes. The rates may vary with different locations in Goa. But you can consider this to be an approximate price for your under water tour.
At some locations, guides may offer to take underwater photos on paying a few extra bucks. Here, this has become a way of earning over and above the diving fees. While in some other locations you may not find this facility.
The ideal duration for a holiday in Goa is approximately a week. Within this span, an individual will have enough time to undertake all water activities like snorkeling, sailing, jet skiing, scuba diving etc.
You may also have extra time to enjoy the nightlife and go for other adventure activities like trekking, hiking, quad biking and sightseeing tours to places like Aguada fort, Chapora fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Dudhsagar Falls.
Yes, Goa has beautiful rivers where you can go for a river rafting expedition. This thrilling ride can be best enjoyed in river Mandovi that stretches across a total of 10 km. The best time to enjoy rafting here is from July to September during monsoon when the river is overflowing with rainwater.
Individuals aged 12 or above can participate in this activity which is completely safe if done with all precautions. Make sure you use the correct gears and this activity is safe to participate in. This river offers rapids ranging between 2 and 3 which is apt for a first timer.
A non swimmer can go for a rafting ride too as same precautions are taken for everybody, irrespective of whether or not you can swim. The guide will help you with all safety measures that include having a life jacket along with other essentials like helmets, wet or dry suits, luggage cover etc.
A river rafting ride in Goa will cost you not more than INR 1500 ($21) per head. The duration of which depends on all members on the tube who run it together.
Parasailing in Goa is easily available. It is a famous activity here and is one of the must do in Goa. It is a beautiful feeling when you’re a sandwich between the neverending sky above you and the sea below you.
In Goa, you will find this activity at Baga, Calangute, Anjuna, Colva, Mobor, Candolim and Vagator beaches. These are all the best places to try out this activity.
Kayaking is a lovely, relaxing experience and there are a number of places where you can go to enjoy this activity in Goa. When done in the backwaters of rivers, it seems more like a rejuvenating activity and on the other hand, when done in the sea, kayaking can be an adventurous and a relatively tiring activity. In Goa, you can enjoy kayaking at following spots:
The cost for Kayaking per head depends on the location. More isolated the place, greater the charges. However, the average cost can be considered to be around INR 1000 to 1500 per head.
Goa is one of the top and few destinations to offer snorkeling in India. While snorkeling here, you can expect to spot parrotfish, angelfish, snappers, Moorish idols and barracudas that are commonly found in all destinations.
However, make sure you avoid the rainy season as water gets murky and the tides are not very welcoming at this period of time. Some of the best spots for snorkeling in Goa are:
This dive can cost you approximately INR 1000 to 1500 ($10 to 16) per head for a rough duration of 15 to 20 minutes.
The individual health of the person currently must be taken into account before determining whether to participate in watersports or not. An asthma patient may be at a higher risk of suffering but that can also be the case with any other individual who has a relatively poor physical shape.
In case your health is good overall, engaging in watersports can be your enjoyment without any fear.
It is best advised to avoid wearing spectacles or contact lens during water sports, especially during underwater sports unless necessary otherwise.
These elements can make you conscious or might even give you a sense of irritation as the seawater is salty.
Jet ski is one of the most popular and common water activities in Goa. You will find this ride on almost every beach, be it in south, central or north Goa. Jet ski is a fun activity and splashes a lot of water.
So make sure you carry an extra change of clothes. Jet ski in Goa will cost you not more than INR 500 i.e- $7 per head for a short 1 minute ride.
Like jet ski, banana ride is also one of the most popular and common water activity in Goa. You can find this ride on almost every beach, be it in south, central or north Goa. In north Goa, famous beaches like Calangute, Anjuna and Baga have this facility. This activity will cost you not more than INR 500 ie- $7 per head for a short 1 minute fun fall ride.
Learning the art of sailing can appear to be a tricky task. But enhancing a few skills can make you a great sailor. An extremely popular water sport sailing in Goa is one of the most thrilling water activities and you can enjoy it at the following places-
For Catamaran- Palolem beach
Surfing in Goa is a thrilling yet joyful experience. All kinds of surfing enthusiasts, including experts come to goa to enjoy this activity. Even if you don’t have prior experience, you have opportunities to learn in Goa.
The most famous beaches for Kite surfing-
The most famous beaches for Windsurfing-
The Arabian sea along with rivers flowing in Goa offers a number of water activities. One of this is dolphin spotting. You can get on one of these rides that take you deep into the sea and offer joyful views of dolphins dancing in the water. The best places to spot dolphins in Goa are-
Cost Per Person: Rs. 200 ie- $3 per person approximately.
There are many cruises in Goa and they are available in a variety. There are party cruises, romantic cruises, sunset and dinner cruises, casino cruises etc. All these water rides are a fun experience.
The cost of rides in any of these start at a minimum rate of INR 200 and go up to INR 2000 ie- $2 to $15 for a fancy ride.
Below are different types of cruises in Goa:
There are some other cruises classified by Goa tourism in the categories of
Out of so many beaches in North Goa, below ones have managed to make their mark by providing best water sports facilities-
Out of so many beaches in South Goa, the below ones have managed to make their mark by providing best water sports facilities-