Being the Beach capital of India, Goa boasts the most number of famous beaches in the country. Because of these numerous beaches, it is frequented by beach lovers and sun worshippers from different parts of the world. Owing to the vast waters and lengthy coastlines, Goa instantly becomes a favorite destination for water adventure. One can enjoy a wide variety of water sports in Goa ranging from water surfing to dinghy sailing.
If you wish to do water skiing, the best places in Goa are at Calangute, Candolim, Rajbaga, Utorda, Mobor and Arossim. Water skiing require strength and skills, hence proper practice is needed for this water sport and while practicing, expected repeated tumbles and minor injuries. When the water is rough, postpone your water skiing as it may affect the speed and course of the boat. Water skiing normally costs between INR 400 – 1,200 depending on the operator and the length of ride.
One of the most exciting water sports in Goa is parasailing. It is a much sought-out activity in Goa where one can soar high like a bird and get a bird’s eye view of the long coastline of Goa. Popular parasailing sites are in Sinquerim-Candolim-Calangute, Arossim-Cansaulim and Utorda-Mobor-Miramar. A 3-to-5-minute ride usually ranges from INR 500 to 1,250. An important safety note, always double-check your harness, protective gears and cord. Make sure there is someone observing you besides the boat operator.
For people wanting to enjoy a water sport but preferring less adventurous activity, snorkeling and scuba diving are perhaps the best options they can take. Plenty of diving sites can be explored in Goa such as shipwrecks and picturesque marine life. So far, the best place for diving is the Grand Island from the Mormugao Harbor where the underwater visibility is good.
Windsurfing is perhaps the most popular water sport in Goa. A mixture of sailing and surfing, the requirements of this sport are a clear sense of balance and synchronization that have to be seen on the sea. Some of the best windsurfing sites in Goa include Baga, Bogmalo, Vagator, Benaulim, Miramar, Utorda, Calangute and Arossim. For beginners, it’s best to go to Dona Paula bay. If you can’t handle the physical requirement of windsurfing, a lighter form of this type of water sport is dinghy sailing. Dinghies are often 15 feet in length and may allow three persons. Dinghy sailing facilities are available in Taj Holiday Village and Cidade de Goa.
If you love speed, jet skiing is the perfect sport for you. With 100 to 135 hp powered jet skis available in Goa, you will surely enjoy an adrenaline rushing experience at the sea. Jet ski scooters are very easy to handle but operators always provide instructions along with them. Jet skiing sites in Goa are often seen in the beaches of Calangute, Colva, Miramar, Benaulim, Candolim, Arossim and Mobor. Rates vary depending on the duration.
Other popular water sports in Goa include speedboat rides, which are more powerful than jet skiing, knee and wake boarding, catamaran sailing, banana, bump, and ringo rides.