8+ Watersports Activities In Goa: What Everyone Is Talking About

This season, when ‘In Goa’, don’t miss out on the many exhilarating water sport activities that the state has in store for you. With a 101 Km coastline, and numerous inland water bodies, Goa has emerged as one of the best destinations for water based adventure sports in the past few years. Be it kayaking, white water rafting, scuba diving, snorkeling, or surfing; the list of exciting activities that will give you a heady rush are many, and pretty well spread out from North to South and East to West, throughout the state.

KAYAKING / BACKWATER KAYAKING

ABOUT: Kayaking involves moving across the water, sitting in a uniquely shaped boat (kayak) which usually accommodates 1 to 2 persons. It mandates the paddler to sit facing forward, legs in front, and use a double padded paddle to pull front-to-back on one side and the other, in rotation. Kayaking in Goa can be experienced either out in the open sea or in the quaint backwaters; these kayaking rides will allow you to enjoy the thick jungles / mangroves up close. Bird lovers 

can enjoy exclusive bird sightings while on their kayaking trips. Take your pick from morning kayaking, moonlight or sunset kayaking, and many more kayaking trips with one of the experienced organizers: Adventure breaks, Goa Nature Trails, & Goa Kayaking.  

ADVENTURE LEVEL: Easy  

PLACES TO TRY: Backwaters of Zuari, 

Mandovi, Nerul & Sal Rivers; Palolem Beach, Dona Paula, Bambolim & Hollant Beach (Bogmalo). 

WHEN: October to February / March  

DOS & DON’TS: Wear Life jackets, casual clothes and water shoes; carry towels; don’t carry wallets, bags which may get spoilt due to water.  EXPECTED PRICE RANGE: Rs. 800 – Rs. 4,000  

OCEAN TREK

ABOUT: An Ocean Trek, is a walk / trek along a mountain overlooking the sea. Different organizers (e.g., Adventure Breaks, Atlantis Water Sports) have different routes which take you through areas in the Western Ghats, giving one a chance to spot wildlife, waterfalls, etc.  

ADVENTURE LEVEL: Easy  

PLACES TO TRY: Neuti Beach & Arambol beaches  

WHEN: Most of the year  

DOS & DON’TS: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses; carry loads of water and don’t disturb the flora and fauna on the way.  

EXPECTED PRICE RANGE: Approx. Rs. 2,500 per person; Rs. 8000 – 9000 for larger groups  

SCUBA DIVING & SNORKELING

ABOUT: Goa has several places apt for scuba diving and snorkeling and these sports will let you explore the mesmerizing under water marine life in the Goan waters. You can even become a certified Scuba Diver by enrolling for one of the many diving courses or just go 

for pleasure dives. However, do this with only certified instructors. A good practice would be to get enrolled with a certified scuba diving company. Goa Diving, Goa Aquatics & Dive Goa are all certified diving companies based in the state.  

ADVENTURE LEVEL: Easy  

PLACES TO TRY: Grande Island, St. George Island, Devagh Island, Pigeon Island, Netrani Islands  

WHEN: Mid – October to April – End  

DOS & DON’TS: Always enroll with a trained and certified instructor and follow all their guidelines; don’t venture beyond the specified dive area.  EXPECTED PRICE RANGE: For guided dives: Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 6,000 / for certification courses anywhere from 7-8,000 to 25-30,000 Rs. | Snorkeling: Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 3,000  

WHITE WATER RAFTING

ABOUT: For the ultimate thrill, white water rafting is “the” adventure water sport to try while in the state. Best enjoyed in large groups, monsoons are the ideal time for this sport. As you make your way through the rivers of Goa, take a moment to enjoy the peaceful surroundings around you. It’s best to book the rafting trips through GTDC, although there are a few private players who also offer this sport.  ADVENTURE LEVEL: Moderate  

PLACES TO TRY: Mhadei, Valpoi & Tilari Rivers  

WHEN: June to September  

DOS & DON’TS: Wear lifejackets all the time  

EXPECTED PRICE RANGE: Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 2,000 per person  

JET SKI & WATER SKI

ABOUT: A jet ski is a small vehicle akin to a scooter, which is reserved for water. Relatively easy to use and extremely enjoyable, jet skiing on the coasts of Goa is a must do. Water skiing, on the other hand is a surface water sport, in which an individual is pulled behind a boat and thus, requires some amount of physical strength. For those who have a need for speed, this is the ideal water sport to try. Atlantis Water Sports is a local organization which organizes these sports.  

ADVENTURE LEVEL: Jet Ski (Easy); Water Ski (Difficult)  

PLACES TO TRY: Most of the beaches 

including, Baga, Candolim, Calangute, 

Palolem, Mobor, Miramar, etc.  

WHEN: October to February / March  

DOS & DON’TS: Wear appropriate clothing; if it’s the first time, then go easy on speed.  

EXPECTED PRICE RANGE: Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 2,000 for a 10 minute duration  

PARASAILING

ABOUT: Perhaps one of the most popular water sports in Goa, parasailing is conducted on almost all the beaches of the state. A speedboat will tug you along as you are lifted up high in the air; enjoy the bird’s eye view of the state while you are at it. The sport is so much in demand that you don’t need to book one in advance. Just visit one of the many beaches, look for a certified guide and experience a joyful parasail.  

ADVENTURE LEVEL: Easy  

PLACES TO TRY: All popular beaches 

WHEN: October to March / April  

DOS & DON’TS: Opt for certified guides  

EXPECTED PRICE RANGE: Rs. 250 to Rs. 1,000  

WINDSURFING & KITESURFING

ABOUT: Windsurfing is a unique blend of surfing and sailing; the board is powered across the water by wind. Kitesurfing on the other hand, harnesses the power of the wind through a large parachute type kite to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard 

or kiteboard, which is similar to a wakeboard. Vaayu Ocean Adventures (Vaayu Waterman’s Village) & Atlantis Water Sports can organize challenging windsurfing / kitesurfing trips.  

ADVENTURE LEVEL: Windsurfing: Moderate | Kitesurfing: Difficult  PLACES TO TRY: Dona Paula Beach, Bogmalo Beach, Vagator Beach, Calangute, Colva, Palolem, Miramar, Baga Beach  

WHEN: January to March  

DOS & DON’TS: Best time is the morning hours; Check your harness, chord and other gear before entering the sea; follow your trainer’s instructions at all times; & stay away from stunts to woo your friends, if you are a beginner that is.  

EXPECTED PRICE RANGE: Rs. 1,500 – Rs. 3,000 for a 1 hour session  

DINGHY SAILING

ABOUT: A pleasure activity, dinghy sailing is slowly gaining grounds in the state. Often referred to as the ‘Beer and Sandwich Sailing’, the sport involves 15-odd feet long crafts which can hold up to three to four people comfortably. The dinghies used for sail have two sails and side decks to sit upon and don’t require much physical strength to maneuver. Dinghies are available on hire from popular beach hotels like Cidade de Goa and Taj Holiday Village and some private players in the field. 

ADVENTURE LEVEL: Easy  

PLACES TO TRY: Zuari estuary (Dona Paula)  

WHEN: October to April / May  

DOS & DON’TS: Wear your life jackets and enjoy this easy breezy sport.  EXPECTED PRICE RANGE: Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 3,000 (for two to 4 persons)  

RINGO RIDES

ABOUT: Involves riding on a circular tube which is consistently pulled by a speed boat over the water surface and is a common recreational ride which doesn’t require any mastery level.  

ADVENTURE LEVEL: Easy  

PLACES TO TRY: Pindul Cave  

WHEN: DOS & DON’TS: Even though easy, it’s not meant for children; wear light clothes to avoid discomfort.  

EXPECTED PRICE RANGE: Rs. 200 to Rs. 800 (depending on the duration) Apart than the above mentioned water sports, there are quite a few other activities for that adventurous soul trapped inside you. There is banana ride for instance, which is best for some crazy water soaked laughter with friends and is conducted on almost all popular beaches, plus is highly cost effective too. 

Dolphin viewing off the Goan coast is another much sought after; well not adventure sport but activity. It is indeed a sight to behold, when these friendly marine creatures take a peek out of their oceanic abode.

You can also opt for hot air ballooning, and let the beauty of the land sway you as you watch the rising sun or perhaps a sunset. You can also opt for cycling, river runs, trekking, rappelling, wall climbing, angling, and Phew…the list is never ending!!  

With so many water sport activities to choose from, don’t let your upcoming Goa holiday (and if you are a local, then the bright and sunny days ahead) be dull and drab. Take your pick, get wet and ready to soak in the adventure.   



Author: Planet Goa Team
For us at Planet-Goa, our team is driven by that feeling of exhilaration that one gets when discovering that something ‘unique’ and ‘new’ about Goa for our ever-so-discerning readers.

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