Water Sports in Goa


Goa, globally known for its spectacular beaches, the 126 kilometers of Goan coastline is dotted with heavenly palm fringed sandy beaches (that covers an area of 84 km) that are ideal for beach vacations, honeymoon holidays and lay back holidays. Goa is referred as the land of sun and sand due to its breathtakingly beautiful golden beaches. The beaches have everything that goes into making your vacation the perfect one, right from lazing around, enjoying water sports, relishing the exotic sea food, etc.

The small state with a vast coastline makes Goa a paradise for water sports lovers. Make your holidays relaxing, thrilling and adventurous. The options for Goa adventure activities are almost endless, and include water sports, go-karting, scuba diving and snorkeling, hiking, fishing, and dolphin sightseeing trips. A number of government and private organizations (including hotels and tour operators) conduct regular water sport activities with training courses at a very nominal rate for tourists. The best season to enjoy water sports in Goa is from October to May.

In Goa, earlier water sports are available only at star hotels and now you can enjoy it all over the Goan Beaches. Water sport activities in Goa are conducted with proper safety measures. However, it is advisable to rely on a reputed and if possible Government approved sports operator. The National Institute of Water Sports in Panjim gives short training courses in almost all water sports activities. Some of the old and good water sport companies in Goa are Barracuda Driving India, Atlantis Water Sports and Thunderwave. In Goa many good hotels and resorts like Cidade de Goa, Oberoi, Taj Hotels have their own private beaches and in-house water sports facilities.

Winter season is the best time to enjoy water sports in Goa. Means you can experience a thrilling water sport experience between October and March. During monsoon season, the sea becomes rough and unsafe for water sports or even beach bathing. Thus water sports during monsoon season are strictly banned in Goa. Most of the beaches in Goa offer water sport activities, especially Arambol Beach, Anjuna Beach, River Sal in Cavelossim and Mobor and Dona Paula Beach are some of the main beaches for regular and dynamic water sports activities.

List of important water sport activities held in Goan Beaches.

SCUBA Diving SCUBA Diving: Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus is a form of underwater diving.

Parasailing Parasailing: It is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat).

Dinghy Sailing Dinghy Sailing: Dinghy sailing is one of the most popular and most played water sport in Goa.

Water Scooter Ride Water Scooter Ride: Water Scooter Ride is a high speed water sport activity.

Speed Boat Ride Speed Boat Ride: Speed Boat / Motorboat Ride is a high speed engine powered boat ride.

Houseboats Houseboats: Houseboat is a boat that is designed to be used primarily as a human dwelling.

Canoeing Canoeing: Canoeing is a water-based activity that involves paddling a canoe.

Snorkeling Snorkeling: Snorkeling is a swiming activity to watch underwater life with a special mask called a snorke.

Banana Boat Rides Banana Boat Rides: Banana boat also known as a water sled is an inflatable boat meant for towing.

Surfing Surfing: Surfing is a surface water sport in which the surfer rides a surfboard on the crest.

Kitesurfing Kitesurfing: Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding is an adventure surface water sport.

Kayaking Kayaking: Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water.

Angling Angling: Angling is a method of fishing by means of an Angle (fish hook).

Windsurfing Windsurfing: Windsurfing or sailboarding is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing & sailing.

Water Skiing Water Skiing: Waterskiing is a sport where an individual is pulled behind a boat.

Deep Sea Fishing Deep Sea Fishing: Deep sea fishing is all about getting into a boat, going out into the sea and casting for fish.

Swimming Swimming: Swimming is movement through water using the limbs.

Jet Skiing Jet Skiing: Jet Ski is the brand name of personal watercraft (water scooter) manufactured by Kawasaki.

Boogie Boarding Boogie Boarding: Bodyboarding is a surface water sport in which the surfer rides a bodyboard on the crest.

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