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Watersports in Goa

Watersports in Goa are one of the most popular activities for both tourists and the locals. You can surf the sea, ride over the waves, surf the sea, or float on the air. There are many watersports activities to choose from in Goa – speed boat and banana boat rides, windsurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, knee boarding, parasailing, water skiing, and even snorkeling and scuba diving.

The coastline of Goa extends for 101 kilometers or 63 miles, from Querim beach in the north to Polem beach in the south. There are about 50 beaches in Goa, and in many of them you will find plenty of watersports activities. You will find them both in north Goa and south Goa. There are also seven major rivers in Goa – Mandovi, Terekhol, Zuari, Chapora, Galgibag, Sal, and the Talpona. There are many other smaller ribers as well, such as the Tilari, which is popular with white water rafting.

You can go on a gentle river cruise as well for a chance to see birds and bats, and also go on a fishing expedition if you like.

You can enjoy watersport both on the beaches, and also on the rivers of Goa, like the Mandovi, Sal, Zuari, and the Chapora. A few watersports are for the thrill seekers, while the others are best enjoyed in slow pace.

Watersport in Goa

Watersports In Goa – Quick Facts

Watersport Activity Where In Goa

Banana boat rides

Calangute, Agonda, Baga, Vagator, Palolem, Miramar, Candolim, Anjuna, Colva

Jet skiing

Colva, Calangute, Mobor, Miramar, Candolim, Rajbaga beach

Water scooter

Candolim beach, Colva, Cidade de Goa, Dona Paula jetty, Majorda

Para sailing

Majorda, Anjuna, Dona Paula, Bogmalo, Palolem, Arambol, Candolim, Vagator, Calangute, Colva

Windsurfing

Bogmalo, Vagator, Palolem, Arambol, Colva, Agonda, Miramar, Baga

Water skiing

Candolim, Baga, Calangute, Arossim, Uttorda, Mobor

Bumper boat riding

Candolim, Baga, Calangute

Wakeboarding

Candolim, Mabor, Rajbaga

Knee boarding

Candolim, Mabor, Rajbaga

Fly boarding

Baina beach, Chapora River

Paddle boarding

Candolim, Mabor, Rajbaga

White water rafting

Mhadei River, Tilari River

Kayaking

Hollant, Palolem, Zuari, Sal backwaters, Spike's River

Snorkeling

Grande Island, Navy Island, Bat Island

Scuba diving

Grand Island, Netrani Island, Pigeon Island, St. George Island

Dinghy sailing

The Zuari estuary at Dona Paula

Sailing

Dona Paula

Aqua Zorbing

Mayem Lake, and the swimming pools of some hotels like the Taj Vivanta and the Grand Hyatt

Angling

Agonda, Palolem

River cruising

Zuari, Mandovi, Chapora, Sal

Sea walking

Baina beach

Top 16 Watersports In Goa

Parasailing in South Goa

Parasailing in South Goa

  1. Speed boats and banana boats – Ride at top speed over the waves on your speed boat. You should try this if you love adventure and speed. The speed boats can reach a speed of 15-20 miles per hour. But remember to wear a life jacket for protection. Banana boats can also go at high speed. But they are for 5-6 people, while typically 2 people ride in a speed boat. Often, banana boats can give you a tumble in shallow water, which is a fun experience.

    Beaches – You can do speed boat and banana boat rides at Calangute, Agonda, Baga, Vagator, Palolem, Miramar, Candolim, Anjuna, and Colva.

    Price – Usually around 400 INR for a 20 minute ride.

  2. Jet skiing – This sport is for the more adventurous person. Enjoy the thrill of skiing on water at top speed, powered by a motor. Take sharp turns and maneuver through the waves at high speed. There will be an instructor sitting with you so you will always be safe. Children below 9 years are not allowed.

    Beaches – Colva, Calangute, Mobor, Miramar, Candolim, and Rajbaga.

    Price – 1,000 INR for a 10 minute ride. 1,500 INR for 15 minutes.

  3. Water skiing – Another good watersport for the thrill seeker. Water skiing is closer to skiing, because you will be wearing a ski, while in jet skiing, you are on top of a scooter. A rope will connect you to a speed boat, and it will pull you at top speed. Try to maintain your balance. You can achieve a speed of 30-40 miles an hour. Feel the wind and the waves splashing on your face.

    Beaches – Candolim, Baga, Calangute, Arossim, Uttorda, Mobor.

    Price – 700 INR for 15 minutes.

  4. Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding – Wakeboarding and also kneeboarding are much like water skiing, but with a critical difference. In wakeboarding, for instance, there is just one single board while the speed boat will pull you, as opposed to the two boards in water skiing. Maintaining the balance is critical here as well. Kneeboarding is even tougher. Here, you have to stand on your knee on the board. Expecting moms and children below 10 are not allowed.

    Beaches – Mobor, Rajbaga, Candolim.

    Price – 1,700 INR per person for 15 minutes.

  5. Windsurfing – An awesome watersport, here you can experience the fun of sailing, surfing, and gymnastics together on water. Stand on a board and hold the sail. Perform flips, slides, rotations, and jumps. But before that you have to attain good balance. Morning is the best time because the breeze is calm. If you are more adventurous, you can try it in the afternoon.

    Beaches – Dona Paula, Bogmalo, Vagator, Palolem, Arambol, Colva, Agonda, Miramar, Baga.

    Price – 1,500 INR per person for 60 minutes.

  6. Kite surfing – An extreme sport. This sport brings together the experience of wakeboarding, jet skiing, and surfing. A power kite high up in the air will pull you at top speed on the water. Only those above 18 years of age can try this.

    Beaches – Morjim. There is also a training school here for kite surfers.

    Price – 2,500 INR for the training and experience.

  7. Parasailing – Fly with the clouds tied to a parachute over the Arabian Sea and the beach. The other end will be tied to a speedboat. You will feel like a bird 200-300 feet in the air. The boat will go into high gear and lift you up. Maintain your balance and get a gorgeous view of the sea, beach, and the surrounding areas.

    Beaches – Dona Paula, Bogmalo, Majorda, Anjuna, Palolem, Calangute, Candolim, Colva, Arambol, Vagator.

    Price – 1,000 INR for 15 minutes.

  8. Fly boarding – This watersport brings together a jetpack and jet ski. A flyboard will be attached to the jet ski. You will be sent up 15 meters into the air at high speed. It looks scary for most people, but gives an adrenalin rush to someone who loves adventure sports.

    Beach, River – Baina beach, Chapora River

    Price – 2,500 INR for 10 minutes.

  9. Paddle boarding – Looks very calm, as you will just have to stand on a big surfboard, and power through the water on one paddle. But maintaining balance is always difficult. There is also stand-up paddle boarding for those who want a more challenging watersport in Goa.

    Beach – Candolim, Mobor, Baga, Rajbaga

    Price – 1,500 INR per person for 1 hour.

  10. Water scooter – Two people can ride these scooters on water at one time. You will enjoy the thrill of motor biking and the softness of water instead of being on a hard road surface.

    Beach – Dona Paula, Agoda, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Palolem, Miramar, Anjuna, Vagator.

    Price – 400 INR per person for 15 minutes.

  11. Bumper boat riding – You will be inside a bit rubber tube filled with here. A speed boat will then drag your tube, in what is going to be a thrilling ride. The challenge is to stay inside the tube, as the boat zips through the water. Sometimes also called ‘tubing’, this too is an adventure sport.

    Beach – Candolim, Baga, Calangute.

    Price – 500 INR for 10-15 minutes.

  12. Kayaking – Speed is not always the best way to enjoy watersport. Try kayaking in Goa, ride slowly on the narrow channels, backwaters, rivers, through the mangroves, in the mini bays, or the wide open sea. Kayaking gives you the opportunity to appreciate nature, see the birds as you approach them slowly without making noise. You can see osprey, kingfishers, sea eagles, and many bats up-close. Take pictures. You will also see village life.

    Places – Hollant, Palolem, Zuari, Sal backwaters, Spike's River.

    Price – 600 INR for one, 800 INR for a two person kayak for 30 minutes.

  13. White water rafting – Do the opposite of kayaking if you want. Ride over challenging rapids of the Mhadei River. You will encounter both class 2 and class 3 rapids here. It is nice and serene between the rapids. Enjoy the nature, see churches, temples, and Goa’s countryside. The best time for white water rafting is between June and September, during the rainy season or just after the monsoon when the rivers are full.

    Rivers – Mhadei River, Tilari River

    Price – 3,200 INR at Tilari River. 2,000 INR in the Mhadei River.

  14. Snorkeling – With a wide coastline and the Arabian Sea, there is plenty of opportunity for snorkeling in Goa. The water is rich in marine life. You have the chance to see snappers, barracudas, batfish, lionfish, angelfish, and others. October to March is usually the best time for snorkeling.

    Places – Grande Island, Navy Island, Bat Island.

    Price – 1,300 INR per person.

  15. Scuba diving – The big fish is rare on top of the sea. You have to go down to see them. Then there are corals too in some sea floors, and ship wrecks. You can see the occasional sharks, octopus, squids, dolphins, snappers, barracuda, and many other species of fish. You can also do a PADI-certified course in Goa. There will be a guide with you in all the dives. There are dives of all levels in Goa, including those for beginners.

    Places – Grand Island, Netrani Island, Pigeon Island, St. George Island.

    Price – 5,000 INR each dive per person.

  16. Sea walking – Not into diving, but still want to see the sea floor? Try underwater sea walking in Goa. No prior knowledge of diving, snorkeling or even swimming is needed. You just wear a special helmet that supplies oxygen, and take the ladder to reach down to the sea floor from a floating platform. Now start walking on the seabed. You will see many species of marine life. Feed them if you want. But don’t touch.

    Beach – Baina beach.

    Price – 2,000 INR per person.

Best Time For Watersports In Goa

The best time for watersports in Goa is the winter months, between November and February, except white water rafting, which is good in the monsoon because the rivers will be full at this time. Try windsurfing, kite surfing, and parasailing, early in the morning when there is very little breeze. The breeze picks up as the day progresses. Remember, there is no watersport during the monsoon, except white water rafting, because of high winds, and choppy sea. You will find no operators on the beach between June and September.

Water sport in the summer – Almost everything available between March and May! But often it is very hot early in the afternoon or in the daytime. You can go for watersports after 4 PM. It will be much more pleasant then.

Water sport in the monsoon – June, July, and August are the rainy months in Goa. There is a lot of rain, often with thundershowers. These are also the low months in Goa. The sea is choppy. The wind picks up noticeably. You will rarely find any watersport this time of the year. Almost everything is closed, except white water rafting.

Water sport in the winter – December, January, and February are the peak tourist months in Goa. November and February are also good months. You can choose from the entire range of watersport activities. Everything is available.




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