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Udbhav Rai Feb 08 2013

What kind of water sports are there in Goa?

Apoorva Harduley Feb 11 2013
5 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

Here are a few water sports you can enjoy in Goa:

1. Banana Boat Ride

Test your strength, grit, team spirit and balance! Climb atop your long and narrow boat and get pulled into the wave lashed seas by a motor boat. The mission is to stay on the boat as long as you can, and trust an old hand, this is no mean feat! Once everyone is thrown off, the ride starts again from the beach and the whole process starts all over again! So while booking your Goa holiday package, do not forget to add this to your itinerary.

Venues: Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach and Cavelossim Beach
Cost: INR 250 per person
Time Taken: 15-20 minutes

2. Speed Boating

Speed, thrill and the waves lashing all around you. If an adrenline rush is what you need, speed boating is just the thing for you. Available on most beaches, the speed boat can carry upto ten people including the speed boat operator. You could either go for a whizzing spin or traverse long distance and see major sight seeing spots such as Fort Aguada, Old Goa and Grant Island. Whilst on a speed boat, there isn't much you need to do besides enjoying the beauty of Goa.

Venues: Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, Colva Beach, Arossim Beach
Cost: INR 500 per person Onwards
Time Taken: 5 to 15 minutes, according to cost

3. Jet Skiing

For those who love to feel the challenging waves of the ocean splashing across their face while rushing through water, the sport of Jet skiing is just the right option for you. One of the most thrilling and adventurous water sports in Goa, it is preferred around winter months, from October to April, when the waves are easier to manage. The equipments are powered with 100-135 horsepower, thus delivering high adrenaline thrills. The uncomplicated machine is easy to handle, so in order to not get carried away, operators make it mandatory for an instructor to accompany the rider. Only when the operator is satisfied with your skill, will they allow a solo run.

Venues: Mobor Beach, Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, Colva Beach, Miramar Beach, Benaulim Beach
Cost: INR 400 onwards
Time Taken: 2 to 15 minutes, as per cost

4. Parasailing

If you want to get a bird's eye-view of the Goan coastline and the lofty Western Ghats, para-sailing is the thing for you. A strong 300 feet rope is attached to a speedboat at one end and to a parachute at the other, into which you'll be carefully and securely harnessed. Once the speedboat takes off from the beach, you'll be suspended in air through the colourful parachute, with the wind gushing in your ears and the vistas below delighting your eyes. Don't miss the majestic Fort Aguada if you're parasailing from Candolim or Sinquerim beaches. The season for parasailing is usually between October and April, when the skies are clear and the winds blow at the just-right speed, though you can parasail at anytime of the year except during monsoons (July to September).

Venues: Sinquerim Beach, Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, Mobor Beach
Cost: INR 800-1200
Time Taken: 3 to 5 minutes

5. Water Skiing

Feel the waves beneath your feet, while you're pulled along by a speed-boat. Water-skiing is a sport that is soon becoming popular in Goa, despite the fact that it requires some training and practice before actually undertaking it. A speed-boat usually pulls you forward and takes you across the sea, while you stand perched on surf-boards and hold onto a long rope attached to the boat. It's a tricky water-sport and requires one to be physically agile and alert at all times. Get ready for an actual adrenaline rush, while you literally hold on for your life!

Venues: Arossim Beach, Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, Mobor Beach, Utorda Beach
Cost: INR 500-1200
Time Taken:
5 to 20 minutes

6. Snorkelling

Submerge yourself beneath the underwater world of Goa where an entirely different world awaits you. Plunge to a depth of 4 feet or more, swerve through shipwrecks in the company of beautiful tropical fishes, cruising through the warm waters of the dazzling Arabian Sea. The reefs are swarming with parrot fishes, angel fishes, snappers, squirrel fishes, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and of course, corals of varied types. And if you are lucky, you will get to swim with hawk bill turtles and best of all, dolphins. Snorkelling is one of the best things to do in Goa.

Venues: Bat Island, Grande Island, Sunchi Reef, Amee Shaol
Cost: INR 1200-2000
Time Taken: 1 to 2 hours

7. Diving

Plunging down in the underwater world of Goa, you will discover a world poles apart and yet quintessentially Goan just 4 feet below. Stand on top of Sail Rock and plunge down through the warm, clear waters of the Arabian Sea down to its murky depths, past tropical fishes swimming around. The shipwrecks out here, like the wreck of SS Rita or Suzy's Wreck as it is fondly called, are home to molluscs, corals, lobsters, clams, barracudas and many other tropical marine beings and exploring them is an adventure in itself.
With fairly clear visibility as deep as 18 feet below sea level and waters that relatively calm most of the time with just the occasional surges, scuba diving in Goa is quite the popular indulgence and most of the sites are feasible for beginners as well the professionals.

Venues: Suzy's Wreck, Sail Rock, Grande Island
Cost: INR 3000-4500 per person
Time Taken: 1 to 2 hours

Let loose the water baby in you and have one memorable splashy trip!

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