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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Where can you enjoy adventure sports in Goa?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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If you thought Goa was only about never-ending beach walks, visits to elderly cathedrals and loads of wine and food, well, hold on. Goa is an adventure island - water skiing, paragliding, windsurfing, you name it, they got it! Here's a list of ingredients for a funtabulous holiday! See if you have these or at least one of these in the itinerary in your Goa holiday package.


  • Parasailing

Get a bird's eye view of the gorgeous beaches and shores, much better than what it looks on Google maps! As the parachute ascends into the air, the feeling of the cold air touching your face and running through you hair, literally, is definitely worth a shot. Baga Beach offers parasailing options at INR 1500 per ride. You can also go parasailing at Candolim, Majorda and Anjuna Beaches. Parasailing in Goa will cost you somewhere between INR 1000 to INR 2200 at Utorda Stretch, Mobor Beach and Miramar.


  • Scuba Diving

Plunge into the Arabian Sea and feel like a fish (of course with borrowed fins). Scuba Diving lets you explore marine life in Goa like never before - like Little Mermaid would have! You can attend classes, courses, dives and PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) courses at the Barracuda Diving School, Sun Village Resort, Baga Beach (www.barracudadiving.com) or be a part of the scuba family session that takes place there on Mondays. Goa Diving at Bogmalo Beach is yet another diving club. Sites around Grand Island - Davy Jones Locker, Suzy'sWreck, Shelter Cove,Umma Gumma Reef and Bounty Bay offer Scuba Diving and the best time to dive is between October and April. Dona Paula Jetty and AquaMarine in Panjim rent out Scuba gears at economical prices. Sign up for scuba if you know how to swim or are PADI qualified.


  • Paragliding

Goa may be full of sailing options but there is one that you must not miss - Paragliding - sailing through the air! It's a given that you will feel the wind in your hair but you can also sing a song up there without the fear of getting judged. Come on no one can hear you there! The beaches of Arambol and Calangute provide paragliding options. And, if you are visiting Goa between September and March, it should be the thing on your to-do list.


  • Water skiing

If water skiing gets your heart racing, turn your heads towards Calangute, Arossim, Candolim, Utorda and Mobor and Rajbaga Beaches. Shell out about INR 400 to INR 1200 depending on the duration of sport and operator. If you are an amateur, it might seem like a tough sport but once you get the hang of it, you'll know that there is nothing like it. In case the speed is too much for you, remember you can gesture the boat towing your cable to slow down. With the sort of professional guidance and equipment available, water skiing in Goa will seem to grow on you in a little while.


  • Wind Surfing

Make the most of the beautiful waters and the cool winds - go wind surfing! The winds at Dona Paula beach make an excellent wind surfing destination. As fun as it may seem, it is always nice to have get some professional training beforehand. There are also different surfboards for different surfing styles. In short, you need to understand the technique before you set out for this the fun sport. Once you have that sorted, it's time to let go! And, do get someone to click a few pictures of you surfing, upload them. It's the best way to make your friends envious of your adventure trip!


  • Trekking

If you are in a two minds about packing your sport shoes, stop thinking and just pack! They'll come handy as you trek up the Sahyadri Hills, walk up the grass carpeted trails in Mollem, Sanguem and Valpoi Goa. What makes this trek so different is the fact that you can actually get to see the sun getting dipped into the sea at dusk. The best time for trek in Goa is from October to December. So pack your bags and gear up for an adventure trek!!

Bet you must have guessed by now that Goa is for the waterbabies! Although there are enough adventure sports in Goa, those of the water are simply irresistible. But that's still not all there is to Goa. The underwater visibility (5-20 metres) allows for Snorkelling - on the lines of scuba diving but more about floating with a tube in your mouth. The best time to go snorkelling is between November and April. Then, there is Jet Skiing along the Colva, Clangute, Condolim Miramar, Arossim, Benaulim, Utorda, Rajbaga and Mobor at around INR 1200 to INR 1500. Kids would simply love the Banana Boat ride at INR 250 to INR 500, INR 2100 for Kite Surfing and Wakeboarding. Plus, in case you are interested in a bit of water sport training, The National Institute of Water Sports, Panjim has everything you ever wished for.

Carry along a pair of non skid shoes (in case you need them), dab on some sunscreen and the rest of the equipment are easily available. Have the adventure of your lifetime!

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