Although Goa is generally considered to be a chilled out destination, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing on offer for thrill seekers. If you’re after an adrenalin rush while visiting the south Indian state, your best option is to hit the water.
Water sports in Goa
There is a host of exciting water sports on offer for holidaymakers and we’ve come up with a selection of the best if you’re looking for something to keep you occupied and get your heart pumping.
Just a quick note before we get down to business – if you book a holiday through a company such as Jewel in the Crown, you may discover the hotel you stay in offers various water sports at its facilities, so it’s always worth checking before you depart.
The reasonably gentle yet consistent winds that much of Goa experiences means it’s a great place for windsurfing. Now, if you’re a beginner it’s worth bearing in mind that this sport doesn’t give you an instant adrenalin hit, as you’ll spend more time falling off (and getting back on) your board and rescuing your sail from the water than you will zipping across the surface.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, though, there’s nothing quite like feeling the wind in your face as you skim over the waves at a pretty good speed. If you’re on holiday in north Goa, head to Calangute, Baga or Arpora beaches to have a go.
Scuba diving is certainly one of the most adventurous pursuits you can try in Goa, or anywhere in the world for that matter. There’s a good selection of marine life here, including snappers, tuna, scorpionfish, stingrays, reef sharks and sweetlips, as well as some fascinating wrecks you can explore.
If you’re after the ultimate underwater experience, make sure you dive on at least one of Goa’s wrecks. You’ll typically need to have dived before if you want to do this, but there’s nothing more exciting than discovering the remains of a ship on the bottom of the sea. There are Portuguese and Spanish galleons here, as well as wrecks from World War II.
Back above water, we’re moving on to parasailing, which is a pretty unique activity. In case you’re not aware of what parasailing involves, it’s where you’re attached to the harness of what looks a lot like a parachute and towed behind a speedboat that zips around at staggering speeds. You’ll be flying – and you should get some great views of the coast if you can keep your eyes open.
Water scooter riding
Water scooters are great fun, especially if you’re on holiday with a partner and want something you can do together. These contraptions are similar to jet skis and can comfortably seat two people.
Riding one is very similar to being on a motorbike, except, of course, instead of a road beneath you, you’ll have the sea instead. Once you’ve got used to the basic controls, you can open up the throttle for a smooth, fast ride along the coast. One of the places you can hire these scooters is in Candolim.
Another great option if you love adrenalin-pumping pursuits is water skiing, which is certainly a good choice for thrill seekers. Once you’ve got your balance on a pair of skis you can get some pretty decent speeds up as you’re towed behind a boat.
There are several places you can have a go at this sport in the north of the state, including Arpora and Sinquerim.