Goa is a land of remarkable contrasts. Known as the “Rome of the East”, the smallest state of India is blessed with pristine water and jaw-dropping landscapes, making it an adventurous traveller’s paradise – particularly when it comes to watersports. Diving off Goa’s coast is an enthralling experience, where you can encounter over 30 species of fish, from barracudas and parrotfish to reef tip sharks and stingrays and, if you’re lucky, bottlenose Dolphins. A particular snorkeling highlight is offered by Goa’s magnificent Monkey Island.
Blending history, culture and Nature, kayak past rural villages, historical churches and ancient temples. This popular excursion on calm waters will take you on a winding journey through narrow waterways set deep among mangroves, where you will be able to spot various birds, fish, and otters, as well as numerous exotic local plant varieties, such as cashew and mango trees, red and white lotus flowers, and bamboo.
A water adventure in Goa would be incomplete without a bumper ride – also known as “tubing” – an ideal activity for thrill-seekers. You are placed in a large air-filled rubber tube and pulled by a speedboat into the open sea. You’ll have to hang on tight for as long as you can as the speedboat zips over waves in an attempt to throw you off. It’s not for faint-hearted, but it’s the perfect buzz for adrenalin junkies who love open-water action. You can also tak your watersports experience to the next level by experiencing the thrill of a jetski and speedboat ride.
If it’s airborne adventure that you’re after, go parasailing, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the coast while soaking up the sun with a cool sea breeze blowing through your hair. Suspended high up the air, you will get to enjoy a majestic view of the sea and stunning beach landscapes.
Catamaran boats are identified by their colourful banana-shaped hulls, operating without the use of daggerboards. Catamaran sailing is the boat mode of choice for those who want to explore the beautiful Goan waters.
Singapore Changi Airport to Mumbai (flight time 5 hours 20 minutes)
Bangkok to Mumbai (flight time 4 hours 30 minutes)
Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai (flight time 5 hours
Some airlines fly directly to Goa, but most international flights arrive via Mumbai.
From Mumbai, it’s a 1 hour 5 minute flight to Dabolim airport in Vasco da Gama.