To get an adrenaline rush after a day of lazing on the beach with a book, here’s a list of must-try water sports in sunny Goa.
From diving in to explore shipwrecks to crocodile-kayaking, Goa offers a bouquet of experiences to thrill the adrenaline junkie. Here’s a list of eight water sports that will make you want to jump up and dive in.
Kayak with a crocodile
To get up close and personal with a crocodile, take a kayak up a mangrove-lined stream off the Mandovi River. You can see the crocodiles sunbathing on mudflats, but they might disappear into the water if they hear you gasp. Trained and professional guides will help ease your nerves and guide you through this activity in a very safe way.
Launch yourself into the air
Want to test your adventure quotient? Try flyboarding – an adrenaline-pumping activity that scores high among the many water sports in Goa. First introduced to India by way of Goa, flyboarding is when a jet-stream of water launches a person 50 feet into the air. That’s not all, from up in the air you dive underwater before shooting up again to kiss the sky. This watersport promises thrills on repeat mode. The Chapora River in North Goa is where you can experience flyboarding, under the guidance of seasoned flyboarders.
Parasail along the coastline
Strap yourself to a parachute hitched to a speedboat and fly through the air. What better way to enjoy a panoramic view of the Goa coastline and blue expanse of the Arabian Sea? Calangute and Candolim, two of North Goa’s most popular beaches, offer long and uninterrupted expanse best suited for this exhilarating water sport.
Scuba-dive for shipwrecks
Colourful marine life awaits the scuba-diver 10 to 12 metres below the surface of the Arabian Sea. Combine that with exploring shipwrecks at Ilha Grande (Grande Island), a short boat-ride from Calangute beach, and you’ve got yourself an experience like no other. In the 14th- to 16th-century, several Portuguese ships capsized here, due to storms, sandbars and unseen reefs.
While many shipwrecks lie strewn off Goa, not all are safe for exploration as they reside at extreme depths. The marine remains of Suzy, a 1930s British metal cargo ship and its extension – Davy Jones Locker, parked 600 meters away – are two that have become accessible to divers of all levels.
Scoot along Goan beaches
Palm-fringed Candolim beach in North Goa is good for a stroll. But why walk when you can ride a water scooter? Feel the wind in your hair, the sun on your back, and pretend you’re Bond as you slice through the salty spray. If you need a bigger rush, you can opt for a jet ski, as these are powered to go faster than water scooters.
Walk on water
Water zorbing is a unique experience who want to roll on the ocean in a giant orb. Goan beaches are unmatched in the variety of ways in which they let you skim across such a beautiful stretch of sunny, breezy ocean. This activity is safe enough for kids and so is an ideal family activity.
Sail in a dinghy
For a calmer experience the family can enjoy, sail a dinghy in the Zuari estuary off the Dona Paula beach. This is a scenic locale for Bollywood hits like Ek Duuje Ke Liye, starring Kamal Hassan and Rati Agnihotri, and more recently Singham starring action hero Ajay Devgan. Here the sea is calm and the wind is gentle, especially after monsoons. Note: A 15-foot-long dinghy can hold four people comfortably.
Your knowledgeable Hilton concierge can guide you to the best beaches for water sports in Goa. Be sure to ask them also about certified operators who can ensure that your adventures in the Chapora rivers and Goan beaches are a splashing success.