Goa has been one of the favorite destinations for many people and what could be better than starting your new year with water sports in Goa? Goa has numerous beautiful beaches with a wide range of opportunities for water activities like parasailing, jet skiing, bumper boat riding, banana boat riding, scuba diving, knee boarding, wakeboarding, windsurfing, and many others. Most of the water activities are performed during the daytime, that is from 9:00 a.m. in the morning to 5:00 p.m. in the evening. There are many places in Goa that claim they have the best water sports but sometimes the quality is not up to the mark or the duration of the rides is not long enough. So, this blog is to provide you with perfect quality and a memorable experience of water activities which are a must-try especially when you are a person who loves adventure.
One of the best water sports in Goa is provided by Boat Shack at Candolim beach in Goa. The average cost here for two people enjoying all water sports rides is around 4000 to 5000 rupees but if there is a big group of about a minimum of 20 people then the cost reduces to 1100 rupees per head. How many people have the query whether non-swimmers can enjoy water sports or not? Well to answer this it is completely okay if you are a non-swimmer as there are multiple safety measures issued by the water sports staff and even by the government of Goa. If one wants to enjoy multiple sports then it is recommended to buy a full package rather than going for individual water sports as it is quite expensive.
Where to try Jet Ski in Goa?
Jet skiing is one of the most exciting and energizing water games in Goa. If you are a person who loves adventure you should not miss this water activity as it gives a thrilling experience. A jet ski can carry a maximum of two people at a single time.
The starting price of a Jet ski for one round which lasts for about 4 to 5 minutes with an instructor is 300 rupees per person.
Although if you want to extend your rounds you can ask the instructor for the same and so will the price of your water sports increase. The best beaches to try Jet skiing are found in North Goa. The minimum age for Jet Skiing is 12 years and above. October to May is the best month to go for a Jet ski ride in Goa.
What is the cost of Parasailing in Goa?
Parasailing is one of the perfect sports for adventure and entertainment. A small boat is used to reach the middle of the beach where a speed boat is already present. Parasailing is when a para sailor flies up in the sky with a parachute and the control is in the hands of the speed boat below on the beach.
The average height for parasailing is about 80-100 meters above mean sea level. A person doesn’t need to acquire any special skill for this water sport.
All you have to do is enjoy, relax and have a breath-taking view while flying in the sky. You can even vlog your exciting moments. The fun part of this water activity is when the motorboat speeds up and you feel elevated up in the sky and have a dip in the water the very next moment.
For a uniform round in parasailing, at least one dip is included at 1500 rupees per head but if you want more than one dip you can ask the boat operator for it. If you are looking only for parasailing it costs approximately 900 rupees per person.
What is Bumper Boat Ride and where to do it in Goa
The bumper boat ride is a fun ride where the rider has to lie upside down on a large air-filled mattress or tube made of rubber which is tied to a speed boat. The exciting part is when the air-filled mattress or tube is carried in the open sea at a fast speed. This ride can also be enjoyed by children as it is the safest of all the other water sports. Since this water activity is common so it is mostly found on all beaches in Goa.
The average cost for a bumper boat ride is 600 rupees per head.
How to try Banana Boat Ride in Goa?
How about falling into the clear beach water of Goa under a blue sky? Yes, the Banana boat ride gives you such a pleasant experience which comprises an inflatable boat shaped like a banana where a maximum of five people can be seated at a single time. The banana-shaped board is then attached to a speed boat. The moment the speed boat sprints across the sea, the riders are thrown off the boat. While the riders are through the surf wearing life jackets, they start fresh by pulling themselves back onto the Banana boat.
The cost of a banana boat ride for five people is around 1200 rupees. The Banana boat ride is usually found on the famous beaches of Goa but one of the best Banana boat rides is provided in North Goa at Candolim, Baga, and Calangute beaches. Although the duration of the Banana boat ride is not too long. The age limit for this water ride is 12 years and above. The best time to enjoy this ride is from October to May.
If you are a person who does not like to make much effort in selecting a beach and then hunting for different water sports or buying the package then you can even go with a full package trip where it will include pickup and drop from the hotel, reaching the beach, light snacks will be served, 5 in 1 water sports are available, lunch will be served and will drop you at your hotel around 5 o’clock in the evening. In this part, we will cover the Grand Island trip to Goa along with Coco beach. The price of this package keeps on varying as per the season so you need to check for recent prices.
On booking a package like this they will pick you up from your hotel to the Jetty point in Coco beach where you will reach the Grand Island by boat. While going to the island you can enjoy the breakfast that is served on the boat and enjoy various sightseeing points like the dolphin point, some forts, a lighthouse, and the scuba diving point if you are a person who does not prefer going scuba diving then you can go just for swimming in shallow water that too with a life jacket.
Is Scuba Diving in Goa worth?
Scuba diving is one of the most thrilling and different water sports where you can enjoy the extravagant underwater view about 15 to 30 meters below the mean sea level. Your special moment underwater is also captured by HD-quality photos and videos. Instructions and safety measures are insured by an instructor before scuba diving. On average 10 to 15 minutes are given for scuba diving if you are willing to spend some more time underwater then you are allowed the same. An individual instructor is provided to every person during scuba diving.
If you are looking just for scuba diving without any other package then the minimum starting cost is 900 rupees per person which includes all the diving and safety equipment like rubber fins, oxygen tank, face mask, and wetsuit. The best time to enjoy Scuba Diving at Grand Island is from October to April.
The other water sports included in this package are parasailing, jet skiing, bumper riding, and banana boat riding which are already mentioned above. You can spend an hour or so on the island enjoying playing with the sand or swimming on the beach. On returning back from the Grand Island to Coco beach lunch is served on the boat where you can enjoy your meal with a site-seeking view. Once you reach Coco beach a bus or any vehicle will take you back to your hotel at around 5 o’clock.
Apart from the famous water sports like jet skiing, scuba diving, bumper boat riding, banana boat riding, and parasailing which are usually performed by everyone, there are also other water sports which can be tried like:
SPEED BOAT RIDE which is perfect for a group of 5 to 6 people. The sport can be enjoyed by people of any age, it is usually found on Candolim, Baga, and Calangute beaches. Although the availability of this ride is only from October to April. The starting price of this ride is 349 rupees per person.
RIVER RAFTING is a sport usually found in many places in the country. River rafting is fun when you have a whole team or a minimum of 4 to 5 people. If you are visiting Goa in the monsoon season which is from July to September, river rafting would be major fun. One needs to book a lot of time for rafting in advance. The time for rafting is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The starting cost of rafting in Goa is from 1850 rupees per person. Although if you want your photos and videos, you will be charged extra for the same. People above 12 years of age are only allowed for river rafting.
FLYBOARDING is an exciting and new water sport in Goa where one flies in the sky tied with a rope. This water sport is available throughout the year and is most popular in North Goa. The minimum age to try this water sport is 12 years.
JET LEV FLYER is a German invention that was recently added to water sports in Goa. It is quite similar to flyboarding where water is used as a jet to let you fly in the sky. It is recommended to try this sport if you know how to swim. This sport can only be performed with an instructor. The average duration of this sport is from 10 to 20 minutes. Being an expensive water sport, this is not preferred by many people as it costs around 4000 rupees per person. This water sport is usually found in Panjim in North Goa. The best time to enjoy this water sport is from October to May. The minimum age for this water sport is 15 years.
People suffering from breathing problems or old age people are not recommended to try water sports. Although you can go for a bumper boat ride, the speed boat ride is a fun and safe water sport. September to April is considered the best time for water sports in Goa. It is preferred to wear light clothes and not go for flip flops as you might easily lose them in water. Do ensure that carrying a towel and an extra piece of cloth set as you close might get wet while trying water activities. It is recommended not to wear any valuable stuff like gold, diamond, or any other precious jewels as there is a high probability of losing them. Carrying stuff like sunglasses, and sunscreen is recommended as there is a high probability of getting tanned at the beach side.
Lastly, don’t forget to carry your camera and capture all the beautiful moments you create. Hope you have a memorable trip and enjoy all the water sports in Goa to the fullest.