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Skim the waves. Surf the seas. Float across the skies. The fabulous golden Goan coast is sprinkled with water sports excitements from windsurfing to paragliding.

John Lucas, an Englishman, who first came to Goa in the early 70s like thousands of other westerners on a spiritual journey, found his heaven here in Goa. Being a keen windsurfer, the next time he came back to Goa, he had with him, his board and rig. And the trend for water sports in Goa was set.

Today there are a number of water based sports and activities available in Goa. The best season for enjoying water sports in Goa is from October to May when the skies here are cloudless and blue, and the waters fairly placid.

 

Windsurfing

Windsurfing is a unique blend of surfing and sailing, which requires the surfer to adjust his strength and balance to the changing patterns of wind and water. To the expert who has honed himself in all these nuances, windsurfing can indeed be an exhilarating experience.
Windsurfing trainers and experts alike claim Dona Paula bay to be the ideal location for the beginners. The prevailing winds and the calm sea, ensure almost lake-like conditions. The morning breeze is light and steady — just right for learners; while stronger winds that set in during the afternoons offer a perfect challenge for the more experienced.

Dinghy Sailing

A pleasant change from windsurfing is dinghy sailing, often referred to as ‘beer and sandwich’ sailing. With the winds in Goa, so gentle most of the time, this particular sport offers its participants much time to relax.

Dinghies are available for hire at the Cidade de Goa and the Taj Holiday Village. Instructors are available for beginners.

These 15-odd feet long crafts hold three to four people comfortably. The Zuari estuary at Dona Paula is an excellent learning area - its calm waters being the kindest Goa has to offer.
With two sails and side decks to sit upon, dinghy sailing is as much fun as windsurfing and it is not necessary to be either agile or youthful to enjoy this form of sailing.

 

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is also fast gaining popularity. Underwater visibility in the more tranquil of Goa’s bays and lagoons ranges between five to ten meters.

Although Goa does not have magnificent coral reefs it boasts of myriad schools of fascinating marine life.

Attractive coral heads, lobsters, bright colored fish, and other marine life can be conveniently explored in the shallow waters.

There are even a few wrecks dating to colonial Portuguese and British times for you to explore underwater.

Water Skiing

For the speed-lovers Goa offers the thrills of venturing into the sea on speedboats. The high-class speedboats, which are available in some places, can achieve speeds of up to 30-40 miles an hour.

These crafts, which can carry between six to eight people, are available at the Cidade de Goa, Bogmallo Beach Resort, and Taj Hotels. They can be conveniently used for sightseeing as well as water-skiing.

Angling

The beaches of Goa offer a varied and plentiful, almost inexhaustible, supply of seafood, still fairly cheap and absolutely fresh.
The Agonda beach in Canacona, which lies a short distance from the more famous Palolem beach, is a popular spot for angling. Soormai, salmon and mullet are frequent catches.


Parasailing

High fliers amongst the speed lovers can opt for parasailing. Both the Taj and Bogmallo Resort hotels provide the necessary equipment for this enthralling sport.
There’s a rope about 300 feet long attached to the parasail harness at one end and to the speedboat at the other.

When the boat speeds off on the water, the parasailor just takes one or two steps and he is lifted into the air, the parasail lifting behind him.

Water Scooter

Water scooters accommodate two people on a ride.
This action sport provides all the thrills of a motorbike with the softness of an ocean instead of hard tar road beneath the feet.

They are readily available at Dona Paula jetty, Cidade de Goa, Majorda, and Candolim beach.

Swimming

The most common water sport is swimming, although it is least mentioned in the media. The waters around the Goan beaches are warm and almost always safe.

The young, the old, the infirm, the affluent and the budget traveller alike can enjoy swimming. There are lifeguards at all Goan beaches, so check with them about the status of the sea, before you jump in.

Fort Aguada Beach Resort,
Sinquerim, Bardez, 403 519,
Sailing, Windsurfing, Water-skiing, Parasailing, Motor-boat rides
Dominic Water sports,
Sinquerim Beach,
Bardez, 403 519

Windsurfing, Water-skiing, Canoeing, Water-scooter rides
Paradise Waves,
Sinquerim Beach,
Bardez, 403 519
Windsurfing

Goan Bananas Water Sports
Cobra Vaddo, Baga Road,
Calangute 403 516

Aqua Sports,
5th floor, Nizari Bhavan,
Menezes Braganza Rd.,
Panaji, 403 001

Motor-boat rides, Water-scooter rides, Scuba diving, Snorkelling, Fishing
Goa Yachting Association,
P.O. Box : 33,
Panaji, 403 001

Dinghy sailing, Windsurfing
Dona Paula Sports Club,
Dona Paula, 403 004.

Water-scooter rides, Motorboat rides
Hydro-sports,

Cidade-de-Goa,
Vainguinim Beach,
Dona Paula, 403 004

Windsurfing, Dinghy sailing, Water-scooter rides, Water-cycle rides, Motor-boat rides, Parasailing, Water-skiing, Sports-fishing, Snorkeling, Sailing Yacht
Water-sports Goa,

Bogmalo Beach,
Bogmalo, 403 806

Windsurfing, Body boards, Dinghy sailing, Catamaran rides, Water-scooter rides, Motor-boat rides, Water-skiing/Fun skiing, Par ascending, Diving/Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Canoeing, Fishing

Bogmalo Beach Park Plaza,

Bogmalo, 403 806
Windsurfing, Body boards, Motor-boats rides, Water-scooter rides, Parasailing, Water-skiing
Majorda Beach Resort,
Majorda, Salcette 403 713

Water-skiing, Windsurfing, Water-scooter rides, Motor-boat rides
Goa Renaissance Resort,

Varca, Salcette 403 721

Windsurfing, Water-skiing, Parasailing, Snorkelling, Jet-ski rides, Motor-boat rides, Banana boats, Surf boards, Body boards
Odyssey Cruises

Sequeira Vaddo,
Fort Aguada Road,
Candolim, 403 515

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