» Scuba diving / Snorkelling
Scuba diving popularity is picking up in Goa. Scuba diving at Goa gives the watersports aspirants an opportunity to go deep into the depths of the sea and see attractive coral heads, lobsters, bright colored fish, and other marine life can be conveniently explored in these shallow waters. It is suggested that the person should never dive alone and should always take at least one partner with them so that they can always get help when in need. The underwater visibility in Goa ranges for five to ten meters. The person should be totally fit physically and mentally before going for diving.
Scuba Diving Gears:
- Mask, Fins & Snorkel
- Buoyancy Compensator Vest
- Underwater Light & Backup Light
- Diving Knife
- First-aid & Health Kit
Scuba Diving Places:
» Water Skiing
Most of the diving activities take place around the Grande Island just off the coast near Vasco Da Gama and the most common sites include Suzy's Wreck, Davy Jones Locker, Sail Rock, Turbo Tunnel, Surge City, Uma Guma Reef and Bounty Bay. Another world class diving site, Angria Bank, is a world class diving site, 120 km from Goa.
Goa offers the thrill of combating the sea for the speed lovers on speedboats. These boats running at the speed of 30-40 miles an hour and are available at the various beach resorts like Cidade de Goa, Taj Hotel, and Oberoi, water sports clubs and hotels in Goa. The seeker can also opt speedboat for sightseeing on the coastal areas of Goa. One needs to be an extremely good swimmer for trying water skiing. If waters are rough, you should avoid skiing. Water-skiing, in fact, is a good exercise to your body.
Water Skiing Gears:
- Water ski Binding
- Water ski Bag
- Water ski Gloves
- Water ski Ropes & Handles
Water Skiing Places:
Beaches like Calangute, Candolim, Arossim, Mobor, Utorda, and Rajbagh.
High fliers amongst the speed lovers prefer to parasailing. Para sailing is also termed as Para Ascending. For Para-sailing one must be comfortable with heights, as this sport gives the beautiful bird's eye view of the landscape, the coasts, beaches and the water. Parasailing that involves a parachute attached to a motorboat. The parachute goes up in the air as the motor boat starts moving and the person tied to the parachute just need to take a step or two forward before sailing in the air.
» Dinghly Sailing
The beaches offering Parasailing facilities include Candolim beach, Mobor beach, Anjuna beach, Majorda beach, Baga beach and Dona Paula beach. Some of the hotels including The Taj and Bogmallo Resort provide necessary tools for this enthralling sport.
Those who are not keen towards much adventurous sports but still feel inclined to sail may wish to try dinghy sailing. Such dinghy is available for hire at Cidade de Goa and Taj Holiday Village. About 15 feet in length, dinghies will hold three to four people. Dinghly sailing has recently become a hot and favorite water sport with those who want to enjoy something with the entire family as the speed factor is not there and less action is involved.
Dinghly Sailing Places:
» Wind Surfing
Generally you'll find it on any good beaches of North Goa & South Goa.
Windsurfing is a unique combination of surfing and sailing. It requires the surfer to balance his body against the changing currents of water and air. Windsurfing is known to be an invigorating experience for the fun seekers who have learnt the art of balancing their bodies with the tides of water and wind. The experts and trainers of windsurfing in Goa claim that Dona Paula beach in Goa is one of the best venues for windsurfing in Goa. According to them, the conditions at this beach are similar to that of a lake that provide best environment for a learner early in the morning. Tourists who are more experienced in windsurfing can look forward to visiting this beach during afternoons as the winds are strong and offer you an exhilarating experience of windsurfing in Goa.
Wind Surfing Places:
» Water Scooter
Beaches such as Calangute, Colva, Palolem, Vagator, Baga, Dona Paula, Miramar and Bogmalo are considered idyllic spots for surfing.
Water scooters are one of the exciting water sports in Goa. Water scooters that are extremely exciting can accommodate two people together on a ride. The action sport of water scooters at Goa provides all the thrills associated with a motorbike ride and also make you feel the softness of the seawater.
Water Scooter Places:
» Microlite Flying
Easily available at Dona Paula jetty, Cidade De Goa, Majorda, Oberoi and Candolim beaches, water scooters at Goa have become a hot favorite with the tourists arriving in Goa.
Microlite flying is the latest addition to Goa watersports but is much exciting to foreigners. A motorized machine with a forty feet wing span, microlite can accommodate two to three persons including one operator. You need not to know gliding for microlite flying because it is an operator's job. Microlite flying is a variation of hang-gliding. Ability of being able to assemble a microlite with commercially available parts is half the fun in itself. A single - seater should ideally weigh less than 330 kg and a twin - seater, 450 kg. It can reach a cruising height of around 11,000 feet although most fliers prefer to stick closer to the ground, 3,000 feet or so. But these can't be flown at night and unfriendly weather conditions. These cannot be used for aerobatics also.
Microlite Flying Gears:
- Flying Suits
- Warm Clothing
- Thick Pair of Socks during winter
Microlite Flying Places:
» Catamaran/Hobie Cat Sailing
It can only be done at Calangute beach.
A more relaxed sailing activity, Catamaran Sailing is made up of a twin hull with trampoline in between the hulls and a mast for sailing. Four person can be normally accommodated . A trained professional is required to sail the catamaran for the enjoyment with safety. A high level of skill and training is required.
Catamaran/Hobie Cat Sailing Places:
» Banana, Bump & Ringo Rides
To enjoy this water sport activity you can enjoy on beaches like Calangute, Candolim, Dona Paula, Arossim, Utorda, Benaulim, Colva, and Mober.
Banana rides are one of th attractions and popular among kids in water sports in Goa. It is really enthralling to sit on a six-seat banana-shaped contraception and to be towed by a speedboat rolling and pitching over undulating sea waves. There are some variations in Ringo or bump rides. The flip at the very end of the ride adds that bit of extra excitement for beginners. As everybody is in life jackets, it is pretty safe too. The person should be at ease with water.
Banana, Bump & Ringo Rides Places:
» Knee-and-Wake Boarding
Available on all the major beaches
Knee-boarding is very similar to water skiing. It has a slot for your knees. It requires less focus on balance than water-skiing and is a very simpler technique. The skier has one broad board instead of two narrow ones on which to maintain balance in wake-boarding. There should always be an observer besides the boat operator. The person should be at ease with water and well versed in water skiing.
Knee-and-Wake Boarding Places:
You can enjoy this water sport at Mober beach, Candolim beach and Rajbagh beach.