Activities to do in Goa
‘Goa is not only the land of beaches or the city of churches. It is a feeling that defines thrill in the most amazing way.’
Activities for Adventure Junkies
We are starting with the list of activities for adventure junkies! Since there are too many beaches in Goa, you will find there is a range of activities that you can participate in. If you are afraid of the water, this is the best time to bid adieu to them.
The activities are performed under the supervision of experts. The majority of the adventure sports are done with an expert accompanying you. Also, all the safety measures are there. Should you be worried about drowning? The answer is a resounding NO!
Here is the list of activities that you can participate in:
Do you wish to fly high? This is a fun activity for anyone who wants to get rid of the fear of heights. You can indulge in parasailing in Goa!
Where: Calangute Beach, Dona Paula
Duration – 5-10 minutes approx
Cost – INR 999
Patrons can also opt for a complete adventure package that includes parasailing, scuba diving, and more.
Jet Skiing/Water scooter
You may not be able to ride a motorbike on the road. On second thoughts, driving a motorbike on-road can be dangerous, especially when you are speeding. However, it is safe on the water! A lifeguard comes along with you and the thrill is irreplaceable. Lucky riders get to spot the beautiful dolphins!
Where: Dona Paula, Majorda, Candolim and Cidade de Goa
Duration: 10-15 minutes
Price: INR 250 – 300 per scooter
Everyone developed the craze of scuba diving after watching Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Will it be the same experience here? It is certainly NOT SPAIN, but you say hello to the fishes and witness the aquatic world.
Where: Grande Island
Duration: 30 Minutes (The trainers give you all the instructions and train you before you go underwater) It takes approximately 20-30 minutes for the experience.
Price: INR 1500-3500
Banana boat ride
How about a ride on a banana? The whole purpose of this ride is to flip over and make all the members fall inside the water! This is a fun water sport activity that you MUST try. The boat resembles a banana and 4-6 members can ride it. Yes, you will be wearing a life jacket all along!
Where: Dona Paula, Calangute, Candolim, Miramar, Baga, Anjuna, Agonda
How about doing an action movie stunt? Fly-boarding is such a fun and interesting water sport! It is a combination of the jet pack and jet skiing. You will be 15 meters up in the air with the help of the fly board. It is not meant for the faint-hearted!
Where: Baina Beach
Windsurfing has become a popular water sport in Goa. It is perfect for beginners and does not require you to speed up a lot. It gives you the experience of surfing as well as sailing. However, the adventure depends on the wind! If the wind is perfect, you will get to experience the thrill of windsurfing.
Imagine you are sitting on a couch with your best buddy and a vehicle drags you on the water! This is a completely safe and fun ride. The speed boat drags you while you and your partner are sitting on a sofa-like tube. You can try it in Dona Paula.
White Water Rafting
You can indulge in white water rafting in Goa. You can witness the scenery and enjoy the rafting experience. The majority of the adventure junkies look forward to this experience.
Where: Mhadei River
These were the list of the most thrilling activities in Goa. What about peace lovers or people who love dancing and partying? Let’s find out!
Activities for Party Lovers
Goa is all about living your life to the fullest. When you are in Goa, you must try the following activities. In case you are able to participate in adventure activities, these set of activities will still make you feel like you are ALIVE!
Cruise experience in Goa
Panjim is such a happening place! You can enjoy the cruise dining experience. There are cultural performances, drinks, DJ and much more on these cruises. The 2-3 hour cruise is one of the most exciting experiences of anyone’s life. This is a family-friendly tour where you can dance to the beats, click pictures for everlasting memories, and eat good food. The cruise leaves Santa Monica in the evening! Make sure you do the bookings beforehand. This is a MUST-DO activity in Goa.
Partying all night long
There are famous shacks where you can party all night. The live music scene is quite popular at Anjuna Beach. Visit Club Cubana in Calangute, Cafe Mambos, Curlies in Anjuna, Club Tito’s in Calangute, and Leopard Valley in Canacona. Beer is super cheap in Goa, and the lip-smacking seafood is something you cannot miss!
Activities for Peace and Nature Lovers
How about a long fishing trip to Bogmalo Beach? The beach was originally a fishing village, and now it seems a lot of tourists all year round. Get in touch with boat owners and indulge in fishing activity during your trip. Just so you know, it requires a lot of patience to catch a fish. The fishes can act tough! Since Goa is known for its seafood, the boat owners will help you with the right gear. They will teach you the basics of fishing! You will not come back home empty-handed. You can also do fishing in Candolim!
You cannot swim in every beach because of the tides! However, there are a few beaches which are perfect for swimming. Consider going to Sinquerim or Donna Paula. This is where you can swim safely without the fear of drowning. The water is calm and you can view the sunset as well.
A Trip to the Spice Plantation
A guided tour of the spice plantation is a fun activity. You can take the ticket which includes a sumptuous lunch and a guided tour of the plantation. The travelers are in groups and they get to see the therapeutic plants/trees in the area. The guides tell you about the benefits and even the plantation process. What’s more? You can buy some spices and cashews from the little shop in the plantation.
Sunbathing on the beaches
There are quite a few beaches that are peaceful. You can visit Vagator Beach or Miramar Beach for sunbathing. The beaches in South Goa are calmer and cleaner as compared to North Goa beaches. The majority of the foreign tourists want a tan and that’s precisely why they go sunbathing.
Activities for History Lovers
Dear history lovers, there is so much for you to see in Goa. The most famous historical place in Goa is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. What’s the most interesting fact about this place? The remains of St Francis Xavier is still in good condition. They have been in good condition even after four hundred years! The majority of the travelers visit the church to get a glimpse of the remains.
Did you know that St Xavier’s hair and nails are still growing even after his death?
Secondly, you can visit Fort Aguada. This fort stands tall on Sinquirem Beach. Built-in the year 1612, the fort was built for protection from the Marathas and Dutch.
Cabo de Rama is another fort that you must pay a visit to. It is a great spot for pictures and you will get the best view of the sea! Originally, it was built by Hindus but the Portuguese captured it. They used it as a military base and then as a prison.
Explore Goa with a different lens
Shop at the flea market in Anjuna Beach. It has some amazing handicrafts, clothes, and accessories to offer. You can take back some gifts for your loved ones. If you are a food lover, try the seafood available in shacks. Fresh crab, prawns, squid, and kingfish are totally worth a trial!
Goa is heaven for seafood lovers! There is no doubt that alcohol lovers will enjoy a drink with a view. The shacks are amazing to catch a drink and witness the beauty of Goa. So, pack your bags and explore the state with a different lens. If you are a party lover, head to North Goa and the peace lovers can find a property in South Goa.