It is no surprise that Goa is one of the most sought-after destinations not only in India but the world simply because it offers the best of everything that one is looking for. Miles of golden sand coastline, expansive sea, a fun-filled party-scene and countless options to drink and dine all make it one of the most preferred destinations for adults and kids alike. And while you thought that a trip to the beach would be all about a relaxed, slow sea-gazing and indulge in some scrumptious food, it would do well to give a look at some of the most adrenaline-pumping and thrilling activities that could find a place on your bucket list of ‘Things to Do’ while travelling to Goa. It hardly matters whether one is a swimmer or more of a trekker, an out and out adventurous person or the more cautious one but open to trying out experiences, Goa will leave you spoilt for choices.
1. Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
If the sublime experience of marine life and the enchanting world of underwater caught your fancy while watching ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, scuba diving and snorkelling are the sports for you. Colorful corals, wrecks from the pages of history and the thrill of being in the abandon of the infinite sea, scuba diving is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And here’ s the thing: You don’t need to dish out a moolah for this sport in countries like Maldives or Thailand when Goa offers you stunning experience of marine life while scuba diving with the best of instructors and safety equipment. You will be required to participate in a 1-hour long training session with the instructors after which you will be all set for the sport 12 meters down the sea. It is advisable to go for scuba diving between October to May when the seawaters are not rough.
Who doesn’t want to enjoy the breathtaking view of the blue Arabian Sea while flying high up in the sky, defying the limits as it were? Parasailing is one of the most popular adventure sports on offer in Goa. Tourists usually prefer winch boat parasailing where the taking off and landing of the parachute happens on the winch boat itself attached at the other end of the parachute. Parasailing is a hot favourite amongst families, kids and couples as it offers the perfect combination of thrill and enjoyment while being comparatively easier than the other water sports. The best time to enjoy parasailing is from October to May when the sea is calmer, and winds are perfect to glide the parachute.
Windsurfing combines the aspects of both sailing and surfing. The rider has to stand on the board and firmly grip the sail attached and then manoeuvre according to the wind and water pressure. It requires a good balancing act on the surfboard while cruising through the ocean waters. Dona Paula jetty among others such as Candolim Beach, Calangute and Baga is considered to be the best place for windsurfing especially if you are a beginner. If you are more adventurous types, you could head out for windsurfing in the afternoon instead of the morning when the winds are stronger and offer a more challenging experience to the surfers.