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Outdoor Activities in Goa

By Viator, June 2014

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Goa may have some of the most beautiful beaches in India, but the state has so much more to offer than lazing away in the sun (though the sun bathing is definitely a draw). For those looking for a little adventure, check out some of the myriad of outdoor activities available in Goa.

1.  Scuba Diving

Explore the world beneath the surface of Goa’s clear, turquoise waters by diving just off the coast. While Goa may not make the list of top dive spots in the world, the warm, shallow waters and abundant sea life make it a good spot for visitors new to scuba to get their feet wet. Visibility can reach up to 30 feet (10 meters).

Also, the state’s coastline has several coral gardens to dive, but perhaps the most interesting sites are the wrecks of ships lost by the Portuguese during their colonial period. Most of the dive sites are situated around Grand Island, but more advanced divers should consider day trips to Angria Bank, often carpeted in starfish, or Pigeon Island, where it’s common to spot sea turtles and barracuda.

2.  Sailing

The calm winds and consistent weather of southern Goa, particularly along Palolem Beach, make it an ideal spot for sailing. Rent a catamaran and head out to sea to escape the crowds on the sand for a relaxing morning or afternoon of gliding across the water. Several beaches offer catamaran rentals, and if you’re new to the sport, you can easily hire an instructor along with the boat.

3.  Water Sports


The entire stretch of beach extending from Baga to Aguada is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. With nearly everything on offer you could dream up, jet skiing, wake boarding, water skiing and windsurfing are among the most popular on the menu, but more intrepid adventure seekers can take to the air with a parasail.

4.  Hiking

It may be difficult to tear yourself away from the idyllic waters, but heading inland for some trekking gives you a glimpse at a side of Goa many visitors overlook. One of the best hikes, especially if you’re visiting just after monsoon season from October to December, is at the impressive Dudhsagar Falls, where the water cascades down the four tiered fall from over 1,000 feet (305 meters) above.

5.  Wildlife Spotting

The rivers and coastal waters around the state are filled with wildlife, and taking a boat expedition is a great way to spot some of these interesting critters. Along the Mandovi River, you may get lucky enough to see crocodiles or freshwater dolphins swimming near the estuary. For bird watching, pay a visit to the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, a 440-acre (178-hectacre) mangrove forest near the capital city of Panaji (Panjim).

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Private Eco-Tour: Crocodile Watching, Spice Plantation and Elephant Experience in Goa

Appreciate the natural beauty of Goa on this full-day adventure that includes an exciting crocodile-spotting tour, an elephant ride and a spice plantation ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.00

Private Tour: Jungle Adventure from Goa Including Elephant Ride, Lunch and Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy an adventure-packed jungle adventure in Goa that includes riding an elephant! This ‘The Jungle Book’-inspired private tour takes place at the beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.99

Snorkeling Day Trip and Beach Barbecue in Goa

Perfect for the whole family, this adventure takes you to South Goa for a day of snorkeling, swimming and relaxing. Cruise on the Arabian Sea to Monkey Island, ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.00

2-Day Private Tour from Goa: Jungle Adventure in Mollem National Park Including Dudhsagar Falls and Jeep Safari

This 2-day trip to Mollem National Park from Goa combines relaxation, adventure and incredible natural scenery. In the morning, immerse yourself in nature as ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $245.99

Small-Group Dolphin-Watching Cruise from Goa

Spot dolphins doing flips and tricks in the water on this small-group dolphin-watching cruise from Goa. As you cruise along the Arabian Sea, spot brightly ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 4-5 hours

From USD $57.00

Eco-Adventure in Goa: Crocodile Watching and Bird Spotting with Buffet Lunch

Relax and enjoy the natural wonders of Goa on a backwater cruise along the Cambarjua Canal. With your expert local guide, spot birds overhead and crocodiles ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 6-7 hours

From USD $86.25

Deep-Sea Fishing Trip in Goa

Bring home a fresh catch on this deep-sea fishing trip in Goa, great for fishing enthusiasts and beginners alike. With your expert local guide, board a large, ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $99.99

Small-Group Grand Island Adventure from Goa with Seafood BBQ Lunch

Bask in the warm Goan sunshine as you spend a relaxing day on Grand Island. On this full-day small-group adventure, enjoy a scenic canoe ride from Goa to ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

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