There is no wonder when you hear Goa is a place where adventure activities are aplenty, from waterfalls to riversides to nature sanctuaries and the sea, Goa has it all. With endless options for water adventure activities across its vast coastlines, ‘Goa’ gives you an ideal holiday experience with just the right amount of danger and adventure thrown in.
How does it feel to be inside water with gigantic coral reefs or to be on top of waves while gliding across the sea surface? Exhilarating is a word most people would use in this situation. The state provides ample opportunities for adventure enthusiasts to explore the waters in as many ways possible as you want. Whether you are a relaxed first timer or an adventurous water skiing expert, the waters of Goa have something for everyone.
Things you could try in Goa on your next vacation:
- Knee boarding
Knee Boarding is a safe and fun way to begin your water sport journey. The participant is towed on a floating board at a speed, most often behind a motorboat. Knee boarding on a surf style board with fin(s) is also done in waves at the beach. Riders kneel on their heels on the board, and secure themselves to the deck with an adjustable Velcro strap over their thighs. The rider hangs onto a tow-rope. Required equipment includes a tow rope, a kneeboard and a boat that can go about 28–32 km/h. Also, most importantly, a certified life vest for safety.
Knee boarding is relatively easier than other deep water sports as it has an easier learning curve and due to the rider’s proximity to the water, the sense of falling isn’t very great.
- Go Karting
If you love driving, you should certainly visit the go-karting track in Goa. . A go-kart, also written as go-cart, is a type of open-wheel car. Go-karts come in all shapes and forms, from motorless models to high-powered racing machines. The go-kart track is on the main road that connects Baga and Anjuna beaches so it’s pretty centrally located for those staying in North Goa. The track is of a good size, it’s got a nice set of corners and if not for the racing, you’ll like the track for its setting – its right at the base of a lush green hill.
If you have company, it’s brilliant fun. Now there’s finally a way to decide who gets to ask that girl out on a date, have a mini Grand Prix and fight to have the name of your favourite F1 racer as your racer name. Adults of all ages are welcome here.
- Wind Surfing
Windsurfing is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. It is performed on a board with a sail. The sail both empowers the board and helps the board change directions. The sport is a combination of surfing and sailing. Windsurfers can travel on either flat or rough water, as long as there is wind. Windsurfing is done mostly in the summer and spring.
There is a slightly longer learning curve when it comes to learning to windsurf, unlike other action sports like snowboarding or skateboarding. One of the best things about this sport is it can be enjoyed at any age – even at quite an advanced level – because there a relatively few injuries when compared to those that take place on hard surfaces like snow or concrete. Many windsurfers carry on sailing well into retirement age.
Baga Beach is known for holding an annual National Wind Surfing Competition. The Indian Navy has established a Windsurfing Node at Chicalim bay, Vasco-da-Gama, Goa to train the Windsurfing Team. An ‘Open Windsurfing Championship’ is scheduled at Hawaii beach, Dona Paula too by the Navy.
- Fly boarding
Flyboarding is a combination of jet-ski and jetpack where a flyboard is attached to a jet ski which sends it as high as 15 metres in the air. You can fly like Superman above the above, do somersaults and flips in the air like an aerial Jet Li and not to mention how cool you’ll look when you master the art of fly boarding.
You need balance and confidence. Once you fly, it is very easy to turn, dive, and try some tricks. The Flyboard itself is the size of a skateboard with two boot attachments for your feet, similar to athe boot attachments on a snowboard. If it’s in your budget fly boarding is definitely worth trying. The price and length of your session will vary by location but it’s always worth it. It’s a bucket list activity.
- Catamaran Sailing
A catamaran is a type of boat (or occasionally ship) consisting of two hulls joined by a frame. Catamarans can be sail or motor-powered. The word catamaran comes from the Tamil , where it means “logs bound together”. Enjoy a leisurely drink as the catamaran pilots pilot the catamarans for you or for a more hands on approach, try sailing one of these babies with a crew you’ve handpicked and see if you take on Mother Nature.
Catamarans can fly deftly across the water lifted and propelled by air packed into the sails. The modern catamarans offer all the facilities of yachts, including spacious cabins, showers, toilets, and are equipped with all the modern facilities and utilities.