Adventure things to do in Goa

Adventure things to do in Goa

Goa makes up for being the smallest state in India by providing tourists with an overwhelmingly beautiful outdoors life, plenty of culture and cuisine options, and the fun vibe of the place. Thanks to the extensive coastline, green forests, rocky cliffs and raging rivers, there’s plenty of adventure options as well.

Things to do in Goa

A lot of adventure in Goa reflects the fun and relaxed nature of the sunshine state. There are snorkelling trips that take you to deserted beaches where you can snorkel to your heart’s content. You’ll also find cycling trips that take you to the best places to visit in Goa. Kayaking and rafting are some of the most fun things to do in Goa. And of course, there are ocean treks that take you along the coastline to see spectacular views and secret beaches.

Best things to do in Goa: Rafting

The Mandovi river (also known as the Mhadei) is one of the best places to visit in Goa for adventure activities. The rapids here can be anywhere between Grade II to III, and mainly consist of smaller waves and clear channels with slightly turbulent stretches. It's pretty thrilling to be on a boat that defies gravity, leaping with the waves and rolling over the churning water. The skies above are grey and cloudy, and you feel strong winds too! This adventure is a great introduction to adventure rafting.

Best things to do in Goa: Kayaking

Kayaking in Goa can take place early in the morning when the waves are calm and the skies are clear, or late at night when the moon is high in the sky and turns the water silver. The most popular places to visit in Goa for kayaking are Baga, Candolim and Bambolim. During the day, kayaking offers you a chance to admire the white sand beaches from the ocean. Moonlight kayaking is done when the moon is full, so you get the best moonlight views. As you kayak out into the sea, the moonlight casts a silvery glow over the landscape, turning the beach white and the making the water glow.

Best things to do in Goa: Cycling

Cycling tours are one of the best things to do in Goa if you want to explore it at your own pace. Many cycling trips start from the state capital, Panaji, the city of cobbled streets, colourful villas and true Portuguese ambience. Depending on the route you choose, you’ll be exploring the many islands of Goa on cycle, or visiting small fishing villages, or doing a cycle tour of old Goa.

Best things to do in Goa: Motorbiking

Biking in Goa is one of the most liberating outdoor activities you can do there. There is just something about the salty sea breeze in your hair, the roads lined with paddy fields and palm trees, and the views of the ocean always around you. Some of the best places to visit in Goa are the quiet white sand beaches far north or south of the main tourist attractions, but many avid motorbikers like to ride down from Mumbai or Pune to Goa. It’s a gorgeous ride, winding through the hills, and down to the sea.

Best things to do in Goa: Snorkelling

There are a few popular spots for snorkeling, but one of the best places to visit in Goa is Grande Island. The colorful variety of fish and the vibrant coral formations found here have attracted curious travelers and nature lovers tourists globally. You’re sure to see some gorgeous tropical fish, and if you’re lucky, you might spot dolphins swimming alongside your boat! This is usually a day activity and you’ll enjoy a Goan-style barbecue and buffet lunch on a secluded beach.

Best things to do in Goa: Scuba diving

Unlike snorkeling, which only allows you to be an onlooker to the vast underwater world, scuba diving in Goa enables you to participate in it. With the freedom of being able to breathe underwater, you’ll be able to swim along the bottom, see more interesting marine life, and get closer looks at the coral formations. During the months of March to June, scuba diving is one of the best things to do here. This is when the water is comfortable, the sea is calm, and the visibility is good.

Best things to do in Goa: Trekking

Goa is full of tropical forests, cliffs that look over sprawling ocean horizons, and fierce waterfalls that tumble off rocky ledges. Trekking here is a great way to see some of the best places to visit in Goa, and also some of the lesser known corners of the state. Some of the most popular Goa trekking destinations include the Dudhsagar Falls, Ravan Dongor Peak, Neuti, and Arambol.

When to visit

Goa is one of those locations that is wonderful at any time of the year. During summers, the water activities are the best things to do in Goa. Book your kayaking, scuba diving or snorkelling trips and remember to carry sunscreen. During the monsoon, trekking and rafting are your best option for adventurous things to do in Goa. Save the cycling and motorbiking trips for the winter months, when the sun is not as harsh.

Top scuba trips in Goa

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Try Scuba Diving in Goa
Candolim, Goa
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Try Scuba Diving
Arpora, Goa
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Fun Dive in Sunny Goa (for certified divers)
Candolim, Goa
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Ocean Trek to Neuti
Panjim, Goa
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Ocean Trek in Arambol
Panjim, Goa
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Snorkelling Trip in Grande Island
Panaji, Goa
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Monsoon river rafting on the Mhadei river
Panjim, Goa
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Day Kayaking in Goa
Baga, Goa
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Moonlight Kayaking in Goa
Bambolim, Goa
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