Surrounded on two sides by water, Candolim is the ideal place to make the most of activity opportunities on your cheap Goa holidays. You can take a dip in the Arabian Sea, cruise along the Mandovi River on a relaxing boat tour, or dive into the water to find what's hidden beneath. Candolim is well-equipped to keep your holiday schedule busy, and if you're looking for activities on dry land, don't worry – the town has plenty up its sleeve.
You can learn to dive on your Goa holidays from the utterly exotic surroundings of Candolim. The Arabian Sea is home to a wonderful collection of flora and fauna, and the professional team at Dive Goa will be there to make sure you see as much of it as possible.
Beginners are shown the ropes in the pool before hitting the saltwater to see the creatures. Take a day out from relaxing on the beach to learn a new skill and experience something you'll be dying to tell your friends and family back home about.
Escape room games have become popular in the last decade and Goa has got in on the action with their own version based in the centre of Candolim. For just 1100 INR per person, you can take on the role of a jewel thief or special agent as you try to crack the codes and make it outside before your 60 minutes are up.
There's a lot of fun to be had at Room Escape Goa while also offering you a chance to test your brain. It's an intriguing challenge that'll leave you feeling you've earned a cheeky cocktail or two afterwards.
You're spoilt for choice in Goa with the excellent stretches of beach along the west coast, but staying in Candolim gives you the upper hand. With the more popular beaches found further along, Candolim is the ideal spot for a stress-free sunbathe on one of the cleanest parts of the Goan coastline.
If you fancy a relaxing stroll along the sand, Candolim beach is flanked by Calangute and Baga Beach in the north and Sinquerim in the south, meaning how long you walk for is up to you. Whatever you decide, there are plenty of shacks along the way to keep you refreshed as you enjoy the magnificent Indian sunshine.
With the help of John's Boat Tours, you can take to the water during your stay via one of their excellent day trip packages. Travel along the Goan coastline and do a spot of dolphin watching with the company's 'no see – no pay' offer, or perhaps venture inland and discover the mugger crocodiles in their natural habitat as you glide across the Mandovi River.
Most of the day trips provide refreshments to help you relax as you soak up the incredible sights around you. For those wanting to stretch their feet, there are also tours available like the spice plantation package, which include visits to the temples and churches along the route.
The south of Candolim gives you a glimpse of the past with the well-preserved 17th-century Fort Aguada that overlooks the Arabian Sea. This piece of Goan history makes a worthwhile addition to any sightseeing trip and shows there's more to the area than being a beautiful place to catch some rays, including a lighthouse and freshwater spring.
Fort Aguada is the first stop available as part of a sightseeing tour that can be arranged in Calangute. These tours are run by a well-informed guide who leads you on an exploration into the rich history of north Goa.