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Boat tours and watersports in Goa

The spectacular coastline of Goa has far more to offer visitors than a great view. There are water-based activities for just about everyone here, and with high temperatures year-round, the sea is where you'll want to be. From awe-inspiring boat tours to adrenaline-fuelled watersports, check out our top picks for water lovers below.

Boat tours

Boat tours are a fantastic way to explore Goa's natural beauty.

Think experts guiding tourists through the area's highlights, and even giving you the chance to get up close and personal with some of its most exotic wildlife. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Spectacular dolphin safaris

Dolphins are commonly spotted along Goa's shoreline, with many boat tours dedicated to giving tourists a glimpse of these spectacular creatures in the wild. Tours range from an hour long to whole-day affairs with lunch and dinner provided, so make sure you do your research before you hop on board and plan accordingly.

Memorable sunset views

Many boat tour operators specialise in sunset trips, taking tourists out onto the water during early evening and allowing them to marvel at the last rays of the day as the sun sinks beneath the horizon. A must-do for any couple enjoying a romantic break in Goa, cocktails, on board entertainment and even moonlit barbecues on the beach are a feature of some evening tours.

Making a night of it

Alongside hour and day-long boat tours, it's possible to take an overnight stay on the water in some areas of Goa. So-called 'houseboat tours' invite guests to stay on board until morning, giving you even more opportunity to kick back and relax. You'll find all of the necessary facilities on board and meals are generally included, making it an ideal choice for those interested in a boat tour to remember.


Goa is home to a fantastic selection of beaches, from the vibrant and bustling to the calm and secluded. Touch down on just about any stretch of sand and you'll find watersports opportunities in abundance, with something to suit every level of experience.

Take a ride on the banana boats

These banana-shaped contraptions are connected to a speedboat and have a tendency to throw passengers into the surf as they whizz through the water. They're a great choice for groups, with many operators offering rides on boats large enough for six people.

Banana boats are one of the most popular watersport options in the area and can be found on just about every major beach. Head to Calangute if you're after somewhere particularly family-friendly.

Snorkel around an underwater paradise

Goa is home to a vast array of colourful sea life, making it a popular spot for first-time and seasoned snorkellers alike. Conditions are at their peak from October to April, when visibility is at a high and the coastline is teeming with marine life, including puffer fish, barracuda and a wide range of vibrant corals.

Despite being quieter than some of the other beaches in the area, Coco Beach is one of the highlights for snorkelling in Goa. The water here is calm and shallow - ideal for dipping below the surface and seeing how much of the underwater world you can spot.

Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding

Like most things in Goa, even the watersports have a slightly more laid-back option. Stand-up paddleboarding is exactly as it sounds, giving you the opportunity to stand and admire the beauty of the Goan shoreline from atop the water itself.

This form of paddleboarding is popular along the entire coast of Goa, with Baga Beach proving to be a particular hotspot among tourists. Set up your paddleboard here and you may even be lucky enough to spot some dolphins frolicking in the surrounding water.

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