You will have to travel miles within India to find a person who hasn’t heard of Goa. The smallest state in India is synonymous with an overwhelmingly beautiful outdoor life; however, not everyone may be aware of a great way to explore the waters with Kayaking in Goa.
As a tourist you have plenty of culture and cuisine options to savor. As an adventurer you are spoilt for choice, thanks to the extensive coastline, green forests, rocky cliffs and raging rivers
There are snorkelling trips near quiet beaches where you can snorkel to your heart’s content. Cycling trips where you travel to the most scenic spots and discover hidden gems throughout the state of Goa. There are also kayaking trips where you traverse the sublime waters of Goa and see the coastline in a way you have never seen before.
Day kayaking takes place early in the morning when the waves are calm and the skies are clear. During the day, kayaking trips in Goa offer you a chance to admire the white sand beaches from the ocean. The music from the shacks and the laughter of people resonates in the air while you ride the waves.
Moonlight kayaking is in stark contrast to day kayaking and is an experience in itself. You head out after dark, when the moon is making its slow ascent in the sky. Moonlight kayaking is done when the moon is full, allowing you to enjoy the best moonlit views.
As you kayak out into the sea, you are sure to be mesmerized by the moonlight spread across the Goan landscape. The beach is bathed in an alluring shade of white and the water in a distinct silver glow.
You'll be spending time on the water, drifting along with the waves while noticing the beach from a new angle. Away from the lights and music of the shacks on the shore, you can enjoy the calm and peace. The adventure usually ends at one of the shacks before you head home for the night. This is definitely one surreal experience that you do not want to miss out on.
Kayaking sessions can range from a minimum duration of 30 minutes to a maximum of 2 hours. Depending on the amount of time you spend offshore, the cost can range between INR 500 to INR 1000.
The experience is suitable for first-timers, families with children, or experienced adventurers. Goa kayaking packages usually take place at Baga, Bambolim, and Calangute, but there are more beaches where you can go kayaking now.
You have to reach Baga beach by 10:00 hrs where the instructor will meet you. You will be briefed, post which kayaking equipment will be handed out to you. You will then be ready for your sea-faring adventure in the sunny waters of Goa.
You will kayak out into the sea, away from the hustle-bustle of the beach where you can revel in the peace and beauty that the sea has to offer. After you are done battling the waves for 30 minutes you will head back to the Baga shoreline with fond memories.
As part of the package, kayaking equipment consisting of a kayak with backrest and paddle will be made available on rent. Life jackets, also on rent, will be provided to ensure your safety at all times. Services of an experienced instructor who will guide you at all times are also included.
Transportation to and from the kayaking point is not provided. Meals and refreshments may be served based on the packages selected. Any personal expenses related to travel, hotel transfer or anything personal in nature will not be included. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will also be charged separately.
Moonlight kayaking is conducted only at certain times i.e. around full moon nights. On such nights, you will report to Sand-n-Sea Shack located on Bambolim beach by 20:00 hrs. The sun will have long retired for the day allowing the moon to shine in all its glory.
You will receive instructions from the group leader. All the equipment necessary for the adventure will be provided to you. You will then get into your kayak and steer it into the silvery sea away from the nightlife of this party state. Enjoy the magical glow of the moon reflecting on the sea as you ride the crests and troughs of the calm waters.
The adventure ends with you coming back to the shore after being out in the water for 30 minutes. You will be given a chilled beer (or a soft drink) upon arrival, post which you will head home with pleasant memories. Please note that meals and refreshments are subject to the packages selected and you must check your inclusions at the time of booking the packages for the details.
The package includes a kayak with a backrest and a visibility light will be your vehicle to ride the waves with the help of a paddle. A life jacket is also provided and will be worn by you at all times.
The expertise of a group leader and guide are included in the cost. When you reach the shore, 1 beer or soft drink as well as mineral water may be given to you subject to the package inclusions at the time of booking.
Personal transport will have to be arranged as pick up and drop services to and from the meeting point are not provided. The adventure costs also do not cover insurance. Any personal expenses including beverages, tips etc. are not included. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged separately.
Barring the monsoon months, kayaking in Goa can be done almost all year round. The weeks leading up to the rains and during the monsoon, the waves can get rough and unpredictable. For all other months in the year, you will be allowed to go out in kayaks as long as the water is calm and the tide is right.
Goa is a state which is well connected by all modes of transport. The closest international airport is Dabolim, located approximately 30 kilometers from Panaji. It is connected to all major Indian cities as well as international destinations.
Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama are the primary railway stations in the state. These railway stations are well connected to other parts of the country. Goa is also well connected by major highways to other parts of the country. The state also has its own bus service which provides connectivity to the rest of India making it easy to travel to this tiny state.
Within Goa, the best way to get around is by road. You can hire two wheelers and four wheelers easily that are very economical. There are also auto rickshaws you can take easily to move around within the city.
For your kayaking adventure, it is best to wear loose and comfortable clothing such as t-shirts and shorts. Swimwear has to be worn underneath. Sandals or floaters are sufficient as footwear. If kayaking in the day, you can choose to wear a hat and sunglasses as a shield against the warm sun.
Sturdy footwear is compulsory when you venture out into the sea. As such flip-flops or any footwear that can easily slide off will not be allowed. For the best experience restrictive clothing such as denim jeans should not be worn. Avoid wearing expensive jewellery or carrying expensive gadgets to your kayaking trip
Kayaking does not require you to carry a lot. If kayaking in the day, sunscreen and sunglasses along with a hat might offer you protection against the sun. Otherwise all that you need to carry is a towel and an extra pair of clothes. A water bottle and a camera are optional items that you might choose to bring along.
Valuables are best left at home. If that is not an option you place them in a waterproof bag that can float. Drinking is to be avoided before kayaking or any other adventure sport.
Kayaking is an easy activity but all participants must ensure a basic fitness level. Patients with any prevailing or long term medical issues are advised to consult their physicians before deciding to be a part of this adventure.
You do not need to know how to swim in order to go kayaking. As long as you are comfortable with being in the open seas and the darkness (for the moonlight kayaking), you can be part of the fun adventure.
Kayaking is an easy-grade activity that does not require any prior experience or certificate. A basic fitness level will suffice.
It is completely safe. Kayaking is only conducted when the waters are calm and there is very little risk to the adventurer. Besides, you will be provided with a life jacket and an instructor will be on hand at all times to ensure your safety.