Many people enjoy snorkeling, and it is one of the most popular water activities throughout the world. You can choose to go on a day trip where you swim the waters of the area or make it a week-long adventure. If you choose to go snorkeling in Goa, you also get to enjoy the advantage of doing other fun water activities.
You’re likely to charter a boat to get to the best snorkeling location, which means you might see dolphins on your way. Plus, you’ll get to have the experience of being on a boat.
If those weren’t enough, most tourist locations would provide you with all of the gear you need, such as life jackets and snorkeling gear. However, you are free to bring your own items.
Snorkeling in Goa
While you can find a variety of activities to help you rejuvenate your body and soul, nothing is quite like snorkeling. While Goa has many water sports, sandy beaches, and nature, snorkeling is by far the best option.
While most people are likely to know what snorkeling is, newbies may still be a little unfamiliar. Snorkeling allows you to swim in a body of water and interact with marine life. You use a diving mask with a shaped breathing tube (snorkel), and you might also have swim fins. You can usually wear whatever clothing is comfortable, though many people prefer to wear wetsuits.
By sticking your face into the water, you can see the amazing marine life underneath. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to breathe through the snorkel, and you don’t have to hold your breath.
Goa is well-known for its monsoon season, and while it is beautiful that time of year, it isn’t suitable for water activities. While the Arabian Sea is calmer than other places, the monsoon rain forces it to become violent. Therefore, all underwater activities are usually closed during the monsoon season, which lasts for about four months.
The best times for snorkeling are between October and May. If you plan a trip during these months, you’re sure to have a wonderful time and experience a variety of exotic marine life.
Places to Visit
Snorkeling in Goa ensures that you get to see a variety of islands, as you’re going to want to experience multiple snorkel areas to find the best one. In this way, you have something to compare if you ever choose to go again. It also means that you can experience the wonders of snorkeling multiple times and in different settings.
Of course, if you wish to go snorkeling, you’d need to know where exactly are the best places to go to. Below, we share with you four snorkeling destinations that we enjoyed ourselves.
1. Grand Island
You’ll find many locations in Goa for snorkeling, but Grand Island is one of the best. For one, it offers a guided tour, so you aren’t going to worry that you’re in the wrong place. For another, you’ve got a trained person with you when you’re in the water. You won’t have to worry about drowning, which allows you to relax and enjoy your time in the water.
Those who worry about safety and staying out of danger will find that Grand Island offers a variety of benefits. You don’t have to know how to swim in order to snorkel here. Beginners can also snorkel with ease. You’ll learn all the basics and will feel confident when you go into the water.
You can choose to book your package from a company or make all the plans yourself. If you choose a package from a booking company, you may find that you have other activities included, such as body boarding and kayaking.
2. Monkey Island
Monkey Island is part of Grand Island, and it is located in the south. It’s one of the best vacation spots by the sea, and many of the accommodations are inexpensive and top-notch.
You have to get to the island by boat, but you’ll find many tour operators to help you get there safely. Plus, many of these tour companies offer packages with snorkeling, sightseeing, and more.
3. Bat Island
Bat Island is about a kilometer away from Vasco-da-Gama and Baina Beach. It has a variety of snorkeling sites. It’s a tiny island, and you can spend the night there, as there are hotels.
To get to Paqueno Island (another name for Bat Island), you first have to go to Vasco beach to talk to one of the boaters and fishermen to get a ride. Many times, these boaters are there to give tours and rides, which takes about 30 minutes.
For those who want to “rough it,” many of the fishermen also carry camping gear for rent. However, once you arrive on the island, you may decide to stay in one of the many hotels, some of which have free Wi-Fi.
While visibility in these waters isn’t the best, you’ll still see brain coral, star coral, sea whips, and more. Along with such, you could run into some squirrel fish, angelfish, parrotfish, groupers, triggerfish, lobsters, and other marine animals.
4. Sinquerim Beach
Sinquerim Beach is near to Panaji and is a well-kept beach. As such, you can expect to spend a little more on accommodations here, but it is an excellent spot for your beach vacation, especially if that includes snorkeling.
You will always have lifeguards around to help you if you get in trouble, and you’ll find that many other adventures are waiting for you, such as swimming, bodysurfing, and windsurfing.
If you like to snorkel, you’ve probably gotten tired of the snorkeling areas near you. In Goa, you’ll find amazing marine life, high-end accommodations, and the ability to rough it with camping. You can find a variety of islands on which to explore, but you’re sure to enjoy your time in this little Indian jewel.
You are sure to find friendly guides who can help you get where you need to go and ensure that you and your family are safe on your trip. The many options in Goa allow you to create your own itinerary if you so desire. If you do plan the trip yourself, it is best to have money in the country’s currency, as well as do plenty of research to know where to go and what beaches are best.