Out of the Blue

Asian Geographic - - On Assignment -

Goa

is a land of re­mark­able con­trasts. Known as the “Rome of the East”, the small­est state of In­dia is blessed with a pris­tine coast­line and jaw-drop­ping land­scapes, mak­ing it an ad­ven­tur­ous trav­eller’s par­adise – par­tic­u­larly when it comes to wa­ter sports. Div­ing off Goa’s coast is an en­thralling ex­pe­ri­ence, where you can en­counter over 30 species of fish, from bar­racu­das and par­rot­fish to reef sharks and st­ingrays and, if you’re lucky, bot­tlenose dol­phins. A par­tic­u­lar snorkellin­g high­light is to be had off Goa’s mag­nif­i­cent Mon­key Is­land.

Blend­ing his­tory, cul­ture and Nature, take a kayak­ing trip past ru­ral vil­lages, his­tor­i­cal churches and an­cient tem­ples. This pop­u­lar ex­cur­sion will take you on a wind­ing jour­ney through calm, nar­row wa­ter­ways set deep among the man­groves, where you will spot var­i­ous birds, fish, and ot­ters, and ex­otic lo­cal plant va­ri­eties, such as cashew and mango trees, red and white lotus flow­ers, and bam­boo.

A wa­ter ad­ven­ture in Goa would be in­com­plete with­out a bumper ride – also known as “tub­ing” – the per­fect ac­tiv­ity for thrill-seek­ers. You are placed in a large air­filled rub­ber tube and pulled by speed­boat into the open sea. You’ll have to hang on tight for as long as you can as the speed­boat zips over waves in an at­tempt to throw you off. It’s not for the faint­hearted, but it’s the per­fect buzz for adrenalin junkies who love open-wa­ter ac­tion.

You can take your wa­ter-sports ex­pe­ri­ence to the next level by ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the thrill of a jet­ski and speed­boat ride. Or, if it’s air­borne ad­ven­ture that you’re af­ter, go para­sail­ing, en­joy a bird’s eye view of the coast­line, and soak up the sun with a cool sea breeze blow­ing through your hair. Sus­pended high up in the air, you will get to en­joy a ma­jes­tic view of the sea and stun­ning beach land­scapes.

Cata­ma­ran boats are iden­ti­fied by their colour­ful ba­nana-shaped hulls, op­er­at­ing with­out the use of dag­ger­boards. Cata­ma­ran sail­ing is the boat mode of choice for those who want to ex­plore the beau­ti­ful Goan wa­ters – par­adise for wa­ter­sports en­thu­si­asts! Flight time: 5 hours 20 min­utes Flight time: 4 hours 30 min­utes Flight time: 5 hours

Some air­lines fly di­rectly to Goa, but most in­ter­na­tional flights ar­rive via Mum­bai.

From Mum­bai, it’s a 1 hour 5 minute flight to Dabolim air­port in Vasco da Gama.

The small­est state of In­dia is blessed with a pris­tine coast­line and jaw-drop­ping land­scapes, mak­ing it an ad­ven­tur­ous trav­eller’s par­adise HOW • Sin­ga­pore Changi Air­port to Mum­bai

• Bangkok to Mum­bai • Kuala Lumpur to Mum­bai

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