Out of the Blue
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