Snorkeling in Goa


Snorkeling is a fun activity that is catching up quickly in Goa. If you want to enjoy a different side of Goa, away from the beaches, nightclubs, forts, restaurants, and the rivers, then you can try this adventure activity. The water around Goa is full of marine life and corals, so it can be a fulfilling activity. You have the chance to see groupers, snappers, barracuda, surgeon-fish, tuna, eels, lobsters, turtles, triggerfish, angelfish, sea cucumbers, and even the occasional shark. According to estimates, Goa has more than 65 species of fish and about 30 species of corals, which makes it a prime place for snorkeling in India.

Goa on the west coast of India has for long been on a major marine route. Thousands of ships ply the water. Of this, an estimated 1,000 has sunk in different times. Many Portuguese and Spanish merchant ships and galleons have gone down. There have also been military and trade ships that have sank during the Word War II. Many of them lie at a shallow depth and have become the home of plenty of fish. A lot of this fish come up to the surface or very near to the top, which makes it easy for the snorkelers to see them and even swim with them.

Snorkeling Trip on a Luxury Yacht

A snorkeling trip in Goa on a luxury yacht is sure to be a lifetime experience. The entire yacht will be just for you and your group and it will be packed with modern amenities and facilities. This includes air-conditioned cabins, decks with sofas and pillows, bathrooms with luxury toiletries, kitchen with utensils, and a music system. There will already be snorkeling gear on board and life jackets, so you don’t have to carry anything. The yacht will also have a swimming platform.

We have a range of luxury yachts in Goa you can choose from like the Fairline Squadron 42, Bayliner Discovery 288, Yacht Regal, Yacht Prestige, and the Majesty 66.


Best Places in Goa for Snorkeling

  1. Grand Island – Very close to the Dabolim airport, the small rocky Grande Island or Ilha Grande is the top spot. You will find many great sites around the island for both diving and snorkeling. There are sunken ships. The seabed has colorful corals. You can see reef sharks, dolphins, lobster, turtles, and more. Many believe that water has better marine life compared to Andaman and Lakshadweep. The water depth close to the beach is only between 7 and 20 meters. You can end your tour with a picnic lunch with barbecue on the beach.
  2. Bat Island – Also called, Pequeno Island, this is even closer to Dabolim. This is a small, forested island that is completely uninhabited. There is no beach and hardly any tourists. So, the water around the island is full of marine life. You can see the hawksbill turtle, groupers, snappers, squirrel fish, angel fish, parrot fish, butterfly fish, lobsters, trigger fish, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers.
  3. Majorda Beach – Majorda is a small beach in South Goa. It is best known for its sunset views. The water around this beach is clean as there are only a few tourists, even in the peak season. This means, it has a rich population of fish in a variety of shapes and colors.
  4. Monkey Beach – This is a small beach close to the Marmagao harbor. You have to take a boat to reach the beach. Better still, take a luxury yacht for rent. You can rent a yacht in Goa for the entire day or half a day and cover various snorkeling spots.
  5. Bogmalo Beach – This beach is also very close to the airport. The water here is cleaner compared to many other places as this small beach gets very few tourists. There is no water sport to disturb the marine life. It is a popular fishing area as well.

You can combine your snorkeling trip in Goa also with dolphin sighting and diving if you want. You may also include a sunset cruise with champagne. We have the right luxury yacht in Goa whatever the nature of your trip. Contact us for more details.

Best Time for Snorkeling in Goa

Snorkeling is best when there is good light so that you can clearly see the underwater marvels. You will surely want to take photos too and you will need good light for this also. Try snorkeling in the early morning or mid-late afternoon. Snorkeling is also good in the low tide that gives you shallow pools. You will have a clearer view of the marine life.

Is snorkeling in Goa worth it?

Goa is a great place for snorkeling. You have the chance to see a lot of marine life and coral species.

Is there coral reef in Goa?

There are many coral reefs in the water of Goa. You can visit these reefs on a diving or snorkeling trip and see the underwater marvels.

What is the age for snorkeling in Goa?

Anyone above the age of 10 years can snorkel. There is no maximum age. It is not necessary to be a good swimmer. Protection Status
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