SNORKELING – Beyond the blue ocean

A closer look at the mesmerizing aquatic life

Exploring the aquatic life has always been an interesting topic amongst the travelers and tourists across the world, and while there are only a few locations in India where one can truly experience the underwater thrill, Goa becomes your go-to place as it is one of the most popular destinations in India for water adventure sports. A lot of water-enthusiastic tourists visit Goa every year, and snorkeling is one of its main reasons! The thrill of roaming freely underwater and exploring the marine life is altogether one of the most adventurous experiences which one can imagine. Snorkeling is one of the finest rejuvenating recreational activities to do in Goa and it most certainly is recommended to all those visiting this beautiful place.

What is snorkeling?

Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a water body while equipped with a diving mask, a breathing tube called as snorkel, and usually swim-fins. Occasionally in cooler waters, a wetsuit is advisable. Using a snorkel, the snorkeler can breathe easily underwater and can explore the underwater marine life easily. The main purpose of snorkeling is an opportunity to observe the underwater life in its natural setting, without the complicated equipment and training required for scuba diving. Just to add a little twist, snorkeling is also done by professional snorkelers to play underwater sports like underwater hockey and underwater rugby.

What is snorkeling?

Must visit places for snorkeling in Goa

The Arabian Sea is marked quite safe for water adventure sports, which enables all the beaches in Goa to host such water-based activities. Although one can carry out this activity in almost all beaches in Goa, there are a few beaches which are listed as the favorites amongst the tourists. Some of them are as listed below:

The Grande Island

Booking a tour for snorkeling at the Grand Island in Goa is more of a preference than a choice amongst the tourists. There is a boat ride which takes you to the island, and most of the times you can spot dolphins on your way. This is one of the advantages of snorkeling at the Grand Island.

Bat Island

This is yet another popular destination for snorkeling in Goa.


Located about 100 km from Baga beach circle, Malvan beach also hosts an amazing spot for snorkeling, since the waters here are clear and the beaches less crowded.

Prices for snorkeling in Goa

Goa is the hottest hub for water adventure sports in India, because of a number of reasons like safe waters, easy accessible locations and many more. In the recent years, different beaches in Goa have started a trend of hosting their own annual events of adventure sports like parasailing and scuba diving. While all of these beaches offer you these sports at more or less the same price range, the prices may differ from beach to beach and depending on the tourist season in Goa.

  • The average price for snorkeling in Goa is approximately Rs. 1500 per person. Although, a few institutes have an option to book their tours with them online, at a discounted price.
  • The price is inclusive of all the necessary equipment like the snorkel.
  • A few institutes also offer a wetsuit along with the equipment if the water is cooler.
  • An instructor or a guide is always present with you underwater for your safety.

Making the plan

If you’re visiting Goa and you seek to explore a bit of the marine life, but are afraid of venturing too deep in the water like scuba-diving, then you should definitely opt for Snorkeling. Snorkeling even though thrilling, is a totally safe adventure sport, and is suitable for people of all age range. While most of the people are new to this sport, all the institutes offering you this package send an instructor or guide along with you, for your safety. If you’re a first timer for snorkeling, there are a few things you should keep in mind beforehand:

  • Always listen to your instructor carefully since they are more experienced than you.
  • Avoid carrying any valuables along with you while diving into the ocean, including your watch, necklaces or rings
  • Make sure you don’t add to the pollution in the ocean or harm any aquatic animals.
  • Check all the equipment provided to you by the institute well before diving, and use it with utmost care.
  • Do not indulge in drinking during or before your snorkeling session.

There is a difference between scuba diving and snorkeling, and snorkeling is far better than scuba diving in terms of ease. There’s no need for a separate training session for snorkeling, unlike scuba diving. Even if you don’t know how to swim, or even if you’re hydrophobic, you can still enjoy snorkeling. It is a safe adventure sport even for kids and in general for people of all ages. The aquatic life is mesmerizing and you will be awestruck when you experience it closely. Snorkeling in Goa is so convenient now, that they even offer you other facilities like pick up and drop from your hotel, a boat ride to the island, dolphin sighting, and even barbeque food for lunch. If you wish to experience such an exhilarating, once in a lifetime memory, we can help you plan and book your stay in Goa along with the best snorkeling options.