As a fun and learning exercise, it has been proposed that we experience the joy of travelling Goa’s beautiful rivers in kayaks. This would allow us to appreciate up close, the luxurious jungles/mangroves and explore pristine beaches without damaging the environment. Goa Kayaking provides all the equipment like kayaks, paddles, PFDs/lifejackets, paddle leashes, etc. All kayaks are top of the line, …solo and tandem, sit on top kayaks, highly rated for maneuverability and tracking in rivers, backwaters and coastal surf zones.
Below are the recommended trips.
The Agassim -Siridao trip is good as a meditative experience in the early morning putin at 7.0-7.30 am. or earlier.
A later putin at 9.0 am. can also be arranged if you want to picnic at Siridao beach from 11.30 am. when we should reach.
The Old Goa to Ribander trip is also an easy one but will encounter barge traffic enroute,with a bit of the mangroves. Put in at 8.30 am. with pull out at 10.30 am.
The Sal back waters is best done at 7 am. in the morning, when you could possibly see a lot of bird life from the waterline. Easy trip but bit strenous.
The Cortalim to San Jacinto trip, because of the tide (HT 6.22 am.)is best done not later than 8.0 am. as the putin time. We should reach San Jacinto at about 10.0-10.30 am. Easy trip – good as a first trip.
1. Goa Kayaking Zuari (South Goa) down/up river paddle: Siridao beach to Agassaim bridgehead
7.0 km. 2.5-3.5 hrs. (Daily trip)
2. Goa Kayaking Mandovi (North Goa) up/down river float- Old Goa-Panaji bridge head expedition:
10.5 km. 3.0-3.5 hrs. (Daily Trip)
3. Goa Kayaking Mandovi (North Goa) Up/down River paddle – Panaji ferry Jetty to Ribander Jetty:
4.0 km. 1.40 -2.0 hrs. (Daily trip)
4. Goa Kayaking Mandovi (North Goa) Up/down River paddle – Old Goa to Ribander ferry Jetty expedition:
7.0 km. 2.5 -2.45 hrs. (Daily Trip)
5. Goa Kayaking Sal (South Goa) Up/Down river paddle:
(minimum group of 6 pax)
4.5 km. 2.0-2.5 hrs. (Daily Trip)
6) Backwaters, Nuvem paddle:
2.5 km. 1.5-2.0 hrs. (Daily Trip) Rs.1800/person;
7. Goa Kayaking – Zuari (South Goa) up/down river expedition: San Jacinto Island to Cortalim bridgehead;
4.70 km. 2.5-2.45 hrs. (depending on the tide)
8. Goa Kayaking – Nerul river (North Goa) – Sinquerim Jetty to Nerul Village up river expedition:
4.5 km. 2.5-3.0 hrs. (depending on the tide) Rs.2200/person;(minimum group of 6 pax)
Goa Kayaking offers daily kayaking expeditions in all rivers, tributaries and backwaters, along the mouth and the hinterland, at different places all over Goa, depending on the tide.
The expeditions usually take off in the mornings between 7.0 -9.0 am. depending on the tide.
Guests/members paddle their own kayaks at a relaxed pace, enjoying a different perspective from the water, thro’ the mangroves, stopping at the numerous fishing villages, beaches, inlets, coves, etc. for freshening up, exploring, and swimming.
These expeditions are normally of 2.5-3.5 hrs. duration and usually end between 11.30 am.-1.30 pm. when we bid goodbye.
We tend to cover a minimum of 5-6 km. on an upriver float with the tide while the down river paddles on a receding tide, are usually faster and longer 7-10 km. but not very conducive to visiting the mangroves, as water would have receded from the mud banks/flats.
Where we start/end
All guests find their own way to an announced starting point (put in) and our friendly personnel, will guide their cab/ pickup coach to the end (pull out) point.
What you will get
Every guest in an expedition will receive
1. A zip foil pack containing 4 snacks
(1 prawn puff,1 chicken roll, 1 veg samosa, 1 date and walnut muffin – all sourced/packed from the well known pan India pastry/bakery chain Mongini’s) We also provide vegetarian snacks on prior notice.
2. Bag of washed and clean fresh fruit
( 1 Chinese/Himachal apple, 2 oranges, 2 small plantains or 1 Kiwi/1 chikoo)
3. Bottle/tetrapack of soft drink/fruit juice
(Appy, Fruitee, Pulpy Orange(Minute Maid)
4. Bottle of mineral water (Bisleri or Kingfisher)
It is the opinion of numerous guests who have enjoyed our daily paddles, that the snacks, fruit and coolers on the trip is more than a lunch offered by others!
Inspection & Maintenance of Equipment
All kayaks are inspected before and after every kayaking trip for wear and tear, damage, punctures, etc.
Any major damage noticed is immediately repaired by qualified and skilled technicians.
Besides normal wear and tear, no major damage has been observed during the last one year to a) the kayaks b) the paddles c) the PFDs’.
All equipment is extremely well maintained and in as new condition.
(Only major wear and tear is due to daily handling into and out of the transport vehicle 4 times daily).
All boats are washed after every use as also the life jackets, paddles and seats of every kayak.
Goa Kayaking provides all the equipment needed like top of the line single and tandem sit on top kayaks, paddles and life jackets.
It is our experience, that these open SOTs’ (sit on top) are best suited for our tropical, humid climate.(sit in kayaks are very uncomfortable due to the closed area which tends to gets hot and humid).
These modern kayaks, are extremely stable and have a very high buoyancy of 150 kg. (solo) and 240 kg. (tandems) respectively.
We believe that it is next to impossible for any one to topple and fall out from our kayaks. We also make it a point before embarking and insist that every guest wears a life jacket(PFD) to make our expedition a safe and enjoyable outing.
What to wear/bring along
All guests/members are requested to wear board shorts/rash vests or alternatively any pair of shorts and light shirt /tshirt preferably long sleeves will do.
Wear any footwear which you do not mind getting wet, generally carry a change of clothing, towels and a bottle of mineral water.
A cap/floppy cap covering the neck, sunglasses and sun block cream, (SPF 35 and above) will help keep you cool and make the time spent on the water, a memorable one! A camera is a must to capture those magical moments but please use carefully and safely and be responsible for the same.
Sit on top Single & Tandem Kayaks.
Trip leader and guide – tailing assistant for all trips with more than 12 guests on the water.
Life Jackets- 50/70/90 kg. rating
Snacks, fruits, coolers & Mineral water while kayaking
Insurance –members/guests, please take your own insurance/limited PLI
Expenses of a personal nature
Kayak Type: Sit on top solo & tandem – Pelican(Canada) & Feel Free(New Zealand)
Hull Material: Plastic(PE)
Length: 2.90 & 3.96
Width: 78 cm./90 cm.
Weight: 20 kg.(solo) and 31 kg.(tandem)
Buoyancy: 150 kg. and 240 kg.
Hatch Type: Hard plastic, neoprene
Paddler Skill: Beginner to advanced.
Forbooking a trip, please send us an email/fax booking manifest latest by 4 pm. of the day prior to the trip with the following details.
4) Weight (Approx)
A booking manifest, same as one mailed to us shall be sent with the guests for the expedition.
A confirmatory call of the same will be the basis for all bookings.
Cancellations with less than 24 hrs. notice – no refunds.
All trips captioned as daily trips are available every single day of the week for a minimum group of 6 pax.
However time and place of put in and pull out to be confirmed from us. (based on tide timings)