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 Spa and Massages

Spa and Massages

"Ideal time: 1-3 hours
Things to note: Goa isn’t only for fun, but to relax and rewind with proper therapy
With so many adventurous things to do, food to devour and beaches to discover in Goa, it needs quite a bit to keep your body and mind refreshed to make the most of your trip. Keeping the same in mind, Goa offers a huge array of spa resorts and Ayurvedic massage centres to rejuvenate your body and soul. Beachside massages are quite common and popular at several of the beaches. Sereno Spa and Leela Kempinski Goa Spa Center are among the most famous ones preferred by the domestic as well as foreigner travelers. Leela Kempinski Spa Center is a beautiful place where you can go and relax. Situated at a beautiful location, this spa center provides all the services which help you to relax and rejuvenate your tired body, mind and soul. It also provides a beautiful and attractive view of the beaches of Goa. Zaara Spa and Salon at the Resort Rio Hotel is another great option. From hair treatments, manicures, and pedicures to spa therapies, they have got it all. Their expertise is in the Ayurvedic treatments ranging from herbal remedies to therapeutic massages. Spa treatments at Goa is a must, especially after you are tired after a full day excursion at the Dudhsagar Falls or trying water sports throughout the day. "

Water sports

Water sports

Ideal time: 2-3 hours (depends on activity chosen)
Things to note: Closed during monsoons
What else can be the unique selling point of a place that is majorly surrounded by water, and more water. Goa is a place that rules in water sports in India and lives by the phrase ?sun, sea, surf and waves?. With its own fair share of excited tourists and adventure seekers, water sports and activities in Goa have always been on the top list of to-do-things. The activities are equally popular in both the north and south beaches of Goa, though they are more popular and draw the maximum crowds at Baga, Calangute, Benaulim, Candolim and Colva. There are a number of water sports to choose from ? knee-boarding, kite surfing, snorkelling, parasailing and paragliding, diving, kayaking and ringo ride are few of the most popular ones. Scuba diving is one of the best ways to explore the world under the deep blue waters, and it is extremely refreshing to dig deep into the aquatic world to discover the beautiful coral reefs and sea algae. Jet Ski rides at Candolim, Baga and Vagator beaches are one of the most sought after activities. Parasailing, Ringo rides, Wind Surfing and Banana Rides are adventurous and fun to try. Water Zorbing, however, is the most exciting and a great way to unwind, relax and rejuvenate as you float across the deep waters of Goa.

Casino

Casino

Ideal time: Preferences vary
Things to note: Know and set your limits of cash amount you can afford
While the beaches, foods and nightlife keep up the excitement when talking about Goa, casinos on the other hand perfectly balances as the glittering counterpart. Casinos are the most pursued activities in Goa, which provide a once in a lifetime chance to try your luck. Goa is one of the very few states in India where gambling is legal and the casinos here have their own charm. These casinos and gambling clubs are mostly located in boats and ships on the Mandovi River. Enter any of these clubs and get dazzled by the flashing lights, vibrant colors, and delicious food and drinks to perfect team with the gambling rounds at the table. Activities like Live Tables, Black Jack, Rummy, Stud Poker, Baccarat and Flash Roulette are among the most popular ones and most widely played by the tourists. Each of these casinos has its own unique specialty that makes it worth paying a visit and worth playing a round of game. The types of games available at the casinos in Goa are broadly divided into two categories - Slot Games and Table Games. Deltin Royale Casino, Deltin Jaqk, Casino Pride, Casino Carnival and Casino Palms are some of the most famous casinos of Goa.

Cruise

Cruise

Ideal time: 2-5 hours
Things to note: Cruise services are shut down during monsoons due to bad weather
If you want to explore the exotic scenery, pristine waters and marvel the breathtaking view of the sunset, head off for cruise in Goa. Surrounded by numerous rivers, Goa makes for an exciting and diverse cruising hotspot. There are several types of cruises in Goa, and each one has its own exclusivity. Sundown Cruise or Santa Monica offers a mesmerizing view of the water and surrounding during sunset as it sails past Promenade, Adil Shah Palace, Aguada Fort, Miramar, Momugao Port, Reis Magos Church, Betim and around. Full Moon Cruise is exclusively conducted on full moon nights and sails through the flowing river under the soft and romantic moonlight. Want to enjoy dinner under the stars while you float over the waters of Goa? Try Dinner Cruise. The Backwater Cruise is a memorable one that stretches for 5 hours and sails through the Mandovi banks, Chorao, Old Goa, and Divar Islands. Perfect definition of Indian Casino, the Casino Cruise is a buzzing affair of entertainment activities, eating options, and various games to try your luck at. All of these cruises generally originate from Miramar Beach in Panjim. Most of these cruises offer dining options with special items and drinks for unlimited fun and an experience of a lifetime.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Ideal time: 2-3 hours
Things to note: Goa is a perfect place to choose for first time scuba divers
While spending hours by the water side along the varied coastlines of Goa is a sure-shot fun thing, taking a dive under the water is some exploration beyond and beneath the beaches. It is an amazing world under the sea and nothing better than scuba diving can justifiably explore the underwater realm and gaze at the submerged life. It must be noted that scuba diving isn?t just about swimming alongside pretty fishes, but to discover and experience an uncharted territory that remains to be known to the world above. Please note that you don?t need to be an expert swimmer to try scuba diving. All it takes is a small training session that helps you ease into the environment before you start. Most of the dives range between 10m to 15m depth. The best places to try scuba diving in Goa are Grande Island, Pigeon Island, Malvan, Sao George Island, and Nagoa. Each one of these places has different experiences with water varying in color, temperature and underwater experiences and life. If you are looking for clearer water and more lively underwater life, heading off to Netrani Island is suggested which is a 3-day trip (additional). The island is quite far off, located near Murudeshwar that takes 6-8 hours by road.

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