Dolphin watching in Goa is definitely one of the most popular activities among people visiting the state. But you don’t have to be a tourist to yearn to see these majestic marine beauties. There was a time when a simple ride over the Mandovi bridge in the morning was all it took to spot dolphins, but now with the amount of activity in the river, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to see them.
If you have just moved to Goa and are wondering where to catch a glimpse of dolphins in the waters, your best bet would be to take a boat ride out to sea. There are a few famous beaches in North Goa where dolphin rides are available, but if you’re feeling a little adventurous, befriending a fisherman and taking a trip in his canoe is definitely more fun. Either way, here are a few places in Goa where you are most likely to spot dolphins.
Coco Beach is one of these famous beaches in North Goa, located in Nerul, close to Candolim. Here, you can find organised tours that will take you out to sea, where you can spot dolphins swimming. The one-hour trip includes a ride past some key landmarks on the Candolim and Sinquerim coastline such as the Fort Aguada, Millionaire’s Palace, the Old Goa Jail, and the lighthouse. Of course, you will also get an opportunity to see dolphins swimming alongside the boat while you cruise along.
Home to the famous Olive Ridley Turtles, Morjim Beach is another great spot for dolphin watching in Goa. Morjim has become very popular with tourists, however since the beach is a nesting ground for turtles, there is very little development on the beach itself. This makes it a great place to relax, and enjoy the waters. Around Morji beach, you will find a number of houseboat and sailboat owners who operate trips out to sea making it the perfect opportunity to go out and spot dolphins. Some even boast of fishing and lunch on board the boat!
If you’re down south, then you definitely need to take a trip to Cavelossim beach. This is one of those white sand Goan beaches that has still retained its beauty owing to the fact that there aren’t as many shacks as there are at the more commercialised beaches. What makes Cavelossim really interesting is the fact that, from here, you can see the beginning of the River Sal right at the point where it meets the Arabian Sea. There are plenty of rental boats that you can take out to go dolphin watching in this part of Goa, and being a rather calm beach, chances are the dolphins you spot will be swimming right by your boat!
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