Grand Island is situated in Goa. This tiny state is a mix of beauty and a tropical environment. Most of the visitors came here to enjoy the beautiful natural beaches. North Goa has many beaches like Baga beach, Calangute beach, and Candolim beach.
And also Chorao Diver Island, Boghdeshwara temple, Fort Aguada, and Church of Mae de Deus.
It also has some water activities, cultural buildings, and street markets. South Goa is also famous for many beaches like- Palolem, Polem, Butterfly, Agonda, St. Xavier’s church, and many luxury resorts.
There are some waterfalls in South Goa like- Dudhsagar waterfall, Tambdi Surla falls, Arvalem waterfall, etc. If you love to visit historical places then the Portuguese churches and forts are the best destination.
Water Sports in Goa
Goa is popular for its water-based activities, including snorkeling, fishing catamaran sailing, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, and jet skiing parasailing. Grand Island is an excellent tourist destination to enjoy these water activities. Every activity is amazing however the scuba dive on Grand Island is the most loved activity.
You can dive in the summer season. Winter and springtime is the best time to do these activities. October to March is the ideal time for this kind of fun activity.
Carry the water bottles, this will keep you hydrated throughout the day. In December, one can attend the festival of sunburn in Goa, India.
Some Dive Sites In Grand Island:
Uma Guma Reef:
The total depth of the water is 10 to 14 meters. The site is approximately six kilometers away from the Grand Island. The diving features underwater add to the excitement and beauty. You can go to this incredible dive site anytime during the month from October to March.
Sail Rock is a rocky projection that is located about 1 km southwest part of Grande Island. It has an intensity of about eight to twenty-four meters. You can explore the amazing marine life here. Swim with Moorish, large groupers, sharks, and education bannerfish. Diving here is advisable for only expert scuba divers because there are strong undercurrents in the depth of the water. The total depth is 16 to 24 meters.
Shelter Cove is situated in the northeast of Grand Island. A channel with rocks large boulders, low visibility, and low current make the site more fascinating thrilling, and exciting. Here there are sandy patches in which cuttles and Squid fishes gather to mate. They lay their eggs on this sand patch. This area is suitable for all kinds of divers.
Suzy’s wreck is a must-dive spot for all divers from beginners up to experienced divers. This is part of the British cargo ship the SS Rita. In the year 1950, in the southwest portion of the Grand Island, a ship went down. Now the wreck is in an utterly broken condition. This is a 130-meter-long ship. This vessel is located between 5 and 12 meters in water. The total depth ranges from 10 up to 13 meters. This is a place where you can find a wide variety of fish such as puffers and batfish, moray sweetlips, eels, etc. Here there is also the occasional barracuda. On both the decks and on the railings you can see scorpionfishes.
The dive site is on the northern end of Grand Island. The total depth is between four to 8 meters. Here you can see various marine fish species like triggerfishes, lobster, and a variety of crabs. Sting Rays can also be seen at the site. The portion at the bottom of this particular dive site is comprised of gravel, sand, and rocks.
The Jetty is located in the northwestern portion of the stunning Grand Island. It is a shallow depth that is just 8 meters. Here you can see sharks. Shallow divers will surely appreciate this location.
Davy Jones Locker:
In this dive location, only experienced divers are allowed to dive due to the intense currents running through the water. Here you can dive with a variety of fish including moray eels tuna, mullets, schooling Jacks, and barracuda. This site is just 14 meters in depth and is an incredible place for experienced divers.
You will explore some butterflyfishes, groupers, Bannerfish, and puffers here. The total depth is not more than 4 to 8 meters.