4. Goa: Backwaters and Mangrove Kayaking Experience
Set off on an unforgettable kayaking adventure suitable for all ages through River Sal's backwaters. Navigate the narrow waterways and follow your trained guides through deep mangroves. Paddle through lotus ponds and admire the red and white flowers, when in season, as well as other Goan flora. Enjoy a small-group experience for up to 14 people, and choose between 70-minute or 2-hour kayaking excursions.
Meet your guides and other participants at the meeting point. Following a brief introduction, receive a briefing and instructions on the kayaking experience. After clarifying your questions, make yourself comfortable in the kayak, then set off over the water with two trained instructors to ensure each participant's safety.
As you silently weave your way along the waterways, keep your eyes out for migratory birds. This area has more than 70 different types of birds, including kingfishers, cormorants, egrets, herons, and black-headed ibis. If you're lucky, also spot otters frolicking and feeding in the early morning and late evenings.
For a part of the trip, you'll even kayak in the tall grasses. Slowly glide under the overhangs of mango, cashew, bamboo, and the overpowering mangroves, which are otherwise inaccessible. Stop in the shade of a mango grove to relax and take in the surroundings. At the end of the tour, return to the original departing point.
The kayaking route follows the coastal waterways, passing fishing villages and offering a unique glimpse of the locals' way of life. Trips are dependent on tide times and usually cover a distance of 5-6 kilometers (3.1-3.7 miles). High buoyancy kayaks and life vests are provided, in accordance with international safety norms.