This monsoon, kayak through the mangroves of Goa’s hinterlands

Ditch your regular roster, and let Sahasea help you find your little adventure in Goa — from kayaking through mangroves to SUP boarding sessions in the sea.
Kayaking in goa with sahasea
Navigate your way through the wetlands and mangroves of Goa’s hinterlands. Image: Courtesy Sahasea.

The wetlands of Goa are absolutely breathtaking during monsoon. Paddling quietly through calm waters and lush mangroves, braving the tides and eddies, and exploring the hidden hinterlands — the sense of tranquillity that you get lingers long after the experience is over.

Monsoon is the best time to go kayaking in Goa as the rivers and backwaters are brimming and there’s no marshy lands to ruin it for you. Founded by adventure travel enthusiast Charmaine Pereira, Sahasea offers kayaking experiences throughout the day at their base on Hollant Beach, but if you wish to taste the great outdoors in real sense, the best ones are at sunset, sunrise, or by moonlight.

Hollant beach
The pristine Hollant Beach tucked away in South Goa. Image: Courtesy Sahasea.

Try kayaking in the Arabian Sea by this tiny little beach tucked away in a cove in South Goa facing east, feast on gorgeous sunrise views, followed by a scrumptious breakfast spread. Or you can opt to bask in a stunning sunset and enjoy some sizzling BBQs at night.

Later, paddle over to the nearby Bogmalo Beach to go kayak surfing and catch an elusive wave or two. You get to explore the shallows, practice some strokes and maneuvers. If you’re lucky you might spot Dolphins in the distance or they might swim right past your kayak!

Sup session with sahasea
You can even take up an SUP boarding session with Sahasea! Image: Courtesy Sahasea.

The organisation also has Mandovi river kayaking experiences on offer where you can meander through mangroves and catch a glimpse of lesser-known birds and butterflies flapping their colourful wings past you. In North Goa, witness an enchanted mangrove forest in the little fishing village of Nerul near Candolim, and spot otters along with the occasional croc splash in Aldona.

Or pick South Goa to kayak along the São Jacinto to hop onto a secluded island with a pristine beach, follow the stretch in the Sal backwaters to witness Fruity Loops, and navigate through tiny tunnels where the river gushes to greet the sea in Galgi. Sahasea also offers stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) as well two well-appointed accommodation options. Walk on water with their SUP sessions where you get to start off on a little beach, find your balance, and learn all about it, right from site maps, SUP-surf, to self-rescue, distance paddle, and more.

Mango house
One of the rooms at Mango House. Image: Courtesy Sahasea.

Base yourself at Mango House, 10 minutes away from the Goa airport. Nestled amidst fruit trees in a quiet sleepy fishing village, the four-key boutique resort is a walking distance from the village church, a small hidden spring, and the Hollant Beach. Find your pick of adventure on water from kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, to sailing and scuba diving.

Try morning yoga, learn to grow your own ingredients in a farm, go birding, and find your spot to simply immerse in susegad. Sahasea also can set up a camp for you by the sandy shores where you can sleep under star-lit skies and wake up to the birdsongs and sound of waves.

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