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Done With Beaches? Kayak In Mangrove Forests & Boating With Dolphins Instead

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What Makes It Awesome

If you have been to Goa 10-15 times, and know it like the back of your hand, think again. Then call the folks of Terra Conscious who will show you a whole new side of Goa. And the best part is that they aim to be sustainable and eco conscious. 

I’m not the biggest beach person, so when I heard that Terra Conscious has non-beach options - including kayaking through mangrove forests, I was all in. You get to explore the Aguada bay in North Goa and the Nerul backwaters to get insight into the communities that depend on these forests. It’s also a hotspot for marine and coastal wildlife, so you can tick off nature from your list too. It’s easy enough to kayak, but your arms will be a bit sore later. They also have a boat version, though I highly recommend kayaking to feel like you’re part of the biodiversity. 

If cycling is your thing, check out their cycling trail. While 4kms seems a lot, it really isn’t even if you’ve not been on the saddle much. The ride takes you through green fields, little hamlets and a protected forest. Expect to see hornbills, kingfishers, sunbirds and more. Need motivation? The 7am trip ends in a homemade breakfast and the evening session with high tea! A replica of this (just 2kms though) is available for walkers. 

Those who want to explore the vast waters, these folks have that option too. The Ocean Biodiversity Experience is in fact their flagship programme and is perfect for families with kids. Not only will you get to learn about the marine in and around the waters of Goa, but this one is the only ethical dolphin watching experience. Learn plenty about the Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin from a pro, and just enjoy catching the spray from the Arabian Sea on the boat. 

Most of these experiences cost INR 2,000 upwards.

Pro Tip

Fair warning: when I went, I did not see dolphins, but remember they’re not here for show. So, don’t be disappointed if they don’t pop up to the surface.