Best Beaches for Swimming in Goa or India


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#1 Sep 5th, 2005, 04:46
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Can anyone recommend the best beaches in North and South Goa to Swim in. I perfer calm shallow water, i guess who doesnt. Would anyone recommend Anjuna or Vagator as good swimming spots or is the best swimming at Palolem, where most people recommend.
Any other good swimming spots more south or in Kerala?
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Originally Posted by TulsaisntFar Would anyone recommend Anjuna or Vagator as good swimming spots or is the best swimming at Palolem, where most people recommend.
Anjuna and Vagator are probably the worst beaches for swimming. Too many rocks and a very strong undercurrent make swimming on these beaches very risky. Palolem and Agonda are excellent beaches for swimming.
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In mu opinion

It is Karwar - http://www.indiamike.com/india/article.php?a=31

Lakshadweep - I have not been there, but, it is a island destination, and have great reefs and it is nice for a swim.

Andamans - http://www.indiamike.com/india/article.php?a=43

Pondicherry - http://www.indiamike.com/india/article.php?a=57

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I like Varkala, when I was there it was shallow and calm, then shallow and wavy, and then deep and unbroken waves (as you moved out from the shore). The shallow and calm was really shallow though, but it was very pleasant floating around past the breakers.
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When I was in Palolem in may 2003, 2 indian guy's from Goa drowned!
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Originally Posted by TulsaisntFar Can anyone recommend the best beaches in North and South Goa to Swim in. I perfer calm shallow water
In north Goa, I like Calangute. The water is calm and shallow near the shore.
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Originally Posted by guerik I like Varkala, when I was there it was shallow and calm, then shallow and wavy, and then deep and unbroken waves (as you moved out from the shore). The shallow and calm was really shallow though, but it was very pleasant floating around past the breakers.
I was amazed at how fast the sea moved me along the shoreline at Varkala, maybe 100 metres in 10 minutes (South to North).

Normally I feel the pull of the sea, but this time I felt nothing, fortunately I was being carries parallel to the shore and not away from it, also I had no difficulty getting back to the shore. (I was about 25 metres out from the shore)
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I'd heard it was a dangerous beach but I didn't have any problems there, maybe growing up on Aussie beaches has made me look out for that sort of stuff more than usual anyway, but it also could have just been a particularly nice time of year
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I've kept my feet on the ground while in the sea in North Goa (from Calangute until Vagator). In Palolem I've really dared to swim, but not for long. Practise might make perfect, but before that I prefer the swimmingpools.
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does this mean india has no safe beaches for kids??

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Swimming in the sea is a dangerous game!
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Originally Posted by dan37_123 does this mean india has no safe beaches for kids??

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There is a great little circular beach that is largely protected from the sea by a group of rocks, behind the rocks there is a kind of really big (maybe 100 metres across) 'pool' of sea water with virtually no waves.

When the tide is right (it was whenever I visited) this pool is almost consistently waist height on an adult, this pool is surrounded by a beach with some (what looked like) low to mid range hotels on the hill overlooking the bay. (I've probably made it sound better than it is).

BUT, sandals are recommended, as there are many stones under the water, and an adult should check the water and seabed first as things change, I was there about 3 years ago.

The place is just to the west of Sunset point in the Island of Diu, just off the coast of Gujarat, it's an easy and interesting walk from Diu Town.

There is a place that is far better, but it's not in India, this massive sandy bay (maybe 2 Kms. across) is the Northern bay of Ko Phi Phi in the Islands of southern Thailand, this bay could not have been built better if they had built it for kids, all sand, clear water and hardly a ripple, but you pay the price for this, it is a massive tourist destination with all the 'locals' (all the locals are from northern Thailand) knowing every scam in the books, I've been 3 times and never lasted longer than 2.5 days before I'd escape the 'locals', but if you accept that you will be openly overcharged for EVERYTHING, it is an awesome beach destination that will still only set you back about 4 - 500 a week for a family of 4. (not including flights)
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Arambol's relatively safe - there's a bit of an undertow but nothing too drastic. The sea can get up a bit in late afternoon though if there's a breeze so you should always keep an eye on whether you're moving down the beach or, more importantly, out to sea.

First thing in the morning's best - few waves and very calm.
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