About Vasco da Gama
On the western tip of Goa and Mormugao peninsula lies the lively port city of Vasco Da Gama. Even though the city itself is busy and dusty, a few places justify halting here for a day before getting your Goa trip started. Just behind Dabolim airport is the Bogmalo beach, small and quaint, but pretty nevertheless. If you want a little privacy, pay a visit to the Velsao Beach. It is not touristy and you may even spot a dolphin or two here. For a spectacular view of the sea, climb up a few stairs to visit the Japanese Garden on a hillock on a breezy evening. The Naval Aviation Museum behind the airport is a great way to pass time if you are interested in the history of Indian Naval Aviation. Vintage air crafts, helicopters and vessels preserved here will give you a taste of the heritage of the port city. Another must-see is the ancient St. Andrews Church in Vasco da Gama. The walls are adorned with beautiful azulejos and the cemetery is maintained well. If nothing else, a relaxing walk on the beach will make Vasco Da Gama absolutely worth it.
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4:15 pm, Goa.I reached Goa, the hotel staff picked me up, I reached at my 'Ok Ok' room and blah miscellaneous. I must tell you that this was my first time and I have come alone. A Big Risk? Why? Didn't I get any friends to come with? That's personal.I texted all the 3 'Goa Girl' I matched on Tinder Plus and asked to fix some schedule on a beach, bar or a boat. It happened the same exactly. I got all the three girls on all the above respective spots.
Our Lunch was planned at Monkey Beach (I don't know what they call it, there were no monkeys around & I am glad about it). Made two new friends Steve & Phil (Phil , has traveled 40 countries so far & he is just 28). They are true drifters, this also helped me to understand the differences in our approach towards life. Key Points - Water Sports at Candolim Beach - Boozing in shacks - A day trip to Grand Island & Monkey Beach (Mormugao) ( Swimming & Snorkeling ) I am sure there would be some more descent places to explore, which were left out because of the tight schedule. I must admit this was first time, I was near to any beach & had a gala time. The downside was, I was tanned like anything & it also made me realize that I need to shed some weight . :)
John's Seagull is one of my favorite places in Goa. The food is great (do try the golden fried prawns). The beer is good. The music is good. You can play pool when you're bored. You can take a stroll on the beach. You can stay late if you know the owner (which I do) and he serves drinks on the house (to only those he knows, and only after the places has officially shut down).
Stop at Bat Island for a snorkelling adventureBat Island, also called Pequeno Island, is a small island a kilometre away from Vasco da Gama's Baina Beach. The island houses a single lush green hill and a small rocky beach with white sand. The main attraction, though, is the vivid coral reef and beautiful marine life that make Bat Island prime estate for snorkelling. The calm water surrounding are also perfect for kayaking. You can even find trainers here, if you are keen on learning these activities. Contact your hotel for more information.