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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A highlight fom our rainy days in Goa was a mini trek to the top of Monkey Island at low tide...again in sheets of rain. I'd recommed this but remember to take your insect repellent as there's some nasty biting flies at the top at sunset and also wear some good footwear as the rocks can get very slippery. Walking back afterwards, just as the sun started to set we noticed the beach appeared to be moving slightly in front of us and under our feet. On closer inspection we realised it was covered in millions of tiny baby crabs scuttling everywhere giving the illusion of the sand moving. During our time in Palolem we were also lucky enough to witness two Ganesh Chaturthi immersion ceremonies. These happened around 11pm and were basically when the locals bought effigies of Genesha the Elephant God down to the beach in trucks covered in bright lights accompanied by loud music and lots of firecrackers. They then performed a ceremony on the beach before walking the effigies into the sea, where they disintegrated and were taken away by the waves.
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.
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).