Taxis are a great way to get around in Goa until you find your bearings.If you find a decent taxi driver you will tend to stick with him. And reward him with your custom.You may find that they have good info and work out cheap for your trips out.Most will stay and wait whilst you go somewhere or pick you up at an agreed time.all in the price.Just make sure you both agree first on the best price.You may find they will ask to take you to thier friends shop on the way ? You can always say no ! It just the shops give the taxi drivers a few rupees if they take tourist to these shops.There is no obligation to buy.
Muck Diving in Goa....
If you come to Goa for the beach or the party party party life, then you'll probably find what you're looking for. But, if you main purpose to come to Goa is for a dive outing, here's a tip: Dont.....
The dive shop was fine, and it was nice to get underwater in India for a day. But, the visibility around here is pretty lousy, maybe 2 meters. (probably due to the fact that there is quite a bit of mining activity in the region. Also, the coral and fish population seemed to be pretty sparse.
There is some good diving south of here in the Lakshadweep Islands, I hear.... Maybe I'll try down that way next time around....
An abandoned russian ship in Candolim
A large, rusty and abandoned russian ship is anchored at the beach of Candolim. The rope has a foothold right on the beach. I don't know how long time this ship have been anchored here, but it doesn't look nice.
15° 30' 44.3500" N 73° 45' 49.5200" E
Calangute is the largest town in North Goa, and an intersection between north and south in Goa. The streets are traficated with restaurants and shops offering souvenirs, crafts, leather items, clothes and jewellery. The Saturday bazaar held in the Beach of Calangute close to the post office has plenty of good deals for shoppers. Another place is the market of Calangute Square.
By the end of august there is a festival dedicated to Ganesha Goddes in all India, specially in Mumbai. I was in Goa when it took place. People bring their own little statues of the elephant goddes to the beach shore, they pray, light candles and fireworks… and finally they go into the waters with the little shrines, to purify.
The festivities in Mumbai are crowded, but the ones in little villages are more reachable, you can join the locals and participate too…