Love Goa? Don't Do These Things

Tourists are an ever increasing population in Goa. Here's what you should keep in mind as a tourist
Tourist seen venturing beyond the red flag.
Tourist seen venturing beyond the red flag. Photo: Rohan Fernandes

If you're planning a trip to Goa, you're in for a treat. This paradise of a state is famous for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and laid-back vibe. But as a responsible tourist, it's important to know how to enjoy your vacation without harming the environment or disrespecting local culture. Here are some things to keep in mind:

First and foremost, littering is a major problem in Goa. With the increasing number of tourists, the waste generated is mounting. Broken beer bottles on the beach can injure people and wildlife alike. To keep the beaches clean and prevent garbage from going to landfills, don't throw garbage on the beach or in the water. Segregate your waste and dispose of it at designated collection centres.

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Additionally, Goa has a rich cultural heritage that deserves to be respected. To truly experience the local culture, try the traditional cuisine and visit museums like Houses of Goa, Museum of Goa, and the Figueiredo House.

Show respect for neighbourhoods like Fontainhas by not using shoes on walls, sitting on personal doorsteps, or being loud and disruptive. You can also participate in local festivals like the Carnival, Shigmo, and Sao Joao. These celebrations showcase the unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures that make Goa so special.

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While the beaches, rivers, and lakes in Goa are beautiful, they can also be dangerous. Pay attention to the warning signs and avoid swimming in areas that are not designated for swimming.

Strong currents and rip tides have led to tourists drowning in the past. If you do decide to go swimming, make sure you're with a trained lifeguard and that you follow their instructions.

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Goa offers a range of adventure sports like parasailing, jet skiing, and banana boat rides. These can be exciting, but be sure to choose a reputable operator and follow all safety instructions.

Engaging in risky activities without proper precautions can lead to injuries and accidents. You can also try eco-friendly activities like kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. These options allow you to explore the natural beauty of Goa without causing harm to the environment.

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It's also important to keep your valuables safe. Never leave them unattended on the beach or in your hotel room. Theft is a common problem in tourist areas, so take precautions to protect your belongings. You can use hotel safes or carry a small backpack with a lock to keep your valuables with you at all times.


When shopping at local markets, bargaining is common practice in India. But be respectful in your negotiations and don't become overly aggressive. Bargain politely and respect the seller's asking price.

You can also support local artisans and businesses by buying handmade crafts, textiles, and souvenirs. This helps to sustain the local economy and promotes cultural exchange.

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Finally, resist the urge to take selfies in precarious locations. Rocks can be unstable, and waves can be unpredictable.

Priorities your safety and the safety of others over getting the perfect shot. Instead, focus on creating meaningful memories and experiences that will stay with you long after your vacation is over.

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