Baina beach, a small coastal beach in Mormugao taluka, just 14 km away from Cortalim junction has lately become an attraction for tourists. Baina, which was once infamous as a red light area, has now gained a reputation for the beauty of its beach and water sports activities.
Baina beach is an end-point beach in the Mormugao taluka where one can spend quality time with loved ones. The beach was supposed to be developed at Blue Flag Certification stature with changing rooms, toilet facilities, drinking water facilities, shower rooms, etc.
Recently, Minister for Tourism Rohan Khaunte along with the Vasco MLA Krishna Salkar and others inspected Baina beach and promised to develop it with world-class facilities to attract more high-end tourists.
What could you do at Baina beach during the tourist season?
There are two beach shacks at Baina beach where you will find authentic Goan food, fresh fish, beer, cashew feni, fruit juices and plenty more to satisfy your taste buds.
One can experience the thrill of water sports here. You can also indulge in scuba diving, speed boat rides, dolphin spotting, parasailing, jet skiing, banana rides, boat rides, etc.
If you want to enjoy the cool sea breeze and get a sun tan then you can avail of deck beds on rent at Baina beach.
There is a coconut shed near the beach where one can sit and meditate. At the entrance of Baina beach, there are two temples, one of the goddess Durga and another of the god Hanuman. Tourists and locals visit these temples and enjoy prasadam.
The popularity of the beach has led to reels, videos and photos of it and water sports activities going viral on social media platforms. In turn, the tourist footfall at Baina beach has increased even more.
Speaking about the tourists' response to Baina beach, a shack owner named Swapnesh (Anna) Parab informed Gomantak Times that in 2017 he had started water sports like scuba diving at the beach. He said, "I feel this beach is god's gift to us. Just around 2 nautical miles, there is an island named Bat Island, where scuba diving takes place as there is coral life around the area.”
He further said, "Tourists who have done water sports activities here at Baina are recommending others to visit. I would like to urge the tourism minister of Goa to develop Baina beach with better facilities so that more high-end tourists decide to come."
A tourist from Belgium declared that the water sports activities at this beautiful beach are satisfying. He, however, pointed out that the basic facilities at Baina beach need to be put in place. Cleanliness at the entrance of the beach is a must. He also mentioned that the promotion of Baina beach, like other North Goa beaches, needs to be done.