Goa is one of my top travel destinations in India. I make it a point to visit this laid back land atleast once a year. During my recent visit last week, I discovered some amazing new beaches and I was so happy I had my gopro at hand.
Since purchasing my GoPro hero 4, I have been obsessed with it – I carry it everywhere – Yes, I even took it to a cafe! Beaches and hikes (places where it is harder to carry a DSLR) are perfect for your GoPro. So this time, I skipped my Canon altogether and clicked solely with my new handy companion.
Table of Content
Best Beaches in Goa and Gokarna For GoPro Photography
Goa has a truck load of beaches to choose from and you will undoubtedly be spoilt for choice. However, if you head to extremely popular ones like Baga or Calangute, you will never find a shot without few onlookers or naive photo-bombers in it. Since GoPro has a wide angle it is that much harder to get landscape shots with a clean background in touristy destinations. So, head to off beat spots and try to go as early in the morning as possible.
Goa is , more or less, a party destination so you will not find people flocking the beaches early in the morning, most wake up only after mid-day. Hence, if you haven’t partied hard the night before, head out to the beach early for that perfect shot.
Sunsets are the busiest times on the beach so walk away from the crowds – cross those rocks you see in the distance to find your own spot or just head to a less busy beach.
Here are my personal picks from my recent trip and I was very happy with the locations as well as the pictures.
North Goa is the famed party haven. However, we found solace and recluse at Keri beach (Also known as Querim) located in the northern most tip of Goa.
This lovely white sand beach stretches for around 2 kms and walking along the shoreline offers ample photo opportunities of this palm-fringed delight.
Cola beach was my best find this time. Each year, I make it a point to visit new beaches and I am glad we headed to South Goa this time. Being a party lover, I usually throng North Goa but south was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Somewhat busy with a nice party scene as well, south end has some really amazing beaches and Cola is a “must-visit”.
This secluded beach boosts of a lagoon on one side and the big blue sea on the other. Lagoon is ideal for swimming and kayaking , while the beach with a total of just 3 beach shacks is a pure delight. I almost squealed with joy when I saw this beautiful haven.
Kudle beach is in Gokarna, around 4 hours easy drive from North Goa. We rented a car and drove down to Gokarna in search of tranquility and we found it in Kudle. Travel light as no bikes or cars are allowed near the beach – there is a drop off point where you can leave your bags and vehicle. Just grab your basics and walk around to find a beach bungalow and bask in the solace the beach offers.
Nights at Kudle are quite lovely with travelers lighting up bonfires in small sand holes along the shoreline, singing songs, jamming or playing their own music. The beach has plenty of beach shacks but no loud music. Mornings are even better with people doing yoga or running on the beach – a healthier and much cheaper alternate to Goa, I would say. Needless to say, you can get stunning shots with way lesser tourists around.
Another excellent beach of South Goa, Palolem offers dramatic photo opportunities.With tons of kayaks, beach shacks, beach huts and palm trees – you will always get interesting backdrops for your pictures.
We stayed in one of the lovely beach huts and listening to the sound of the waves day in, day out was very comforting. If I had more time, I would surely stay longer here.
Arambol is rising in popularity as more and more people are discovering this hippie beach of Goa. Personally, its one of my favorite beaches in Goa for live Reggae music, paragliding, the sweet lake (Fresh water lake) and the amazing beach shacks.
You can take long walks on the beach as it stretches on for as far as your eyes can see – I haven’t yet explored all of it but walking to the sweet lake and back is a good walk in itself.
Amazing photo opportunities at the sweet lake and especially if you choose to para glide. Sadly, when I experienced paragliding over sweet lake few years ago, I didn’t own a GoPro, and I can only imagine the kind of shots you can get from that view!
Anjuna is one of the most popular beaches in North Goa. Even though it is flocked with tourists, it has a great vibe and it remains one of the most sought after beaches by one and all.
With flea markets, colorful hippie joints, amazing beach shacks, it can make ideal backdrops for your Gopro photos.
GoPro Beach Photography tips
- Wipe your GoPro cover every time you take underwater shots as the water droplets stick to it and can result in blurry images.
- Ensure you have all your GoPro mounts and a GoPro 3-way stick handy. I used the tripod in my 3-way stick to self click some of these shots.
- Since GoPro runs out of battery pretty fast, I would highly recommend carrying an extra charger or two (Especially if you are traveling longer and further from the touristic spots). If you are traveling from abroad, please read this guide on travel adaptors to carry to India. It is an in-depth comprehensive piece put together by Electrical Safety First, which details plug types and supply voltage for your chargers.
- If you want to take any action shots like water sports or jump shots, opt for the burst mode to ensure you don’t miss out on anything.
Want to experiment with beach photography yourself? Check out these Best Deals on GoPro Cameras now!
Have you tried GoPro photography at the beach or do you prefer other cameras or maybe your trusted phones? Share your thoughts and tips below.