Have there been Shark Attacks on Tourists in Goa?

No, there have not been any shark attacks on tourists in Goa yet (gladly). However, many visitors and locals of this state of sun, sand, and sea have spotted sharks several times. Thus, the danger of a shark attack prevails for all beach lovers and water-sport seekers. 

Moreover, it doesn’t matter which side of Goa beach you’re on. North Goa or South Goa, you have to be careful whenever you’re in the water, whether for water sports or a quick swim in the ocean.

If you’re visiting Goa for the first time, you can look into my article on the complete solo travel guide to North Goa.

For all the insights into South Goa, check out my article on the ultimate solo travel guide to South Goa.

Even though there have been no shark attacks in Goa, it is always a good idea to be aware of when they may approach the shore and how to avoid them. And this blog post is all about it. If you want to learn everything about it, keep reading.

What is the probability of a shark attack in Goa?

Shark attacks are extremely unlikely in Goa. Sharks prefer to live deep in the ocean, and the likelihood of them coming close to shore and attacking tourists is very low. They usually come to the shore after a natural disaster, such as a storm, cyclone, heavy rainfall, flood, and so on, in search of food. You may also encounter them if you do not take warning signs seriously.

With that being said, although there’s a rare chance of shark attacks, there are certainly other aquatic animals that can cause severe harm to tourists and locals alike. Such as, you have to be careful about the dangerous tail of a sting ray, a jellyfish sting, a sea snake, and even humongous sea fishes. 

Different ways to stay safe from shark attacks in Goa

It is important to know how to stay safe from sharks when you get to the beach and go into the water, especially when you’re engrossed in water sports like surfing in Goa.

Avoid eating while surfing.

Sharks feed the best at dawn and dusk. However, to be safe, it is best to avoid these times. Even if you go for a morning patrol or an evening glass-off session during this time, make sure you’re surfing in a shark-free zone.

Never stop paying attention to your surroundings.

Are there any signs indicating recent shark sightings? Are the birds swooping on an offshore bait ball? Engaging in water sports in shark-infested waters necessitates activating your animal instincts and remaining acutely aware of your surroundings. Stay alert, on your toes, and ready to respond at all times.

Don’t keep flapping in the water.

Sharks can detect sounds and vibrations in the water and may misidentify you as a marine mammal. Maintain as much calm and poise as possible.

Stay in pack.

On a solo trip, we tend to spend alone time and prefer water sports that can be done individually. But if you want to stay away from the sharks, staying in a pact can be beneficial as sharks often avoid groups of people.

Use gadgets to stay away from sharks.

Especially when you’re surfing, speed boating, jet skiing, or snorkelling quite far in the ocean, it is better to use such gadgets—devices like the Shark Shield that uses an electric pulse to keep sharks at bay. An increasing number of shark deterrent devices are on the market today and constantly evolving.

Exit the water.

If you see a shark nearby, simply exit the water. Allow them their space. If you see them, you’re probably safe because they enjoy a good sneak attack, but this small precaution may keep you safe from the sharks.

Is it safe to swim in Goa?

Owing to its marine diversity, the warm tropical water of the state is home to quite a several sharks. That said, the sharks stay far away from the shore, and thus far, it is safe to swim in Goa. There’re many swim-friendly beaches in Goa that you can visit for a quick swim in the ocean.

Did you know it is normal for Goan people to consume shark meat?

Are you surprised by this? I was when I first encountered shark (Mori in Konkani) meat in Goa. These sharks are typically classified as baby sharks and are caught in trawlers. It is prepared and served in the traditional Goan style and is quite popular in restaurants in Goa.

So when are you planning your awaited trip to Goa?

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Now that Goa is open for tourism, and hopefully, your fear of shark attacks has subsided after reading this blog post, it is time to make a quick solo trip to Goa. If you have any queries regarding solo travel in Goa, feel free to contact me. Or you can also drop your queries in the comment section. I will be more than happy to help.

Until next time, happy travelling!


An introverted blogger who is looking to make unforgettable solo travel memories with one short life.

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