Dona Paula

Located Seven kilometers west of the Indian state of Goa’s capital Panajim (Panaji), Dona Paula Beach is nestled on the southern side of the rocky hammer-shaped headlands that divide the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries. Providing a good view of the Mormugao harbor, this beach is fringed by palm trees and casuarina groves. The proximity of the beach to the capital city makes it a popular tourist sight. Water sports is the primary tourist activity besides.Separated by a landmass on the East of Dona Paula beach lies Vainguinim beach. It is a protected beach and is primarily used by the hotels guests staying at the Cidade De Goa Beach Resort and other few resorts bordering the beach.

Sea Condition – November to March       
Morning : Calm
Post Afternoon : Slight

Sea Condition – April to October
Morning : Slight
Post Afternoon: Rough to Very Rough

Lifeguard Beach Station
Located at Dona Paula Jetty.

Beach Timings
7:30 am to Sunset

Beach Popular For
Dona Paula's tomb is contained in the Cabo Chapel of the Raj Bhawan. Story says that he is seen to be emerging from the moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace. With the story and the romance attached to it, tourists visit the Dona Paula Beach in search of the deceased beloved.

The beach is very famous for its water sport facilities. The Dona Paula Sports Club offers motorboat rides, cycles and water-scooter. Other water sports include windsurfing, parasailing, snorkelling, toboggan, ski-biscuit, skibob, sports fishing, yachting, harpoon fishing, kayaking, and water-skiing.

The National Oceanography Institute, set up in the 1960s, incorporates all the branches of coastal and marine oceanography. The major attraction of the institute is its Marine Biology Museum and Taxonomy Reference Center.

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