This is India! 138

Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.

What I was up to other than here:

  • Books: I finished The Good Girl. I thought it was terrible. Can’t wait to start a new one but haven’t had time this week.
  • Off to Bali tomorrow with Ben! Will be at Rapture Surf Camp with him for a week then spending two weeks traveling around the island with a friend.

Now your story,

Ben’s birthday was this week! We hired out the only boat in Vaayu you can do wakeboarding on, Vaayu’s boat.

Vaayu is a place I’ve mentioned on here a few times, like when I shared we went there for Christmas, and as a great place to meet people when you’re traveling Goa alone.

You can hire the boat by the hour and only 4 people ( the boat driver and his helper) can go on if you are wanting to wakeboard, although 8 can go if you just want to chill and watch a sunset.

You have to go at high tide, and we went at around 330 pm. You don’t meet them at Vaayu, though, because they don’t do this on the ocean. You go on the boat in the backwaters, which are really beautiful in Goa. So, you’ll meet in Morjim by a little jetty.

vaayu boat rental

vaayu boat rental

vaayu boat rental

vaayu boat rental

vaayu boat rental

vaayu boat rental

vaayu boat rental

There’s a cooler on board, so you can bring your own beer and wine or you can also pay Vaayu to supply you some snacks and beverages.

The guys decided I should go first. I hadn’t wakeboarded before so was nervous I wouldn’t get up, and I didn’t on the first go. I let the handle slip out from my hands- I hadn’t realized how quickly and hard it would pull when the slack went straight.

But on the second go, it was all good!

vaayu boat rental

vaayu boat rental

I went for ages on my last attempt and felt my quads about to give out. I was feeling so tired! It’s a serious workout. I kind of went off the side and let myself fall haha, I was shot!

Next up, it was Ben’s turn.
vaayu boat rental

vaayu boat rental

vaayu boat rental

Ben’s more of a pro and tried to do jumps on the wake, but I took mostly video of him in case he did something really cool. He had fun!

Next up, Sharik and Pranav, who are friends of ours, took their turns. Neither of them had much luck but it was fun regardless.
vaayu boat rental

vaayu boat rental

vaayu boat rental

Rahul, who is part-owner of Vaayu drove the boat. You have to have a license so you can’t take the boat out without a driver. A guy came with him to help him get the board sorted and all of that. vaayu boat rental

It’s just so beautiful on the backwaters and spending time in a boat is so relaxing. It’s shocking that we NEVER do this in Goa! It was seriously the best thing I’ve done in Goa in ages, and made Ben’s birthday a little more unique than just going to the beach.

When his Aunt and Uncle come to visit, we are going to take it out as well. I think they’ll love it, although not sure they’ll want to wakeboard!

Vaayu is a hotel but also had Prana Cafe in it, which is their popular restaurant. Most Sunday’s we go there for tacos. The chef is a friend of ours and makes the BEST food. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

Christmas in Goa vaayu

Christmas in Goa Their rooms are a variety of teepees and actual rooms with walls/ceiling, etc. It’s a “hippie” hangout and a lot of that is because they have an artist in residency program so people are always bopping in and out with their artwork and music. It’s part party place part chillout place.

Christmas in Goa vaayu

They rent out SUP, surfboards, kayaks, and of course the boat. We rented surf boards on Christmas! Definitely a place to check out – and made for a fun birthday celebration!

Christmas in Goa
After we went there we went to Hillbelly for dinner.

It’s a restaurant our friends own in Siolim and does tasty American style sandwiches + great cocktails. So, that’s how we spent Ben’s birthday in Goa! My birthday is always in the monsoon, or I would want to do this too!


About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Tempesst February 25, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Happy birthday Ben!

  2. Pradipta February 26, 2017 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Is there any problem on this page because I am not being able to see any other pictures except one. I can only see ‘vaayu boat rental’ instead of your picture. May be due to some issues on your side or mine. I thought you should know if it is not an issue on my side.
    Anyway happy birthday Ben

    • Rachel Jones February 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      Yes, there seems to be an issue with the images and I’m trying to find out what that is :( thanks for telling me

  3. Victoria @The British Berliner February 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Ben!

    What a lovely birthday present Rachel. Going out to sea and wakeboarding sounds like so much fun, and looks like it too!
    p.s. Love the photos on your new camera! :)

    • Rachel Jones March 1, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you – the new camera pics are 10x better than the phone, it’s like I was blind before lol!

  4. Tim UrbanDuniya March 3, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Happy birthday Ben! This looks like so much fun – what a great way to spend the day! A little bit jealous over here :)

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