Sunday, March 29, 2009

The "Banana" Experience

I had heard about it. Seen it on MTV roadies (last season or last to last…Don’t Remember) But unless you experience it yourself you won’t really know what is it all about. Yes it was risky but boy was it fun. This Banana Ride is a MUST DO...Yes for non-Swimmers too…in fact especially for them :D

So, there I was, thinking that nothing could beat the scooter ride (which was fun) with water splashing all over your face and you feeling like Abhishek Bachchan of Dhoom-1 (The climax scene) driving that thingy. But after that the banana boat was next. My friends who had been to Goa earlier had told me before leaving …”It’s Ok if you don’t do the other 3 rides but make sure you do this one”.Jeeez what would happen?” would I drown?? I had that fear initially but later I realized that was uncalled for and something else would cause a “problem”:P

My Life Jacket was on and we were all set.5 people sit on the boat and I was right behind. And so they started to drag the boat off the shore. That itself was a headache for the lifeguards as the Hugh waves (because of the high tide) would drag the boat behind every time they would try the same. (And of course the waves would make us all a “wetty” mess every time :D).Some how the guy in the front managed to pass on the rope to the man who controlled the main boat. Now what happens in this particular ride is a rope is connected between the main boat (which is driven by a motor) and the banana boat and the main boat drags the banana boat right in the middle of the sea and then takes a wicked turn and everybody sitting on it have a decent bath in the middle of the sea :D

And so it happened. As the cliché goes We all fell down :P As I fell I could feel my body going down initially and then coming up. As it came up I saw one of my 5 buddies in front of me. I told him to hold my hand. The great Swimming champ that he was (The rest all 4 knew how to swim or at least knew how to float) he said “Abbe Float karna hain... haath chod”...WTF..Damn it...I don’t know how to do that. I was gasping for air and at one point I thought I would faint. My friends later told me that my head was completely submerged in the water and legs were up floating. Yeah was funny for them …not for me. Now as the “rules” in the ride go one has to get on the banana boat (all 5 of them) so that we can be dropped (literally :D) near the shore. But hey where was I …I was floating :D …At one point I could hear one of my 5 friends calling my name out loud as he thought I would quite literally float away from the boat :P

The Climax :-> Somehow I managed to reach the boat (or the boat reached me I would never know :D).....Now getting on the boat was yet another task…I did take help of the lifeguard who was there to lift us up..but not before pushing him into the sea at one point :D
WTF are you doing my friends shouted :D ….Ok Second attempt ….Yes I managed this time…It was time now to get back to the shore. But around 20 seconds later the boat again had a swing...a palti …. WTF …Here we go again I thought ….Rather not again :D ….

Then One of them said....

"Abbe Niche pairre rakh ke dekh ……Zameen hain”

Yes Yes...We had reached the Shore….After spending THE 10 MINUTES there. But not before me consuming around 3 litres of water and 2 kg’s of salt :D …But hey this one does give you an adrenaline rush…But I had fun … Do Give it a try...At least once…. :P


  1. banana boat ride atleast to me looked very very adventurous..but now after reading this..i am sure it is adventurous...lekin non-swimmers and banana ride?...scared!hehe

  2. Looks DAMN fun! :D

  3. Does sound fun... and dangerous! I am doing this the next time I go there! :D

  4. yu literally made me go through the entire ride!! wow!!

  5. should have been an awesome ride na... good

  6. sure,
    but why is called banana boat?

  7. waaaaaahh! mainu bhi jaana hai.. :))

  8. lol =))
    "abbe float karna hai..haath chodh"
    =)) lol rofl :D
    abbe pair niche rakhke dekh..zameen hai =))
    lol..awesome post. would love to do it :D :D :D
    i liked the title of ur post... :D

  9. Hehe..Thank you everyone ..Just wanted to share this :)

  10. I still remember the one and only time I went to goa. No banana boat rides, but everytime I ventured into the sea, twas all salt and loads of water... I hate that feeling! But, this thing sure sounds fun... I'm game whenever I get a chance to go back... 'd make it a point to learn floating in my bath tub though :D


Go Onn ..... Do it !!!!!