Leave the bikes at home during the dark hours, get a taxi, cost you about 60- 70 pence, far less hassle.
You can walk along the beach from Candolim to Baga, it's a nice walk during the day but I wouldn't fancy it on a night. As Feelthevibe says it's cheap enough to get a taxi. I had my bag stolen last year and didn't find the police very helpful though to be fair there wasn't much they could do. They tried to persuade me to say I'd lost it rather than had it stolen. I didn't offer then a 'tip' though - it might have helped!
totally agree, bikes at night with tourists on are a risk not worth taking. Goan police are no different to any other part of India in fact Ive been told there is a big waiting list to transfer to Goa because of the ability to earn more through tourism (beach shack owners, masseurs, hawkers etc etc all of whom are expected to pay a bribe)
Incidentally I was told last year that the rourists have to have the correct insurance not the bikes, so check that out before you go
go by tuk tuk
Cheers everyone for the advice, the cost of 2 mars bars for a taxi VERSUS skin loss and insurance problems. Hmmm!
4 weeks to go, can't wait.
Goanluv, I heard from a good source that the Police have to pay for/towards their own uniforms and training and the richer ones will grease a few palms to get a posting to Goa, wouldn`t suprise me one bit.
Feel the vibe, I suspect thats how their superiors get their buckshea!
i have'nt paid a bribe to police in goa yet,but i have seen
them take their"perks" off stallholders,in the markets in
old goa,at the feast of st francis xcaviar,lots of unlicenced
sellers pay their rupees to the police and carry on selling,
in bandolim airport,i have seen police take the tips off the
toilet attendants,right out in the open.
i was sat in a cafe in mapusa one time,a police sergeant
came in and sat by us,i offered him a beer,a ciggie but he
refused both,so maybe it's just some,i don't know!!!!
best thing is to see how the traffic is in goa, then you will decide of your own accord not ride bikes at night!! (even in the daytime it's not for the fainthearted).
8 years ago whilst returning from an evening meal down a quiet street a drunken policeman jumped out at us from the bushes baton raised and demanded beer money, hubby shoved him and we ran.
On reflection though it could have turned nasty . We made a point of going to see the restaurant owner in the daylight and he saw to it that it didn't re-occur