Winter is here and your favorite beaches and islands are all ready to welcome travellers. With 7500+ kilometer of coastline, South of India doesn’t only offer you a few of the best beaches but an abundance of marine life and coral reefs. Especially, the islands located around the mainland India, turn into a heavenly abode for scuba divers. Scuba diving is one of the must-experience adventure water sports in India and we bring to you the best places to scuba dive in India.
Best Time for Scuba Diving in India: Best time for Scuba Diving on the west coast of India is between November to February. On the eastern coast choose January and February months. On the islands of Andaman and Nicobar, read the weather predictions as any time between September to March can be the best time.
Havelock Island – Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Elephants, sea turtles, parrot fish, cat fish, nemo and many such exotic sea creatures swim with you as you dive into the Indian Ocean at Havelock Island. The crystal clear water even at just a kilometer away from the shore makes it easy for the first-timers to take their first dive. A number of scuba diving agencies thrive all over the island. You can choose the best of the locations and Scuba Schools with Travel Ladder. Diving on this island is probably one of the cheapest options in India.
Grande Island, Goa
Don’t want to fly down too far? Or just want to feel adventurous on your fun trip to Goa? Well, Goa offers this serious adventure at an amazing island called Grande. The relatively clear water of this island gives you a great experience of Goan Marine life.
Tarkali isn’t just a great scuba diving spot but also a great place to learn scuba diving. The visibility is relatively not so good but the rich marine life of the Konkan coast is what attracts hundreds of tourists to this place. Its accessibility from Mumbai also plays a great role. A scuba diving spot is just a few hours away for the Mumbaikars.
Netrani Island, Karnataka
Netrani is supposed to be the most beautiful and the best scuba dive spot on the mainland. Arabian Ocean is rich with stunning wild sea creatures like white tip sharks, stonefish, Napolean Wrasse, Cobia and turtles. With such a vast variety of aquatic creatures, Netrani always remains the top choice for even the first time scuba divers.
The Aravind Wall, Pondicherry
This site comes with an astonishing story of Aravind’s experience of freeing a grouper from a fishing net. The fish came following him to nuzzle his leg as a thanking gesture to him. Since then, this spot has been named as Aravind’s wall where he and other divers keep going back to meet the giant grouper. Pondicherry is the only place with the best PADI certified school on the eastern coast.
The most untouched island of Bangaram in Lakshadweep is an unmatchable experience for any diver. Lack of pollution, human activities and industries help the sea creatures to easily stay near the shore. Thus, don’t be surprised at spotting some exotic animals quite near the shore. Turtles, Barracuda, Reef Sharks and other thousands of species swim along while you scuba dive at Lakshdweep.
Besides the stunning view of the lush green coast of Kerala, a scuba dive into the deep sea at Kovalam is an exhilarating experience. Groupers, box fish, pufferfish, eels, butterfly fish and rabbitfish are the main sea creature you may encounter during the dive. There are rare incidences of spotting sharks at some of the deepwater diving sites.
North Bay and Neil Island, Andaman
While North Bay is more about vibrant corals, Neils is more about some wild sea snakes and other creatures… Neil’s Island is also an amazing tourist spot besides being a secluded scuba diving spot. North Bay is just a day trip away from Port Blair and is a perfect location for a dive during a very short trip. North Bay and even Port Blair provide an option of sea walking and snorkelling too
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