Scuba Diving is the most thrilling, calming and stimulating adventure sport, all at once. All of us at some point have had an itch to explore new worlds and there’s no better way to do that, then to take a dive and witness marine life. The experience of matching your rhythm with the fish and gazing at a rainbow of corals gives you a high and instills calmness. And if you are the kind who likes getting the chill down their spine, you can try the shipwreck diving spots, exploring the dead buried history while you swim through its ruins.
Also, before you say I wish could swim, knowing how to swim is not a necessity for Swimming! One is almost always assisted by experts and trainers who are easy to find at any of the scuba diving spots. Have we convinced you enough? To spread our love for diving, we have compiled below the most beautiful and safe scuba diving destinations in India. So you don’t have to wait to go to Mauritus or Maldives for your first scuba dive. Let us warn you, it will get you addicted!
Scuba Diving spots in India:
Scuba diving in Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar
Located at the east side of Andaman and Nicobar, Havelock Islands is one of the most sought after scuba diving sites in India. Naturally ornamental beaches and an amazingly diverse marine life, makes the experience wonderful both underwater and on the beaches. The diving spot at Havelock Islands in called ‘The Wall’. The drift is 10 meters deep, falling between Havelock and Peel islands, exposing you to the beautiful purple coral that covers the entire length of The Wall. Underwater habitat consists of shark and scorpion fish, napolean wrasse, to name a few, along with a diverse variety of corals which offers a breathtaking view. The quickest and easiest way to reach Havelock Island is by taking a ferry from Port Blair. Scuba Diving on Havelock Island is conducted at beach no.2 and can cost anywhere between 5,000 to 10,000 rupees. While it is advisable to reach there and scout for diving institutes that assist in scuba diving and chose according to your own requirements and budget, if you are short of time and require quick booking, some institutes offer online booking, so you can reach and start off straight away!
P.S: Havelock Island is also home to Rajan, the ocean swimming elephant of India.
Also read about Sainico’s first diving experience in Havelock Island.
Scuba diving in Grand Islands, Goa
If you though that the fun, laid back life on beaches with a beer in hand is all that Goa has to offer, you will be surprised. Scuba Diving is one of the most exciting water sport you can try out in Goa. Situated near South Goa, Grand Islands is probably the only place in India that offers an open sea dive for enthused divers. The clarity of water ensures brilliant visibility till about five meters and is well suited for Scuba Diving. And it has more to offer than just a vibrant marine life. Here you can explore shipwrecks and find your way in between ruined ships hunting for treasures (yes that’s right!). Turbo tunnel is a popular place for beginner to go diving. The diving spots you can explore at Grand Islands are Suzy’s wreck, Davy Jones’ locker, Sail rock and many others. Sail Rock runs as deep as 16 meters to 24 meters. Grand Island can be reached from different resorts by means of a ferry, which can take anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour. Scuba Diving can cost around 5000-8000, but bargaining is not such a bad idea.
Scuba Diving in Bangarram Island, Lakshwadeep
Bangarram islands is known for its magnificent white sand beaches and amazing under water clarity. It is a coral island that remains uninhabited and untouched by modern civilization. It is thus extremely pleasant for people who are looking for a quiet vacation far from the noise of cities, offering views of turquoise lagoons and lush green palm trees on sparkling white beaches. It can be reached by ship or flight advisably from Cochin.There is also an official website for Bangarram Islands. If you want to head straight towards the diving spot before exploring the island itself, you need to reach Manta Point. Manta Point got its name from the Manta Rays that often visit its reefs. The spot is covered with beautiful corals stretching deep down to around 20 meters. The cost for Scuba Diving is relatively less here and can cost from 4000-7000 rupees. You can also do prior bookings online. The experience underwater is as beautiful as the experience on the island and you must not give this place a miss.
Scuba Diving in Pondicherry
Pondicherry offers not one but many scuba diving spots. It is a heaven for those who want to explore a wide range of diving spots and marine life. Manta Rays is quiet a frequent site in the Pondicherry waters, along with other fishes like the lion fish, king fish, moray eels and a wide variety of corals. Some of these diving spots include Coral Shark Reef, The Hole, Temple Reef and 4 Corners. Aravind’s wall is also a popular diving site, that offers a visibility of at least 15 meters around the years. It is known for species like barracuda, and sea kraits. With a budget of 4000-6000 rupees, you can experience all the underwater wonders Pondicherry has to offer. Several buses frequently leave for Pondicherry from Goa, Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore. There are various institutes and adventure teams offering their services for Scuba Diving.
Scuba Diving in Pigeon Island, Karnataka
Apart from the wonderful and intricate exemplars of temple architecture, Karnataka also offers magnificent spectacles of natural beauty. It is a place heavily endowed with natural beauty including rich forests, valleys, back waters and tropical waters and offers a perfect balance between wilderness and a metropolis. Pigeon Islands, also known as Netrani Islands, is one of the most sought after Scuba Diving destinations with its clean waters and vibrant marine life. Whales, Cobias and Stingrays are a common sight. Scuba Diving costs around 6000-7000 rupees. It is situated off the coast of Karnataka and is a four hour drive from Karnataka city. The most common means of transport is to take a boat from Bhatkal Port.
Scuba Diving in Tarkarli, Maharashtra
Scuba Diving in the Tarkarli beach of Maharashtra located in the Sinndhudurg district offers an opportunity to explore not only the lives and vegetation underwater but also offers a magnificent view of rock-spaces, which is a major attraction at Tarkarli. Additionally, Scuba Diving here costs just 1500 rupees, it is undoubtedly the cheapest spot for taking a dive. Tarkarli has both government and private institutes for diving and you can try out both and chose one befitting your requirements. You can look at the government institute there assisting in Scuba Diving. Options for reaching Tarkarli is quiet a lot. It is very easy to find a bus to the small village of Tarkarli from any of the other cities in Maharashtra.
If you are a diver, we suggest you try out all these locations, as all of them have something unique and special to offer and you will never regret it. And if you are a beginner, there are many options for that too. However, while the enthusiasm and adrenaline is encouraged, you must also keep a few tips and precautions in mind. It will only further enrich your experience while at the same time ensure your safety and provide for you to have the best time of your lives while exploring the marines.
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Tips for Scuba Diving
As with any adventure sport, safety comes first!
- You must not ignore the lessons given by the instructors. Those simple signs and hand gestures will enable communication underwater and keep you at ease.
- Enjoy the sight of fish and corals from a distance and avoid touching them unless and until your instructor allows you to. Some of these animal stings might be poisonous. If you do not bother them, they will not harm you. Observe from a distance and do not obstruct the path of animals.
- Do not disturb the natural habitat underwater. Be considerate to environment, in your excitement do not lean or touch corals that you are not supposed to.
- Practice diving before taking a plunge in the ocean, it will assist you in a better and safe experience. Most good schools will follow this practice.
Scuba Diving Schools in India
If you want to know the skills and tricks of scuba diving, in order to derive maximum enjoyment from your dive, we suggest you take a scuba diving training certificate course. Though you will be given basic minimal training before taking a plunge, a training program can equip you with various under water breathing skills and swimming tactics. The training programs may range from 3 days to 15 days. You can try out various scuba diving courses offered by different institutes, some of which include Discover Scuba Diving, PADI Open Water Diver, and others. We list here a number of PADI certified schools that you can avail the courses from.
Andaman Bubbles for Scuba Diving
Andaman Bubbles is situated at the Havelock Islands itself. You can avail various scuba diving training courses here and try it out at ‘The Wall’. They offer numerous courses that include discover scuba diving, scuba diver, open water diver, advanced open water diver, rescue diver, etc. Before enrolling yourself into any of these courses, you will have to answer a medical statement for your own safety. In case of any medical condition, you need to seek advise from your doctor before joining the course. There are different price and packages for each of these courses, which may even vary across season. You must choose one that suits both your time and money availability.
Dive Goa for Scuba Diving
Dive Goa is evidently situated in Goa and offers courses that can be covered in relatively fewer days. For instance its discover scuba diving program can be covered in a day in just rupees 5,000. Other than that it offers courses like PADI scuba diver, open water course, and rescue diver course. All of these can be covered in a matter of 2 to 4 days each. The prices for each of these courses differ accordingly. You will have to answer a medical statement for this too.
Temple Adventure for Scuba Diving
Temple Adventures, situated near Pondicherry railway station is a PADI certified institute for training in Scuba Diving. They offer their courses in various Indian and Foreign languages. Additionally, they also have theory based e-learning facility for some courses. One of their courses that stand out, apart from all the usual course is that for the adventure diver. It can be covered in 2-3 days and includes 3 dives costing around 18,000 rupees.
Lacadives for Scuba Diving
Lacadives, set up for the first time in 1995 at Kadmat in Lakshwadeep Island, has now expanded to Bangarram Islands and Agatti Islands. It also has training centers in Mumbai and the Andamans (Havelock Island and Wandoor) . Lacadives offers a number of courses starting from Discover Scuba Diving to Dive Master, across different ranges.
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