Blessed with rich cultural heritage, some of the best hill-stations and beaches, India has a lot to offer to its locals as well as tourists.
From the snow-clad region of Ladakh, to the back-waters of Kerala, to the beaches of Goa, you always will have plenty of options to choose from to make for an ideal holiday experience.
We’re aware of the backwaters of Kerala and the beaches of Goa, however there’s probably one water adventure that’s not explored all that much – Scuba Diving. Despite having heard a great deal about it, most are unaware about the existence of scuba diving in India as well as destinations or spots where one could indulge in such activities. Scuba diving in fact, is one the best possible ways of exploring the underwater world in India.
So we’ve done our research, asked around & have put together a list of the top 4 scuba diving destinations that will make for a perfect holiday experience.
The Andaman & Nicobar Islands -
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Made up of 572 small islands, Andaman’s beautiful turquoise water, unspoiled beaches & the sight and sound of colorful chirping birds makes for a perfect set up!
Head over to Havelock island to enjoy a scuba diving experience of a lifetime. Havelock’s pearl white beaches, coral reefs, dense forests and palm trees will make you want to stay in the water for hours at a stretch. With Dolphins, Turtles and fish, it’s not too hard to imagine why.
Those interested in learning deep sea diving, can do so by enrolling in one of the dive schools present in the vicinity.
Ezeetip: October to May is considered ideal to pay the Andaman and Nicobar Islands a visit.
Lakshadweep Islands -
About 240 kms off the Malabar coast, this cluster of 36 islands blessed with crystal clear water & white coral sand is a natural paradise for scuba diving. Tourists are left mesmerized by the natural coral reefs, blue lagoons and exquisite marine life.
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You can actually feel the calmness as soon as you step into the water. The sight of the bright orange fish swimming around like they’re in no rush whatsoever in getting to their destination actually makes the big turtle look a lot faster
However, the moment you stretch out your hands to catch them, you’ll realize how quick they actually are.
If you believed entertainment in Goa was limited just to its beaches, alcohol and amazing cuisine, then you’re certainly missing out something special – scuba diving. We’re sure you weren’t aware of this one.
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Grand Island - Situated around 20kms away from Candolim beach by boat, the under-water visibility at Goa is quite phenomenal even at the deepest points giving you a crystal clear view of the small fish, tinted corals, beautiful shells and other exotic forms of marine life.
Top up the experience by enjoying some sumptuous Goan sea food and a beer once through with your dive session!
Islands of Netrani -
Located off the coast of Karnataka, the coral island of Netrani is suitable for snorkeling as well as for other diving activities.
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Clear waters blessed with a wealth of marine life such as varieties of coral, butterfly fish, trigger fish, parrot fish, eels and shrimps make for a unique dive experience. On most occasions, diving takes place from a boat which is anchored close to the island.
The best time to visit Netrani is between December and January & prior permission is a must to ensure a smooth dive as the island adjacent to Netrani is used by the Indian navy for target practice.
That’s it from us. We hope you have a wonderful dive experience. Feel free to share your views with us in the comments below as we love hearing from our visitors.