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Friday, 31 August 2018

Top 10 Places for Scuba Diving in India



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India has become a perfect example of sea water sports in the world. here is list on Top 10 Places for Scuba Diving in India. Whether it is east, west, north or south, India has multiple options for Water Sports Destination. In India, there are various sports played that involve water. These activities are done under water, in water, or over water. These sports can be done by one person like swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling or can be done by a group like rafting, boat racing, etc.
Here is the list of 10 beautiful destinations for water sports in India apart from scuba diving in goa that will guide you through your adventure quest.

1. Havelock Islands (Andaman and Nicobar Islands)




Havelock Island is one of the most popular and largest islands in Andaman and Nicobar group of Islands. The camp blue water surrounded by green lush trees can make your stay at this island even more memorable.

Havelock Islands in Andaman is one of the amazing creations of the Almighty and most popular beaches for scuba diving and water sports . Located about 50 km away from Port Blair, the island has a wide range of exotic marine life like Humpback Parrotfish, Lion fish, soft corals, The rare dugongs and schools of colourful fishes.

Best Time to Visit

Between Octobers and April is most suitable time to visit in Havelock Islands in Andaman.

Approximate Cost

Scuba Diving in Havelock Islands Package rates are somewhere between INR 4500- INR 6000. Please make sure you have a clear medical certificate form beforehand. 

2. Neil Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands





Neil island – the tiny, beautiful island located south of Andaman Islands on the East Coast of India, with unexplored coral reef and brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches, forest & vegetation is one of the best tourist spots in Andaman. 37 kms from Port Blair, Neil is one of the closer island destinations to Port Blair. Neil and Havelock islands are part of Ritchie’s Archipelago. Connected by speedboat from Port Blair daily, it provides ideal holiday destination for eco-friendly tourists in natural settings. The sea encircling the island is shallow and full of colorful corals.

Neil Island is also known as the vegetable bowl of Andaman as it is here the local vegetables are cultivated and supplied to other islands. The settlers named the beaches after the mythical characters of the epic Ramayana like Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, Sitapur Ramnagar etc. The beaches are popular for their hammocks under shady trees.

The calm and quiet life in this Island called ‘Vegetable Bowl’ moves at its own pace. People are either busy with agricultural or tourism related activities. The culture is a mix of rural and semi-urban, with the tropical living witnessed at its best. The friendly culture encourages the visitors to stay in Neil Island, which signifies the warmth and friendliness that lingers in this part of Andaman.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit this place would be between December and May.

Popular Diving Sites

  • Margherita's Mischief
  • K Rock
  • Bus Stop
  • Junction

Approximate Cost


Cost per person is around INR 3500- INR 6000.


3. Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands




The capital city of the  Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has some amazing places to go to for scuba diving. Port Blair no different than any other smaller Indian city. The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Wandoor is one of a unique place reserved to protect the marine flora and fauna. It is surely a one- of-the- kind place in the country. Brace yourself to see some of the most beautiful sea flowers and about 50 different kinds of corals including Fungia, Pocillopora, Clown fishLeptoseris etc. You will also Clownfish,Butterflyfish, Parrot fish etc. Port Blair has become the center point for all the tourism activities. People from all over India can be found here, a peaceful place with no conflicts on region and religion

Best Time To Visit

The best time to go there is between December and April due to the calm seas during that time.

Popular Diving Sites

  • Dive Mantra
  • Maruti Diving School
  • Experience Andaman
  • Lacadives

Approximate Cost

Cost is around INR 3500 - INR 6000

4. Cinque Island, Andaman & Nicobar Islands




Another beauty of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, this spot has one of the clearest waters in the world. With clarity up to 80 feet, this place makes for one of the most amazing scuba diving places. With a variety of corals, sponges and a rich diversity of colorful and vivid marine life, this makes a wonderful visit. The place has a variety of amazing black corals and also ferocious sharks. After reaching Port Blair, one can go to Cinque Island by a chartered boat. 

Best Time To Visit


The best of the place is experienced between December and May because the sea is most calm during that time.

Popular Diving Sites

  • Barefoot Scuba

Approximate Cost


Around INR 3500- INR 5000 for a one-hour session.

5. Corruption Rock, Andaman & Nicobar Islands





This very beautiful dive point, between Chidiyatappu and Rutland Island, is a beautiful dive spot. It basically consists of a rock, approximately 30 meter in height, part of it sticking out of water. It is present in between intermediate to strong current channel which attracts a large variety of flora and fauna. There is an abundance of canyons, ridges and channels undersea which makes the place really different and adds to its unique beauty. This place also has many shipwrecks so one can imagine to be looking for a treasure underneath (although there are none!). The place is also famous for its unicorn fishes, Napoleon and Eagle rays etc. The only way of getting there is by ferries which move from Port Blair on a daily basis.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to go there is between December and March, due to less rush.

Popular Diving Sites

  • Lacadives  

Approximate Cost

INR 3500- INR 6000


6. Grand Island, Goa



Goa is the must-visit vacation spot in India. Every year international as well domestic visit for nightlife, white sand beaches and water sports done there. The major part of Tourism Visits in Goa for water sports. Tourist can participate in water sports in some chosen months of the year. No doubt, that Goa is the favorite destination whether they are couples or children. With the serene beaches and all the fun, Goa has been attracting tourism. Mostly tourist are mainly focused on coastal areas of Goa. Various water sports like snorkeling, banana ride, speed boat ride, bumper ride are held in those coastal areas. The days spent in Goa can become memories for life. Goa must be a smaller state, but its features are not less than anything.

Best Time to Visit

The best time would be between November and March because the temperature is just right at that time.

Popular Diving Sites

  • Atlantis Watersports
  • Goa Diving

Approximate Cost


I
NR 4000 per person.


7. Netrani Island, Karnataka




Netrani Island, is located approximately 10 nautical miles from the temple town of Mudreshwar in Bhatkal Taluk. It is a beautiful diving spot, shaped in the form of a heart, fondly known as 'The heart of India's Scuba diving'.   It is a full of coral island and has a coral reef with varieties of coral, butterfly fish, parrot fish, eels and shrimps. If you are lucky enough, you might even see a whale or orcas. The island is mainly uninhabited and due to the steep stones, it is advisable to do diving for a boat. 

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit will be between December and January because the current is high in the rest of the time of the year.

Popular Diving Sites 

  • Netrani Adventures
  • West Coast Adventures
  • Dive Netrani

Approximate Cost

INR 5500- INR 6000 per person.

8. Kovalam, Kerala


You can go for various water sports activities at Payyambalam beach in Kannur. Boating, Wave runner, Banana boat ride are held there. Kannur is one of the old district of Kerala witnesses Payyambalam beach.
Munnar is a town situated in Kerala. You can go for river crossing here. One crossing river will be tied to a safety rope. In this activity, you just have to use your hands to pull yourself to reach another side of a river with the help of a rope.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the place would definitely be between December and January because the temperature and humidity is just right then.

Popular Diving Sites 

  • Bond Safari Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Cochin Dive Centre
  • Scuba Diving Kovalam   

Approximate Cost

Costs upward of INR 20000.

9. Bangaram, Lakshadweep



Kavaratti island is the capital of Lakshwadeep Island. It is well known for its white sand and calm lagoons. One can go diving in this island. You can spot various fishes. It is well known for turtles and soft coral sharks. You can also spot Turtle Nest, where you will be able to see different types of turtles. You may get there scuba diving, but it is really different to do scuba diving at Grand island in Goa .

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bangaram Islands is between October and March due to calm seas. Just make sure to carry your passport wherever you go.

Popular Diving Sites

  • Laccadives
  • Aggati Island
  • Bangarram Island

Approximate Cost

Ranges from INR 4000- INR 7000.

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