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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Top 10 Scuba Diving Spots In India

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Top 10 Scuba Diving Spots In India

Scuba Diving will be a lifetime experience, to see the inside of a sea with all its colorful fishes waddling away, the beauty of the coral reef and what not! This blog is all about scuba diving, one of the most loved adventure water activities for those adrenaline junkies. India, being surrounded on three sides by water sure has some amazing scuba diving spots, ranging from popular to some not so popular yet unexplored, with the ability to make anyone fall in love with them. In this blog, we are going to talk about the same. So here it goes:

1.    Grand Island in Goa

Goa is all about beaches, party and the Sunburn festival! Is that what you think? Then I implore on you to think again because the Grand Island is going to change your thinking. The Grand Island is a popular location for adventure activities all over the world. Want to experience a beginner's tryst with the sea or want to push your limits in the strong currents of the sea, fret not, because the Grand Island has it all. Located few kilometers westwards of the Mormugao peninsula, this place is a haven for scuba divers. The sea current is quite strong here so it is advisable for only professionals and experienced scuba divers. For beginners, the Uma Gumma Reef would be a wonderful place to start with its calm waters and a range of sea creatures like needlefish, lobsters, white tip reef sharks etc. As one can notice that there are a lot of shipwrecks, the Grand Island is also a great place for treasure hunting at places like Suzy's wreck, Davy Lockers Jones, Uma Gumma Reef, Surge city, Turbo Tunnel etc. The only way to reach there is by means of a boat or ferry. 

2. Havelock Islands in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman is one of the amazing creations for water activities like Scuba Diving. Situated right in the middle of the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, this peninsula has a number of charming and beautiful beaches and scuba diving spots, Havelock Islands being one of the most famous. Located about 50 km away from Port Blair, this island has a wide range of exotic and colorful marine life like Humpback Parrotfish, Lionfish, soft corals, the rare dugongs and schools of attractive fishes. To get there, one can fetch a ferry from Port Blair which would take about 2.5 hours. The hotels, resorts and other things are also pocket-friendly and up to the mark. This island is at its best during the months of the year between Octobers and April, so that might just be the time to visit it otherwise the currents are simply too high and also there is a factor of monsoons.

3.    Neil Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Neil Island is another part of Andaman and Nicobar Island which is just as beautiful admitting with less hustle and bustle that surrounds the Havelock islands. It is a small island but a really beautiful one with its yet unexplored beaches, great scuba diving spots. The coral and reef here is quite untouched by external factors and hence retains its beauty owing to the rich variety of marine life.

4.    Netrani Island in Karnataka

Netrani Island, also known as Pigeon Island, is located approximately 10 nautical miles from the temple town of Mudreshwar in Karnataka. It is a beautiful diving spot, shaped in the form of a heart, fondly known as the heart of India's diving.   It is a coral island and has a coral reef with multiple varieties of coral, butterfly fish, parrot fish, eels and shrimps. If you are lucky enough, you might even see orcas. The island is mainly inhabited and due to the steep stones, it is advisable to do diving for a boat. The place is well connected from Goa, MumbaiMangalore, and Bengaluru.

5.    Kovalam in Kerala 

Kovalam is located in Kerala, at a distance of about 16 kilometre from Thiruvananthapuram. A beach area mainly, it is slowly developing into a famous activity called scuba diving locale since the Bond Safari Kovalam has come there. Instead of using the traditional scuba gear, the company makes use of what is known as 'bond' submarine, which is basically an underwater scooter. So, that's quite interesting, isn't it? Moreover the waters here are really calm, with shoals of anchovy and silver moony, and many more. The place is well connected by many ways of transports.

6.    Bangaram in Lakshwadeep

Bangaram island in Lakshwadeep basically has coral reefs surrounding the entire island. The place is known for its serene and calm atmosphere. The place is situated in the union territory of Lakshadweep islands. The underwater scenic beauty is simply stunning with the continuous coral reef and also has been considered at par with popular beach countries like Maldives and Mauritius. One also gets to see a lot of barracks. The fact that it is one of the cleanest beaches really elevates its standard. The connectivity is good and one can reach the island by taking a boat from Agatti.

7.    Coral Sharks in Pondicherry

One of the most flexible scuba diving spots of Pondicherry is the Coral sharks. This is so named because it has a depth of the sea that varies from 5m to 23m which enables both the beginners as well as the experts to enjoy the beautiful sites. Plus the sea floor is sandy in nature and the coral reefs are gorgeous. The best time to visit this place is perhaps during March and October when the waters are calm and cool.

8.    4 corners in Pondicherry

One of the traditional scuba dive sites, this place is famous for open water divers. Covered by palm trees, the area has a large number of different marine species. The depth of the place can go up to 18 m which allows deep sea diving too. It has got various species like lionfishes, dolphins and many more. The best time to visit this island for Scuba Diving would be during October and March due to rush in the rest of the seasons.

9.    The Hole in Pondicherry

The hole in Pondicherry is one of those places where only the hardcore Scuba Diving addicts would dare go. To start with, the depth is almost 30 meter in the central area that is almost twice as deep as the other diving sites, then there is the creepy darkness taking care of which one has got to take a torch or some lighting equipment with them. So if you are one of those fearless advanced scuba divers, this place is a heaven for you. One might even spot some rare unknown creature. The place is accessible in the months of December and March due to temperature issues and the currents being too high.

10.North Point & Cinque Island in Andaman & Nicobar Island

Another beauty of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, this island has one of the clearest waters in the world. With accuracy up to 80 feet, this place makes for one of the most amazing scuba diving spots. With a variety of corals, reefs, sponges and a rich diversity of colorful and bright marine life, this makes a wonderful trip. The place has a variety of amazing black corals and also cruel sharks. After reaching Port Blair, one can go to Cinque Island by a chartered boat. The best of the place is experienced in the months between December and May because the sea is most calm during that time.

Scuba diving is just not an adventure sport it is also said to be meditation in water. You might also spot schools of thousand fishes casually passing by when you glide through the water. The experience you will have while scuba diving in India is almost like yoga in water. Picnicwale brings you the best offers of this adventurous activity in different places which are best in India to make your experience unforgettable. So book your package of scuba diving in Goa with Picnicwale and explore the marine life.


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