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Here's Why Everyone Should Go Scuba Diving in India

With 8,000 kilometers (nearly 5,000 miles) of coastline, India offers a range of fantastic diving destinations. From the wonders of the Andaman Islands to the turquoise water wonders of Lakshadweep to underwater fun with colorful fish and shipwrecks in Goa. There are a variety of exciting dive sites in India. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or not, everyone in India should go diving here.

So many great diving destinations

India is blessed with many great dive sites along its long coastline and off its islands. Many are suitable for divers of all levels.

Andaman Islands: With deep turquoise waters, white sand, swaying palm trees, pristine coral reefs and amazing marine life, this is one of the top scuba diving destinations in India. Once underwater, you can enjoy the company of the most beautiful marine resources in their own environment, including manta rays, turtles, sharks, scorpion fish, nudibranchs, frogfish, octopus, mackerel, moray eels and many other beautiful aquatic animals.

The best dive sites in the Andaman Islands are The Wall, Fish Rock, Dixon's Pinnacle and Cinque Island. In addition to diving, you can swim with the ocean Elephants, Rajan - an experience like no other!

Havelock Island, Andaman.

Cinque Island, Andaman.

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Lakshadweep: Lakshadweep, an archipelago off the coast of Kerala, is one of the best dive sites in India. It consists of 36 islands with blue lagoons full of marine life. Sharks, manta rays, turtles and colorful fish are often seen.

The best dive sites in Lakshadweep are Bangaram Island (Princess Royal and Manta Point), Kadmat Island and Agatti Island (Fish Soup and Paradise Lost). At the Princess Royal dive site, you can dive in the middle of a shipwreck, which is an exhilarating experience.

Bangaram Island, Lakshadweep.

Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep.

Agatti Island, Lakshadweep.

Goa: Goa has exotic corals, shipwrecks and an abundance of marine life. The best thing about diving in Goa is the limited underwater current, which makes it a safe place for divers.

The best dive sites in Goa are Grande Island, Suzy's Wreck, Turbo Tunnel, Davy Jones Locker, Shelter Cove and Sail Rock.

Grande Island, Goa.

Diving Goa © Naveen Gollapalli / Wikimedia Commons

Pondicherry: Pondicherry is not only rich in marine resources, but also fascinates with its crystal clear water. Natural coral reefs, man-made ridges and marine life like corals, manta rays, sea snakes, jackfish, turtles, dolphins, king fish, tiger fish, eels, parrot fish and whale sharks ... you name it, you can find it in Pondicherry. In addition, diving can be practiced all year round.

The best dive sites are Aravind's Wall, Cool Shark Reef, The Hole, Temple Reef, Ravines and 4 Corners.

Pondicherry.

Netrani / Pigeon Island, Karnataka: This pristine area off the coast of Karnataka is ideal for underwater fans. Netrani Island is teeming with coral reefs and marine life, including stonefish, lionfish, stingrays, great barracudas, turtles, cobias, Napoleon wrasses, whales and much more.

Netrani Island, Karnataka.

Lion Fish on Netrani Island © Jon Connell / Flickr

Kovalam, Kerala: Kovalam offers a relatively unspoiled and unexplored dive site. Marine life includes multicolored corals and a wide variety of fish. The nearby artificial reef makes this dive site all the more enchanting.

Kovalam, Kerala.

Kovalam © Ronald Tagra / Flickr

Tarkarli, Maharashtra: Next to the town of Malvan is Tarkarli Beach, where divers can experience exciting underwater experiences in a cave and a wreck. There is an abundance of great underwater photography opportunities here. Tarkarli Beach is the only diving center in Maharashtra that takes place in the natural environment. Find colorful tropical fish, sharks, corals and marine animals.

Tarkarli, Maharashtra.

Tarkarli beach © Sballal / Wikimedia Commons

Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh: Vishakhapatnam (also known as Vizag) is notable for its clear waters and abundant and diverse aquamarine life, including jellyfish, coral blankets, nudibranchs, and electric rays. It offers a wide range of scuba diving activities - deep diving, videography diving, drift diving, navigation diving, fish identification diving, and high performance diving.

Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pardesh.

Diving all year round

Divers can dive in India's clear waters all year round as different regions experience different climatic conditions.

  • Andaman Islands, November to mid-April
  • Lakshadweep, May to November
  • Goa, October to mid-May
  • Pondicherry, January to June and September to November
  • Netrani Island, mid-October to mid-May
  • Tarkarli, November to May
  • Kovalam, November to June
  • Vizag, October to March

Divers © joakant / pixabay

The beautiful aquatic life

The diving areas in India are full of attractive marine life in their natural environment, such as manta rays, sharks, reef fish, turtles, jellyfish, coral covers, nudibranchs, stone fish, stingrays, great barracudas, turtles, cobias, napoleon wrasses, whales. Some dive sites also offer shipwreck sightings, where marine life likes to congregate.

Aquatic life © paulbr75 / pixabay

Great visibility

India's dive sites offer amazing visibility. In the Andaman and Lakshadweep, you can have good visibility up to 45 meters; in Goa, up to 11 meters; before Pondicherry up to 20 meters; from Netrani up to 40 meters; from Tarkarli and Kovalam up to 10 meters; and up to 25 meters in front of Vizag.

Diving © skeeze / pixabay

Save costs

Diving in India is cheap. Diving in the Andaman Islands costs around INR 3,500 to 6,500 per capita per dive; in Lakshadweep approx. INR 3,000 per person for one hour or INR 15,000 per person for a day (PADI Scuba Diving); Diving Goa costs around INR 5,000 per capita, including training; Diving in Pondicherry approximately INR 6,000-8,000 per capita, including two dives in one day; Diving on Netrani Island is around INR 5,000 per capita; Diving Tarkarli approx. INR 1,500 per capita; Dive Kovalam around INR 5,000 per capita; and diving Vishakapatnam over INR 5,000 per capita.

Experience a different side than India

India is not just bustling cities! Diving opens up new travel destinations that were previously unknown. Start a drive from Gujarat in the west and head to the south coast. Opt for an overnight bus tour of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and end the trip in Vishakhapatnam. Stop along the way to enjoy morning scuba diving and explore the cities in the afternoon and evening.

Kovalam © Tanweer Morshed / Wikimedia Commons

Good diving opportunities

Every dive site in India has a variety of dive shops and organizers as well as teams of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified instructors who offer diving courses for beginners and advanced divers. Also, the diving destinations in India are surrounded by numerous hotels and resorts that can help with the organization.