Scuba diving is the best way to enjoy the alluring underwater world. Scuba diving in India is still a trend to come, but still we have a lot of options. India have the vast coastline of 1000 kilometers at a stretch, with lots of fine beaches, captivating marine life and islands.
Diving in the waters of the Bay of Bengal in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands or in the Arabian Sea at the Goan coast or Lakshadweep Islands and you can discover breathtaking marine life and beautiful coral reefs. Here are few scuba diving places in India to explore.
Top Scuba-Diving Places in India
1Andaman and Nicobar Island
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, clean deep water and attractive marine like is one of the most captivating destinations for scuba divers in India. These islands have many diving sites like The Wall (Havelock Island), Cinque Island (Port Blair), Fish Rock (Passage Island). These sites have tremendous varieties of marine life, for example Scorpion fish, Octopus, Angler Fish, Sharks and Coral Reefs are some. It is an Underwater heaven for scuba-divers.
Goa is not all about the beaches, clubs, shacks and alcohol. If you are an enthusiast scuba-diver, then you can visit and unearth the underwater treasure with diving sites like Uma Guva Reef, Shelter Cove, Locker of Davy Jones, The Jetty are among some. The water bodies may not be in an idealist position to dive, but they are pleasant enough.
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A group of 36 islands above 240 metres of Malabar coast is known as Lakshdweep Island. This Island has been blessed with crystal clear water, coral sand, coral reefsand it is also rich in many marine species. It has only two diving sites, Aggati Island and Bangarram Island. It is a must go place to scuba dive for divers in India.
For self enlightenment and peace, what can be the best place than Pondicherry? With its rich French architecture and history, it also has one of the best scuba diving sites in India. For example, Cool Shark Reef, Temple Reef, The Hole, 4 Corners are some of the diving sites. These sites are enriched by the presence of many marine life like Orals, Lion fish, Sea snakes, King fish, Eagle and Manta rays, Parrot fish, Moray eels and Tiger fish.
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If you want to see valleys, verdant forests, fresh backwaters and clear tropical waters, then coastal Karnataka serves you the best. With diving sites in Netrani Island, it is enriched with great diversity of fish life like Whales, Turtles, Stingrays, Cobias and Stone fish, which are common in the Arabian sea and Goa.
Malvan is one of the most popular tourist destination in Sindhudurg district because of its historical importance. Most famous beach of Malvan, Tarkali Beach is the best for indulging in snorkeling and to explore the intriguing underwater life and rocks-capes.
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By – Triptika Basu