6 Finest Scuba Diving destinations in India!

Akash KumarHiking and Treks

Nearly everyone has a bucket list of things they would like to do before they die. It makes sense that scuba enthusiasts should have their own! We have listed a number of possible scuba diving sites in India for you to plan out.

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1. Andamans:
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer some of the most beautiful beaches in India. You can pick your spot here for scuba diving as the islands offer breathtaking views both under water or above.

  • Havelock Island: Definitely the most popular of the Andaman islands, Havelock is home to popular dive sites for both beginners and advanced divers. The depth can go up to 25 meters.
  • Corruption Rock: Located between Chidiya Tapu and Rutland Island, the waters at Corruption Rock are an abode to a variety of rare aquatic species like the giant napoleons, eagle rays, snappers, schooling fusiliers, and unicorn fish. You can get there on a ferry from Port Blair.
  • Neil Islands: Away from the hustle and bustle that surrounds Havelock, this tiny island offers pristine beaches and great scuba diving spots. The coral reef here is virtually untouched by external factors and houses a rich variety of marine life. There are great beach spots like the Jetty area, Margherita’s Mischief and Laxmanpur Beach 1.

Best time to visit: Between October and May.

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2. Lakshadweep:
The Lakshadweep is more than white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, it is also home to a vibrant marine life and coral reefs which makes it a beautiful spot for scuba diving. The most popular sites Kadmat Islands, Bangarram Islands.

  • Bangaram: Bangaram is an atoll, which means the coral reefs surround it in its entirety. Known for its serene and calm atmosphere, the underwater scenic beauty is stunning with the continuous coral reef. One can frequently get to see a lot of barracudas.
  • Kadmat Islands: Also known as Cardamom Islands, it is home to the marine turtles and various species of live coral beneath the waters. Turquoise waters and white sands really make this place look heavenly. The visibility quotient of this sea can range from 15 meters to 40 meters.

Best time to visit: Between November and March due to calm seas.

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3. Pondicherry:
If you don’t want to leave mainland India for you scuba diving rush, don’t worry, Pondicherry has that covered!

  • Coral Sharks Reef: A flexible scuba diving spot where beginners and experts can enjoy the waters. The depth of the sea varies from 5 meters to 23 meters. Throw in a sandy sea floor and beautiful coral reefs, Coral Sharks Reef is a winner.
  • The Aravind Wall: Located 15 km offshore, this dive spot caters to all levels of diver. From snorkelers on the surface to a maximum depth is 23 meters, where the real beauties are found.
  • 4 corners: A traditional dive site, 4 corners is an ideal for open water divers. Covered by palm trees, the area has a large number of different marine species. Since the depth of the place can go up to 18 meters, it is suited for deep sea diving.
  • The Hole: This is for hardcore scuba diving enthusiasts as the depth is almost 30 meters in the central area – almost twice as deep as the other diving sites. You may want to take some lighting equipment with you for this.

Best time to visit: Between the months of December and March when the seas are calm.

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3. Grand Island, Goa:
Goa is not just about beaches, there are several options for adventure sports and scuba diving is one of them. Located few kilometers off the Mormugao peninsula, the Grand Island place is a haven for divers. Experts can swim to the shipwrecks, like the wreck of SS Rita or Suzy’s Wreck which are home to tropical marine beings and exploring them is an adventure in itself. Beginners can also experience diving at Shelter Cove and Ummagumma Reef. The calm waters, coral gardens, and colorful fishes make it a wonderful place to start your dive lessons.

Best time to visit: Between November and March, as the temperature is just right at that time.

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4. Netrani Island, Karnataka:
Also known as Pigeon Island, Netrani is located approximately 10 nautical miles from the temple town of Mudreshwar in Bhatkal Taluk. The heart-shaped island is mainly uninhabited. The island is dotted with sharp rocks and steep cliffs, hence it is advisable to go diving from a boat. The coral reef is home to a variety of coral, butterfly fish, parrot fish, eel, and shrimp. Furthermore, you might also spot orcas and whales sharks.
Other lesser-known dive spots in Karnataka are Devbagh Island near Karwar and Maravanthe Beach near Kundapura.

Best time to visit: In December and January. The sea is rough between June–September and unadvisable for diving.

5. Kovalam, Kerala:
Known as God’s Own Country, Kerala’s coastline has immense potential for divers. Kovalam, the popular beach near Thiruvananthapuram is slowly developing into a popular scuba diving spot. The calm waters are an ideal for beginners who can take dives up to 5 meters. Kovalam offers a truly unique diving experience with underwater scooters.

Best time to visit: December and January, as the temperature and humidity are just about right.

246. Dwarka, Gujarat
A lesser-known scuba diving spots in India. A ferry or boat ride to the island of Bet Dwarka (or Byet Dwarka) leads you to a secluded beach and opens an underwater world. One can closely encounter aquatic animals a variety of sea animals like the octopus, puffer fish, seahorse, turtles and dolphins in the Gulf of Kutch.

Best time to visit:: Between October and March for better visibility underwater.

All that remains now is for you to pack your bags, make some reservations, book your tickets and go on to have a time of your life. And yeah, just make sure that you don’t forget your passport and medical certificate.

It’s time to tick scuba diving off your bucket list!

Looking to tick off Scuba-Diving off your bucket-list?
Discover Scuba-Diving events around you!

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