Hidden away from our familiar human world is a spectacular natural underwater world full of vibrant colors and textures, naturally crafted structures, exotic creatures, sea anemones and a whole lot more that is waiting to be traveled around. Adventure sports which include scuba diving and snorkeling open up an array of opportunities to get up close to this fantasy land and experience the captivating visual treat to the eye.
India is proud to have a rich collection of underwater wealth in the Bay of Bengal at Andaman and the Arabian Sea at the Lakshadweep group of islands. Diving enthusiasts from across the world are attracted to the stunning marine life and the exhilarating adventure sports accompaniment to enjoy this spectacle that India has to offer to the outside world.
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Islands of Andaman and Nicobar
Andaman and Nicobar consisting of 572 small islands in group are encircled with glistening turquoise water. There are serene beautiful white beach, dappled with beautiful blossoms and chirping birds, and decent procession of swaying coconut palms dancing in joy at the tranquil tune of the invariable temperate breeze.
They are definitely the doorways to the marine splendors that rest underneath. The enthralling Havelock Island consists of pearl white beaches, beautiful flora and genuine reefs, along with leftovers of deep-set ships and lovely snap chances is a wealth chest for scuba diving. Scuba and snorkeling in the islands of Andaman and Nicobar provides lifelong experiences and memories that will never fade away.
Best time to visit: Heavy rains are expected during the months of June to September, so the months between October and May are considered to be ideal for visiting these islands.
A group of 36 small islands are collectively known as the Lakshadweep Islands. Tucked away at 240 km off the Malabar Coast, this group of islands is blessed with white coral sands, crystal clear water and rich marine flora. Tourists can enjoy water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling in Lakshdweep Islands, in the Agatti Islands and the Bangaram Islands which are the only two islands that are open to public. Being a part of the underwater spectacle of natural coral reef, blue lagoons, delicate marine life is truly an enthralling experience.
Best time to visit: Lakshadweep is at its best during the months of November to May, the rest of the year is usually its monsoon season.
Islands of Netrani
Petite Island Netrani is situated 10 kms across the exotic Karnataka Coast from Murudeshwara in the majestic Arabian Sea[Love the snow just as much or even more? Check our top 10 skiing destinations in India]. Vastly occupied by tweeting pigeons and meek goats, this island is replete with beautiful corals, parrot fish, butterfly fish, eels, trigger fish. It also proffers an excellent scuba diving venue. Between December and January diving can best be experienced.
From Goa and Mumbai Netrani can easily be reachable. But there is a small hitch. Since the island close to Netrani is utilized by Indian Navy so it is always better and safe to acquire earlier permission so as to visit the island or there is another option , to take a trip along with the sport organizers like Thrillophilla who virtually make sure that all the arrangements are pretty satisfactory.
Abundant with gorgeous tinted corals, stunning shells and fishes, scuba diving in Goa is an unforgettable experience. Visibility beneath the waterbody in Goa encompasses almost for five to ten meters all through the tourist season. The waterbodies in Goa are not detrimental but are pleasant.
Dive Sites in Goa:
Wreck of Suzy’s – a perfect diving location for amateurs as well as veteran divers, this is a 30 meters long WW II metal ruin in very shallow waters beginning at 3 meters deep with an intensity of 12 meters. Variety of fish existence can be traced here such as angelfish, blennies, parrotfish, barracudas, snappers batfish, sweetlips, stonefish, nudibranchs, , moorish idols etc.
Locker of Davy Jones – intended typically for professional divers, as the currents are usually brawny in this region. It is an awfully broken up metal wreck in roughly 14 meters of waterbody. Very bulky groupers, large barracudas, bottomless water schooling fish like jacks, tuna, mullets, etc. are perceptible normally.
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Cove of Shelter – having very low depth, roughly 8 meters, creating it a supreme dive site for amateurs as well as veteran divers, with plenty of tiny fish, extensive diversity of solid coral, lobsters, etc.
Reef of Uma Guma – an admirable dive spot on bare rocks off Grand Island destined for expert divers. Parrotfish, porcupine fish triggerfish, puffers, snappers, moorish idols, angelfish, sweet lips, etc are spotted here.
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Bay of Bounty – an awesome site for beginners as well as trainee divers to experience the thrill of diving. Numerous genuses of small fish as well as stiff coral are traceable here. Cuttlefish and nurse shark are abundantly visible here. The depth at this juncture is only 6 meters.
The Jetty – positioned at the north western angle of Grand Island, this is a extremely shallow area with the greatest depth of 8 meters and a standard intensity of 5 to 6 meters. Lionfish and schooling baby mullets are almost recurrently observable.
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Live your dream of frolicking with the exotic marine life of India. Be it scuba diving in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, or snorkeling in the Lakshadweep Islands, Thrillophilia has tempting packages that will help your dream come true!