With a coastline that spans around 8000 kms, it is really not surprising that India offers a rich and diverse scuba diving experience to the enthusiasts of this adventure activity. In addition, the several islands of the country located both in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea further adds to the diversity of scuba diving. The joy of experiencing the calm and serene surroundings of the underwater world, which is filled with a wide variety of colourful marine life, is not something that no textual explanation can do justice to. Discussed below are the top five destinations to enjoy a great scuba diving experience in India.
Andaman And Nicobar Islands
Renowned for its deep clean water and astoundingly beautiful marine life, the Andaman and Nicobar islands is amongst the most popular destination to enjoy scuba diving. The region offers three main sites to enjoy diving, namely The Wall in The Havelock Island, The Cinque Island in Port Blair and The Fish Rock in Passage Island. The underwater visibility in the water surrounding the Andaman & Nicobar Archipelago is around 10-45 feet. The average water temperature ranges between 27 and 28 degree centigrade. The best time to enjoy diving in the region is between the months of November and April while the diving is mostly shut down during the monsoon months of June and July. The average cost of enjoying the activity of scuba diving in the region is around 5,000 and 10, 0000 INR per person. Experience The Thrill Of Scuba Diving In Andaman.
Considered to be the land of fun and frolic, Goa is mostly known for its beaches, clubs, shacks and alcohol. However, in addition to the above features, the island also offers a wide range of diving sites that provide the participants an opportunity to unearth the underwater treasures in the region. The most prominent diving sites in the region include, Uma Guva Reef, Shelter Cove, Locker Of Davy Jones and the Jetty. Participants can expect an underwater visibility range of 5-11 meters and the average water temperature is 27-28 degree centigrade. Although, the adventure activity is available in the region all year round, the months between October and May are the best time to enjoy the same. The average cost of enjoying the activity within the region is INR 5000 to 8000 per person.
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Located 240 meters off the Malabar Coast, the Lakshadweep Islands is a group of islands surrounded by crystal clear waters, majestic coral reefs and coral sand. With its rich species of marine life, this group of island is one of the most important destinations to enjoy scuba diving in India. The two major diving destinations in the region include Aggati Island and Bangarram Island. The underwater visibility in the region ranges from 10-45 meters and the average water temperature is 27-28 degree centigrade. Diving enthusiasts can enjoy the activity best around the Lakshadweep Islands during the months between May and November, with the average cost being INR 4000 – 7000 per person.
Also known as Puducherry, the place is well known for the deep French influence on its history and architecture. It is in fact, the only diving destination available along the eastern coast of India and the most prominent diving destinations include, Cool Shark Reef, Temple Reef, The Hole and 4 Corners. The area offers an underwater visibility range of 5 to 20 meters and the water temperature ranges from 26 to 30 degree centigrade. Diving in Pondicherry can be enjoyed during two peak seasons of January to June and September to November. The average cost of enjoying scuba diving in the area varies between INR 6500 and 8000 per person.
In addition, to the above mentioned places, participants can enjoy their favourite underwater activity at other destinations, including Karnataka and Chennai.