Splash! A leap of faith taken! The surface closes overhead, you are sinking in slowly. Buoyancy is working its science but the weights on you help you descend into the blue water that looks colorless now. You hear the sound of your breath and your heartbeat regulates with the rhythm of the quiet waters. Tranquility takes over and everything becomes still, even the chaotic thoughts go hush. Absolute peace pervades as you glide weightlessly in the vibrant underwater realm.
No, it’s not a dream; it’s a Scuba Dive experience, attempted in words, knowing very well that some experiences can never truly be articulated.
Scuba Diving is gaining popularity in India, given its vast coastline & numerous islands. Landlocked on one side & surrounded by sea on the other three; peninsular India offers a whopping chance to experience some of the most unparalleled adventures. The many islands in the Andaman and Arabian Seas with their incredibly rich marine life and pristine undersea world provide boundless opportunities to experience the mysterious world beneath the waves. The dive sites here are some of the best ones in the world.
Also read: Diving In The Andaman Sea In Phuket
Listed below are the places in India where you can go Scuba Diving.
Located 300KM off the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep – meaning one hundred thousand islands, is a stunning archipelago in the Arabian Sea. Strikingly beautiful, making you forget the Maldives, these palm-covered, sand-skirted coral islands have some of the best dive sites. Its pristine turquoise lagoons, unspoiled coral reefs & diverse marine life are diver’s paradise. Kavaratti, Kadmat, Agatti, and Bangaram are a few of the popular choices of islands that can be visited. Dive to witness the colorful reef visited by manta rays, turtles, and occasional whale sharks.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Located in the middle of nowhere (well, not literally), the Andaman Islands are a remote archipelago of about 300 islands floating in the Andaman Sea. Havelock Islands is the most popular one for its legendary beaches and best dive sites. The island’s opaque emerald waters are home to vibrant coral reefs and rich marine life. Dive to see barracudas, batfish, and turtles join the schools of snapper amidst the colorful coral & sponges. Along with the pristine snow-white beaches, the stunning sunset at Chidiya Tapu, natural stone bridges at Neil island and much more, there are just too many excellent spots for scuba diving with intriguing underwater sights, all over the islands.
Buzzing with tourists and visitors from all over the world all year round, Goa needs no introduction. Diving off Goa’s Grand Island into the Arabian Sea has a charm of its own. Dive in the crystal clear water here and glide over the lush coral gardens, school of fish and shipwreck sites of historic Spanish & Portuguese ships.
Located off the coast of Karnataka, Netrani Island is a remote piece of land floating in the Arabian Sea. It is known for its clear waters, rich marine life, and variety of coral. As it’s located further out in the open waters of the Arabian Sea, divers have also reported having spotted humpback and killer whales and occasional whale sharks passing by their migratory routes (thrilling!).
Lovely French colonies, cobbled streets, faded colonial-era townhouses, Boho-chic vibes, mouthwatering French food, spirituality and Auroville – that’s Puducherry (former Pondicherry), in short. Located on the southeastern coast of India, Pondicherry is a popular destination for holidayers. Off late, Drift Diving off Pondicherry into the Bay of Bengal is gaining popularity also due to the marine life spotted here. A great range of fan corals, whale sharks, manta rays, school of jackfish & other rays can also be seen.