With over 7500 kilometres of coastline, India’s beaches and islands are some of the best in the world, offering sunbathers stunning landscapes. Besides, if you want to explore the amazing world just beneath the water’s surface, India’s warm, crystal-clear waters are home to some of the world’s best scuba diving hot spots. It is no surprise that once you are here, you’ll be guaranteed a scuba diving experience you’ll never forget.
If you’re more into exploring history, Lakshadweep, an archipelago of the 36 atolls and coral reefs in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Kerala, is a spot for you. In many ways the Union Territory of Lakshadweep is still a land of unknowns. Known for superb white-sand beaches stretching for miles, and world-class diving, the place is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
You can indulge in scuba diving in the islands of Kadmat and Bangaram in Lakshadweep which is also a Union territory of India. Water Sports Institute, a famous watersports company on Kadmat Island, offers scuba diving instruction and equipment. Dolphin Dive Center in Kavaratti, the capital of Lakshadweep, also provides scuba diving facilities.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
If your idea of a good holiday is a vacation away from the madding crowd, the Union Territory (UT) of Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a pretty safe bet. Located in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is an archipelago of 572 islands and offers a wonderful holiday destination. For most, its most powerful draw is its untouched scenic beauty. Scuba diving in Andaman waters offers you an excellent opportunity to explore an amazing world of underwater marine life, a wide array of colourful fishes, rarest of the coral reefs in the world.
Cinque Island, Fish Rock near Passage Island, Bala Reef, on the western side of little Andaman, Rutland Island and Havelock Island are some of the famous scuba diving spots in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The languid sensuality of its islands, world class diving and carefree days have made archipelago the Holy Grail of wonderful travel.
Goa is one of the most envied travel destinations of India, having long stretches of superb beaches. With its different hues of blue, the waters of the Arabian Sea in Goa attract water adventurers belonging to every age group. You will find much to do both above and below this calm sea and scuba diving is one of the water sports visitors to this western state of India can indulge in. Here the tourists will encounter several types of exotic fish, beautiful sponges, and stunning coral.
Suzy’s Wreck, Davy Jones Locker, Shelter Cove, Uma Guma Reef, Bounty Bay and The Jetty are the famous diving sites in Goa. A majority of the resorts of Goa offer scuba diving instruction and equipment. Atlantis Water Sports is Goa’s most famous watersports company.
Located 10 nautical miles from the temple town of Murudeshwar in the state of Karnataka, the small uninhabited Island of Netrani is a haven for those fond of scuba diving. The scuba diving enthusiasts will have a memorable time here. With several travel companies offering adventure tour packages, scuba diving has become an important tourist activity here. With a great variety of coral and fish life as well as turtles, sharks, its waters have an average visibility of 15 to 30 metres. The island also boasts of a vast variety avian life.
Kadmat Island, Lakshadwewep
Love water sports? Kadmat Island in the Lakshadweep archipelago is the place to be. Scuba diving in this idyllic island is a perfect way for visitors to explore the wonderful underwater world of the Arabian Sea. It’s one of the season’s hot favourites for sun-bathers. Located on a coral reef, the island offers tourists an excellent opportunity to have a stunning view of the exotic marine life found in its underwaters. October to May is the best period to go diving in Kadmat Island.
Radhanagar beach, Havelock Island
Thanks to presence of a large number of marine life in Radhanagar beach on the Havelock Island of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, scuba diving has emerged as favorite water sport here. When the visitors are in the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, they will have the magnificent experience of having the wonderful view of the Bay of Bengal which looks magnificent from here. The deep blue turquoise blue sea and the coral reefs are the major attractions of the beaches of the Radhanagar beach which is ranked among the best in Asia. Havelock is located 57km north-east of Port Blair, capital of the Union Territory.