Scuba diving is a kind of underwater diving wherein divers are geared up with a scuba set so they could breathe properly at the bottom of the sea. To explore the water bed and marine life extensively, scuba divers have to carry their own breathing equipment, such as gas cylinders or compressed air, to stay underwater for a longer duration. Since, scuba divers have to move extensively underwater to explore the marine life; they need some external propulsion, which can be offered with the help of a sled or propulsion vehicle controlled by other team members from the water surface. If you too are interested in scuba diving, following are some of the best scuba diving places in India.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The ideal time to go for scuba diving in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is from month of October through to May. It is suggested to skip the months of June to September, because monsoons in this area are particularly heavy during these months and you might not find the perfect scuba diving conditions. The Islands of Andaman and Nicobar consist of more than 550 small groups of islands. With white sand, the beaches are particularly white and you might also find some beautiful flowers and birds flocking the area. Particularly, the Havelock Island features pristine beaches, beautiful flowers and reefs. The landscape is beautified with ships and allows you to capture great stills. Scuba diving in these waters is enthralling and provides you with everlasting memories.
The Lakshadweep Islands is made up of more than 30 small islands and is just 240km from the mainland. Tourists who come here for scuba diving can do the same at Agatti Islands and the Bangaram Island, which are the two islands where public is allowed. Scuba diving in these islands provides for a spectacular experience because of its pristine natural setting and beautiful marine life. For best experience one should visit this place only during the winter months.
Islands of Netrani
The Island of Netrani is just 10 kilometres from the coast of Karnataka. The Islands of Netrani is rich in marine life and its waters are primarily dominated by a variety of fish and eels. It is best to visit Netrani during the winter months. Since the surrounding islands are used by the Indian Navy, a prior permission is required, or it is better to travel with travel agencies.
The water bodies in Goa are quite clear and pleasant which allows deep underwater visibility. Scuba diving in Goa is an unforgettable experience as it is full of gorgeous tinted corals, stunning shells and small fish and other exotic forms of marine life.
The Wreck of Suzy in Goa
This is a perfect place for amateurs to try scuba diving. This area boasts of a 30m long metal ruin of World War 2 in shallow waters making it ideal for amateurs to learn the art of scuba diving. The waters here are dominated by beautiful marine flora and fauna which includes – angelfish, parrot fish, blennies, barracudas, snapper’s batfish, sweet lips, and stonefish.
The Locker of Davy Jones in Goa
The currents here are a little too strong for amateur divers, but still the place is ideally suited for the professional. The fascinating place touts a metal wreck for the divers to admire. Divers here will usually find a rich collection of tunas, jacks and a variety of other marine animals.
Goa’s Cave of Shelter
Since the area has very shallow waters, it is particularly suited for the learners. The area is dominated by a wide variety of fish and features a rich plethora of lobsters. Moreover, the Cave of Shelters has always proved to be a great destination for coral reef lovers.
Goa’s Reef of Uma Guma
This place is ideal for professional scuba divers as it is surrounded by bare rocks which have fallen from the main land. The waters are visited by parrotfish, porcupine fish, triggerfish, snappers, puffers, angel fish and sweet lips.
The Bay of Bounty in Goa
Just like the Uma Guma, the Bay of Bounty is also a much-loved scuba diving destination for new learners as the water depth here is often less than six meters. The area is mostly visited by cuttlefish and nurse sharks.
The Jetty in Goa
With an average depth of a mere six meters, the Jetty is another fascinating destination for amateur scuba divers. While diving you’ll mostly find lionfish and mullets.