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Friday, January 27, 2012

Scuba Diving in India

Krishna Srivatsa Nimmaraju
                                         Scuba diving is the best water sport and it is the only activity where we can enjoy the under water life. There are many scuba diving destinations in India and a brief intro of all such destinations are listed below.


Andaman & Nicobar Islands:


Diving @ Havelock Island: Havelock is a beautiful laid-back tropical island encompassing about 55 square miles, located about 2-3 hours northeast of Port Blair. Havelock Island, has 2 scuba  diving centers/school – Dive India and Barefoot Scuba, where one can get certification courses in scuba diving. These courses are conducted by professionals and experienced instructors in many languages with latest & well known diving equipments being used. For more information visit: http://www.diveandamans.com/


Diving @ Neil Island: NEIL ISLAND is an ideal island for eco-tourism in Andaman Islands.The island is located 40 kilometers (25 mi) east of Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. For more information visit: http://www.diveindia.com/neil.html


For information about all the hotels that has scuba facilities visit: http://tourism.andaman.nic.in/scubadiv.htmhttp://www.andamanholidays.com/scubadiving.html,   http://andamanbubbles.com/divesites.html
(Source:http://www.go2andaman.com/scuba-diving/)


Lakshadweep Islands: Scuba diving is an excellent way to see the beautiful corals and marine life of lakshadweep islands. The Lakshadweep islands have two world class Scuba diving schools, at Agatti island and at Bangaram island.You are welcome to find out yourself the difference of diving in Lakshadweep from some of the world famous diving spots. For more information on scuba diving in Agatti Island visit: http://www.lakshadweepislandtours.com/agatti-island-scuba-diving.html and in Bangaram island visit: http://www.lakshadweepislandtours.com/bangaram-island-scuba-diving.html
(Source:http://tripsguru.com/Adventure%20Tours/Water%20Sports/Scuba%20diving%20in%20Lakshadweep.html )


Grande Island, Goa: Grande Island and Sao Jorge Island host a variety of dive sites from calm, sandy bays to pretty coral fields, exciting shipwrecks to challenging pinnacles. Add warm waters, shallow dive sites and an absence of strong currents, Goa is an ideal location for beginners as well as experienced divers. While diving in Goa is not exactly world class due to limited underwater visibility (generally in the region of 6 to 12 meters), there is an amazing amount of marine life as well as hard coral which continues to delight even the most experienced divers. For more information visit: http://www.barracudadiving.com/divedestinations.php#grande. There are many diving sites in grande islands and best season is between october to april. 


Netrani Island, Karnataka: Netrani also known as Pigeon Island is about 10 nautical miles off shore from the small fishing village of Murudeshwar. Murudeswar is 500km from Bangalore and 240km from Panjim. The dive sites are from 10 to 30 metre deep, and consist of coral reefs on the eastern side of the island and rock walls on the west and north western side of the island. Please note that due to recently imposed security restrictions, official permits need to be arranged for diving at the island. Divers booking for the trip will need to provide us with their names and passport numbers, and will need to carry their passports with them. Indian citizens will need to provide details of any government photo identity card such as driving license, which they will need to carry along with them. For more information visit: http://www.dreamzdiving.com/
(Source:http://www.bmcindia.org/events/ocean-adventure-netrani-island.html )


PondicherryTry Scuba diving, surfing and diving course @ Pondicherry. Started by two Australians, Padi Dive Centre has recently opened in Pondicherry. The idea is very new, as both diving and surfing appeared recently in the Bay of Bengal (south east coast), contrary to the west coast where you could find some of these activities.  Goa beaches for instance. Opening a centre in Pondicherry was thus an original initiative! The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is actually the world's largest recreational diving membership and diver training organization. For more information visit http://templeadventures.com/contact.htm
(Source:https://www.facebook.com/groups/45742149296/)
Happy Diving.....

Krishna Srivatsa Nimmaraju / Author & Editor

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2 comments:

  1. Definitely Andaman is the only best places for scuba diving in India. Either you are a diver or you want to learn it, Andaman is the best place make it happen. There are too many institutions which let you learn Scuba diving and give you certification. Here is what I wrote about Scuba Diving (http://www.weareholidaysblog.com/where-to-scuba-dive-in-india/ ) few days back.

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  2. Scuba Diving in Goa is an awesome experience for me. I enjoyed a lot and I suggest everyone to at least explore such place once in your life time. After an exhaustive on line research , I found this best package. Check it out:
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