6 Best Destinations for Scuba Diving in India
Updated: Dec 25, 2021
Here is a list of the 6 best destinations for Scuba diving in India! We haven't been there yet, but we are definitely planning to, once we get our scuba diving licenses. If you want one too, you can check up SSI and PADI and consider the pros and cons while going for either of them!
I have been obsessed with marine life since I was a child, growing up in Mumbai, right by the coast was one of the major reasons. I have always wondered though if movies like 'Finding Nemo' or 'Shark Tale' could actually be true and just hidden away from us. And I am sure if Spongebob was a person I would have married him just to live underwater and in a pineapple. But keeping that thought on hold. Here is a list of 5 destinations in India that are really well known for Scuba diving and just to humour my OCD this list is state-wise from South to North.
Scuba diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Snake Island Off Corbyn’s Cove Beach is one of the most challenging spots for Scuba Diving in India. The semi-circular beach is located 7 km from Port Blair. These are very dangerous waters. A bonus for history buffs (which I am btw) the beach is adorned with Japanese bunkers and pills everywhere.
One of the best times to scuba dive here would be: October to May
The marine life here comprises triggerfish, grunts, goatfish, and rays among many others.
Other scuba diving spots in Andaman and Nicobar Islands:
Scuba diving in Lakshadweep
Bangaram is one of the most beautiful scuba diving spots in India. This beach becomes a secret beach once the rains come in, romantic and dangerous, I am just not sure if you would want to take the risk. It is one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in India. It is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and makes a very popular destination for adventure enthusiasts. That I support.
The best time to visit Bangaram for a scuba dive is between October to March.
The marine life that you will see during the dive comprises gorgeous coral reefs and smaller more colourful fishes
Other Scuba diving spots in Lakshadweep:
Scuba diving in Kerala
Kovalam is situated 16 km from the city of Thiruvanthapuram in the heart of the state of Kerala. Kovalam is known for its own style of scuba diving, they use water scooters instead of the traditional gears. Moreover, the waters here are calm and excellently suited for Scuba diving.
The best months to go for a dive here are December and January
The marine life here comprises pufferfish, groupers, boxfish, sergeants, pipefish and butterflyfish among many others.
Other Scuba Diving Spots in Kerala:
Scuba diving in Pondicherry
Pondicherry is known as the Scuba Diving heaven. Also, it's changed its name so many times, that I am going to stick with what I learnt in Geography in secondary school. One of the best places to scuba dive here is the Coral Sharks Reef. The depth varies from 5 metres to 40 metres, making it one of the only natural spots that accommodate both beginners and advanced divers. Ain't that awesome! The beaches are clean and the bed is made of sand what else would you want.
The best months to visit Pondicherry for scuba diving are between March to October. Don't worry it's a coastal city, doesn't get too cold.
The marine life here comprises of different species of sharks such as Tawny Nurses, Sickle fin Lemons, Grey Reefs, Blacktip Reefs, Whitetip Reefs, Silvertips, massive Bulls and the occasional Tiger among many others. But don't worry none of them will hurt you, well obviously unless you are bleeding.
Other scuba diving spots in Pondicherry:
Scuba diving in Karnataka
Natrani Dives is located at a distance of 19kms from Murudeshwar in Karnataka. The waters here are at a depth of 6 metres to 40 metres making it ideal for both beginners and advanced. However, due to sharp cliffs and uneven bed, scuba diving here can prove to be a little dangerous. This spot is highly recommended for advanced scuba divers more than beginners. Another point of advice always has the boat nearby, just in case. But, what I can guarantee you is that Murudeshwar will leave you speechless, my friends and I used to go there after college quite often, we were 1 hour and a half away from there in a small town called Manipal.
The best months to scuba dive here are December and January. Any other month, even the beaches can be dangerous. Our college actually had a strict expulsion rule if we were reported on the beaches between the months of June to September.
The marine life here you can see during a dive includes coral, butterfly-fish, triggerfish, parrotfish, eels, Turtles, Stingrays, Stonefish and shrimps. If you are extremely lucky you might even see Orcas and Whale Sharks from time to time.
Other Scuba Diving spots in Karnataka:
Marvanthe Beach (even if not for Scuba diving, it's a must-visit.)
Scuba diving in Goa
The Grande Island of Goa is one of the most popular Scuba diving spots in India. It has crystal clear water and a warm nice sun overlooking you at all times (if you don't go during a thunderstorm). You can explore multiple shipwrecks at this spot. If you are a beginner definitely check out Uma Gumma Reef and if you are advanced and have good knowledge about currents don’t forget to check out Suzy’s Wreck and Davy Jones Locker, the pride of the spot, two sunken ships. Talk about pirate plundering, huh?
The best time for scuba diving here would be November to March. Goa is my personal favourite in December, especially during Christmas. The whole city is lit up like a Christmas Tree.
Marine life varies from reef to reef. During your dive in Uma Gumma reefs you will be able to see needlefish, lobsters, white tip reef sharks (they won't go all Jaws on you) while at the Suzy’s Wreck and Davy Jones Locker dive the sights include sergeant-major puffers, lion-fish, scorpion-fish, surgeon-fish, barracuda, tuna, and eels.
Other spots to explore would include:
Scuba diving in Maharashtra
This selection is a little bit biased, being a child who travelled a lot, Maharashtra and specifically, Mumbai is the only home I know. It's not my birthplace or even my parents, I am not a Maharashtran, but that mattered to Mumbai. It accepted me for who I was. Tarkali is the first spot I want to explore once I get my scuba diving license. Tarkali is located to the south of Maharashtra. It homes the delta for the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. Because of its unique locations, it is one of the most spectacular scuba diving spots in India.
However, you are only allowed to scuba dive in this region if you are a certified Scuba diver otherwise this heavenly place can be your one-way ticket to heaven. If you are,, I'd recommend between October and April to pay this place a visit for the dive.
I hope you are having an amazing and safe Covid 19 lockdown. Please do not travel right away, we are just a few months from defeating the pandemic.
This information is a concise version, please google more before planning a trip for any of these places as well as whether or not they are open to having tourists! Be a responsible one! As a safety rule, for all dives easy or hard, always be accompanied by a diving instructor. Scuba diving looks easy but it definitely is not!