So does anybody remember the scene from the movie? Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara? , where Hritik Roshan has just come out of the sea after a scuba diving experience and he is literally stunned beyond any reaction? Or the look on Louisa's face when she discovered the joys of scuba diving and exclaiming? Why didn't you make me do this before?? That, my friends, is exactly the power of the sea- it stuns you into speechlessness, allowing you to absorb its fantastic glory, leaving you astounded in drinking its tremendous magnificence.
Of course, it is a lifetime experience, to see the inside of a sea with all its colourful fishes waddling away, the beauty of the coral reef and what not! India, as magnificent as it is, is a land of huge extremes. While on one side we have the great desert in the west, where it hardly rains at all, on the other hand, we have the North Eastern region of the country where it rains around the year. In the North, we have the mighty Himalayas, while the South region is surrounded on three sides by water. As a result, much like the Indian culture, India offers a plethora of adventure sports like trekking, bungee jumping, scuba diving, rafting, parasailing, wind rafting etc.
Scuba diving is perhaps the most amusing water sports of all time, offering us a way to explore the under water life of species. India is home to many amazing scuba diving sites
This blog will be about scuba diving, one of the most loved adventure sports for those adrenaline junkies. India, being surrounded on three sides by water sure has some amazing scuba diving spots, ranging from popular to some not-so-popular-yet-unexplored, with the ability to make anyone fall in love with them.
1. Scuba diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The deep clean water and beautiful marine life makes Andaman and Nicobar Islands one of the most fascinating destinations for scuba diving in India. These islands offer many diving sites that have a terrific variety of marine animals such as Scorpion fish, Octopus, Angler fish, Sharks and Coral reefs as well.
The Wall ( Havelock Island)
Cinque Island ( Port Blair)
Fish Rock (Passage island)
Cost: Rs 5,000 – 10,000
2. Scuba diving in Goa
If you think Goa is all about the beaches, clubs, shacks and alcohol, think again! There are a number of diving sites present in Goa that you must visit for sure to unearth the underwater treasure of Goa. The water bodies in Goa may not be the most ideal to dive in but they are pleasant enough.
Uma Guva Reef
Locker of Davy Jones
Cost: 5,000 – 8,000
3. Scuba diving in Lakshadweep Islands
240 metres off the Malabar coast, a group of 36 islands collectively are known as the Lakshadweep Islands. Blessed with crystal clear water, coral sand, coral reefs and rich marine species, the Lakshadweep Islands must definitely be on your list of places to scuba dive.
Cost: 4,000 – 7,000
4. Scuba diving in Pondicherry
Pondicherry, known for its French architecture and history is ideally the place to attain self enlightenment and peace. The town offers a mix of modern heritage and spiritual culture. Pondicherry is also home to many diving sites with the presence of Orals, Lion fish, King fish, Moray eels, Eagle and Manta rays, Parrot fish, Sea snakes,and Tiger fish.
Cool Shark Reef
Cost: 6,500 – 8,000
5. Scuba diving in Karnataka
Coastal Karnataka is blessed with valleys, verdant forests, fresh backwaters and clear tropical waters. The diving sites here are home to the great diversity of fish life common to the Arabian sea and Goa. Whales, Turtles, Stingrays, Cobias and Stone fish can easily be spotted here.
Cost: 5,500 – 7,000
So India is a paradise to scuba diving and its for depth lovers, water lovers and adventure lovers.
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