This is a no-brainer. Goa is one of India’s most popular beach destinations where adventure sports like jet skiing and sky-diving are in vogue! Diving is not as popular yet, but we can change that! The diving season here is from mid-October to April.
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Netrani is a small, unassuming island, off the coast of Karnataka, that consists of a group of amazing dive sites. It is accessible from Goa, but also from Mangalore, Bangalore and Mumbai! Known as Pigeon Island, dive shops from Goa organise trips there to explore sites like Pebble Beach (home to huge mushroom corals), T55 (formerly used by the Navy for target practice - you might just see a torpedo here!), Grand Central and Cavern (here you can explore a cavern with urchins and lots of pelagic fish) and Bomb Rock (another former Navy site where target practice has created a rocky ridge).
ANDAMAN ISLANDS - Havelock Island
One of the most popular dive spots in India, Havelock is a beautiful tropical island just 2-3 hours from Port Blair and has treasures both for the diver and the snorkeler. There are 11 unique dive spots here, including The Wall (Floyd fans, there’s more to it than just the cool name - the small wall is covered in colourful soft coral and hosts a multitude of fish within its holes or whizzing around it), Dixon's Pinnacle (3 pinnacles which are the hotspot of the fish’s feeding frenzies), MV Mars (a short dive but one with a wrecked cargo ship that can be seen if visibility is favourable) and Minerva's Ledge (a plateau of coral so large and full of diverse marine life, that more than one dive here is recommended).
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Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
A part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National park, this is a beautiful uninhabited island situated near Port Blair and is a treat for the experienced diver. The clear emerald waters, black corals, shark sightings and immense diversity of marine life make this place a must-see for serious divers. However, snorkelers, never fear! There’s plenty to see and enjoy with the high visibility and amazing diversity in flora and fauna.
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This is a small island located at the south of Ritchi’s Archipelago. The great part about diving here is that it is not as busy and crowded as the other islands such as Havelock. This means that you will get more attention from instructors, more time to dive and most importantly, it will be just you and the sea!
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We all know about the unique little towns, the great restaurants and the fascinating French influence that still persists here. But Pondicherry is also perfect to plan that trip for the dive sites! Best times to go for dives here are from January-June and September-November, although they are open all year round. Need another reason? The dives here are for everyone, from those without swimming experience to expert divers who can practically live among the fish!
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Cool Shark Reef
LAKSHADWEEP - Bangaram Island
No points for guessing that this colourful reef is a favourite hangout of manta rays! It also attracts other beautiful creatures such as whale sharks, turtles and their fellow pelagics.