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Best Diving Destinations in India

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About scuba diving in India

India is a country in South Asia. This country is home to over 20 international airports and various national airports that cover the needs of a large number of tourists and particularly divers. Scuba diving in India is an exciting experience. Tourists traveling to India can expect to see great diving opportunities scattered around its 8000km coastline. India also encompasses a variety of islands, both in the Andaman and Arabian Seas, that offer incredible underwater diversity. The variety of marine life includes fusiliers, nudibranchs, lionfish, humpback parrotfish, rays, sea snakes, barracudas, sweetlips, sharks and many others. On India’s coast the best diving destinations are Pondicherry (on the eastern coast) and Goa (on the western coast). Pondicherry features untouched and largely unexplored reefs and wrecks. The two top sites there are Ravines and Aravind's Wall. Diving off Goa includes gliding over lush coral gardens, pinnacles and a variety of shipwrecks from different epochs. Grand Island is the center of diving life in Goa with Suzy's Wreck (4-15m/13-49ft) being one of the most popular sites. In inland Goa - Angria Bank, Pigeon Island and Malvan Shoal have everything, from vibrant fish life and whip coral patches to ship wrecks and interesting underwater topography. Netrani Island, known as Pigeon Island, is a huge rock island with a wealth of marine life, including a wide variety of corals and reef fish. Coming there, divers may have a chance to spot humpback, minke and killer whales and whale sharks. Other diving destinations that are worth visiting off India's southwestern coast include the Lakshadweep Islands, and off India's northeastern coast - Andaman and Nicobar islands. Lakshadweep Islands, a group of 36 coral islands and atolls, are a National Treasure, which offers colorful reefs and overhangs teeming with fish. Being under the government protection, only two islands, Bangaram and Kadmat, are open to foreigners. Bangaram offers some astonishing sites with Princess Royal wreck (32m/104ft) and Manta Point reef (max 20m/70ft) being the most popular. Andaman and Nicobar are another group of volcanic islands that feature vibrant coral reefs, huge schools of fish and crystal clear waters. The main diving spots in this area include Havelock Island, Cinque Island, Rutland Island (its shallow waters make it a good place for training dives), Narcondam Island, Snake Island, Barren Island (an active volcano which offers a series of wall dives, with the main one dropping up to 90m/295ft deep). South Andaman features a world renown Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park with its 50 types of corals. India is ideal for divers of all levels of experience. The islands of Lakshadweep and Andaman archipelago have the best visibility, which ranges from 10m/30ft to 45m/150ft. Off Goa visibility ranges between 5-11m/15-35ft. Pondicherry and Netrani Islands offer visibility of up to 20m/70ft.

When to go to India

India has tropical climate. The peak season in the Andamans runs from November through April. Diving Goa is the best during the months of October through May, diving is not allowed during the monsoons. May through November is ideal for diving Lakshadweep. Pondicherry’s peak season is January through June and then September through November, although diving in this area may be done all year long. The water temperature varies between 27C/80F and 30C/86F. The average annual temperature across India is 25C/77F.

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