8 Best Places For Scuba Diving in India

  • UPDATED Oct 17, 2018

Ever wondered what it feels like to unveil the beauty that lies in the sea? The multihued world that puts up a brilliant show under the mighty, never-ending water can be explored by diving right into it. SCUBA is hence not just adrenaline-pumping but an activity that is refreshing and enriching in more ways than you can imagine! As you dive into the water illuminated with sunshine, you will be mesmerised with the colours, shapes and diversity that the underwater world has to offer. India is naturally blessed with a long coastline and has quite a few places that offer the opportunity to dive. While the most obvious options that strike our minds are Andaman and Lakshadweep, there are many other places in India that offer proper SCUBA diving courses. You can in fact, also become a professional instructor for SCUBA by completing the PADI course offered art multiple places in India. But if you are a beginner and want to explore the underwater world, we’ve listed the top spots to go SCUBA diving in India.

Here is a list of 8 best places for scuba diving in India:

1. Havelock Island, Andaman - Best scuba diving destination in India

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A treasured beauty of the Indian sub continent, the Andaman Islands offer some of the most beautiful beaches in India. Tourist can enjoy a lot of water sports in Andaman, but it is famous among divers across the globe as well. The gorgeous islands of Andaman and Nicobar offer breathtaking views both under water as well as on land. The pristine beaches, the vibrant marine life and stunning coral reefs are enough reason to make the Islands command a dominant position on the list of the world’s best scuba diving spots. The Havelock Island which is a great dive site is also home to Rajan, the ocean swimming elephant of India.

These islands have several diving sites where you can spot a variety of marine animals such as the Scorpion fish, Octopus, Angler fish, Sharks and Coral reefs. Andaman is simply among the best scuba diving destinations in India. The Wall, Clinque Island ( Port Blair), Fish Rock are some must visit dive sites. It's time you start preparation for your Andaman scuba diving with Port Blair Tours and imagine yourself under the hidden underwater world.

Dive sites: Aquarium, The Wall, Lighthouse, Pilot Reef, Minerva Ledge, Elephant Beach, Johny’s Gorge, Dixon’s Pinnacle

Approximate cost of diving: Starting from INR 4500

Recommended guides/schools: DIVEIndia, Barefoot SCUBA, Andaman Bubbles SCUBA Diving

Best time to visit: November to April

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2. Lakshadweep - One of the top scuba diving places in India

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If you thought that exotic white sand beaches can only be found outside India, think again! Lakshadweep Islands, a group of 36 islands collectively, are surrounded by crystal clear water that is home to a vibrant and active marine life. The Bangaram coral islands are a top choice among scuba divers and are easily reachable by an overnight sea journey in a cruise 250 km from Kochi. 240 metres off the Malabar coast. The Bangaram coral islands are blessed with gorgeous beaches, coral sand, coral reefs and affluent marine genus. An absolute must visit for divers, the Lakshadweep is home to some of the best scuba diving sites in India.

Dive sites: Bangaram , Kavaratti, Kadmat, Minicoy, Agatti

Approximate cost of diving: Starts from INR 2000

Recommended guides/schools: Planet SCUBA India, Lacadives, Lakshadweep Diving activity

Best time to visit: October to May

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3. Scuba Diving in Goa for the beginners

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Unlike the popular misconception, Goa is much more then beaches and beer. There is no dearth of adventure activities in Goa. It also boasts of spectacular scuba diving sites such as the Grand Island that is easily accessible from South Goa. You can expect to experience the beautiful coral gardens, shipwrecks and colourful fishes as the waters have a clear visibility upto a depth of 5 meters. Although the waters in Goa may not be an ideal site for scuba diving, they are pleasant enough and offer a different scuba diving experience altogether. Some popular dive sites are - Uma Guva Reef, Shelter Cove and The Jetty

Dive sites: Grande Island, Nagoa, Sao Gorge Island

Approximate cost of diving: Starts from INR 2500

Recommended guides/schools: Goa Diving, Dive Goa, Barracuda Diving India

Best time to visit: November to March

4. Pondicherry - underwater diving in India

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The modest little town of Pondicherry is well known for its French architecture and peaceful environment and style of living. However, this quaint town is home to some top scuba diving spots in India that boast of striking corals and gorgeous fishes such as the  Lion fish, Tiger fish, King fish, Eels, the Eagle and Manta rays, Parrot fish, Sea snakes and more.

Dive sites: Cool Shark Reef, Temple Reef, The Hole, 4 Corners

Approximate cost of diving: starting from INR 5000

Recommended guides/schools: Temple Adventures

Best time to visit: October to February

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5. Islands of Netrani - popular deep sea diving site in India

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The coastal Karnataka can easily be called as the nature's laboratory as it offers variety natural formations such as enchanting valleys, lush green forests, fresh backwaters as well as coral reefs. The Netrani or Pigeon Island that is located 19 km from the town of Murudeshwara, is one of the most popular deep sea diving sites in India. It is well known for its serene tropical waters, vivacious corals, marine species. The deep sea diving sites here are home to the great diversity of fish life common to the Arabian Sea such as Whales, Turtles, Stingrays, Cobias and Stone fish can be spotted here.

Dive sites: The Nursery, Grand Central Station, The Abyss, Dini’s Delight, Cul De Sac, Alladin’a Cave

Approximate cost of diving: Starts from INR 5000

Recommended guides/schools: Dive Goa, Netrani Adventures, West Coast Adventures

Best time to visit: October to May

6. Malvan - For some adventure in Maharashtra

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This modest town in Sindhudurga once commanded strategic importance to ruling empires. Today, Malvan is a popular tourist destination and home to Trakarli beach that is one of the rare places in Maharashtra with crystal clear water ideal for underwater diving in India. The intriguing underwater life and rockscapes are worth an exploration. You can expect to get glimpses of star fish, cephalopods, sea urchins and reefs on your underwater exploration. Cool Shark Reef, Temple Reef, The Hole, 4 Corners are some popular dive sites

Dive sites: Dandi Beach, Tsunami Island (Karli backwaters), Sindhudurg Fort

Approximate cost of diving: Starting from INR 2500

Recommended guides/schools: Morya Underwater Sports Group, Shamika SCUBA diving, Head Bubble SCUBA diving, MarineDive Scuba Diving, Joshua's S.C.U.B.A Diving in Tarkarli, Kinara SCUBA diving

Best time to visit: October to March

7. Kovalam - Best option for scuba diving in Kerala

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Fortunately, the paradise called Kerala, still houses some untouched beaches that are an excellent sit for Scuba diving. The tourists throng the beaches to indulge in snorkeling and scuba diving in Kerala.  The rich untouched by time and the underwater life is still unexplored and enjoyed by people. Though artificial, the nearby reef adds to the charm of the underwater treasures of Kovalam, Kerala. Often referred to as the God’s own country, Kerala has diverse water bodies including astounding waterfalls, rivers, lagoons, canals and lakes. Divers can enjoy the multicoloured reefs, star fish and jelly fish, Blacktip sharks, Ray fish among others, making this an exciting diving destination.

Dive sites: Kovalam Beach

Approximate cost of diving: Starts from INR 4500

Recommended guides/schools: Bond Safari SCUBA diving,

Best time to visit: September to February

8. Dwarka - The lesser known Scuba diving destination in India

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Totally offbeat from an adventure point of view, Dwarka is one of the most lesser-known scuba diving spots in India. This ancient city that has myths, legends and intriguing history surrounding it is a fantastic place to visit in the state of Gujarat. But very few SCUBA enthusiasts are aware that it is also one of the finest spots to go diving! The city that was once considered the city of gold definitely is and has been the city of sapphire blue!

For scuba diving, you have to take a ferry or the boat ride to the Byet Dwarka from the Okha Jetty Port. Once you reach the secluded beach, you'll be surprised to find the pristine waters that await your dip! Perfect for a dive, the underwater world of Byet Dwarks houses a diverse collection of multi-hued sea animals and stunning corals. Jellyfish, Flower shaped sea anemones and tiny hyroids are other specialties that you can spot on your dive.

According to the legend, Dwarka was drowned by its ruler Lord Krishna himself and the remains that date back to 3000-5000 BC, are still visible underwater, according to few experts. Enjoy a nice diving session and sunbath under coconut trees on the clean beaches; Dwarka is much more than just a pilgrimage destination!

Dive sites: Blue Bell Beach in Shivrajpur, Beyt Dwarka

Approximate cost of diving: Starting from INR 5000

Recommended guides/schools: Golden Dwarka SCUBA diving centre

Best time to visit: October to March

If you don't know how to swim but still want to dive, don’t worry. Most of the above mentioned places first give some basic scuba diving lessons for the first time divers. All you have to do is pack your bag and get to these awesome scuba diving places in India for an absolutely not-to-be-missed experience. After reading this blog you might have a question how to plan a trip to these adventurous scuba destinations? Visit TripHobo Trip Planner