Scuba Diving in India

India is one of the most populous countries in Asia. In its culture a lot of things have mixed: from Chinese traditions to Nepalese religious customs. It is this mixture of incompatibility that attracts tourists to India.
With the Indian Ocean on the south, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives and shares a maritime border with Indonesia.
India offers incredible underwater diversity, which attracts divers. With over 8,000 km of beautiful coastline and a lot of entertainment for every taste, India is a wonderful country to be explored. Islands in the Arabian Sea and the Andaman Sea (Malay and Indonesian: Laut Andaman) are of special interest. In the south-west, a coastal area of the richest Indian state Goa and archipelagos, there is a vast amount of space for diving.

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The Indian Ocean is famous for its clear and transparent water, especially off the coast of the islands. Near Grand Island you can find remains of sunken ships from different times. At Netrani Islands you will find humpback whales, killer whales and whale sharks, and at Agatti Island scuba diving fans will see reef sharks and turtles.
One of the most remarkable places for diving in India is the Manta Point reef. This large rock in the Lakshadweep archipelago is located in a bay near the coast. From September to December you can meet giant oceanic manta rays, whale sharks and turtles here. Manta rays are curious, and tend to swim close to humans.
Diving off the coast of the Andaman Islands will leave behind not only pleasant emotions and memories, but also great photos. Coral reefs, Nudibranchs, molluscs and other small inhabitants are good for macro photography. It is also possible to capture larger sea residents — whale sharks or whitetip reef sharks, as well as giant oceanic manta rays.
If you come to India for diving, you should definitely explore the sunken ship "Princess Royal". The islands of Lakshadweep have become home to this beautiful wreck, lying close to Bangaram Island. It sunk over 200 years ago. You can still see its pottery, cannons, and it's anchor. The hull harbors some species of marine inhabitants.
Dixon's pinnacle, located off the coast of the Andaman Islands — is another place that will rouse your interest even if you are a very experienced diver. It is a giant rock that emerges from the shadowy bottom, covered with sponges and corals. Barracudas hover in mid-water, often joined by jack mackerels and batfish. Whiptail stingrays and humphead wrasses also cruise along the bottom amidst schools of moray eels, manta rays, turtles and whitetip reef sharks.

Diving Destinations in India

Lakshadweep archipelago is well known among divers. Cadmat, Agatti and Bangaram are the three Islands in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Here you can see turtles and corals, sharks and exotic fish, as well as the whiptail Stingray City.
Andaman archipelago has become another popular place for diving. This area is famous for the diversity of the marine world and its underwater cliffs.

Memo Notes
Currency INR - Indian Rupee

Dive Shops in India

The dive shop at Palolem beach offers diving in the Arabian Sea accompanied by lots of curious fish. Advanced divers will love it just as much as beginners.
Dive shops at Grand Island attract divers with their fascinating routes which include exploring sunken ships.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

In India, March is a hot month. The average air temperature is +35 ˚C, and the waters of the Arabian sea warm up to +26 ˚С. In April — May, the air heats up to +40... +43 ˚C, water — up to +30 ˚C.

Summer

Summers in India are hot and rainy. The air temperature reaches 43 ˚С and the water warms up to 30 ˚С. In August, rainfall increases to 600 mm. On Goa the air cools down to 30 ˚С.

Autumn

In September the intense heat tends to tone down. The average air temperature is 30 ˚С, and water warms up to 28 ˚С. On the coast of the Arabian Sea, October is a month of storms and rain. November is the peak month for tourism.

Winter

In December it is warm in India. The air temperature reaches +30 ˚С and the water warms up to 28 ˚C. It rains much less. January marks the beginning of a cold and dry wind. Daytime temperature is 20 ˚С. By the end of February, the air warms up to 34 ˚С again.

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The Best Dive Sites

A large island near Goa offers several diving sites. You can enjoy clear water, a lot of fish, corals, unusual shells and wrecks here.
The wall on the Havelock island in the Andaman Archipelago goes far down into the depth of the water. This place harbours humphead wrasses and black scorpionfish.

Health & Safety

The level of medical care in India is high, many specialists got a Western education. We recommend that you take out health insurance and get a vaccination against malaria, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies, poliomyelitis and meningitis. India is pretty dangerous. Due to a high threat of terrorism and unrest, it is necessary to be careful and attentive. There is a high chance of becoming a victim in a crime. Be careful while driving: there are a lot of car accidents in this country. Women are not recommended to travel alone.

Dangerous Marine Life

The underwater world of India is very diverse, but includes some dangerous creatures. Beware of stingrays, even though they swim far away from the shore. And be careful with black scorpionfish, pterois, reef stonefish and Japanese puffer. Don't step on sea urchins.

Eat & Drinks

All Indian dishes are cooked using healthy ingredients. A typical local meal is rice and various toppings. Desserts are made from fruit, nuts and honey. Of course, it is imposible to imagine Indian cuisine without curry, saffron, cloves and other spices.
The most common Indian drinks are spicy strong tea, cold ginger or lemon nimbu pani and a yogurt-based drink lassi. You can buy a coconut with a straw almost anywhere in India. Alcohol is not very popular. Only bottled water should be consumed.