Top Scuba Diving Spots in India

Think of adventure in India and the mighty Himalayas are the first thing that come to mind. While centers for trekking, rafting and paragliding are easily accessible in the hills and foothills, scuba diving here is something that is perceived to be relatively new and accessible only in a couple of places. Scuba or Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, of course, requires the diver to carry a breathing apparatus under water. This is what gives her/him flexibility of movement and lets her/him stay underwater and see underwater sights.

Although India boasts of long coastline with a few islands scattered across in the surrounding ocean, it has never been on the map for divers globally. There are some pretty amazing dive sites though all along the southern part exposed to the sea, for those willing to explore and some not even been discovered yet. (And yes! That means you get to name the new dive sites!)

Heading to India and want to explore the huge coastline underwater? Unsure where to do it though? Well here is a list that we compiled for your convenience.

The Andaman and Nicobar experience

Stretching over a length of 700 kms in the blue waters of Bay of Bengal, this union territory consists of 572 small islands. Thirty-six of these remain inhabited. Home to one of the richest coral reef ecosystem in India as well as the world, Andamans makes diving an inimitable experience for everyone. You get to dive at the foot of a volcano, beat that!

While Havelock Island attracts the bulk of tourists, other diving spots in the island include Cinque Island, North Point, Corruption, Fish Rock and the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor. These are only a few of the many places where one can sight black corals, schooling fusiliers, banner and unicorn fish, dolphins and a host of vibrant colourful corals. Pelagics like Manta Rays, Spotted Eagle Rays and Reef Sharks can be found in plenty. Even the rare Whale Sharks have been spotted here!

Alien tip: The best season for diving is from December to April.

The Lakshadweep experience

Fast emerging as a tourist destination, Lakshadweep has a water sports institute in Kadmat Island. This institute offers a host of water based activities along with scuba diving. The wild and adventurous have an option of either going to Kadmat or Kavaratti. Although Kadmat, Bangaram and Agatti are the only islands open to international tourists, Lakshadweep is now planning on opening up more islands for both, international and domestic tourists. Brilliant news! The natural coral reefs, lagoons and attractive marine life remain a hit amongst the visitors.

Alien tip: The main tourist season goes on from October to May. Agatti and Bangaram can be visited throughout the year.

Pristine waters in Lakshadweep!

The Goa experience

We all know what Goa is famous for. But to think that it is limited to only the beaches, alcohol and shacks with good food and music would be an injustice. While the limited underwater visibility does not make scuba diving a world class experience, there is a huge amount of underwater life that can amaze even the most proficient of all divers. Apart from the sharks, sting rays, jelly fish and unique coral formations, divers can also come across a number of shipwrecks. Although, very few have been found and explored.

Alien tip: The main… the rest here

Originally published at

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.