Scuba diving in India
With over 8000 km of beautiful coastline and an array of islands lost within the Indian Ocean, India is full of dive sites waiting to be explored! Unfortunately many reefs are not in good condition and many dive sites along the coast are not of great interest. Therefore, diving in India is focused on few areas where the reefs have been well preserved and where healthy reefs host a huge abundance of biodiversity!
The Lakshadweep archipelago in the Arabian Sea and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal are world renowned, top diving locations. The islands of Lakshadweep are home to beautiful wrecks such a the Princess Royal off of Bangaram Atoll. It sunk over 200 years ago, a victim of conflict between the British and the French. On its way down into the abyss the ship took with her pottery and guns and her anchor is still visible. Also around Bangaram, the dive site Manta Point is a colourful reef which is often frequented by manta rays (September to December) as well as other pelagic life such as whale sharks!
In the west, the region of Goa, one of the smallest Indian provinces, is also home to a rich coastal area. Its easy access to the Arabian Sea and great climate makes it particularly suitable for new discoveries and underwater exploration. Lush coral gardens and mysterious wrecks, your thirst for adventure will be quickly quenched!
- In Goa, the dive site Jetty at Grand Island is between 2m and 20m deep with nudibranchs and many local species of corals and fish.
- Further south of Grand Island in Goa, Sail Rock is a haven for a wide variety of fish that swim in and around the rocky outcrops.
The East coast which opens into the Bay of Bengal is even richer in marine life and there are some superb wrecks to be found here. Beautiful, healthy coral reefs are home to swarms of fish in and around Pondicherry and Chennai. Visibility on these reefs is between 15-30m but can often reach up to 40m!.
The best dive sites in Pondicherry are Aarawind’s Wall and Temple Reef.
- Aravind’s Wall: Is ideal for drift diving. The site covers are large area with visibility reaching up to 40m. Schools of groupers, barracudas and harmless sea snakes as well as plenty of macro such as nudibranchs and many sea fans.
- Temple Reef is just in front of Pondicherry and reaches a depth of 18m. This dive site is an artificial reef, the previous having been destroyed by trawling. There is an abundance of marine life here and a reef made up of rocks, concrete and metal. There are 45 marine species that live here including groupers, bat fish, trunk fish, moray eels as well as mantis shrimp.
- Twin Towers dive site is in Chennai, further south and consists of two blocks of granite that lean up against one another. In between the two live parrotfish, wrasse fish, moray eels, bat fish and plenty of macro life.
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