In Heritage and Culture
is a large country with 8000 kilometres/5000 miles of coastline. India is made up of many islands, both in the Andaman and Arabian Seas. This means that when diving
in India you can expect plenty of amazing dive sites that offer incredible
the smallest and richest state on India’s west coast, has easy access to the
Arabian Sea. Diving off Goa provides divers with the opportunity to glide over
lush coral gardens and pinnacles, as well as dive a variety of shipwrecks. Lakshadweep
is a remote archipelago off India's southwestern coast just above the Maldives.
Dive sites near Lakshadweep offer colorful reefs, overhangs, swim-throughs and
big fish action. The remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands, between India and
Thailand, boast vibrant coral reefs, huge schools of fish and pristine dive conditions.
Pondicherry, on India’s eastern coast, has untouched and largely unexplored
reefs and wrecks. In this populous country, you’ll find underwater exploration
as intriguing as exploring India’s rich heritage and culture.
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– The outlying islands of
Lakshadweep and Andaman typically have the best visibility ranging from 10-45
metres/30-150 feet. Off Goa, expect visibility ranging from 5-11 metres/15-35
feet. Pondicherry dive sites offer visibility from 5-20 metres/15-70 feet.
Temperature – Water temperatures average
27-28°C/80-82°F off the Andaman Islands, Goa and Lakshadweep. Pondicherry water
temperatures range from 26-30°C/78-84°F.
– All of southern India is within
the tropics, so generally it's hot year-round. The peak season in the Andamans
runs from November through to April. Monsoons frequently shut down diving in
June and July. Diving in Goa is perhaps best during October through to May. May
through to November is ideal for diving Lakshadweep. Pondicherry’s peak
dive season is January through to June and then September through to November,
although diving in this area is available all year.
Creatures – You'll find the typical Indian
Ocean reef fish, as well as mantas, groupers, turtles and dugongs in the
shallows. In Lakshadweep, you can also find manta ray cleaning stations, along
with white-tip reef, grey reef and guitar sharks.
Recommended Training – Take the PADI Deep Diver and Drift Diver courses to be prepared for the fabulous wall diving. The PADI Wreck Diver course will get you ready for exploring the diverse wrecks in India. The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation course will help you appreciate the marine protected areas and healthy reefs.
– Hindi is the major language and
there are 18 other official dialects. English is however, widely spoken.
– Indian Rupee. Credit cards are
widely accepted in resort areas and cities.
Airports – India's major ports of entry
include Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, Indira Gandhi
International Airport in New Delhi, Bengaluru International Airport in
Bengaluru, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad and Chennai
International Airport in Chennai.
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Attractions – India is a large country with
so many historic and cultural sites such as the Taj Mahal. It would take years
to fully explore India. Along the coast, you’ll find all kinds of watersports available
to do, including waterskiing and surfing. Head inland and you can trek through
jungles or hike up beautiful mountains.