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    India

    India 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 underwater diversity. 

    Goa, 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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    Great Dives

    • Grand Island, Goa – Situated off shore, this island has several dive sites, usually with crystal clear water that is teeming with small fish, tinted corals, beautiful shells and other marine life. You’ll also find shipwrecks from different eras.
    • Netrani Island, Goa – Located off the coast of Karnataka, Netrani (also called Pigeon Island) has clear waters with a wealth of marine life, including a wide variety of corals and reef fish. Being further out in the Arabian Sea, there have been sightings of humpback, minke and killer whales, and occasionally whale sharks that pass by on their migratory routes.
    • The Wall, Havelock Island, Andaman – This wall drops from 10 metres/35 feet down deep to the sand channel between Havelock and Peel Island. The tidal currents bring in a large number of Napoleon wrasse, snapper and trevally. Drift by purple soft coral that cling to the wall and look for scorpionfish, stonefish and nudibranchs.
    • Lighthouse Point, Andaman – This healthy sloping coral reef boasts a large variety of reef fish including fusiliers, lionfish and humpback parrotfish. With sponges, sea fans and plenty of barrel sponges, this is truly pristine diving.
    • Princess Royal, Bangaram, Lakshadweep – This ship sank in a battle between France and Britain more than two hundred years ago. Look for broken pottery scattered around the wreck, several large cannons and the ship’s anchor. The hull, protected by copper is relatively intact and home to a variety of marine life.
    • Manta Point, Bangaram, Lakshadweep – This colorful reef is often visited by manta rays, especially in September through to December. Other pelagics also visit, including an occasional whale shark, along with other rays and turtles. Starting shallow and sloping down to 20 metres/70 feet, this site is beautiful even if no big fish show up.
    • Aravind's Wall, Pondicherry – This wall is the ultimate drift dive and actually contains more than a dozen dive sites. On any dive, you’re likely to see angelfish, butterflyfish, lionfish, parrotfish and triggerfish. You may see a few sea snakes and perhaps spot a honeycomb moray eel peeking out from the wall.
    • Ravines, Pondicherry – This site has deep flowing cuts in the rocky reef bed that you follow as you ascend from deeper to shallower water during the dive. A variety of marine life call the ravines home including colorful reef fish and crustaceans.

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    Dive Summary

    Visibility – 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.

    Water 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.

    Weather – 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.

    Featured 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.

    Travel Info

    Language – Hindi is the major language and there are 18 other official dialects. English is however, widely spoken.

    Currency – Indian Rupee. Credit cards are widely accepted in resort areas and cities.

    Major 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.

    Electricity – 230 volts, 50Hz. Internet is widely available. 

    Topside 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.

    Information links:
    incredibleindia.org

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