71% of our Earth is water, so we implore you to get on your Scuba Diving gear and explore the amazing sights that lay in wait for you underwater. India has some incredible scuba diving opportunities, so we thought we’d give you a quick introduction to some of the best.
Most of these places are great to learn how to scuba dive, but there are more adventurous options for the experts. Each location has many great Scuba Schools with internationally qualified instructors and team members, so you are in good hands. Scroll down to find out where the best dive sites are, what you should look for whilst down there and when the best time to go is.
Best Places for Scuba Diving in India
Scuba Diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Among the most famous sites in India among dive enthusiasts, the Andaman Islands and Nicobar Islands both have incredible visibility in the deep blue. Swim alongside vibrant corals and exotic species of fish. On the Andamans, there are even a few uninhabited islands so you’re really getting unspoilt beaches, corals and healthy marine life.
There is a wall that drops from 10metres, creating a tidal current that draws some beautiful species in large numbers.
Best Dive Sites in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The Wall (Havelock Island), Clinique Island (Port Blair) and Fish Rock (Passage Island)
What to Look For: Sea Turtles, Sharks, Coral reefs, Manta Rays and, best of all, a famous swimming Elephant!
Best Time to Scuba Dive: February to March
Scuba Diving in the Lakshadweep Islands
Jump in and explore cauliflower corals in the waters off Lakshadweep Islands, swimming past manta rays in aquamarine waters. You might even spot a white shark. If you like wreck diving, put this one on your list.
Best Dive Sites in Lakshadweep Islands: Aggati Islands, Bangarram Islands and Kadmat
What to Look For: Coral reefs, Sea Turtles and a huge array of colourful fish
Best Time to Scuba Dive: December to April
Scuba Diving in Pondicherry
Situated on the seafront, the former French colony of Pondicherry has a distinctly European air, with wide boulevards and shady cobbled streets overlooked by charming colonial architecture. If you’re visiting the popular tourist destination, then it’s a good opportunity to go diving on your trip. However, if you’re seeking a dive trip, the other islands are better options as Pondicherry waters have poorer visibility.
Best Dive Sites in Pondicherry : Cool Shark Reef, Temple Reef, The Hole and 4 Corners
What to Look For: Lion Fish, King Fish, Moray Eels, Parrot Fish, Manta Rays and Tiger Fish
Best Time to Scuba Dive: February to April or September to November
Scuba Diving in Karnataka
Karnataka has clear waters, forests and a great diversity of marine life including whales and stone fish.
Best Dive Sites in Karnataka: With great beaches come great dive opportunities, try Netrani Island!
What to Look For: Whales, Sea Turtles, Stingrays, Cobia, Stonefish, Great Barracudas and Napoleon Wrasse
When to Go: December to January