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  • Scuba Diving in Goa

    It's one of India’s favourite holiday destinations, but most people don't know about scuba diving in Goa. Apart from the beaches, beer, and warm tropical waters, there are plenty of adventure things to do, thanks to the lush landscapes, rocky cliffs, thundering rivers, and sprawling beaches.

    The adventure sports industry in on the rise in Goa, with snorkeling, scuba diving, rafting and kayaking being some of the many options offered by the state for people looking for adventures with a group of friends or their family.

    Unlike snorkeling, which only allows you to be an onlooker in the vast underwater world, scuba diving in Goa enables you to participate in it. With the freedom of being able to breathe underwater, you’ll be able to swim along the bottom, see more interesting marine life, and get closer looks at the coral formations.

    Where else can you go diving in India? Check out our page on scuba diving in India.

    Learn scuba diving in Goa

    If you’re a novice to scuba diving or have never been scuba diving in Goa, you can book a Try Dive, which is a single dive of about 45 minutes in open water. With this, you'll study some theory so you understand how your gear works, and then you'll take a dip in a pool to learn some basic techniques. Finally, when you're ready, you'll head out into the open seas to try out your newly acquired skills, with your instructor, of course.

    You’ll only be able to go up to 12 metres/40 feet depth with this version of scuba diving in Goa. Try Dives are a good way to find out if you enjoy the experience of scuba, before you sign up for a full course.

    If you’re attempting a course, you’ll spend more time on the theory, so that you understand the equipment better. You’ll also learn basic troubleshooting techniques and some nifty tricks that you can try out underwater. At the end of the course, if you’ve performed all your tasks to the satisfaction of the instructor, you’ll be awarded with the PADI or SSI certificate.

    Special instructions for scuba diving in Goa

    Most scuba diving companies will ask you to fill in a medical questionnaire and even a liability waiver form. Do make sure you are honest about your health issues, because your instructor should be prepared for all possibilities underwater. If you have a history of lung disorders, cardiac issues, asthma, diabetes, or if you have recently undergone surgery, you should talk to your doctor and the scuba diving provider before booking.

    It is best to avoid scuba diving in Goa if you have a cough, cold, or allergy, especially if you are a beginner. Diving with these conditions can be uncomfortable and dangerous.  

    Best time to go scuba diving in Goa:

    If you’re booking a scuba diving trip in Goa, you should plan to go in the summer months of March to June. This is when the water is comfortable, and the sea is calm. You’ll also be able to enjoy better visibility at this time of the year. It's also very sunny and warm, so the underwater adventures will be even more welcome. 

    If summer is not right for you, go in the winter months from November to March. Durign this time, the days are cooler and the water temperature will be cooler. 

    No matter when you go, don't forget the sunscreen when scuba diving in Goa! The sun is hot and tyou can get burned even under water. 

    Other adventures in Goa

    Even though Goa is the smallest state in India, it is still a major tourist destination, with tourists arriving from all over the world. Goa is a place of diverse beauty including green forests, extensive coastline, rivers and cliffs, along with a rich cultural heritage.

    Apart from scuba diving in Goa, there are many other adventures that you can do: like trekking, cycling and motorbiking trips, kayaking, etc. Visit our page on adventure activities in Goa to explore the options and make your visit to Goa even more adventurous, or check out these pages: 

    • Go snorkelling and explore shallower depths without extensive technical training or equipment. Find out more about snorkelling in Goa.
    • Go kayaking in the Sal backwaters or take to the seas at Calangute, Baga, Morjim, and other beaches. Try your hand at night kayaking for an exciting ride under the moonlight. Find out more about kayaking in Goa.
    • Go rafting on the Mhadei river in Panjim. Find out more about rafting in Goa.
    • Go on ocean treks to secluded beaches like Arambol and Neuti, or to the infamous Dudhsagar waterfalls on the Goa-Karnataka border. Find out more about trekking in Goa.
    • Explore Goa slowly, on two wheels. Find out more about cycling in Goa.
    • Go on excursions and cruises to surrounding beaches and islands accessible by water. Find out more about cruises in Goa.
    • Thunder through the streets of Goa with short motorbiking trips. Find out more about motorbiking in Goa.
    • Try your hand at various other adventure sports like paramotoring, parasailing, paddle boarding, etc. Find out more about adventures in Goa.
       

    Cost of scuba diving in Goa

    Scuba diving in Goa usually costs between INR 2,500-INR 6,000 for a Try Dive/Discover Dive. PADI and SSI courses like the Scuba Diver Course, Open Water Diver Course, and the Advanced Open Water Diver Course start at approximately INR 23,500 to INR 30,000 depending on the course and dive location chosen.

    Best places to go scuba diving in Goa

    Goa has a long and beautiful coastline that is teeming with curious creatures just below the surface of the water. There are also several islands close to the shore where diving is popular. Here are some of the best places for scuba diving in Goa:

    Grande Island: Unarguably the best spot for scuba diving in Goa (owing to great visibility and unique sights), Grande Island is located a short boat ride off the coast of South Goa. You will most likely take a boat from Candolim, Sinquerim, or Bogmalo beach.

    You’re likely to spot pods of dolphins speeding through the crystal-clear waters. You’ll see gorgeous coral reefs that are home to turtles, lobsters, and many species of small fish. Experienced divers can also explore the ruins of World War II warships that have sunk to the sea floor.

    Uma Guva Reef: Located close to Grande Island, this stunning reef can be found about 45ft below sea level. You’ll find a rich diversity of marine life, including tunas, surgeonfish, anglerfish, sharks, groupers, and more that thrive in the vast coral ecosystem present here.

    Calangute Beach: This beach is popular amongst tourists not just for what’s on land, but also for what’s beneath the waters. This shoreline is blessed with colourful corals and a thriving marine ecosystem, good visibility, and gentle currents, making it an ideal location for beginners to learn scuba diving in Goa. Dolphins occasionally visit this area, so keep an eye out for them!

    Lobster Avenue: Home to a large number of lobsters of varied species, Lobster Avenue is a fantastic dive spot that’s located about an hour of Candolim Beach in North Goa.

    The region features soft white sand and enormous boulders that line the sea floor. As you get closer, you’ll find sea creatures thriving in the crevices. You’ll find nurse sharks, moray eels, reef rays, turtles, and cuttlefish along with lobsters. There is almost no undercurrent here, making it an easy spot for beginners.

    Turbo Tunnel: Turbo Tunnel is a shallow area, a narrow channel near the coast of Vasco de Gama and is thriving with exotic marine life. This underwater ecosystem is nicknamed Surge City as many fish like damselfish, angelfish, parrotfish, and more congregate in the crevices of the boulders here. These boulders also break waves and can cause surges of underwater currents, so beginners are not usually allowed to dive here. 

    Best schools for scuba diving courses in Goa?

    Goa is a popular location among scuba divers in India. This also means that there are many diving centres and schools that take you for Try Dives and Discover Dives, and also teach you the technicalities and skills with PADI and SSI certification courses.

    Although it is difficult to pick a best school, choosing a vendor you like entirely depends on you. This can depend on the experience the dive school has, how renowned they are, what their charges are, and how qualified their instructors are.

    All vendors associated with The Great Next strictly follow all diving guidelines and protocols and will give you a safe and comfortable scuba diving in Goa experience.

    Tips for scuba diving in Goa

    If you’re a beginner and are starting off with scuba diving in Goa, you’re already at the right place! Goa is an excellent place to learn diving with many beginner-friendly diving spots. Here are some tips on how you can make your scuba diving in Goa experience even better:

    • Do breathing exercises before your scuba trip. Practise breathing slowly and steadily from your mouth as that is what you’ll be doing with your oxygen tank underwater. Diaphragmatic breathing and yoga are also good ways of gaining control over your breathing.
    • Follow all instructions given by your scuba instructor. They are completely well-versed with all things scuba and know their way around the equipment and the underwater regions.
    • Don’t eat a heavy breakfast on dive day. It can make you nauseous. Stick to something light like toast, cereal, oatmeal, etc.
    • If you’re not keen on a course or aren’t sure if you’re ready to invest in one, opt for a Try Dive/Discover Dive. It gives you a taste of scuba diving at a depth of 40ft.
    • If you’re still too afraid to go for a full-fledged scuba diving trip, try snorkelling instead. It’s a lot easier with lesser technicalities while still showing you a glimpse of the underwater world.
       

     

     

  • Try Dive in Goa

    Try Dive in Goa - Short Itinerary:

    Day 1: Scuba diving in Goa

    • Number of dives: 1
    • Diving depth: 40 feet
    • Diving duration: 40-50 min
    • Theory and pool session before the dive

    Try Dive in Goa - Detailed itinerary:

    You'll report to the dive centre, where you'll begin your theory session. You'll then head to the pool for a pool training session. After that, you'll head to the dive site and engage in 1 open water dive. You'll then return to the dive centre. The trip ends here.

    Try Dive in Goa - Inclusions:

    • 45 minutes pool training session
    • 30-40 minutes open water Try Dive at Grande Island, up to 40 feet depth
    • Boat transfers to Grande Island and back
    • Experienced instructors and boat crew
    • Rental of all required scuba gear
    • Drinking water, fruit, biscuits on boat
    • Packed lunch at resort
    • Photos and videos of your scuba dive in Grande Island
    • PADI certificate of completion
    • All applicable taxes

    Try Dive in Goa - Exclusions:

    • Any transport to and from dive resort
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    PADI Scuba Diver Course in Goa

    PADI Open Water Diver Course in Goa

    PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Goa

  • Best time to do scuba diving in Goa

    The best time to go scuba diving in Goa is during the summer months from March to June. During these months, the weather is comfortable, with the water being calm and providing decent visibility.

    Scuba diving in Goa in summer

    Summer in Goa lasts between March and April. It’s bright and sunny in Goa, and tourist activity is considerably lesser than in the winter months. But higher temperatures – that can go as high as 35°C – also means that the water will be comfortably warm.

    The visibility underwater is excellent, and the currents are extremely low, creating idea environments for beginners. June to September is not a great time to visit as it rains pretty heavily. Experienced divers can still go diving in this season.

    Scuba diving in Goa in winter

    Winter is the best season to go scuba diving in Goa. This is usually from November to February. The preceding monsoon season is breeding time for marine animals, so you’ll see a lot of young spawns underwater. Temperatures hover around 25°C, making it a lot more bearable. Visibility is still good, and the currents are also manageable.

    Rainfall in Goa

    Goa gets a pretty heavy monson season from May/June to September. Most people don’t go scuba diving in Goa during this season because the water is rough and the visibility is low. Experienced divers may still go out but beginners are not allowed. 
     

  • Scuba Diving in Goa - Route Map / Altitude Map

    • See all the diving spots in Grande Island in Goa.

  • Scuba Diving in Goa - Frequently Asked Questions

    What do I need to carry for scuba diving in Goa?

    You don't need to carry any scuba diving equipment as the tour operator will provide all the scuba diving gear including oxygen tanks and diving suit. Read about what equipment you’ll be using for scuba diving. You should carry an extra pair of clothes, sandals or flip-flops, sunscreen and sunglasses for when you're not diving.

    Which is the right scuba diving package for me?

    What do I wear under the scuba suit?

    How do I prepare for scuba diving in Goa?

    What health conditions will prevent me from going scuba diving?

    Do I need to know how to swim for scuba diving in Goa?

    What are the best spots for scuba diving in Goa?

    Is scuba diving in Goa good?

    Can non-swimmers do scuba diving in Goa?

  • Scuba Diving in Goa Reviews

  • Goa is a popular tourist destination in India and is well connected to other cities by flight and rail. There are daily flights to Goa flying from most major cities of the country along with regular express trains. Goa is also connected to major cities and towns of Western India by a network of road with many state and privately run busses that ply between them.

    By flight

    Goa International Airport is well-frequented by daily flights from major Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, and more.

    By rail

    Many express trains frequent the Madgao and Dabolim railway stations, arriving from most major Indian cities.

    By road

    Driving down to Goa can make for an epic road trip, especially from nearby cities like Bangalore or Mumbai. You can take your own car or opt for state or private buses or cabs.
     

     

    The best time to go scuba diving in Goa is during the summer months from March to June. During these months, the weather is comfortable, with the water being calm and providing decent visibility.

    Your operator will provide you with a scuba wetsuit and all required gear. You’ll need to wear a swimsuit/bikini/swimming trunks under the wetsuit. Do make sure the swimwear you choose is comfortable. Men can wear swimming briefs or slim-fitting swimming shorts. Don't wear bulky or cotton shorts as these will bunch up under your wetsuit and become uncomfortable.

    Women can wear bikinis or one-piece swimwear. Avoid wearing swimwear with excessive embellishments as these will press into your skin under the wetsuit and become uncomfortable, or damage the wetsuit. 

    If you have long hair, tie it back firmly with an elastic band so it isn’t floating into your mask or obscuring your vision. Avoid wearing any kind of jewellery. 

    The tour operator will provide all the diving equipment for your dives. All you need to carry is a swimsuit/swimming trunks along with a pair of extra clothes. Remember to carry sunscreen and sunglasses too.

    Please carry a change of clothes, an extra swimsuit, and innerwear if you plan to change after your dive. Carry ample sunscreen, a towel, a pair of slippers, and some water. 

    Scuba diving in Goa is perfect for individuals with a basic level of fitness. If you're going for a Try Dive/Discover Dive, then you don't even need to know swimming. However, if you're opting for a PADI/SSI scuba diving course in Goa, then you need to pass a swimming test of 200 meters and 10 min floating to be eligible for the course.

    Do practise some breathing exercises in the weeks leading up to your dive. If you are pregnant, suffer from heart and lung conditions, breathing problems, or psychological or neurological conditions that may cause distortion of senses or acute panic under or near water, you will not be allowed to go scuba diving in Goa.

    What documents should I carry for scuba diving in Goa?

    For scuba diving in Goa, you may or may not be required to present a PADI or SSI certificate, depending on the dive site you choose to visit. Try Dives, Discover Dives, and PADI Scuba Diver Courses do not require prior certification.

    However, PADI Open Water Diver Courses and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Courses require you to present your certificate as a proof of completion of the preceding course.

    Don’t forget to carry a government-issued identity card (like a driver’s license) and any vaccination certificates or RT-PCR reports mandated by local authorities.

    What kind of food will be provided while scuba diving in Goa?

    Lunch and snacks provided, if any, will be had on the boat in between dives. They will usually consist of extremely light food in small portions, so you don’t feel nauseous while scuba diving in Goa. Packaged drinking water is usually readily available on your boat. Please do check your package carefully before booking as different operators offer different inclusions.

    Safety protocols and advisory on scuba diving in Goa

    Scuba diving in Goa is generally considered safe, but it is important to note a few guidelines to ensure your safety while diving in the open waters.

    • Avoid wearing jewellery as you may lose it during diving or it may damage your scuba gear
    • Avoid scuba diving in Goa is you have a cough or a cold as it may hinder your limited breathing capacity underwater (especially if you’re a beginner)
    • Avoid interacting with or feeding marine life, especially without the instructions of your dive instructor
    • Do follow the instructions of your dive instructor at all times. Consumption of alcohol or drugs before or during the dive is strictly prohibited.

    Are there ATMs in Goa?

    Yes, there are plenty of ATMs in Goa.

    Is there network connectivity in Goa?

    Yes, there is good network connectivity in most regions, unless you are staying in a very remote location. Most hotels and cafés offer Wi-Fi.

    Cancellation and refund policy for scuba diving in Goa

    The cancellation and refund policy will depend upon the operator you choose for your dive. In general, no shows don’t receive any refunds. Detailed cancellation and refund policies are available on our website’s trip booking pages.

    COVID-19 protocol for scuba diving in Goa

    All divers are required to present their double vaccination certificate. All tourist spots, including dive centres, are regularly sanitised and have thermal temperature checks for all visitors. All scuba equipment is sanitised and disinfected between uses.

    Many dive centres offer online lessons in place of classroom lessons for diving courses, thereby limiting exposure to many other visitors. Scuba diving in Goa also takes place from regularly sanitised boats that are open and don’t have any recirculated air that may pose a higher risk of COVID-19.