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  • Goa
  • Karnataka
  • Maharashtra
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  • Pondicherry
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  • Scuba course
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Goa Scuba Dive and Water Sports Combo
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30 mins Try Dive in Neil Island
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30 mins Try Dive in Neil Island Neil Island ,Andaman Nicobar
Fun Dive in Andamans at Chidiya Tapu
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Fun Dive in Andamans at Chidiya Tapu Chidiya Tapu ,Andaman Nicobar
PADI Scuba Diver Course in Havelock
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PADI Scuba Diver Course in Havelock Havelock ,Andaman Nicobar
Octopush
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Octopush Pune ,Maharashtra
PADI OWD+AOWD
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PADI OWD+AOWD Havelock ,Andaman Nicobar
Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) (Boat)
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Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) (Boat) Havelock ,Andaman Nicobar
30 mins Try Dive in Neil Island
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30 mins Try Dive in Neil Island Neil Island ,Andaman Nicobar
SSI Open Water Diver Course in Udupi (for groups)
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PADI Scuba Diver course with standard hut stay
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Andamans Try Dive at Sea Shell Reef
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Andamans Try Dive at Sea Shell Reef Havelock ,Andaman Nicobar
SSI Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD) Course in Havelock
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Scuba diving in India

Scuba diving in India

Scuba diving is a fast-growing adventure sport that takes place at multiple spots along the coastline. Some of the best diving spots in India offer great visibility and a rich diversity of marine life.

Where can I go scuba diving?

Dives take place in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in Goa, in Udupi and Murdeshwar in Karnataka, and in Pondicherry.

At all these locations, you can sign up for a PADI scuba course to earn your certification, or if you’re a beginner, you can choose a Try Dive, a short scuba experience.

Scuba for beginners

If you know how to swim, you can sign up for a PADI scuba course. To get your certification, you will need to pass a 200-meter swimming test and a 10-minute floating test.

However, if you don’t know how to swim or are a beginner to scuba diving, you can sign up for a Try Dive. This is a short scuba dive of about 20-25 mins, guided by your scuba instructor, so you can experience the fun of scuba diving

Read about Top Options in Andamans for Scuba Beginners.

Scuba diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The pristine water of the Indian Ocean and beautiful marine life make the Andamans one of the top destinations for deep sea diving. Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar has an extensive marine ecosystem and is a perfect place for completing scuba diving courses.

The Andaman Sea offers one of the highest counts of fish and coral species on the planet. Your Havelock scuba diving session gives you a chance to swim alongside a mind-boggling array of fish and a profusion of healthy, colourful coral.

Havelock Island itself is an idyllic paradise with white sand beaches fringed with coconut groves, and blue, blue water with high visibility. See all scuba diving in Andamans.

Scuba diving in Goa

Enjoy diving in the beautiful waters of sunny Goa where you can marvel at the variety of fish and coral native to the area. If you're lucky, you might spot some curious dolphins.

Grande Island is one of the most popular spots for scuba diving in Goa. See all scuba diving in Goa.

Scuba diving in Karnataka

Karnataka is blessed with valleys, verdant forests and beautiful beaches where you'll find peace and happiness above water, and magic and wonder below.

The town of Udupi with its gorgeous Kapu beach is a popular tourist destination in Karnataka. Here you can dabble in some scuba diving and snorkelling and explore the picturesque coral reefs and see varieties of colourful fish.

Murdeshwar is another top spot for scuba diving in Karnataka. The water here is clear and you can expect to see glimpse of turtles, stingrays, and stone fish on your dive. See more scuba diving trips in Udupi and other scuba diving trips in Murdeshwar.

What do I need to carry?

You don’t need to pack much, except for comfortable swimwear and a towel. You’ll be provided with all the equipment you need by your scuba operator.

Read our blog Understanding Scuba Gear to know what equipment you’ll be given. Carry long-sleeved clothing, a pair of sunglasses and a cap for the sunny boat ride out to your dive spot.

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Start point: Calangute dive center
  • Endpoint: Calangute dive center
  • Day start time: 08:00 hrs
  • Maximum depth: 0 feet
  • Total dive time: 0 hrs

Day 2:

  • Start point: Calangute dive center
  • Endpoint: Calangute dive center
  • Day start time: 08:00 hrs
  • Maximum depth: 0 feet
  • Total dive time: 0 hrs

Day 3:

  • Start point: Calangute dive centre
  • Endpoint: Calangute dive centre
  • Day start time: 08:00 hrs
  • Maximum depth: 60 feet
  • Total dive time: 1.5 hrs

Day 4:

  • Start point: Calangute dive centre
  • Endpoint: Calangute dive centre
  • Day start time: 08:00 hrs
  • Maximum depth: 60 feet
  • Total dive time: 1.5 hrs
Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:

Report to the dive center sharp at 08:00 hrs in the morning. On the first day, you will learn dive techniques and skills as you load up on the theoretical aspects of scuba diving.

Under the guidance of a trained and experienced instructor, you will have a classroom session covering 5 modules of theory, learning all about the diving equipment. The class will be over by late afternoon.

Day 2:

Reach the dive center at the same time as the preceding day. A quick revision will be conducted after which you will get to put the theory into practice.

You will enter the swimming pool with the dive instructor in tow. You will put on the scuba suit and have 5 modules of pool training mirroring the 5 sections of the theory that you learned.

You will spend considerable time in the pool so that you can feel at ease moving around wearing the heavy equipment. The session will end by late afternoon.

Day 3:

You will be given a briefing session when you arrive. You will then board the boats and make your way to the dive spots near Grande Island.

Two open water diving sessions of 45 minutes each with a maximum depth of 60 feet is on the itinerary. The dive instructors will always be on hand, helping you with the diving technique while you grasp new underwater navigation skills.

After a tiring but immensely satisfying scuba diving experience, you will come back to solid ground by evening.

Day 4:

You will arrive at the dive centre and after the briefing session, take the boats to the dive spot. Two more dive sessions follow of 45-minutes duration with a maximum depth of 60-feet.

You will be back to the centre by evening. A short quiz will be conducted to earn your scuba certification. The trip ends here.

Inclusions:

The overall expenses cover the SSI course material, the theory sessions and the accompanying pool training. The boat ride, as well as private vehicle transportation, is provided by the dive operators.

The services and expertise of the instructors and the support crew are part of the costs. It also includes the four open water dives of 45 minutes each. All the dive equipment and gear required will be provided at the dive center.

The center also may give you some light refreshments during the boat transfers. It will depend on the package details. A certification will be provided on completion of the course. There are no hidden costs, all applicable taxes are included.

Exclusions:

Travel from your base city to the dive center is not included in the costs. The same goes for any and all personal expenses.

Meals and refreshments will be served based on the packages selected. Please check with your operator for the final details. Any costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances will be charged on an additional basis.

Adventure travel or health insurance is not included in the expenses and can be purchased separately. Lastly, anything not mentioned in the inclusions is charged on an independent basis as incurred.

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Start point: Murdeshwar dive centre
  • Endpoint: Murdeshwar dive centre
  • Day start time: 08:00 hrs
  • Maximum depth: 40 feet
  • Total dive time: 40 mins
Detailed Itinerary:

Reach the dive centre sharp at 08:00 hrs where the instructors will welcome you and brief you. You will then ride from Murdeshwar beach to the dive spot near Netrani island in an arranged vehicle.

You will put on the scuba suit and dive into the open water, after a small briefing. The underwater experience will last for 40 minutes. After the dive, you will return back to the mainland, bringing the open water adventure to a satisfying end.

Inclusions:

The costs cover the open dive session of 40-minutes duration. It is inclusive of all the gear that will be required for the same as well as the transfer to and from the dive spot.

The services and expertise of the experienced instructors and the support crew are also included in the expenses. Light refreshments will be provided to you on board the boat. All applicable taxes are included.

Exclusions:

Travel from your base city to the dive centre is not included in the costs. The same goes for any and all personal expenses.

Meals and refreshments will be served based on the packages selected. Please check with your operator for the final details before booking any scuba diving experience. Any costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances will be charged on an additional basis.

Adventure travel or health insurance is not included in the expenses and can be purchased separately. Lastly, anything not mentioned in the inclusions is charged on an independent basis as incurred.

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 1: Check-in at the campsite

  • Diving depth: 40 feet
  • Diving time: 45 min
  • Number of dives: 2
  • Spend the night in tents
Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:

You have to report at the dive centre at 08:00 hrs, where you'll collect your gear then you'll be transferred to the dive site by a boat. There, you'll engage in two open water dives. Upon completion, you'll return to the dive centre. The trip ends here.

Inclusions:

Transfer by boat to dive site| One 20-25 minute shallow water training session with underwater breathing exercises | Two Discover Scuba Dives of 45-50 mins duration each | Dive instructor | Certificate for your Discover Scuba Dive upon successful completion | All scuba diving equipment | Photos/videos of your scuba dive | All applicable taxes

Exclusions:

Any food or beverages | Accommodation of any kind | Insurance | Personal expenses | Any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies | Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 1: Theory and shallow water training

  • Theory session about
  • Training in shallow waters

Day 2: Open water dives

  • Number of dives: 2
  • Diving depth: 40 feet
  • Diving time: 90 min
Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:

Arrive at the dive centre in the morning where you'll begin your theory session. After learning the basic techniques of diving, you'll head to shallow waters and practice what you learned. After your theory session, you'll return to the dive centre.

Day 2:

Arrive as the dive centre in the morning from where you'll be taken to the dive site. You'll get to engage in 2 open water dives. After that, you'll return to the dive centre and collect your PADI Scuba Diver certificate.

Inclusions:

Boat transfers between dive centre-dive spots | Two open water dives | All equipment required for scuba diving | Services of experienced dive instructors and support crew | Theory and pool training sessions | PADI Scuba Diver course material | PADI Scuba Diver certification (upon successful completion) | All applicable taxes

Exclusions:

Travel arrangements between home city and campsite | Any meals except those mentioned in inclusions | Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc. | Personal expenses such as additional meals or beverages etc. | Adventure travel or health insurance | Anything not mentioned in inclusions/p>

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 1: Theory session

  • Meet your instructor
  • Learn the theory behind scuba diving
  • Learn how to use scuba gear

Day 2: Theory plus pool session

  • Get an in-depth understanding of diving techniques
  • Learn to dive in confined water
  • Learn troubleshooting techniques

Day 3: Open water dives

  • Engage in 2 open water dives
  • Diving depth: 60 feet
  • Diving time: 90 min

Day 4: Open water dives

  • Engage in 2 more open water dives
  • Diving depth: 60 feet
  • Diving time: 90 min
  • Earn the PADI Open Water Diver certificate
Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:

Report to the dive centre where you'll meet your instructor and begin the theory session. You'll learn about the theory and techniques behind scuba diving.

Day 2:

Report to the dive centre and engage in more theory session with your instructor. After that, you'll head to the pool and engage in confined water training where you'll practice what you learnt the previous day.

Day 3:

Report to the dive centre and collect your scuba gear. You'll then head to the dive site via a speedboat. There, you'll engage in 2 open water dives and then return to the dive centre.

Day 4:

Today, you'll report to the dive centre and then head to the dive site for your 2 more open water dives. Then, you'll return to the dive site and collect your PADI Open Water Diver course. The course ends here.

Inclusions:

All PADI course material and paperwork for the PADI Open Water Diver course | 4 open water dives of 45 mins duration each | Confined/shallow water training sessions | All required training including 5 theory modules, equipment orientation, trouble-shooting techniques | All necessary diving equipment | Supervision by a dive instructor | Boat transfers to dive sites where required| PADI certification and log-book (upon successful completion of the course) | All applicable taxes

Exclusions:

Accommodation of any kind | Insurance | Personal expenses | Any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies | Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 1: 3 open water dives

  • Number of dives: 3
  • Diving depth: 100 feet
  • Diving time: 120 min
  • Type of dives: 1 Deep Dive, 1 Navigation Dive, 1 adventure dive of your choice

Day 2: 2 open water dives

  • Number of dives: 2
  • Diving depth: 100 feet
  • Diving time: 90 min
  • Type of dive: adventure dives of your choice
Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:

Arrive at the dive centre and collect your scuba gear, after which you'll be transferred to the dive site by a boat. There, you'll engage in 3 open water dives which includes 2 mandatory dives and 1 adventure dive. You'll then head back to the dive centre.

Day 2:

Arrive at the dive centre and collect your scuba gear, you'll then be taken to the dive site where you'll engage in 2 remaining open water dives. You'll then return to the dive centre and collect your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

Inclusions:

5 boat dives, including 1 compulsory Deep Dive and 1 compulsory Navigation Dive | All necessary diving equipment | Supervision by a dive professional | Boat transfers to dive sites | Certification and log-book updates | All applicable taxes

Exclusions:

Accommodation of any kind | Insurance | Personal expenses | Any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies | Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 1: Check-in at the campsite

  • Diving depth: 100 feet
  • Diving time: 45 min
  • Number of dives: 2
Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:

You have to report at the dive centre at 08:00 hrs, where you'll collect your gear then you'll be transferred to the dive site by a boat. There, you'll engage in two open water dives. Upon completion, you'll return to the dive centre. The trip ends here.

Inclusions:

Transfer by boat to dive site | Two fun dives of 45-50 mins duration each | Dive instructor | Certificate for your Discover Scuba Dive upon successful completion | All scuba diving equipment | Photos/videos of your scuba dive | All applicable taxe

Exclusions:

Any food or beverages | Accommodation of any kind | Insurance | Personal expenses | Any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies | Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Best time to go/Weather

The most ideal time to go is from October to May. This is essentially the winter and the summer season. During the rainy months, scuba diving becomes impossible because the oceans are stormy and visibility is poor.

The summer months offer the best weather inside the water while the winter months the best weather outside the dives. The water might be chilly during winter but visibility is remarkable.

The spots for best scuba diving in India are located at or near major tourist locations like Goa, Udipi, Andamans, etc. These places are well connected to all major Indian cities by airports, railways, and roads including state and privately run bus services.

Some packages also include pick-up and drop-off from your base city to the starting point of the dive. Be sure to check out the inclusions of the package you’re looking to know more about the same.

For scuba diving, it is vital that you wear quick-dry clothing and swimwear underneath. Carry an extra set of dry clothes with you and bring along a towel.

Do not have any expensive jewelry or wearable gadgets on your person for the scuba diving session. Swimwear that is highly embellished or restricts movement in any manner is not permitted.

You do not need to carry a lot of items. The absolute essentials are swimwear and a towel. Make sure you bring along full-sleeved clothing, sunglasses, a cap and some sunscreen for the boat ride to the dive spot.

You can pack all the above items in a day pack that you must get with you. You can also fill it with some dry snacks and water. Do not forget to bring a government-issued ID card.

A basic level of fitness is sufficient for scuba diving. You do not need to know swimming if you are opting for a Try Dive or a Discover Scuba Dive. For the PADI/SSI course, however, there is a requirement that you must fulfill.

You need to swim for 200 meters, any stroke of your choice, and a floating test of 10 minutes as the minimum criteria. You can then undertake the extended course.

Some places might require you to fill out a medical form after confirmation of your booking. Depending on your responses, you might be told to secure a doctor’s clearance allowing your participation in the scuba dive. This is for your safety and well being.

In any case, should you suffer from any pre-existing medical conditions, it is always recommended that you consult your physician before thinking of partaking in any adventure sport.

Scuba diving in India - Frequently Asked Questions

India has a long scuba season, stretching all the way from October to May. In the monsoon months from June-September, scuba will be stopped because the oceans become turbulent, and the visibility is greatly compromised.

The summer months can be hot, but that makes it more fun to jump into the water. Choose the winter months of November, December, and January for the best weather outside the dives.

Yes, you can start with a Try Dive if you’re not sure about committing to a scuba diving course. If you know how to swim, you can even ‘dive straight in’ to your first scuba course.

 

Yes, you can. Non-swimmers can book a Try Dive, as long as they are comfortable in the water. However, if you want to do a course, you will need to know how to swim.

One of the prerequisites for getting certified is completing a 200 meters swimming test (any stroke of your choice) and a 10-minute floating test.

You don’t need much for your scuba diving experience in India. You’ll need swimwear and sandals or slippers, as well as a light towel and a loose top or tee to wear between dives. Take sunscreen and drinking water with you too.

Diving should not be done when you have a cough or cold. Any sinus-related infection or fever is an immediate red flag.

Any respiratory conditions bar you from taking part in this underwater experience. The same goes for anyone who has had back surgeries or other similar procedures. Avoid diving if you are pregnant.

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