Murudeshwar is a coastal town in Karnataka, offering access to the gorgeous Arabian Sea. Scuba diving in Murudeshwar is fast becoming a popular sport, thanks to the good visibility, rich sea life, and great weather. The beaches of Murudeshwar have soft, golden sand and are the perfect spot for a beach holiday when you aren’t diving.
Most diving in Murudeshwar takes place at Netrani Island, which is about 20 kms off the coast of Murudeshwar. The island itself is a coral formation, which attracts diverse sea life to it. Some divers have reported seeing orcas here, but you’ll see a large variety of butterfly fish and trigger fish here.
There are different options for those looking for scuba diving in Murdeshwar. For beginners, you can choose a Try Dive if you aren’t sure about doing a complete course. Try Dives in Murdeshwar cost about INR 6000, and give you 40 minutes underwater. You’ll be trained so you know the basic skills, and then will head to Netrani Island for your scuba diving session.
Do make sure you choose a certified operator who will provide you with the right gear and have a qualified crew to conduct your scuba session. Read our blog about The Basics of Scuba Gear to find out what scuba gear you’ll be given.
If you’re a beginner to scuba diving, you should check out our blog on Top Questions that Beginners Want to Ask about Scuba Diving.
Apart from Try Dives, you can also do scuba diving courses in Murudeshwar. You’ll be taught all the basics in a swimming pool, and then will be taken out in a boat for your open water dives. Scuba diving courses in Murudeshwar start at about INR 27,000 for the PADI Open Water Diver course.
Murudeshwar is about 4 hours away from Mangalore Airport, but there are trains and buses that take you directly into Murudeshwar. The dive centres are usually on the beach, which is five minutes away from the railway station.
Murudeshwar has a long scuba season, stretching all the way from October to May. It can get hot at the start and end of this season, 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. During the monsoon, scuba diving in Murdeshwar is stopped because the water gets rough.
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 metres swimming test (any stroke of your choice) and a 10 minute floating test.
You don’t need much for your scuba diving experience in Murudeshwar. You’ll need swim wear 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.