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Scuba diving in Murudeshwar

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.

Scuba diving in Murudeshwar – Cost and booking

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.

Scuba diving courses in Murudeshwar

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.

How to reach – Murudeshwar scuba diving

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.

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This scuba try dive in Murdeshwar is perfect for beginners who wants to experience the thrill of scuba diving, but don’t want to enrol in a multi-day, scuba certification course. Designed to introduce the adventure sport to first-time divers, this half-day session will take you to the dive spot near Netrani Island for a 40-min long, open water dive.

Before you take the boat ride to the island, you'll begin with a briefing session to teach you the basics of scuba diving such as handling the scuba equipment and communicating underwater. You'll be guided by a certified dive instructor at all times, even when you dive deep to explore the beautiful, underwater paradise of the Arabian Sea. Ideal for people who want a proper way to test the waters of scuba diving, this trip also serves as a trial run to explore further certification courses in diving.
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  • One 40-min open water scuba dive
  • All equipment required for scuba diving
  • Transfers between Murdeshwar beach and dive spot
  • Services of certified dive instructor and support crew
  • Light refreshments, during boat transfer
  • SSI certificate (after successful completion of the dive)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel cost from base city to dive centre
  • Any meals or accommodation in Murdeshwar
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Take your fascination with scuba diving to the next level by getting certified as a SSI Open Water Diver. On this trip, you'll complete four open water dives, of 45-mins each, going up to 60-feet deep in the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea.

But before you take the plunge, you'll learn the proper methods and techniques of diving during classroom sessions with a certified dive instructor. In the swimming pool at the dive centre, you'll also practice these skills and put the theory to test. During your open water dives, you'll swim across schools of lively, coral reef fish and have fun navigating an underwater paradise, largely left undiscovered by most people.

NOTE: As part of the course, travellers are required to swim for 200 meters and float for 10 minutes.
    Inclusions
  • SSI Open Water Diver course material
  • Theory sessions and pool training
  • Boat for transfers between dive centre and dive spots
  • Services of certified dive instructor and support crew
  • Four open water dives of 45-min each
  • All equipment required for scuba diving
  • Light refreshments, during boat transfer
  • SSI Open Water Diver certification (upon successful completion of the course)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel cost from base city to dive centre
  • Any meals or accommodation in Murdeshwar
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

FAQs about scuba diving in Murudeshwar

What is the best season to go scuba diving in Murudeshwar?

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.

Can beginners do scuba diving in Murudeshwar?

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.

I don’t know how to swim. Can I still go scuba diving in Murudeshwar?

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.

What is the packing list for scuba diving in Murudeshwar?

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.

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