Scuba diving in Udupi, Karnataka

Head to the coastal town of Udupi to try scuba diving in Karnataka. The swaying palms and golden sand beaches are the perfect setting for a fun day of exploring the underwater world.

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Scuba diving in Kapu, Malpe, Udupi

Udupi is a beach town in Karnataka, along the southern coast. In recent years it has become famous for scuba diving at Kapu beach and Malpe beach. The dive spots along this coast have large coral reefs that are richly populated with vivid fish and sea life. The seafloor is dotted with boulders, so there is plenty of scenic underwater landscape to enjoy.

Scuba diving in Kapu beach, Udupi – Cost and booking

Scuba diving at Kapu beach starts from about INR 4500 for Try Dives, if you go with a certified dive operator. It is important to choose experienced and qualified crews, as there are many new operators setting up dive shops without the right training and gear. Read our blog about The Basics of Scuba Gear to find out what scuba gear you’ll be given.

A Try Dive in Udupi gives you about 40 minutes underwater. You’ll be given a briefing session by your instructor first, to teach you the basic skills you’ll need. After that, you head out to Kapu beach for your scuba diving session.

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 Kapu beach, Udupi

Apart from Try Dives, you can also do scuba diving course in Udupi. Courses usually take place at Kapu beach. Usually the shallow water training is done in a swimming pool, and then you head out in a boat for your open water dives. Scuba diving courses in Udupi cost about INR 23-25,000 for the Open Water Diver course.

How to reach - Kapu scuba diving

Kapu beach is about half an hour from Udupi railway station or one hour away from Mangalore airport. There are also regular buses to Udupi from Mangalore, Bangalore, and Mysore. Most certified dive operators have dive shops in Kapu beach.

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Get a taste of the scuba life on this 40-min scuba try dive in Udupi. Over a half-day itinerary, this trip will introduce you to the adventure sport, and guide you towards undertaking your first open water dive. Before taking the plunge, you'll learn the basics of scuba diving such as handling the scuba equipment and navigating underwater. Later, you'll travel to the dive spots from Kapu Beach to undertake a 40-min open water dive.

You'll explore the underwater beauty, undiscovered by many, as you swim alongside hundreds of tiny fishes on the sea floor. 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 Kapu 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
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  • Travel cost from base city to dive centre
  • Any meals or accommodation in Udupi
  • 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
SSI Open Water Diver Course in Udupi (for groups)
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If you and your group of friends have ever wanted to book a scuba holiday, this is the perfect trip for you. On this 4-day scuba diving course in Udupi, you'll learn to dive alongisde your group to explore the depths of the Arabian Sea. For the first two days, you'll learn the principles and protocols of scuba diving, and practice diving with the scuba suit in a swimming pool.

Ready for the open sea, you'll take a boat ride to the dive spots and complete four open water dives of 45-mins each. Certified dive instructors will guide and train your entire group as you explore the sea floor teeming with different species of coral reef fishes.

NOTE: A minimum of 7 travellers are required to book this SSI Open Water Diver course in Udupi.
    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 Udupi
  • 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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Earn your SSI Open Water Diver credentials on this 4-day scuba diving course in Udupi. For the first two days, you'll spend the day learning the theory of scuba diving, and practicing your skills in a swimming pool.

Guided by a certified dive instructor, you'll get comfortable with the scuba equipment and learn responsible diving, before transferring to the dive spots in the Arabian Sea. Here, you'll complete four open water dives of 45-mins each to perfect your dive techniques, and explore the sea floor teeming with different species of coral reef fishes.

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 Udupi
  • 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 Udupi

What is the best season to go scuba diving in Kapu, Udupi?

The months of October to May are usually the best months to go. While the start and end of this season can be very hot, the water is always cool and refreshing. Choose the winter months of November, December, and January for the best weather outside the dives and cool water to dive in. During the monsoon months, the water gets rough and visibility is affected, so it’s best to avoid going during this time.

Can beginners do scuba diving in Kapu, Udupi?

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 Kapu?

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 Kapu, Udupi?

You don’t need much for your scuba diving experience in Udupi. 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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