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  • Snorkeling in India

    You’ll be surprised by how many snorkeling destinations there are in India. Thanks to the expansive coastline and good weather, it is a fun and exciting adventure activity that you can do for most of the year. Imagine swimming with schools of colourful fish and coral and immersing yourself in a completely different world underwater.

    One of the ultimate vacation spots, ideal for both snorkeling and diving, is Goa. Explore marine life in the hidden pockets of Goa, and lounge on the beaches to relax as well. Other popular destinations include the Andaman Islands and Tarkarli in Maharashtra.

    Goa

    With its warm water and pristine yellow beaches, Goa is always a beautiful place to go to. It’s one of India’s favourite holiday destinations. But under the surface of the sea lies a whole new world filled with stunning marine life.

    One of the most popular destinations is Grande Island in North Goa. If you’re staying around Calangute, Baga, Arpora or Candolim, you’ll be picked up and taken to a boat for your dive.

    The boat ride out to the island takes you past sites like Millionaire’s Palace, Aguada Jail, and more. You might even spot some dolphins if things are going your way.

    When you stop at Grande Island, you can spend some time at the deserted beach. After that, adjust your snorkel and mask, and step out into the warm tropical waters.

    You’ll float over beautiful coral formations and some of the most magnificent marine life ever. You’ll spot parrotfish, angelfish, snappers, Moorish idols, and barracudas.

    End your trip with a delicious Goan-style lunch and a beer at hand as you relax on the beach. Other islands to explore in Goa include the Wreck of Suzy, Cove of Shelter, and Bay of Bounty.

    Andamans

    The crystal clear turquoise waters of the Andaman Islands make for a perfect snorkeling destination in India. You can head over to Havelock Island where you’ll be sure to find breathtaking marine life, remnants of sea vessels, and stunning coral reefs.

    Other spots include the Cinque Islands and the Passage Island, known especially for reef shark sightings.

    Tarkarli, Maharashtra

    On the Konkan coast, you will discover this gem of a destination for those who want to explore the underwater world. Tarkarli is accessible by road if you are coming from Mumbai or Goa. It's a new spot for the dives, so it’s far cheaper than most other destinations.

    Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a beginner in water activities, these dives are a fun activity that you’ll enjoy.

    Best season

    Wherever you choose to go for your trip, make sure the weather is warm. The summer months are the best bet, but you can also choose the months of October and November.

    Avoid snorkeling in India during the monsoon months, or just before the rains arrive because visibility is usually lower at this time.

    Snorkelling in India Summary

    • Total days: 1
    • Grade: Easy
    • Max altitude: 6 feet
    • Total Duration: 30 - 120 mins
    • Season: Summer
    • Avg temperature: 20 to 35 degree Celsius
  • Snorkeling Trip in Grande Island - 1 day

    Sketch Itinerary:

    Day 1: Snorkeling in Grande Island

    • Start point: Sinquerim
    • Endpoint: Sinquerim
    • Day start time: 08:30 hrs
    Detailed Itinerary:

    Underwater adventures await you on this trip at Grande Island. The itinerary includes a pick-up from your hotel at 08:30 hrs, so make sure you are ready on time.

    Upon reaching the start point, you will take a boat out into the sea towards the island. Fuel up with a light snack while the boat cuts through the water. Be on the lookout for dolphins.

    You will be on the island by 10:00 hrs. Put on the equipment and dive into the marine world underneath. You can also have a go at fishing if you are so inclined.

    Two hours of open water fun is sure to leave you famished. The boat will depart for a deserted beach where a delicious Goan meal and barbeque awaits. You can relax on the beach or in the water.

    Sip on unlimited rum and beer in addition to other beverages as you spend some quality time post your adventures. The boat will take you back by 15:00 hrs. From there, take the transport back to the hotel.

    Inclusions:

    The costs include transportation to and from your hotel. Kindly confirm with your operator about the same before booking any adventure. The boat ride to and from Grande Island is also a part of the inclusions.

    All the equipment and gear along with the life jackets are covered in the expenses and will be provided by the operators. Fishing gear is also available on request.

    Depending on the package selected, your meals and beverages may be included. There may be unlimited beverages in addition to rum and beer (after the dive). Snacks before the underwater adventure and Goan-style lunch after may also be included in the overall costs. Make sure you check the inclusions and the details with the operator at the time of booking.

    Exclusions:

    Any personal expenses such as beverages, extra meals, tips etc. are not included in the meals, nor are any kind of expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, strikes, etc. Lastly, anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged on an additional basis, as used.

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  • Best time to go/Weather

    The best time to go snorkeling in India is when the waters are warm. This makes summer the ideal choice. The time before winter sets in i.e. October and November is also a good choice.

    During the monsoon months, diving is not advisable as the underwater visibility is poor, negatively affecting the experience.

  • Snorkeling in India - Route Map / Altitude Map

  • Snorkeling in India - Frequently Asked Questions

    Is snorkeling a safe activity?

    It is an ‘easy’ grade activity. It is relatively safe and requires no prior preparation and only a basic level of fitness. You do, however, need to have swimming experience and be comfortable with the open waters.

    What is the best time to go for dives?

    How long does the entire activity take?

  • Getting There

    Most of the places that offer snorkeling are located at or near major tourist locations like Mumbai, Goa, etc. This ensures that they are well linked with the rest of the country.

    You can choose either road, air or rail travel to reach your destination via any of the major tourist hubs. The only exception is the underwater adventures in Andaman.

    You can reach the islands via air and ship. The airport is located at Port Blair and it offers direct flights to a few coastal cities from the mainland. You might need to carry some additional documents with you as well. Kindly inquire with your operator about the same.

    What To Wear

    You will need to wear your swimwear. Choose to cover yourself with some non-restrictive clothes on top. For your feet, you can wear strap-on shoes. Remember to bring items like hats and sunglasses for protection against the sun in the open waters. Open footwear like sandals and flip-flops are not to be worn while diving.

    Do not wear any loose clothing that will impede you in any manner while swimming. At the same time ensure that the clothing is not so tight so as to restrict your movement.

    You should also not wear any expensive jewellery or have any wearable costly electronics on your person. Heavily embellished swimwear is also not permitted. This includes life jackets in order to ensure your safety. Fishing gear is also provided by some operators as an optional activity.

    What To Carry

    All the gear and equipment that will be needed for the underwater adventure will be made available to you by the operators and guides. What you need to carry is your swimwear. For protection against the sun bring a pair of sunglasses, a hat, and waterproof sunscreen.

    Carry a towel with you to dry yourself off after frolicking around in the waters. A change of clothes is optional but is recommended as part of the things to bring along with you.

    Do not forget to bring along a govt. issued ID card. You should also carry a water-resistant backpack and fill it with your personal medications, first-aid kit, dry snacks, and water.

    Preparation/Fitness

    Snorkeling requires only a basic level of fitness and thus can be done by most individuals. It does require you to know swimming though and have no fear of the open water.

    it is necessary for you to sign a medical questionnaire prior to the dive. Depending on how you answer, you might be required to get a signed certificate from your doctor stating you are fit. The final decision rests with the operators, always.

    If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, it is always best to consult your doctor before any activity that has an adventure element to it.