6 Best Places for Snorkelling in India
There is so much to see in the world. yet we have barely scratched the surface. Majority of earth lies underwater and snorkelling gives you a peek into the wonders of the ocean and the vast marine life that calls the ocean its home.
What makes snorkelling even better is that it’s not mandatory for you to be an expert swimmer. Snorkelling involves heading into shallow waters with equipment like a life-jacket that makes your float, eye mask, fins and snorkel to help you breathe.
‘Snorkelling can be a fun and a great way of familiarising with diving before trying our scuba diving’.
1) The Andaman Islands
The Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal is a dream destination for many people who want to experience snorkelling for the first time. Pristine beaches and blue waters are the calling of many adventure seekers. Snorkelling is available at many beaches though Elephant beach on Havelock Island is one of the most popular beaches for snorkelling. The snorkeling at Elephant beach gives you views of some amazing marine life, so you’re guaranteed to have a good first experience.
2) Netrani Island, Karnataka
Netrani Island, one of Karnataka’s lesser-known islands near Murdeshwar is another must do destination for snorkelling. The waters here are teeming with marine life like parrot fish, eels, butterfly fish, barracudas, clown fish and many other colourful varieties. Netrani Island is also popular for scuba diving. Netrani appears heart-shaped when viewed from the air above and has many varieties of coral reefs. Netrani Islands is considered the ‘heart of India’s diving’.
3) Lakshadweep Island
The lesser known islands, when compared to the Andaman Islands, are surrounded by abundant living coral reefs and marine life. Lakshadweep is now soon becoming a preferred destination for snorkelling and scuba diving giving divers the opportunity to view vibrant tropical marine life.
Goa is one of the most popular destinations in India attracting people from all over the world. While most people prefer to laze on the beach, Goa offers snorkelling in beaches like Sinquerim, Grande Islands, Monkey Island and even Palolem beach. The cloudy waters of Goa might not be the most suitable for snorkelling but you can still give it shot while you are there.
5. Tarkarli, Maharashtra
This little-known destination is a big secret. A small fishing village on the Konkan Coast, Tarkarli offers crystal clear blue waters and snorkelling and other water activities. Less explored than other diving locations, Tarkarli offers a network of corals and vibrant marine life that is certainly a treat for first-time divers.
One of the best dive sites in Puducherry is Aravind’s wall. Named after a diver named Aravind, who is also the co-founder of Temple Adventures, Aravind’s Wall and the surrounding dive sites of Puducherry offer incredible views of whales, lion-fish, eels, parrot fish, groupers and many more. The best time for diving is from January to June and then post monsoon from September to November.
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