Scuba diving in India is a fast-growing adventure sport that takes place at multiple spots along the coastline. Some of the best scuba diving spots in India offer great visibility and a rich diversity of marine life.
Scuba diving in India takes place in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in Goa, in Udupi and Murdeshwar in Karnataka, and in Pondicherry. At all these locations, you can sign up for a PADI scuba course to earn your certification, or if you’re a beginner, you can choose a Try Dive, a short scuba diving experience.
If you know how to swim, you can sign up for a PADI scuba course. To get your certification, you will need to pass a 200 metre swimming test and a 10 minute floating test. However, if you don’t know how to swim or are a beginner to scuba diving, you can sign up for a Try Dive. This is a short scuba dive of about 20-25 mins, guided by your scuba instructor, so you can experience the fun of scuba diving. Read about Top Options in Andamans for Scuba Beginners.
You don’t need to pack anything for scuba diving in India, except for comfortable swimwear and a towel. You’ll be provided with all the equipment you need by your scuba operator. Read our blog Understanding Scuba Gear to know what equipment you’ll be given. Carry long sleeved clothing, a pair of sunglasses and a cap for the sunny boat rides out to your dive spot.
The pristine water of the Indian Ocean and beautiful marine life make the Andamans one of the top destinations for deep sea diving in India. Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar has an extensive marine ecosystem and is a perfect place for completing scuba diving courses. The Andaman Sea offers one of the highest counts of fish and coral species on the planet. Your Havelock scuba diving session gives you a chance to swim alongside a mind-boggling array of fish and a profusion of healthy, colourful coral. Havelock Island itself is an idyllic paradise with white sand beaches fringed with coconut groves, and blue, blue water with high visibility. See all scuba diving in Andamans.
Enjoy diving in the beautiful waters of sunny Goa where you can marvel at the variety of fish and coral native to the area. If you're lucky, you might spot some curious dolphins. They're known to come to visit divers in this area! Grande Island is one of the most popular spots for scuba diving in Goa. See all scuba diving in Goa.
Karnataka is blessed with valleys, verdant forests and beautiful beaches where you'll find peace and happiness above water, and magic and wonder underwater. The town of Udupi with its gorgeous Kapu beach is a popular tourist destination in Karnataka where you can dabble in some scuba diving and snorkelling and explore the picturesque coral reefs and see varieties of colourful fish. Murdeshwar is another top spot for scuba diving in Karnataka. The water here is clear and you can expect to see glimpse of turtles, stingrays, and stone fish on your dive. See more scuba diving trips in Udupi and other scuba diving trips in Murdeshwar.
Pondicherry has a variety of natural and manmade reefs with interesting designs and great marine life. On your dive, you’ll see a range of fish like lion fish, grouper, kingfish, moray eels, eagle and manta rays, parrot fish, sea snakes, triggerfish, banner fish, crustaceans and if you’re lucky, even whale sharks, turtles and dolphins! There are more than 20 dive sites ranging from 10 metres to 40 metres depth, and decent visibility most days. The water temperature is a comfortable 28 degrees, and there's plenty to do when you're not in the water too. See all scuba diving trips in Pondicherry.
India has a long scuba season, stretching all the way from October to May. In the monsoon months from June-September, scuba will be stopped because the oceans become turbulent, and the visibility is greatly compromised. The summer months can be hot, 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.
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 India. 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.