Scuba diving in India

Explore the magical underwater world of scuba diving in India. Choose from scuba diving or Try Dives for beginners in the Andamans, Goa, Pondicherry, Udupi/Kapu, and Murdeshwar. Spotlight link: Know more about scuba in India.

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Scuba diving in India

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.

Where can I do scuba diving in India?

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.

Scuba diving for beginners

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.

What do I need to carry for scuba diving in India?

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.

Scuba diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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.

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Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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Sign up for a Try Dive in the tropical paradise of the Andaman Islands. You'll do your first diving experience at the Sea Shell Reef, where the clear blue-green water is gentle and the reef hosts a variety of small marine life.

You'll have a 20 minute training session in the shallow water at the shore, where you'll be taught the basic skills. After that, you wade deeper into the ocean for your dive, which lasts about 20-25 minutes. You'll be supervised at all times by your instructor.

The maximum depth for a Try Dive is 40 feet or 12 metres, but this depends on how comfortable you are.

This Try Dive in the Andamans includes complimentary photos and videos of your dive. Do bring a USB/hard drive to take it all back.
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  • Shallow water training session
  • One 20-25 mins shore scuba dive session
  • All equipment required for scuba diving
  • Services of experienced dive instructor and support staff
  • Photos/videos of your scuba dive
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel arrangements between your home city and the dive center
  • Accommodation or meals, throughout the trip
  • Personal expenses such as apparel, meals or beverages etc.
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The PADI Discover Scuba Dive (DSD) in Havelock Island is a single dive that gives you a proper taste of a scuba course, so you can decide if you want to pursue your certification. You don't even need to know how to swim for this.

The DSD also allows you to do a longer dive of about 45-50 minutes. You'll do a shallow water training session of about 20-25 minutes, and when you are ready, youl'll be taken into deeper water. Both sessions take place from the shore, so you will save the time needed to go out by boat.

The maximum depth you can go to is 40 feet or 12 metres, and you will receive a Discover Scuba Dive certificate at the end of this. You can carry forth these skills if you decide to do a scuba course after this.

This Discover Scuba Dive in the Andamans includes complimentary photos and videos of your dive. Do bring a USB/hard drive to take it all back.
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  • One 20-25 minute shallow water training session with underwater breathing exercises
  • One Discover Scuba Dive from the shore, of 45-50 mins duration
  • Dive instructor
  • Certificate for your Discover Scuba Dive upon successful completion
  • All scuba diving equipment
  • Photos/videos of your scuba dive
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Any boat travel
  • Any food or beverages
  • Accommodation of any kind
  • Insurance
  • Transport to and from dive site
  • Personal expenses
  • Any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
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Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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Get a taste of the vibrant coral reefs and exotic marine life of the Andamans on a quick itinerary. Your adventure begins with a short training session at the Govind Nagar beach. Here, a certified dive instructor will take you through basic skills like hand signals and safety protocols. When you're confident enough, you'll take a boat ride in the Andaman Sea and take the plunge to complete one open water dive. You'll spend some time in the company of tiny fishes on the lively sea floor, coming back to shore with an amazing underwater experience.

This trip is perfect for travellers who are short on time, with a strict budget, without any prior swimming or scuba diving experience, but would still like to sign up for the most popular attraction of the Andaman islands.
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  • Boat for transfers between the dive center and dive site
  • One open water dive (boat dive)
  • Training session in shallow/confined water
  • Services of certified dive instructor and crew
  • All equipment required for scuba diving
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel arrangements between your home city and the dive center
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This PADI Discover Scuba Dive (DSD) in Havelock Island is a single dive that takes place from a boat. This gives you a chance to go out into the ocean to dive sites where the marine life is richer and more varied. You'll get a chance to enjoy a dive in the peace of the open sea, away from the shore. You don't even need to know how to swim for this.

You'll do a shallow water training session of 20-25 minutes, and then head into deeper waters for a dive of 45-50 minutes. You'll go to a depth of 40 feet or 12 metres, and will receive a Discover Scuba Dive certificate at the end of this. You can carry forth these skills if you decide to do a scuba course after this.

This Discover Scuba Dive in the Andamans includes complimentary photos and videos of your dive. Do bring a USB/hard drive to take it all back.
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  • Transfer by boat to dive site
  • One 20-25 minute shallow water training session with underwater breathing exercises
  • One Discover Scuba Dive of 45-50 mins duration
  • Dive instructor
  • Certificate for your Discover Scuba Dive upon successful completion
  • All scuba diving equipment
  • Photos/videos of your scuba dive
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Any food or beverages
  • Accommodation of any kind
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies
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Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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Sign up for a Fun Dive in the tropical paradise of the Andaman Islands. Depending on your certification and experience, you'll head out into the blue-green ocean for a fascinating dive. You'll be accompanied by an expert dive professional and will enjoy a morning out on the water.
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  • 1 Fun Dive of 40-45 minutes duration
  • Boat transfers to and from dive site
  • Dive instructor
  • All scuba diving equipment
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Any food or beverages
  • Accommodation of any kind
  • Insurance
  • Transport to and from dive centre
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Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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Enjoy four open water dives in the turquoise blue waters of the Andaman Sea on this scuba diving trip in the Andamans. You'll explore an entirely new world of swaying corals reefs and schools of tiny fishes, swimming as deep as allowed by your prior certification level. For two days in the tropical paradise of the Andaman Islands, you'll go scuba diving at some of the most gorgeous dive spots around Havelock Island. Throughout the trip, you'll be accompanied by a certified dive instructor who will help you guide you in navigating the currents.

NOTE: Travellers are required to be certified scuba divers in order to book this trip.
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  • Boat transfers between dive center-dive spots
  • Four open water dives
  • All equipment required for scuba diving
  • Services of experienced dive instructors and support crew
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel arrangements between home city and dive center
  • Any meals or accommodation during the trip
  • Adventure travel or dive insurance
  • Personal expenses like alcohol or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Scuba diving in Goa

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.

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Candolim, Goa
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If your kids are water babies, this scuba diving session in Goa is a perfect adventure! The PADI Bubblemaker program is suitable for children between 8-10, and gives them a chance to learn the basics of scuba diving. This scuba diving trip in Goa is a great idea for families or for kiddie birthday parties.

The session takes about 90 minutes, including a training session and 30 minutes of diving time. During the training session, kids will learn how to use their equipment and will be taught the basic rules of scuba diving. After this, they'll do a dive in the pool, up to a depth of 2 metres/6 feet, depending on how comfortable they are. The instructors are friendly and know how to keep kids engaged. In addition, the PADI Bubblemaker session uses child-sized scuba gear, so your kids will be very comfortable.

NOTE: While no prior experience is necessary, kids must be comfortable in the water. Parental permission and presence is mandatory.

IMPORTANT: This scuba diving session in Goa includes photographs, but there are no meals or beverages included.
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  • 45 minutes pool training session
  • 30 minutes dive in pool, up to 6 feet depth
  • Boat transfers to Grande Island and back
  • Experienced instructors
  • Rental of all required scuba gear (child-sized)
  • Photos and videos
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Any meals or beverages
  • Any boat trips
  • Any transfers or transport
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Perfect for beginners fascinated with scuba diving, this 20-min scuba try dive in Goa will give you a quick and fast taste of the adventure sport. During a half-day session in Goa, you'll learn the basics skills of diving, test your technique while training in a swimming pool and complete one open water dive in the Arabian Sea.

Accompanied by a certified dive instructor who'll guide you at every step of the dive, you'll plunge into the tropical sea for a 20-min dive near the dive spots of Grande Island. In the sea, you'll swim alongside schools of colourful fish, and explore the cool waters of the open sea. This trip is ideal for people who are short on time, yet want to experience the underwater beauty of scuba diving in Goa.

NOTE: Even though travellers are not required to know swimming to book this trip, they must feel comfortable in the water.
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  • One 20-min open water scuba dive
  • All equipment required for scuba diving
  • Boat transfers between Sinquerim Jetty and dive spot
  • Private vehicle transfers between dive centre and Sinquerim Jetty
  • Swimming pool training session
  • 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 Goa
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
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A great introduction to scuba diving, this 40-min scuba try dive in Goa will help you take your first steps in the adventure sport. During a half-day session in Goa, a certified dive instructor will guide you through your first 40-min open water dive in the Arabian Sea. But before you take the plunge, you'll spend some time learning the basic techniques of diving, and practicing these techniques in a swimming pool.

In the sea, you'll dive with the scuba equipment and swim alongside schools of colourful fish, explore the cool waters of the open sea and revel in the calm, underwater beauty 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
  • Boat transfers between Sinquerim Jetty and dive spot
  • Private vehicle transfers between dive centre and Sinquerim Jetty
  • Swimming pool training session
  • 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 Goa
  • 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

Scuba diving in Karnataka

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.

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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.
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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
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  • 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

Scuba diving in Pondicherry

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.

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The Discover Scuba Diving course is a trial run for those who would like to be certified in scuba diving, but are not sure yet. In these sessions, you will learn basic safety guidelines and skills, and will dive with an experienced instructor.

Your diving sessions combine one theory session, one session in a swimming pool to get comfortable with your equipment, and finally, one open water dive, where you'll head out into the sea to try out your newly acquired skills. It’s extremely safe and a lot of fun.

IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed departure trip. It requires a minimum of 2 persons for a booking confirmation.
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  • One 30-min open water scuba dive
  • Theory session and shallow water training
  • All equipment required for scuba diving
  • Boat transfers between dive center and dive spot
  • Services of certified dive instructor and support crew
  • Meal package including breakfast and snacks on Day 2
  • Underwater photos of the dive
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel cost from home city to dive center
  • Any meals or accommodation in Pondicherry
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The couple that dives together stays together! This private scuba experience in Pondicherry lets you go out with your partner (and your instructor, of course!) to explore the magical underwater world on your own. You'll have a theory session and practise basic skills in a tub/pool, before you head out to a dive site where you'll enjoy a 45 minute Discover Scuba Dive (DSD).

You'll end the the trip with a private cruise, where you'll be served champagne with strawberries and cake as you watch the sun melt into the blue waters. This package also includes underwater photographs of you and your partner, so be sure to bring a USB or hard drive to take them home.

This private scuba trip is perfect for couples who love adventure. You don't need to know how to swim for this Discover Scuba Dive in Pondicherry.
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  • All PADI learning material for Discover Scuba Dive
  • 1 PADI certificate of completion after successful dive
  • 1 theory session at the dive centre
  • 1 intro session in the pool/tub at the dive centre
  • 1 45 min dive in open water
  • Private boat from dive center to dive site and back
  • All dive gear required
  • Champagne with strawberries and cake after dive
  • Underwater photos of you and your partner
  • PADI-certified instructor, boat crew
  • Drinking water on the boat
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Transport to and from the dive center
  • Accomodation of any kind
  • Additional cost for one more couple (can be arranged for an additional cost of INR 7900 per person)
  • Meals
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

FAQs about scuba diving in India

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

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.

Can beginners do scuba diving in India?

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 India?

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 India?

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.

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