1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Diving deep into the sea, swimming with fishes and with coral reefs by your side, watching the wonders of the ocean unfold in front of your eyes, all these can be exhilarating. No wonder then that scuba diving is fast becoming popular both with thrill-seeking millennials as well as our celebs. Guess who’s the latest to get enthralled by this adventure sport? It’s none other than Nenu Local star Nani.
The superstar recently went scuba diving and posted a photo on his Instagram, with the caption: ‘Pisces’. Incidentally, the actor, whose birthday is on February 24, is a Piscean himself. Seen with an oxygen tank and in scuba gear, the Jersey actor seems to be immensely enjoying himself.
Love the idea of going scuba diving? Did you know that you know longer need to go abroad to try it out? We got you a list of five places in India where you can safely enjoy the marine life under the ocean, and not burn a hole in your pocket as these activities mostly cost between Rs 5000 and Rs 10,000.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal is known for its pristine beaches and clean azure waters. It is also the best place in India to scuba dive. Sea turtles, dugongs (those mermaid-like sea creatures), octopus and sharks and of course the coral reefs, scuba diving in Andamans is quite an experience. Some of the best places to try it include Havelock Island, Port Blair and Barracuda City.
2. Netrani Island, Karnataka
Why do we need to travel far and wide when coastal Karnataka, which is dotted with breathtakingly beautiful beaches, is excellent for scuba diving? The clear tropical waters of the heart-shaped Netrani Island in Murudeshwar make it a great place to spot whales, turtles, sting rays, stone fish and more.
Though more known for its beautiful beaches, French architecture and surfing, Pondicherry is fast becoming one of the cherished scuba diving spots of India. Here, you can swim with a wide variety of fishes, eels, manta rays, sea snakes and more. You can dive at underwater sites with depths ranging from 12m to 50m.
4. Tarkarli, Maharashtra
Clean beaches, clear waters and a generally calm sea – these are what make Tarkarli in Maharashtra an ideal place for scuba diving. Hop on a boat in Tarkarli or Devbagh and go deeper into the sea to swim with innumerable fishes. Or you can go underwater near the Sindhudurg Fort and watch it in all its magnificence.
5. Lakshadweep Islands
Agreed, it’s not very well connected and takes a while to reach from most places. But this group of 36 islands in the Arabian Sea is heaven for those who love relaxing amidst pristine beaches, clear waters, coral reefs and a great variety of marine animals. Both Agatti and Bangaram Islands have places where you can dive deep and explore life under the water.
Inspired by Nani? Add his film Devadas on ZEE5 to your watch list as you travel to these places and indulge in some aqua adventure.