Scuba Diving in Lakshadweep

Diving with the Scuba equipment is called Scuba Diving, and there’s no better place in South Asia to dive than in Lakshadweep. The serene beaches, blue waters of the sea all round and the exotic dive locations beckon tourists and divers from all over the world to these islands. Also, the possibility of enjoying Scuba diving along with other water sports such as snorkelling, kayaking and surfing is also an added attraction.

The country’s sole PADI-licensed Diving School is located in Bangaram Island. The resort here is also famous and inviting. As Scuba divers, you can learn course from world-class diving instructors and trainers. The other Scuba diving centres are located at Kavaratti and Minicoy. Beginners, you can head to the beautiful lagoon at the Dolphin Dive Centre in Kavaratti. This centre stands at the northern tip of the island and has a 10-bed resort for divers.

Spotting underwater life, mainly fish, turtles, corals, sharks, rays, etc. is the main activity on a dive. Then there are also shipwrecks where you can explore a whole new experience down there! Amateurs and professionals alike will find nice dive sites.

At Harbour Mouth you can see many spotted eagle rays, barracuda and sharks. Governor’s Reef is known for its corals, and Turtle Nest is best known for the different types of turtles you find here. The Wall of Wonder to the northwest of Kadmat is synonymous with cave dives. Another interesting dive site is Wind Mill Point.

Ragganmathi, Boduhavaligang, Bose Point, Murambu, Mulimatti and Rabberufarai are where you can see an abundance of Manta rays. Minicoy Dive Centre at Minicoy specialises in taking divers to the three shipwreck dive spots off the island.

At Shallow Point, there’s a 15-metre depth for diving. It is a likely spot to find sand eels, sting rays, leopard Murray eels, lion fish and white tip sharks.

A little deeper is Manta Point, which gets its name from the fact that Manta rays  are seen here all through the year. Other underwater life found here are turtles, nurse sharks  and whale sharks.      

You will find intermediate diving facility at Three Anchors and A Ring, a place known for its shallow drift dive. It is named after a sunken barge, whose remains are the top deck, three large anchors and a ring. Beginners should check out the Bangaram lagoon. The depth is between five and ten metres, and there’s a shallow sandbank here. Coming Back to Life is a dive spot made famous for reef dives. There are many varieties of reef fish, nurse sharks, lobsters and sea anemones found here.

For professional and advanced divers, Grand Canyon is the best place to start. There’s a depth of about 40 metres here! Little Canyon is for the not so experienced, and offers a shallow drift dive. Thinnakkara Hill, at 25m depth for diving, is a sunken hill separated from the main reef. Check out the 200-year-old submerged wreck at Princess Royal Wreck .         

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