Looking for a getaway from the monotony of work? Is the adventure junkie in you not being able to think beyond mountains and hills? Scuba diving is the perfect remedy to refresh and stimulate yourself. Surround yourself with the soothing silence and the shoals of fish swimming like colourful confetti in the great depths of Indian waters. It is time to put on your scuba gear and plunge into the mysterious waters. Here are some places which are nestled within India, where you can experience a great dive and meet the aquatic wonders that bless this country. Cherry on the top? Some of these dive spots are only a boat ride away from Lohono’s luxury villas available for sale and rent.
5. Murud – Alibaug
Exploring the beautiful life underwater is a great experience that one needs during the holidays. With a number of scuba diving institutions opening near Murud, it adds yet another feather to its hat along with its famous forts, sea food and hills for tourists to ogle at. Murud is surrounded by sea on three sides making it the perfect getaway. At Murud, one can galavant to the middle of the sea to witness the underwater magic. Under the sea you can spot Stingrays, Cobias, Turtles, Stonefish, Parrotfish, Lionfish, Sea Snakes and Moray Eels. Lohono Stays looks forward to hosting you at its upcoming luxury holiday homes in Alibaug while you swim with the colourful marine fish and animals.
4. Kovalam – Kerala
Kovalam is a small coastal town in the state of Kerala, 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters, ideal for sea bathing. Kovalam is slowly developing into a popular scuba diving spot. The underwater activity at this spot stands out because of its deep dive experience in a submarine. The waters here are soothingly calm, with shoals of Anchovy and Silver Moony, Bluefin Trevally, the Odd Moray Eel, Puffer fish, Groupers, Boxfish, Sergeants, Pipe fish etc.
3. Bangaram – Lakshadweep
If you are one for admiring nature’s beauty in isolation, then look no further. The Bangaram Islands of Lakshadweep is a popular spot amongst international tourists and honeymooning couples on a romantic weekend getaway. Bangaram is a less than a 20 minutes speed boat ride from the nearest airport, Agatti. The Island is surrounded by continuous coral reefs and is considered to be at par with the Maldives. In fact, it has one of the cleanest beaches of India. In the lush blue waters of Bangaram, you can swim with the Skip Jack, Yellow Fin, Rainbow fish, King fish and Sea Turtles.
2. Port Blair – Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Blue truly is the warmest colour, and if you are looking for it in the waters of India then Port Blair is the place to be. The capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offers one of the most mesmerising sights while taking a plunge into the deep seas. The marine life is plentiful, ranging from 50 different types of corals and a large variety of fish like the Scorpion fish, Octopus, Angler fish, Clown fish, Butterfly fish, Parrot fish.
1. Grand Island – Goa
Popularly known for its beaches, nightlight and sunsets, there are still undiscovered thrills that thrive in the waters of Goa. The Grand Island, also known as the Ilha Grande is a great diving spot situated just off the coast of Goa. This secluded spot lies on the Arabian Sea, close to Vasco da Gama. The only way to reach the island is via a boat that takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on the place of departure. The depth of the waters near the shore ranges between 7-20 meters making it a great spot for both beginners and advanced drivers. Below this water surface you may come across Dolphins, Corals, Sea Turtles, Skates and the chance to swim through the ships Suzy and Davy Jones Locker, two sunken treasures. This blissful experience is about 2 hours away from Lohono’s holiday homes in Goa. What better combination than a recreational stay at Lohono’s private villas and rejuvenating dives at The Grand Islands?
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