These Are the Best Places for Snorkeling in India

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Snorkeling | © Daku Resort Savusavu Fiji/Flickr
Photo of Nikita Roy
19 June 2017

Snorkeling allows adrenaline junkies a chance to peek into amazing aqua fauna of the marine world. Divers can be transported to a whole new world and enjoy the scenic view of underwater life. Here is the lowdown on the best places for snorkeling in India where travellers can enjoy a once in a lifetime experience.

Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar

If you are planning to take a trip to Andaman and Nicobar then take your jaunt to a whole new level by experiencing snorkeling at Havelock Island. This island is surely one the finest places for snorkeling. The ideal season to head to Andaman is from December to April. It is paradise for travellers and snorkelers as there is an abundance of marine life. Neil Island, Elephant beach and Cinque Island are some other famous diving spots in the Andaman region.

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Kadmat, Lakshadweep

From octopi and rays, to crabs and hawks, to hawksbill turtles, tourists can enjoy breathtaking views of coral reefs and fish here. The place is also famous for pristine white beaches and clear crystal water. So if you want to enjoy an unforgettable snorkeling excursion then pack your bags and head to Kadmat Island. Apart from Kadmat, Bangaram and Agatti are also known for snorkeling and scuba diving activities. The favorable diving season here is from November to March.

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Netrani, Karnataka

Netrani Island aka Pigeon Island is the most renowned snorkeling destination, and is also known as the “heart of India’s diving”. The place offers ideal facilities for both beginners and certified divers. Plan a trip to Netrani Island to enjoy an idyllic view of the amazing diversity of fish and other marine life during your snorkeling session. Travelers can easily reach here from Murudeshwar or Goa. The best time to visit Netrani is from October to April.

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Aravind’s Wall, Pondicherry

Aravind’s Wall, Pondicherry is another place that is considered a “go-to destination” for snorkeling. Whales, lionfish, eels, rays, parrot fish, crustaceans and sea snakes are a common sight here; the area is well known as home to a diverse range of sea inhabitants. Apart from Aravind’s Wall, Temple Reef is another exotic place for divers. The best time for diving activity here is from January to June and later from September to November.

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Tarkarli, Maharashtra

Tarkarli beach, located in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, is one of the most beautiful diving locations in India and a great place to go and encounter amazing marine creatures. Dolphins, sharks and many colorful tropical plants and fishes inhabit the rich clear waters which is why the place attracts many snorkelers from different parts of India. Snorkeling season in Tarkarli starts from October to March and all water sports activities start from around nine in the morning and continue till four o’clock in the evening.

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