In recent years, water sports have gained quite popularity. You will even find all sorts of activities like surfing, sailing, scuba diving, river rafting, and snorkeling in India which provides the necessary adrenaline boost to adrenaline junkies out there. With so many options available out there, it will be a crime to miss out on an opportunity to take part in these activities. Especially snorkeling!
Why you may ask? Well, it is a great way to explore the underwater world and an excellent pastime for people irrespective of their age. And the best part? You don’t need to be a great swimmer to go snorkeling! Simply put on a snorkel and grab a life-jacket and you are good to go snorkeling. As easy as 123.
So let us dive into some of the best places for snorkeling in India to explore the mesmerizing underwater world.
If you wish to avoid the crowd and enjoy the clear blue waters of Arabian Sea while snorkeling in India, then head to Lakshadweep Islands. Literally meaning 100,000 islands, Lakshadweep offers many opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling with its many diving centers located along the beaches and provide you with all the necessary gears and equipment required. Beautiful beaches, sunny skies, clear water, many species of fishes, octopi, crabs, turtles, etc. and a chance to see the coral reefs and ship wrecks, what else do we need?
Best Time to Visit- November to March
Places to visit- Agatti Island, Kadmat Island, Bangaram Atoll, Soft Coral Garden, Kavaratti Island, Kalpeni, Dolphin Reef, Amindivi Island, etc.
If you thought visiting Pondicherry was merely admiring the French architecture, indulging in local cuisine and soaking up the sun on the beach then think again! Although an underrated and an offbeat name in this list, Pondicherry is emerging as one of the newest and hottest spot for snorkeling in India. There are many trained professional instructors available who are ready to take on the ride of a lifetime. From spotting whales, lionfish, parrot fish, and even sharks to swimming amongst a bed of eels, you will get many opportunities to witness marine life in Pondicherry.
Best Time to Visit- All year round except monsoon.
Places to visit- Arvind’s Wall, Temple Reef, Danny’s Eel Sanctuary, The Hole, Cool Shark Reef, etc.
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Home of hundreds of species of marine life, Tarkarli is a famous spot in Maharashtra for water sports enthusiasts. Situated along the Konkan coast, Tarkarli is of the beaches that boast of having clean and clear water which is a great advantage for scuba diving and snorkeling. Located close to Sindhudurg Fort, it houses India’s first scuba diving school, Indian Institute of Scuba Diving and Aquatic Sports (IISDA), which conducts underwater tours in the surrounding backwaters and the ocean. Aquatic plants, small sharks, coral reefs, exotic tropical fishes and at times even dolphins, can be easily spotted under the waters at Tarkarli Beach you simply need to pick the right Tarkarli tour package!
Best Time to Visit- October to March.
Places to visit- Vengurla Rock, Malvan Marine Sanctuary, Vengurla Beach, etc.
The party capital of India is already known for the many activities it offers on the beaches like, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing, riding Jet Ski, speed boating, etc. Now it is also gaining popularity as a must visit spot for scuba diving and snorkeling in India. Having quite a few ship wrecks along its beaches which provide shelter to the colorful fishes, corals and other sea creatures, it is the perfect spot for snorkeling. If you are planning on a Goa trip, browse through our various Goa tour packages to enjoy the beaches, the views and the food. Moreover, including water sport activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving etc. to your itinerary will make your Goa holiday even more memorable.
Best Time to Visit- October to April.
Places to visit- Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Lamgau Caves, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, etc.
Also known as Pigeon Island due the ever growing pigeon population on the island, Netrani is a coral reef island off the coast of Karnataka. The peculiar coastline of the island which resembles a heart makes visiting it quite an interesting feature of any Karnataka tour package. You can easily spend your time exploring the many beaches and opt to go snorkeling with one of the many professional service providers on the coast. Surrounded by beautiful and healthy corals, the island waters has a rich collection of trigger fishes, eels, parrot fishes, butterfly fish, etc. to keep you coming back for more.
Best Time to Visit- October to April, avoid visiting in monsoon as the water gets and murky and the sea is treacherous.
Places to visit- Pebble Beach, Bomb Rock, Shri Murdeshwara Beach, Tembdi Dam, etc.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Turquoise water all around hiding many endangered and rare aquatic species of plants and animals alike in it and simple welcoming and friendly, if this doesn’t makes it a perfect spot for snorkeling in India then what will? Unlike many islands of our country which are filled with beaches and lush green trees, Andaman and Nicobar Islands boasts of having thick dense rainforests, swamps, and mangroves in various locations of the cluster islands along with the usual beaches of course. You can easily catch a sight of the dolphins, sea turtles, coral reefs, sea snakes, batfish, clownfish and many more species of fishes and crustaceans, even new-born and juvenile sharks, in the waters surrounding the islands.
Best Time to Visit- October to May
Places to visit- Wandoor Beach, Neil Island, Cinque Island, Nancowry Archipelago, Rutland Island, Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Barren Island, etc.
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Out of the many great places for snorkeling in our country, these are our top picks. Each of these locations offers something unique and is sure to provide you with an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.
Whether you are an ocean lover who wants to explore more of what lies beneath the waves, or simply want to spend quality time with friends or your family, snorkeling can be the perfect activity for you to take part in!
So get your gear ready and head on out to explore the underwater world off the coast of India!