5 Best Places for Snorkeling in India

Over 70% of our planet comprises oceans and seas, and a whole world exists in their depths. The waters are home to unaccounted numbers of marine fauna and flora. The underwater world is mysterious and mostly unknown to us, but the fascinating bit is that snorkeling makes it possible to have a glimpse of the hidden secrets that the depths of the seas and oceans hold.

Snorkeling is a fantastic way of exploring the enchanting world that lies underwater. And, India's vast coastline serves as a boon to avid and enthusiastic snorkelers. Several coastal towns run facilities offering professional trainers and snorkeling gear, so if you are up for some fun and an experience of a lifetime, head to the best snorkeling destinations in India.

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Whether you choose to go snorkeling in Kerala or another destination, you can rest assured of warm, safe, crystal clear waters, stunning coral reefs, and spectacular marine life - a feast for the eyes.

1. Kovalam, Kerala

Kovalam tops the list of places for snorkeling along the Indian coast - it is a picturesque coastal town in the Southern state of Kerala, flanked by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea, on its western shores. It is a tourist's paradise - blessed as it is with lovely tropical weather, sun-kissed sandy beaches, swaying palms, calm, meandering backwaters, and rich heritage, and of-course delectable local cuisine.

It is also extremely easy on the pocket. However, we also want to highlight that it has an even more spectacular side to it: there is a world concealed below the waves, a world exploding with life and color, a world waiting to be explored.

The best time of the year for snorkeling in Kovalam is between December and March when the sea is calm, and the waters warm. The aqua life is thriving during this season. Newbies can get trained at the hand of skilled trainers for them to experience the wonders of snorkeling. Slap on your snorkeling gear (it is available for hire) and venture into the deep waters of the Arabian Sea, rife with marine life.

The waters around Kovalam have a diverse ecosystem filled with spectacular sea life. You will be amazed at the beauty of the world that lies under the sea. A delightful array of fish in vivid colors, shapes, and sizes awaits you.

2. Andaman Islands

White sandy beaches, warm sun, mangroves, and azure waters make the Andaman Islands a tropical haven, but the cherry on the cake is that it is well-preserved. The underwater ecosystem is highly-populated and varied, and home to an impressive range of corals (both soft and hard) and unique fish species.

The natural underwater world makes the Andaman Islands suitable for snorkeling. There are several places in the Andamans where snorkeling can be enjoyed, but the ones that come the most recommended are -

  • Havelock Island
  • Jolly Buoy
  • Neil Island
  • North Bay Island
  • Red Skin Island

3. Netrani Island, Karnataka

Netrani Island is a popular destination for snorkeling and scuba diving activities. Located around ten nautical miles from the mainland, the depths of the waters around the island stretches between six to forty meters, with visibility of fifteen to thirty meters. The conditions here are considered ideal for snorkeling. Netrani is known for regular sightings of rare sea creatures; you can expect to spot some exotic marine animals while you are here.

4. Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is a tropical archipelago made up of thirty-six islands, lying west, off the coast of Kerala. Its breathtaking beauty is to be seen to be believed - beautiful azure waters and the shores replete with white sandy beaches. The Islands are surrounded by a spectacular colony of coral reefs that abound with a wide variety of marine life, making it an excellent location for snorkeling.

5. Tarkarli, Maharashtra

Tarkarli is a coastal village in Southern Maharashtra famous for its beaches and water sports facilities. The turquoise waters of the Arabian sea are flush with sea life that can be explored through snorkeling.

Devbagh beach has an unblemished play of vast sea and soothing sun! This coastline opens a world of serenity and discovery. Tourists can enjoy a wide range of water sports from snorkeling to parasailing.

And if you are looking for something a bit more mainstream, the breathtaking views of the Nivti Fort sunsets and snorkeling or water sports in Tarkarli are within walking distance. Situated in the delta of Tarkarli river, the Tsunami Island is a fiesta for every tourist. With an abundance of adventurous water sports, this place is a real-life heaven for travel enthusiasts.

Important Nuggets of Information

Snorkeling is safe in all the locations given here; the sea is calm and not known for sharks. Expert instructors are available at all these places, and you can rent the full snorkeling gear at the water sports facilities on the beach fronts. Watersports facilities use boats to take snorkelers out into the sea to locations best suited for snorkeling.

The varied species of sea life visible at these spots include shoals of different types of fish, turtles, dolphins, sea urchins, and stingrays, etc. and coral reefs and aquatic plants. The locations are easily reachable and well connected to major cities and towns. Safe and hygienic accommodation is available in the form of hotels and homestays.

So, what are you waiting for, there is a world under the sea calling out to you. Take your bags packed and head out, and get yourself a memorable trip to India.

Kalyan Panja