India is a country of surprises and contrast, with three main centers of diving: Andaman and Nicobar in the Bay of Bengal, Lakshadweep in the Arabian Sea and Goa on the mainland. Every destination is completely unique in its own way with widely different dive conditions and marine life. While Lakshadweep has the clear blue lagoons of coral atolls, Andaman and Nicobar are volcanic islands surrounded by deep, undisturbed waters that have an astounding bio-diversity. Goa has many exciting things to do inland as well as underwater. In Lakshadweep only two islands, Bangaram and Kadmat, are open to foreigners and there are dive centers on both these islands. The lagoons are home to a spectacular world of marine life, like exquisite black coral formations, tropical fish, groupers, mantas and sting rays. Kadmat is the ideal haven of solitude, with fantastic sites like the Wall, Sting Ray City, East Channel and the drift dives Cross Currents and Jack Point. Around Bangaram Island is the wreck of the Princess Royal, Manta Point, Shark Point and the Wall. In Andaman and Nicobar there are dive sites around Port Blair, Cinque Island, Snake Island, Barren Island, South Button Island, Havelock Island and Neil Island. The best diving in the Andamans is in Barren Island, Narcondam Island, Invisible Bank and four spectacular, if still nameless, sea mounts off the west coast. There is also a good wreck dive just south of North Brother Island. There is a small number of liveaboard diving in the Andaman Islands. Goa’s waters are safe and temperate, the absence of riptide currents making them ideal for new divers. The marine life in Goa is similar to that found in the Maldives. The presence of wrecks of Spanish and Portuguese galleons and WWII ships makes the fish life prolific. Much of the local diving in conducted around Grande Island. Some sites include Suzy's Wreck, Davy Jone's Locker, Sail Rock, Turbo Tunnel, Surge City, Uma Guma Reef and Bounty Bay. A four hour ride takes divers to Angria Bank, which offers an amazing wealth of coral and fish. Apart from the already known scuba destinations, there are numerous sites that have never before been explored.
India is the largest country in the Indian Subcontinent and shares borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia. It is bounded to the north, northeast and northwest by the Himalayas, the tallest mountain range in the world. India's west coast borders the Arabian Sea and the east coast the Bay of Bengal, both parts of the Indian Ocean. The weather is mainly hot most of the year with significant variations from region to region. The coolest weather lasts from around the end of November to the beginning of March, with fresh mornings and evenings, and mostly sunny days. The really hot weather, when it is dry, dusty and unpleasant, is between March and June. Monsoon rains occur in most regions in summer anywhere between June and early October. The climate in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from Mid-January until mid-May sees the best weather, and often the best diving conditions. The monsoon usually hits around late May, lasting until the end of July, and is probably the worst time to visit the islands.
Australian, British, Canadian, EU and USA citizens will need a valid passport and a visa to enter India. For more informations, please contact your travel agent or the Indian Embassy in your home country.
No vaccinations are required to enter India, except for Yellow Fever if you are coming from an infected area. However, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and B, Malaria, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, Meningitis, Japanese encephalitis, tuberculosis (for infants), Polio, Cholera and Dengue Fever shots are recommended. Dengue and malaria are both caused by mosquito bites and are prevalent in hot and humid conditions. Always consult your doctor before traveling. As a rule India is quite safe for foreigners, apart from instances of petty crime and theft common to any developing country. For more informations, please contact India's Embassy in your home town.
Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to major towns but is increasing all the time. Tourists could also buy a local SIM card. The internet can be reliably accessed from hotels and from internet cafés across the country.
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In the Andaman islands, the nearest recompression chamber is at the naval base in Port Blair. Kissing can lead to fines or even arrest. Avoiding kissing in public is a good idea while in India.
Which locations in India have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from India and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in India? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in India? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in India.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in India? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in India. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in India? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in India. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in India? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in India. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.