Diving in Goa is the best way to explore its rich marine life. Scuba diving is a popular form of water sports in Goa if you want to try something that is not too extreme but is soul-satisfying. The shallow waters are known for their diverse marine life and despite the lack of coral reefs here, the stunning underwater life is certain to fascinate you. While it requires a little bit of training at first, once you get used to the equipment, the entire process will be very easy and you can have fun scuba diving.
Dive season in India begins from October through May, the time where the water temperature ranges 27 to 30 degree Celsius. Marine life in Goa is rich and varied with plenty of sites with rocky pinnacles, corals, shipwrecks from World War II and many sea creatures such as tuna, goat fish, eels, lion fish, snapper jacks, and more. The sea is calm and gentle, making the general environment perfect for scuba diving in Goa. The underwater visibility ranges from 5 to 10 meters over the season while the dives may reach as deep as 15 meters.
For beginners, scuba diving is easy to learn; you may enroll in different PADI courses available in Goa. For INR 1,000.00, you’ll get a one-hour session, beginning with a short lecture followed by a pool dive to be comfortable being underwater. You will learn basic diving skills and have fun exploring underwater for the remaining time. Another option is to get the intensive diving course, which costs INR 3,500.00. The course starts at 7:30am and ends by 2:30pm where you’ll have a short lecture, then scuba pool sessions followed by a scuba dive in the sea. You will also be under close, direct supervision by a diving instructor.
While scuba diving in Goa, you can discover chunks of amazing marine life and corals flourishing on the sea floors of Arabian Sea. If you are planning to dive, you can check out several famous diving sites such Tunnel Shelter Cove, Locker Sail Rock, Dona Paula jetty, Grande Islands, Devagh Island, St. George Island, Pigeon Island, Shelter Cove, Davy Jones Locker, Uma Guma Reef, Bounty Bay and Jetty at the Grand Island. Each of this sites has its own specialties. For instance, the 30-meter-deep Suzy’s Wreck has several shipwrecks from World War II, and is home to lion fish, barracudas, angel fish etc. Davy Jones Locker is famous for ship propellers and large schools of mullets, tunas and jacks. To catch bigger creatures, choose Uma Guma and Sail Rock. An important note is that Sail Rock should only be visited by experienced divers since rapid and strong currents prevail in this part.
For interested tourists or vacationers, several scuba diving companies are available in Goa, including the Dive Shop in Panaji, Tiswadi, Goa Diving in Bogmalo, Mormugao and Dreamz Diving in Palolem, Canacona. These diveshops offer flexible schedules for PADI courses with PADI certified dive instructors.
When diving in Goa, always follow the instructions to prevent any untoward incidents. If you are not comfortable with your diving equipment, never try it forcefully. It is highly advised to check each piece of equipment carefully before jumping off the sea.