Top Places For Snorkeling In India
Rarely do we get a chance to travel, explore and be adventurous while on holiday. Most of us take vacations because we won’t step away from the big cities’ hustle-bustle and spend some quality time with our loved ones. However, Gen-Z is all set to prove you wrong. The younger generation wants to spend quality time with their partners and families and explore their adventurous sides. With a lot of new resorts and avenues coming up, snorkelling has caught the fancy of travellers. Snorkelling in India has become huge as people want to add that extra zing to their lives. People from all over the world travel to India , especially to take up snorkelling. Previously, only people from travel shows indulged in such activities, but now even ordinary people are taking up snorkelling.
1. So what is snorkelling?
Snorkelling involves swimming in the oceans (with a life-jacket if you don’t know how to swim) through shallow waters of a sea or ocean, with a diving mask, a snorkel (breathing tube) and swim fins (optional). Many first time swimmers wear a suit if they feel cold. While snorkelling, the person views the aquatic life, such as the sea flora and fauna. There are a lot of beautiful plants and fishes that one can experience when they are snorkelling. India is one of the hottest spots for snorkelling and it allows people to take up snorkelling at cheaper rates. One session of snorkelling starts from Rs 3000 to Rs 10,000. While scuba-diving requires training and complex gear, snorkelling is an activity that anyone can participate in, irrespective of their experience. Some people prefer snorkelling in India over snorkelling in Phuket. Here are the top snorkelling places in India – don’t forget to check out digibank travel for more relaxed travel ideas. Let’s go.
2. Andaman Islands
They say that the Andaman Islands are heaven on earth. For people who want to enjoy the scenic beauty, lush rainforests, pristine beaches and rich marine life, snorkelling in Andaman is an experience one must indulge in at least once in one life. Lots of tourists throng Andamans every year to experience snorkelling. And why won’t they? Snorkelling in Andaman is carried on in Havelock Islands, Red Skin Island and Cinque Island. All these three islands are easily accessible from Portblair, and the cost for 30 minutes of snorkelling is as low as Rs 1000.
One of the most offbeat and unexplored places in India has to be the Lakshadweep islands. The water on the beaches is so crystal clear that you might feel an out-of-body experience if you deep dive in any of the seas here. You get to experience many coral reefs, different varieties of fishes, octopuses and even some rays. Several mariners and travel enthusiasts heavily suggest snorkelling in Lakshadweep. The best time to visit these islands would be from November to March. The islands where one can experience snorkelling are Kadmat, Bangaram, and Agatti.
Who can forget the world’s most loved beach destination? Let us tell you, Goa is not just about the parties and food , but it is also a place to experience adventure sports. Many people usually like to visit Goa for a quick vacation, but for the adrenaline junkies, they want to partake in snorkelling in Goa. It is said that snorkelling in Goa is one of the most underrated things about this place. Grand Island in Goa is the perfect place for one to enjoy snorkelling and deep-sea diving. It costs around Rs 2000 for 30 minutes for the snorkelling activities. We know the price is a bit steep, but hey, offers are going on all major websites, and you can use your credit/debit cards to avail them. If you run out of cash, don’t worry because there will always be a DBS bank ATM nearby.
Located right in the middle of the Indian ocean is this beautiful and breathtaking island of Maldives which has become the hottest tourist destination. It barely takes 2-3 hours by flight if you are flying from India to Maldives. Places to do snorkelling in the Maldives are HP Reef, Banana Reef, Malta Point. It is said that the Maldives is the safest place on earth to indulge in scuba diving and snorkelling. The prices are also low as you can pay roughly Rs 600 per person for an hour or thirty minutes. Also, the waters are immaculate, and you don’t have to worry about hygiene levels.
This is one of the most offbeat and unknown places for marine adventures. Tarkarli, which is located in Maharashtra and is near Goa, is one of the hidden gems. It has recently become a hotspot for many travellers, and tourism is boosting in this area. It is also the cheapest place to go snorkelling as it costs only Rs 500 for one hour! One can even spot dolphins, sharks and some other exotic marine plants while snorkelling here.
We would like to tell our readers that one should follow the current government and state guidelines for travelling. Due to the ongoing pandemic, travel and adventure sports have been put on the back-burner in many places. So, for a few of us, we might have to wait for the restrictions on travel to be lifted for us to enjoy travelling and adventure sports all over again. Do watch out for some attractive discounts on travel and hotel bookings and use your DBS Bank card to avail these discounts in the coming months.