Exploring the underwater world

Reach beyond the sands to visit our friendly Goan friends

Ever got bored of the beach, when in Goa? Probably not, but what if we told you that there’s more to explore in Goa than the beautiful beaches and the architectural beauties of the cities? There’s an entire world beneath that huge sea surface, and there’s certainly a way you can explore it! You read that right. In the recent years, Goa has become a hot-shot hub for a wide range of water adventure sports, and scuba diving is one of them! The thrill of exploring the underwater aquatic life is certainly one of the most exhilarating experiences to have in life, and while you’re in Goa, you can check this box out of your list! And hey, don’t worry if you’re not a swimmer. It’s still possible to enjoy this great underwater adventure.

What is Scuba diving?

Scuba diving is a mode of underwater diving where the diver uses a self-contained underwater breathing kit called as scuba, to breathe underwater. Scuba divers carry their own source of breathing gas, allowing them greater freedom to roam underwater freely, and explore the marine life.

What is Scuba diving?

Must visit places for Scuba diving in Goa

Scuba diving is a very popular water activity that is marked at viewing marine life at shallow depths. The activity has to be done perfectly under expert guidance. Confirmation is needed from the recreational diving associations such as PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), and CMAS (Confederation modiale des activities subaquatiques). An experienced diver can move on to perform some peculiar dives, including night diving, shipwreck diving, under-water cave diving and much more.

The Grand Island

Grand Island is one of the most famous spots in Goa for scuba diving, as it is the nearest to most of the popular beaches of Goa. Scuba at Grand Island may not be the best one due to high crowd and less corals and fishes, but it gives you amazing experience of boat trip into the Sea toward the island. You also get the opportunity to see the dolphins on your way to the island.

Dive Goa

This institute is in Candolim, and offers quite a good package for scuba divers. The institute provides scuba diving classes on all levels – beginner, intermediate and expert.

Atlantis water sports

Just about the Baga circle, this institute in Calangute is one of the popular destinations for scuba diving in Goa. It is a favorite past time of most of the foreign tourists who visit this beach, as well as for professional scuba divers.

At Malvan

As compared to the Grand Island, scuba diving at Malvan is better due to better frequency of corals and fishes. The Malvan beach is a bit far from Goa, nearly 100 km from Baga beach, but the waters are clear and one can have a disturbance free diving experience. There are buses available from Anjuna, Morjim and other popular cities in Goa which will take you to Malvan for scuba diving.

Other than these places, one can find other local institutes for scuba diving near Anjuna, Candolim and Baga beach in Goa. Many of the local shacks also rent out scuba gear on an hourly basis, as well as an instructor accompanies the divers.

Prices for scuba diving in Goa

Tourists from all over the globe visit Goa and scuba diving is one of the main tourist attractions in Goa. While there are multiple institutes offering you a scuba diving package, on different beaches in Goa, the prices may vary from place to place and from institute to institute. Most of them are approximately in the same range, and are dependent on the type of diving one wants. The peak season in Goa is during October to March and there are high chances of a hike in these prices during this time.

  • The charges all inclusive of all the rental equipment necessary for diving, viz. a cylinder kit with waist belt, underwater goggles etc.
  • Some professional institutes also offer you a swimsuit along with these equipment.
  • The average cost for scuba diving in Goa is approximately Rs. 2500 per head.
  • Most of the institutes will offer you a training session in a swimming pool before you actually dive into the ocean. With this, you can see for yourself if you can go forward with the actual dive later.

Making the plans:

Scuba diving is one of the most thrilling adventures and one should know a few things before he/she signs up for this adventure:

  • Though all precautions are taken by clubs and institutes, it is better to take all safety measures. Make sure to inform your instructors beforehand if you do not know swimming.
  • All the institutes necessarily provide you with an instructor along with you underwater.
  • Make sure to check all equipment and to use them with utmost care.
  • Take care of all your belongings and do not take anything with you during your scuba diving.
  • Never stray too far from the coast. Also, make sure to follow all instructions given by your instructor and to ask again if there are any doubts or confusions in your mind.
  • Do not indulge in drinking during or before the scuba diving sessions.
  • Make sure you know all the hand signs so that you can signal to your instructors while underwater.

Scuba diving is one of the most adventurous water sport in India after Parasailing and Windsurfing, and Goa has become a hub for all of these activities. Many tourists visiting Goa every year indulge in scuba diving as it is one of the best experiences of the Goan vacation vibe. Some say it is necessary to be able to swim in order to experience scuba diving, but it is a myth. With trainers and instructors by your side, you can enjoy this exhilarating experience without any trouble. If you’re looking to experience this thrilling adventure, we can help you plan it along with the entire plan for your Goa vacation including your travel, your stay and a handpicked list of best eateries in Goa.