Scuba Diving in Goa
Goa is lush green paradise edged on the one side by wooded foothills of the Sahyadri range and on the other by the Arabian sea. Scuba diving in Goa is an ideal – Dive site for beginner as well as experienced divers. Some of the ideal places for scuba diving in Goa are Pigeon island, Angria Bank, Grande Island, Malvan Shoal, Arabian sea.
Marvellous, unspoilt expanses of palm fringed sand and blue seas, warmed by the sun and local hospitality, relaxed life style enlivened by the Goan love of music and dance and spiced by its superb cuisine, make for a heady mixture that is difficult to resist.
Located about half way down the west coast of India, Goa is lush green paradise edged on the one side by wooded foothills of the Sahyadri range and on the other by the Arabian sea. More than 450 years of Portuguese rule preceded by Hindu and Muslim supremacy have made ‘Sunny Goa’ an exciting amalgam of cultures. Imposing churches, forts perched on high promontories, delightful old mansion and villas and picturesque whitewashed villages set amidst velvety paddy fields are all part of this exciting heritage.
Goa is a little bit of Rio de Janeiro meets lbiza. But then Goa is a lot of things. This little seaside state , with an identity that’s a seemless blend of Portuguese-Latin influence and Indian tradition, was crackling enough to have been one of the Millennium destinations of the world.
The waters are safe and temperate, the absence of riptide currents making them ideal for learners and novice divers. And when you aren’t wiggling in and out of your wet-suit, you could be sunbathing or bungee jumping, visiting temples or haunting the flea market. Like we said, Goa is a lot of things.
The three hundred years of Portuguese rule has left an indelible imprint on the collective psyche of Goans. It shows in their music, their architecture, their culture. It’s also why Goans make the most wonderful vindaloo this side of the Indian ocean.
SCUBA DIVING IN GOA – DIVE SITES
The marine life in Goa is similar to that found in Maldives. The presence of wrecks in Spanish and Portuese galleons, World War II ships make the fish life prolific.
Much of the local diving is conducted around this island. Some of the sites near the island include Suzy’s wreck, Davy Jone’s Locker, Sail Rock, Turbo Tunnel, Surge City, Uma Guma Reef and Bounty Bay.
A four-hour high-speed boat ride takes you to this world class dive site 120 miles from Goa. A vast underwater landmass about half the size of the state of Goa, it offers an amazing wealth of coral and fish. A ‘live-aboard’ is available with the local dive center to make diving at this site an unforgettable experience.
This rocky outcrop has interesting marine life as well as good visibility.
Some interesting shallow sites in the water between Venguria and Malvan, 2 hours away from the capital city of Panaji.
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