Scuba Diving in Goa

Scuba Diving in Goa

For those who are seeking excitement and fun in Goa and want to do something different can try out scuba diving. The shallow shores of Goa are famous for their rich marine life. Though there are no gigantic coral reefs here, the scintillating underwater life is sure to fascinate you. Scuba diving is the best sport if you want to try your hand at something that is not too adventurous but is soul satisfying. Though it requires some amount of initial training, once you are comfortable with the equipment it is very easy to enjoy scuba diving.

The underwater life of Goa has unique and fascinating creatures and also shipwrecks of World War ll. The sea is very calm thus making the shores just perfect for scuba diving. If you are a beginner, you will be accompanied by two instructors when you go diving. The underwater visibility ranges from 5 – 20 meters in Goa, depending upon the weather conditions and the nature of the sea. While scuba diving, you will come across many sea creatures like tuna, eels, goat fish, lion fish, snapper jacks, etc.

It is recommended that you follow the instructions given to you in order to enjoy to the hilt. If you are not too comfortable with the equipment and don’t feel confident enough, do not try it forcefully. You are advised to check your equipments thoroughly before jumping into the sea. The best months to try scuba diving sport in Goa are October to April. This is the time when the skies have cleared out, the rains have ceased and the sea is calm.

Scuba diving in Goa is a delightful experience. Welcome to the world of underwater delight in Goa. Attractive corals, colored and beautiful, shells and fishes all invite exploration. Adventurous sports like Scuba Diving help you to unearth the underwater treasure of Goa.

Underwater visibility in Goa ranges for five meters to ten meters through out the tourist season. The waters in Goa are safe and temperate. The absence of riptide currents makes the waters ideal for beginners.

Scuba Diving Gears:

•Mask, Fins & Snorkel

•Buoyancy Compensator Vest

•Wetsuit

•Underwater Light & Backup Light

•Diving Knife

•First-aid & Health Kit

Scuba Diving Requirements :

1. As for scuba diving you need lot of practice and also the comfort level along with the essential equipment.

2. While diving, you are also accompanied by two experienced scuba divers.

3. The marine life that you can spot here consists of Sergeant-major puffers, groupers, damsels, barracuda, tuna, eels, goat fish, lion fish, scorpion fish, surgeon fish, bat fish, snappers, jacks, blennies, lobster, sweetlips, trevally, gobies etc.

Diving site : Grand Island off the Mormugao Harbour is the ideal site for scuba-diving, because here the underwater visibility is good.

Safety Tip : Prior to a scuba dive, you should throughly check and understand the operation of underwater breathing apparatus. Don’t forget to carry the equipment provided by the operator like medical kit and portable oxygen kit.

Dive Sites in Goa:

Suzy’s Wreck – 30 Meters long WW II metal wreck in very shallow waters starting at 3 meters depth with a maximum depth of 12 meters. Plenty of fishlife which includes batfish, angelfish, barracudas, snappers, lionfish, sargent major, sweetlips, stonefish, blennies, nudibranchs, parrotfish, moorish idols, groupers, sea whips, sea fans, morays, etc. Ideal dive site for beginners as well as experienced divers.

Davy Jones Locker – Very broken up metal wreck in approx. 14 meters of water. Only the stern section is intact with a huge propeller. Very large groupers, big barracudas, deep water schooling fish like jacks, tuna, mullets, etc., are seen frequently. Only experienced divers taken as currents are generally strong in the area.

Sail Rock – Big fish include jacks, groupers, barracudas, tuna, sharks, rays. Several species of small fish in the shallows. For experienced divers only due to strong currents as well as surge. Depths range from 20 meters to 6 meters along sloping walls making it ideal for multilevel divers.

Turbo Tunnel – A narrow channel between the island and a rock with the sea surging through it. The shallow depth (max of 8 meters) makes it ideal for experienced divers as well as beginners subject to the strength of the waves.

Shelter Cove – An ideal dive site for beginners with lots of small fish, wide variety of hard coral, lobsters, etc. Fish include stonefish, lionfish, sargent major, parrotfish, damsels, triggerfish, angelfish, sweetlips, snappers, etc. Hawksbill turtles have been spotted on rare occasions. Very shallow depths (max of only 8 meters).

Uma Guma Reef – Excellent dive site on exposed rocks off Grand Island. Highlights are large groupers, big barracudas, jacks, tuna, mullets, surgeonfish, parrotfish, triggerfish, angelfish, puffers, moorish idols, sweetlips, snappers, porcupinefish, etc. Plenty of hard coral in the shallow sections. Reef sharks have also been spotted here. For experienced divers only due to currents and surge. Great for multilevel dives starting at a maximum of 14 meters.

Bounty Bay – Great site for beginners as well as trainee divers. Several species of small fish as well as hard coral found here. Cuttlefish and nurse shark have also been seen here. Maximum depth of only 6 meters.

The Jetty – Located at the north western tip of Grand Island, this is a very shallow site with a maximum depth of 8 meters and an average depth of 5 to 6 meters. Lots of species of small fish. Lionfish and schooling baby mullets frequently seen.

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