The sand between your toes, the endless expanse of blue in front of you, and the sound of the swishing waves hitting the shore, these evoke memories of sea side. But this is just the beginning; the sea has an entire new parallel world hidden beneath its deceiving blue. The coastlines of the Peninsular India gives us a list of options to explore this world under the sea.
Here’s where you ought to go…
1. Lakshadweep Islands
The Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kadamt , Thinkara Islands in Lakshadweep are ideal for scuba diving and are the only ones to the public. The islands are situated a little off the Malbar Coast and are blessed with many species of corals, crabs, seaweeds, fishes and birds too. Though not rich in fauna, the Pitti Islands here are breeding grounds for turtles.
The clear blue waters of the Arabian makes it a memorable experience of interacting with the life that thrives under water. Many resorts in the area make this experience easily accessible. The area is also known for snorkeling and other water sports.
A bunch of reefs- Suzy’s Wreck, Bounty Bay Davy Jones Lockers, Sail Rock, Turbo Tunnel and Uma Guma Reef; makes up the Grand Island or Ilha Grao.
While the Davy Jones Lockers’ and Suzy’s Wreck is known to consists of a lot of metal wreck and ship wrecks from a past era (the World War II, that is); the other sites are known for the undersea flora and fauna. The place is decked with extensive diversity of solid coral, with tiny fish and lobsters flitting about the place.
This plunge down in the Arabian Sea isn’t a disappointment for the poisson-lover, the reefs are home to a variety of fish like the angel fish, parrot fish, puffers, sweet lips, porcupine fish, etc.
3. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Havelock Islands, one of the islands of the Andaman, basking in the Bay of Bengal is a go-to option for honeymooners, but is also ideal for scuba diving.
The Lighthouse, known as the lair of humpback parrot fishes, is suitable for any kind of dive as it is protected from currents. The coral reefs here have a large variety of reef fishes thriving here. The Johhny’s Gorge and Jackson’s Bar, boasts of the larger species of fishes, like the dolphins, eels, rays, white tip sharks, etc.,
If you do get tired of all the scuba diving, you could always go trekking in the islands or venture deeper into the seas with the fishermen and catch those little fishes.
The Aravind Wall and the Ravines are go-to spots for scuba divers in Pondy. The place is known for butterfly fishes, angle fishes, etc. The rocky reefs of the Ravines, the other hand boosts of crustaceans and other reef fishes. Giant troupers, whale sharks and Morreys are also seen here.
While here, in the former French lair, you could also visit the picturesque beaches, Auroville, the French War memorial, etc,. The place also boasts of the best diving schools in India.
Becoming a part of the life under the blue is a different experience all together. The world slows down a little, and you watch the little creatures swim by in harmony while they pretend you’re nothing more than a rock to them.