Written by PADI Regional Supervisor, Rob Scammell.
Escape the hustle and bustle of India and uncover the distinctive underwater world of the Lakshadweep Islands. Formally referred to as Laccadive Islands, the Lakshadweep Islands are an archipelago mendacity between 200-400km/124-273 miles from the southeast coast of India within the Laccadive Sea. As a result of their geographical location, unspoilt dive websites and clear waters, the diving right here has even been similar to the Maldives.
Consisting of 12 atolls, three reefs, 5 submerged banks and round 39 islands (5 of which have a registered PADI dive shop), the Lakshadweep Islands have one thing for each diver. The island lagoons supply calm waters with infinite visibility, good for these wishing to study to dive with their PADI Open Water Diver course. For divers on the lookout for one thing extra adventurous, the outer reefs supply spectacular coral reefs with wall and canyon dives. The dive websites surrounding the islands of Lakshadweep are additionally ideally suited for anybody eager to proceed their scuba schooling with their PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course or by enterprise a PADI Specialty Diver course.
The way to Get to Lakshadweep Island
The simplest option to journey to Lakshadweep is by taking a brief flight from Kochi airport (flights presently function as soon as a day) to Agatti Island. From Agatti Island, you'll then have to take a speedboat or helicopter to any of Lakshadweep’s native islands. For those who’re wanting to economize there's a passenger ship from Cochin (with sleeper cabins) which takes round 14-18 hours to succeed in Lakshadweep’s surrounding islands. Guests, each Indian and overseas, are additionally required to acquire an entry permit earlier than travelling which could be obtained upon reserving lodging and transport.
As soon as arriving at Agatti, the closest diving vacation spot is Bangaram Island which is only a brief boat journey from the airport. Bangaram is the one resort island in Lakshadweep providing a relaxed seashore entrance surroundings with diving within the lagoon or a brief boat experience away. There are some 16 dives websites round Bangaram, good for newbie divers and execs alike.
Dive websites corresponding to Manta Level, function kaleidoscope reefs beginning at 6 meters/19 ft and sloping right down to 23 meters/75 ft under the floor. Right here you will discover an abundance of marine life together with snappers, tuna, reef sharks, octopus, lobsters and even manta rays through the months of November and December.
Little Canyon is one other spectacular dive website for these eager to discover an underwater world bursting with marine life and unspoiled reefs. This 12 meter/39 foot dive website provides guests the uncommon alternative to come across something from stingrays to candy lips, reef sharks and education reef fish.
For these eager to admire a few of India’s most spectacular underwater topography, ensure you don’t miss out on Grand Canyon. Underwater, divers shall be pleasantly stunned to find the dive website to be surrounded by two sloping 30 meter/98 foot partitions internet hosting vibrant fan corals and quite a lot of marine life together with tuna, reef sharks, eagle rays, stingrays and extra.
Kalpeni Island is a perfect vacation spot for anybody considering exploring beautiful coral reefs, plate ship wreck, caves, drift dives and rather more. Right here, divers can anticipate an infinite provide of spectacular dive websites and marine life, appropriate for divers of all ranges.
For those who’re looking for an exhilarating dive website, be certain that to go to Wall of Marvel. An unimaginable drift dive alongside a wholesome reef wall, Wall of Marvel reaches a most depth of 20-25 meters/65-82 ft. Overflowing with life, divers can be fascinated by the quantity of tropical fish, turtles, moray eels and groupers that may be seen darting out and in of the exhausting, tender and fan corals.
Because the identify suggests, Turtle Nest is a dive website bursting with an abundance of turtles. Sloping right down to 18 meters/59 ft, divers also can discover pink snappers and moray eels right here. Two different notable dive websites within the space embrace Western and Japanese Classroom. Each websites drop right down to 18 meters/59 ft and are house to a mess of fascinating marine life and smooth corals.
Minicoy is probably the most southern island in Lakshadweep. Right here one can find spectacular coral reefs, a few of the space’s most exhilarating drift dives and two steamship wreck dives. Not solely is that this island house to a few of India’s most numerous dive websites, however the shifting currents additionally usher in a few of the oceans most majestic marine animals – manta rays!