Karnataka is one of the first states in the mainland of India where scuba diving was introduced. Scuba diving is done in Karnataka in two locations - Devbagh 3 miles off the coast from Karwar and Netrani islands or popularly known as pigeon islands 10 nautical miles from the coast of Murudeshwar. The diving site in Netrani island is considered to be at par or even better than the diving sites in Lakshadweep
Devbagh is a beautiful beach town located in the northernmost part of Karnataka about 2 hours from Goa. Devbagh is about 50 km from another beach town, Gokarna, and is about 110 km from Panjim. Devbagh is one of the five islands located off the coast of Kanwar and is considered the most scenic of the five. Devbagh is an ideal beach holiday destination and a haven for water sports enthusiasts. The best time to visit Devbagh is between October to February.
Scuba Diving in Devbaug..
P.S: Do not confuse Devbaug to Devbagh. Devbaug is a small village in the southern district of Malvan in Maharashtra. Scuba diving is organized here near the famous Sindhudurg sea fort. M.T.D.C identified this location as an ideal site for snorkeling and the operators introduced scuba diving in 2012. contact Shamika Scuba Adventures forscuba diving in Tarkarli
Snorkeling Vs Scuba diving..
Snorkeling is swimming with a snorkel mask which allows you to observe under water marine life and rock formations. SCUBA - self contained under - water breathing apparatus with the help of which one can literally swim along side the fishes and experiance aquatic life.
Netrani Islands off the coast from Murudeshwar is a divers paradise where the depths range from 6 to 40 meters with excellent visibility of 15 to 30 meters and more. Here you can see an abundance of colorful marine life thriving in an un-polluted environment, in a natural oceanic marine ecological system of coral reefs. Netrani Islands is rated comparable to Lakshadweep and Maldives. The operators charge anywhere between Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 dor a dive.