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For people with an innate love for the water bodies, there is no dearth of adventurous sports for one to dive deep into. Among them, snorkeling is one of the great activities that allow you to see the wonders of the underwater world and marine life. Giving adrenaline junkies a chance to observe and be mesmerized by the amazing aqua fauna of the marine world, snorkeling transports one to an underwater world buzzing with life. The best part about this water adventure sport is that one doesn’t really need to be an ace swimmer.
While people travel the world exploring aquatic life, India too has many great water bodies where snorkeling can be enjoyed. Here is a list of few such places one can visit on their next holiday.
Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Island
In the Bay of Bengal with crystalline blue waters, pristine beaches, and virgin rainforests, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands top the list of water sports lovers. The Elephant Beach on Havelock Island is a popular spot all thanks to the prolific marine life that is easily spotted in the waters. The ideal season is from December to April. Neil Island and Cinque Island are also some other famous diving spots in the Andaman region.
Netrani Island, Karnataka
This is one of Karnataka’s lesser-known islands and is also known as the Pigeon Island owing to its large pigeon population. Situated in the Arabian Sea, the island has gained popularity for being a coral reef island by default making it a hotbed for marine life like the butterflyfish, parrotfish, eels, barracudas, mantas, clownfish, and other water residents. In fact, you can easily spot Sea turtles. You can easily reach here from Murudeshwar or Goa and the best time to visit is from October to April.
The islands of Lakshadweep are surrounded by living coral reefs and abundant marine life, from octopi and rays to crabs and hawks, to hawksbill turtles, one can dive deep into the breathtaking views of coral reefs and fish here. The island has also grown into one of the best scuba diving and snorkeling destinations all thanks to its pristine white beaches and clear crystal water. One can also visit islands like Bangaram and Agatti offering snorkeling and scuba diving activities.
Aravind’s Wall, Pondicherry
Right from whales, lionfish, eels, rays, parrotfish, crustaceans to sea snakes, one can easily spot these water animals and another diverse range of sea inhabitants. One can also visit Temple Reef for an exotic diving experience.
You can also explore options in Sinquerim Beach, Grande Island, Monkey Island and Palolem Beach in Goa and the Tarkarli beach in Maharashtra.