Located in the Konkan region on the Western coast of the Indian peninsula, Goa is bounded by the state of Karnataka to the east and south, Maharashtra to the north and the Arabian Sea to the west. Goa has so much to offer visiting divers. They offer amazing discounts in flight tickets, hotel rooms, foods and many other things you might do while in Goa.
Goa is majorly inhabited by Hindus and Christians with a history of harmony between communities. There are many festivals in Goa including New Year’s celebrations, Ganesh Chaturthi, Easter, Diwali, Shigmo, Christmas and Carnival all are known to attract many tourists.
Fishing is popular among the Goa people and soccer is their favorite sport. Other sports found in Goa are: hockey, chess, swimming, table tennis, cricket and basketball. Goa is visited by many international and domestic tourists every year because of its places of worship, beaches, diving sites, world heritage architecture and its richness in flora and fauna. It is the smallest and the richest state in India.
Colva Beach, Goa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are 6 different scuba diving sites in Goa in which you can be sure to experience the exhilaration of diving and also get to see exotic fish and other oceanic life forms. Some of the great diving areas in Goa are:
1. Reef of Uma Guma– this is recommended for expert divers only. It is an attractive dive spot on bare rocks just off Grand Island. Porcupine fish, parrotfish, sweet lips, angelfish, Moorish idols, triggerfish, puffers and snappers are some of the sea creatures you can expect to find here.
2. Locker of Davy Jones– Professional divers usually prefer Brawny currents. This is exactly what the locker of Davy Jones region offers for maximum fun and adventure while scuba diving. It is essentially a broken up metal wreck measuring about fourteen meters. Some of the sea creatures you can spot here are large barracudas, bulky groupers and some schooling fish such as mullets, jacks, tuna and many more.
3. Wreck of Suzy’s– This is a 30 meter World War II metal ruin with very shallow waters ranging between three and twelve meters. It is recommended for both beginners and experienced scuba divers. You can see a large variety of fish in this area including Moorish idols, snappers batfish, barracudas, parrotfish, angelfish, stonefish, sweetlips, noodibranchs and blennies.
4. Bay of Bounty– this is the ultimate spot for beginners. Bay of Bounty always gives a thrilling experience for someone’s first time under water. It is a good spot for trainees to practice in as well. Training sessions can also be taught here since there are no major currents. It is only 6 meters deep and has traces of stiff coral. There are numerous cattlefish and nurse sharks found here as well as many schools of small fish.
5. Cove of Shelter– This location is 8 meters deep. Whether you are a veteran diver or an amateur, this spot would suit you. Here you will find a diversified collection of solid coral, many small fish, lobsters and many other sea creatures.
6. The Jetty– The area has an average depth of 6 meters with the deepest section being at 8 meters. It is located at the Grand Island’s northwestern angle. Some of the animals found here are schools of baby mullets and lionfish.
With all these sites for scuba diving in Goa you can be assured you will have the ultimate experience if you choose Goa as your next scuba diving site. The creatures you can see in this area are diversified to ensure a maximum fun-filled and learning experience.
As with any other diving sites there are suitable times and unsuitable ones for scuba diving in Goa. In Goa the diving season begins in October and ends in May. At these times the water temperatures are between 27 and 30 degrees Celsius. The rest of the year, this area should be avoided for diving escapades.
Talukas of Goa. Talukas in purple shades belong to North Goa district, and orange denote South Goa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wondering which shop to book for good services and guidance to a diving site? Here are some of the most reputable you can book:
• Dive Goa
• Professional association of diving instructors (PADI)
• Barracuda diving
• Goa aquatics
These offer tour guides and diving instructors so you can be sure you are well taken care of.There are many hotels and resorts located just a walking distance from dive sites in Goa. All of them though have differing peak season and off-peak season charges. There are also a wide variety of standards with regard to the hotels found here in order to cater to classes of people. Regardless of your budget, you can be sure to get a hotel that suits you. You can choose from:
• Sea View Hotel
• Cassa Amarilla
• Prainha Resort
• Zuari View Guest House
• Swimsea Beach Hotel
In case you are wondering, Goa is not all about diving. There are numerous other attractions tourists can enjoy. Beautiful beaches with gorgeous white sands line the coast and offer a relaxing experience when you are not diving under the water.
There are also plenty of other water sports in this area such as water-skiing and parasailing. Cruises and boat trips are also a major attraction.. Fishing and dolphin watching are also major activities.
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Goa (Photo credit: Eustaquio Santimano)
Shallowest dive site depth: 3m
Deepest dive site depth: 30m
Dive site visibility (how clear the water is): moderate clarity
Dive site currents (is there an active current in the area): in most sites there are no strong currents but in some they are present.
Dive site surface conditions (is the water surface frequently choppy or calm or in-between): in-between
Common types of animals at dive sites: small fish, barracudas and sweetlips.
Number of dive sites in the area: 6
Recommended diving experience level (beginner, moderate or advanced): All
Water temperature range during peak season: 27-30 degrees Celsius
Nearest airport: Goa International Airport