Imagine Scuba Diving among coral reefs in India! Yes, you read it right. Netrani, a coral island off the Karnataka coast, offers one of the most enriching and captivating scuba diving experiences. Also known as the pigeon island, Netrani is approximately 19 KM from the temple town of Murudeshwara. Scuba Diving in Netrani Island will prove to be the best break you need from the everyday stressful life. Along with the coral reefs, there will also be a variety of fishes to spot and float with.
Netrani Scuba Diving will offer you an opportunity to watch butterfly fish, whale sharks, parrot fish, trigger fish, eels, killer whales, stingrays and turtles in their natural habitat. It is quite an otherworldly experience where you are completely cut-off from the usual aspects of your life. Your trip begins in Mumbai – the epicentre of commerce in the country. Take a train from Mumbai and arrive at Murudeshwar.. For scuba at Murudeshwar, gather essential instructions at the dive centre from qualified experts. Take the experience of scuba diving at Netrani Island, when you take the plunge from the boat. In the evening, visit the famous Shiva temple, known for its gigantic statue and the towering gopuram. Next day you can spend the day at leisure. Travel back to Mumbai to end your amazing tour!
Day 00: Mumbai to Murudeshwar
Take a train from Mumbai CST and arrive in Murudeshwar in the evening.
Day 01: Mumbai to Murudeshwar | Arrival in Murudeshwar | Scuba Instructions and Diving
Reach early morining and you will be transferred to the hotel to check-in. Freshen up and rest at the hotel for some time. Spend the entire day at leisure, relaxing at the hotel or exploring this little town.
In the evening, visit the famous temple of Lord Shiva, located right by the Arabian Sea. It is known for its towering 20-storey entrance tower called gopuram, and the gigantic idol of Lord Shiva. The Shiva statue, considered to be the largest of the deity in the world, stands 123 feet in height while the gopuram is roughly 249 feet tall. You can go to the top of the gopuram via lifts, and see the idol, sea and the town. Return to the hotel later in the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner and stay overnight.
Day 02: Scuba Diving at Netrani Island
After enjoying your breakfast, reach the dive centre in the morning for an introduction and essential instructions pertaining to the activity. After an approximately 1-hour long theory briefing, depart for scuba diving at Netrani Island by boat. Netrani is a heart-shaped coral island in the Arabian Sea. Owing to the rugged terrain of the region, Netrani Island scuba diving is done from a boat anchored on its shores. The island is not open for tourists as the Indian Navy uses it for target practice from its vessels. During the diving trip, relish a scrumptious lunch on the boat. At 6:00 PM, end your scuba at Murudeshwar experience and take a train back to Mumbai.
Day 03: Back to Mumbai
Arrive in Mumbai in the morning and continue your onwards journey.
Departure Dates 2017:
January - 14th
February - 11th & 25th
March - 11th & 25th
April - 8th & 22nd
Dive Duration - 30 Mins
Dive Depth - 12 metres