8 Popular Diving Spots In Goa

Whether you are a professional diver or beginner, Goa is equipped with some of the most well-known and dazzling dive sites all across the globe. Here are the beautiful and most popular diving spots in Goa or near it.

Grande Island

Grande Island, also known by various names like Bat Island, Grand Island, and Ilha Island is a wonderful place to go for Scuba diving in Goa. Numerous islands can be seen off the mainland, but this specific island remains the top tourist attractions in Goa mainly for exploring the underwater marine world. The island itself is about a 20-minute ferry ride from the Sinquerim Jetty, but the end destination is well worth the breathtaking ride. The deep dive site goes over 25 meters beneath the water surface. Because it is so far away from the Goa, the underwater life here is both huge and colorful, clearly unaffected by the visitors who make their way to Grande Island. Located a few kilometers from Vasco da Gama in South Goa, Grande Island is as astonishing as being there itself, as you get to see playful dolphins splashing about in the turquoise waters. The marine wonders that scuba diving at Grande Island is beyond anything that you have ever experienced.

Suzy’s Wreck

The marine life in Suzy’s Wreck ranges from the school of tiny colorful fishes to manta rays. The visibility underwater is as fair and crystalline as a crystal. It may come as no surprise then, that some of the best diving sites in India are found here, including along the coasts of those Islands. One can come across beautiful fish like Barracuda, Batfish, Angelfish, Snappers, Lionfish, Sweetlips, Scorpionfish, Parrotfish, Moorish idols, Bannerfish, Groupers, Moray Eels, Puffers, Boxfish, Flounders, Stargazers, Squid and Rays. Experts, as well as beginners, can experience Scuba diving here. There are moderate undercurrents, which further makes your dive not so tricky. 

Sail Rock

What is it about scuba diving without shipwrecks that divers simply cannot get enough of? Located just 1 kilometer from Grande Island, Sail Rock is a rocky island protruding out of the water surface of the ocean. Diving off the island and revealing below can open up a magical world of aquatic life, booming in the waters of Goa. Scuba Diving in Sail Rock can bring you more close to the huge fishes which includes Giant Barracuda, Tuna, Sharks, Eagle Rays, and Red Snapper. The sloping walls are a hub to tiny fish which includes Bannerfish, Blue Ringed Angelfish, Moorish Idols, and Yellowtail Snappers. The dive sites can range from a depth of 8 meters to 24 meters. Due to the moderate undercurrents in the depths, diving in this site is accessible for both expert scuba divers as well as non-swimmers.

Davy Jones Locker

Scuba Divers will be happy to hear that Davy Jones Locker, off the island of Grande Island, is a great dive site for those looking to get experience for the first time, or those looking to take their diving skills into next level. It is not far from the shore of Goa, yet it is still a home to a bountiful of marine wonders, which includes the vibrant parrotfish and aggressive-looking barracudas. In addition to being one of the perfect dive sites for non-swimmers, there are also a few accommodation options on the Davy Jones Locker island, making it a quiet breakout from the busy Goa.

Uma Guma Reef

Located a few miles from Goa are the Uma Guma Reef, which is also another stunning site for scuba diving. Here you can swim with various species of fish like barracuda, big groupers, parrotfish, tuna, anglerfish, surgeonfish, triggerfish, angelfish, porcupine fish and much more. The island is a hub to a bountiful of soft corals and hard corals, a wide array of marine wonders, and the crystal clear and turquoise water that meets the beaches of the island. The spectacular coral formations also make it a glee for underwater photography where both beginners, as well as experienced divers, can go to this site for diving. 


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