Scuba Diving in the Indian Ocean

by Travelbag on 12 January 2015, 15:01PM Scuba Diving in the Indian Ocean

The art of scuba diving is a truly fascinating one. With a little ingenuity, a lot of practice and the right equipment, it is possible to see and experience things that we could barely have dreamed about a hundred years ago. The best thing about scuba diving is that anybody can do it – as long as you are a reasonably strong swimmer, are in good health and meet the minimum age requirement, there is nothing stopping you from becoming a qualified scuba diver.
 
There are few activities quite as unique or as thrilling as this one. If you learn how to dive, there is an endless list of exploration opportunities – with marine life, corals, shipwrecks, underwater art exhibits and much more awaiting. The vast majority of people learn on holiday, so that they can take a peek at the tropical fish and colourful coral reefs surrounding a beautiful island paradise. To begin scuba diving, you will need to pass a basic course approved by an official organisation – as aforementioned, it is common to find suitable courses whilst on holiday.
 
The most basic qualifications, like the PADI Open Water Diver rating, allow you to independently buy and rent scuba gear, purchase air fills at dive centres and dive on your own in appropriate conditions. The PADI Open Water Diver rating takes just four days to complete, so it is something that can realistically be done in-between sunbathing sessions and kicking back with cocktails at the beachfront bar. The next step is to decide where you would love to dive next.

Nosy Be, Madagascar
The charmingly named Nosy Be Island is located just off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Its name translates as ‘big island,’ which makes sense, because it is the largest and busiest tourist resort in the area. It has another local name – the aquarium of Madagascar. This should provide some indication as to its marine diversity and life, particularly for holidaymakers keen to get their masks on and start exploring an underwater world. There is a plethora of micro life here, making it a good destination for underwater photography and diving with manta rays and whale sharks, during the summer months.
  
Ari Atoll, Maldives
The Ari Atoll is one of the natural islands in the west of the Maldives archipelago, and it is considered to be one of the best scuba diving sites in the world. It is famous for its manta ray communities, which stretch and glide peacefully through the warm waters, surrounding the Maldivian Islands. Due to its abundance of pelagic species, this is a very diverse place to indulge in this kind of water sport. A lot of the dive companies in the area offer visitors the chance to enjoy either exclusively dive based trips, or mixed excursions on boats and yachts.

Inner Islands, Seychelles
This beautiful part of the world is teeming with marine life. The inner islands, which are mainly clustered around the principal Seychelles islands of La Digue, Praslin and Mahé, very much form a cultural and economic hub for this area. In fact, diving is a big industry in the Seychelles – for both scientific and leisure purposes. As these inner islands rest on a shallow rock shelf, they attract a huge variety of marine life. Plus, it helps that the waters around the Seychelles are unbelievably blue and clear, making it easy to spot passing fish, wrecks and underwater canyons. 
 
The Tube, Mauritius
The curiously named ‘tube’ diving spot, in Mauritius, is ideal for beginners. It is one of the most popular scuba diving spots in this part of the world, because it is easily accessible and can be explored by those are not yet confident to undertake a deep ocean dive. It has a starting depth of just five metres, and a maximum depth of just eleven metres. Despite is shallow nature, it offers a wide variety of different fish and coral attractions. Plus, it offers guests the chance to kick back at the Maritim Hotel, close to the breathtakingly beautiful Turtle Bay.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
If you really want an exotic experience, get yourself over to Sri Lanka and take a dive excursion in Colombo. This is one of the few dive sites in the world which is not yet teeming with tourists, because it has only recently been fully opened up to the public – if you are a keen scuba diver, explore this magnificent underwater paradise before it becomes a real hot spot. The wrecks are the main attraction here, with everything from World War I merchant navy ships to age of steam vessels, all sunk and providing a new home for fish and coral reefs. A lot of these wrecks can be swum through or penetrated by divers with a reasonable degree of experience.

Call us today on 0871 703 4698 to see how we can help you book the perfect scuba diving holiday.


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