Scuba Diving

Where

Located in the 5 star resort of Goa Marriott Resort, 3 kms from the capital city of Panaji, 30 kms from Dabolim Airport and 12 kms from Karmali railway station, you will find a warm welcome awaiting you from the Barracuda team.

Best Time for Scuba Diving

October to April. During this period, the weather is perfect and the waters are placid making it ideal for Scuba Diving.

Highlights

For those who are seeking excitement and fun in Goa and want to do something different can try out scuba diving. The shallow shores of Goa are famous for their rich marine life. Though there are no gigantic coral reefs here, the scintillating underwater life is sure to fascinate you. Scuba diving is the best sport if you want to try your hand at something that is not too adventurous but is soul satisfying. Though it requires some amount of initial training, once you are comfortable with the equipment it is very easy to enjoy scuba diving.

The underwater life of Goa has unique and fascinating creatures and also shipwrecks of World War ll. The sea is very calm thus making the shores just perfect for scuba diving. If you are a beginner, you will be accompanied by two instructors when you go diving. The underwater visibility ranges from 5 - 20 meters in Goa, depending upon the weather conditions and the nature of the sea. While scuba diving, you will come across many sea creatures like tuna, eels, goat fish, lion fish, snapper jacks, etc.

It is recommended that you follow the instructions given to you in order to enjoy to the hilt. If you are not too comfortable with the equipment and don't feel confident enough, do not try it forcefully. You are advised to check your equipment thoroughly before jumping into the sea. The best months to try scuba diving sport in Goa are October to April. This is the time when the skies have cleared out, the rains have ceased and the sea is calm.

Other Details

Home to the Barracuda Diving team since 1993, Goa continues to surprise and amaze with its wealth of ever changing aquatic life. Grande Island and Sao Jorge Island host a variety of dive sites from calm, sandy bays to pretty coral fields, exciting shipwrecks to challenging pinnacles. Add warm waters, shallow dive sites and an absence of strong currents, Goa is an ideal location for beginners as well as experienced divers. While diving in Goa is not exactly world class due to limited underwater visibility (generally in the region of 6 to 12 meters), there is an amazing amount of marine life as well as hard coral which continues to delight even the most experienced divers.

Fish like includes Barracudas, Damsels, Snappers, Sweetlips, Groupers, Sweepers, Sergeant Majors, Angel, Butterfly, Parrotfish, Banner, Wrasse, Tangs, Mullets, Tuna, Batfish, Scorpion, Lion, Rock Cod, etc. Other marine life includes Sea Cucumbers, Blennies, Gobies, Lobsters, Cuttlefish, Shrimps and Nudibranch with corals, including Table, Brain, Sea Whips, Gorgonian Fans, abound. Turtles, Woebegone and Reef tip sharks, Shovel Nosed and Sting Rays, Nurse Sharks as well as Dogfish are spotted occasionally. The warm waters teem with playful Bottlenose Dolphins, though they are shy of divers.

Rates and Charges  for Diving and Snorkeling Trips

  • Dive Trips:     Rs 2,500 per person

  • Snorkeling:    Rs 1,000.00 per person.

Scuba Review

  • Provides daily guided boat dives inclusive of 2 tank dives, full equipment with 3mm shorty wetsuit, snacks and filtered water, services of a PADI qualified dive guide, fresh water shower and personal equipment cleaning.

  • Provides a towel and swimsuit.

  • The meeting point is at the Dive Centre in the Goa Marriott Resort at 8.00 am for registration and equipment assembly.

  • The boat leaves from the Dive Centre at 8.30 am sharp.

  • The boat will return between 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm.

  • A full safety and conservation briefing, dive site orientation and an introduction to the local marine life will be conducted on board.

  • Dive sites are often dependent on the location of best visibility and fish life at the time of the dive and the experience level on divers onboard but they try their very best to accommodate site preference where possible.

  • Snorkelers and accompanying guests are welcomed subject to availability.

  • Snorkeling equipment, snacks and filtered water are provided.

  • Booking is required. Pleasure dives are strictly for qualified divers. Proof of certification by c-card or log book is mandatory.

  • In the interest of your comfort and safety, a scuba review is highly recommended for those who have not dived for over one year.

  • Payment to be made in full prior to departure. Payments by Credit Card are subjected to a 4% Bank Charge.

For more details please contact following professionals:

    Dive Centre, Sun Village Resort, Baga - Arpora, Goa - 403518.

    Tel: +91 832 2269409-14

    Fax: +91 832 2269415

    Mobile: +91 9822182402

    E-mail: barracudadiving@gmail.com

    website: www.barracudadiving.com

 

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