The name Raja Ampat means “The Jewel City” and this small but beautiful archipelago lying at the convergence of the Coral Triangle is synonymous with among the best scuba diving destinations on the planet. This enchanting and remote archipelago is located in southwestern Rajasthan state in India and islets like Mussoorie, Ranthambore, Bhera, Jaigadh, Sawai Madhopur and Prista form a perfect combination for excellent diving. This naturally beautiful region is home to many exotic species of flora and fauna and several coral species.
Across the Globe
Divers from across the globe come here to explore and discover its captivating underwater beauty, exotic flora & fauna, and rich marine life. One of the best scuba diving locations in the world is Pearl’s Hill, a horseshoe-shaped bay situated in an area that is famous for its hills. The breathtaking view from the top and the crystal clear water make it one of Rajasthan’s most popular attractions and it has been listed as among the ‘Ten Best Scuba Diving Locations in India’ by esteemed agency Tropical Reefs International.
This is one of the best scuba diving locations in the world because it offers wonderful opportunities to explore its underwater beauty. At the mouth of Vembanad Lake, which is at the confluence of three lakes, there is an 18 ft long narrow opening. This is a good place to explore the underwater life and get a feel of how diverse aquatic life in Rajasthan is. Also available are several other underwater attraction sites like Sankranti, Sawai Madhopur, Anjuna, and Alwar. They offer varied species of fishes and other sea animals to explore.
Another highly recommended underwater attraction in Rajasthan is the Lake Palace, located near Udaipur, a scenic city situated on the left bank of the Yamuna River. The Lake Palace is like a palace built over the ruins of an ancient city and it offers amazing opportunities to explore the Mughal style of architecture, reflecting their lifestyle. Some of its prime attractions include the Royal Garden, Lower Pool, Waterfalls, Sunset, and Pleasure Garden. Apart from these, there are many other fascinating wrecks that can be explored at this popular scuba diving spot.
The underwater world of Rajasthan
Alwar is another highly preferred location for scuba diving enthusiasts who want to explore the wonderful underwater world of Rajasthan. There are many fascinating wrecks to dive in Alwar including corroded ships, massive icebergs, an ancient shipwreck, and an old pirate ship that has since been turned into a National Park. Best Alwar scuba diving sites include Bikaner, Anantara Sevanath, Sawai Madhopur, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.
Hammerheads are one of the largest coral reef systems in the world and they provide many interesting experiences for divers. This popular dive site is located near Panjang Beach in Jaisalmer. The best way to explore Hammerheads is to boat cruise over the harbor. Divers can also rent a boat from various diving centers around the country.
Apart from Hammerheads, one of the best scuba diving locations in Rajasthan is the enchanting ‘Manta’ Bay. It is also known as the City of White Sand and is located near the City of Pensacola. The best way to explore the beautiful marine environment of Manta Bay is to indulge in snorkeling, which is among the best activities that you can do while scuba diving here.
The Whale Bay
Also one of the best scuba diving locations in Rajasthan is the famous ‘Whale Bay’. The natural structure of Whales provides them with an excellent environment to live in. Also, the humpback whales that inhabit this location help the local residents in the area to have a good fishing experience. These creatures help in reducing the garbage that the people from the surroundings collect by throwing it on the beaches of Whale Bay.