Just off the coast of Murudeshwar, Netrani Island gives you the chance to get your flippers on and explore the deep blue sea and the treasures it holds.
Here's Where You Can Scuba Dive In Karnataka, Just Under 8 Hours From Bangalore
What Makes It Awesome
Snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts often complain that there aren’t too many options that they can explore around our beloved city. Well, we give you Netrani Island, that’s just in Bangalore’s backyard. An overnight journey or an 8-hour drive (approximately) will get you to Murudeshwar, a seaside town. From here, you can sign up with local operators like Netrani Adventures that hook you up with a package deals on your adventure itinerary. The best time to explore Netrani is during the cooler months — between November and May. You should also know that operators shut down during the monsoon months as the sea tends to get rough. So if you miss this season, head back in September. That is when they open again.
If you haven’t had any snorkelling experience or are looking for the perfect locale for your first dive (you will need the necessary certification for this), Netrani is ideal. Snorkelling experiences, at Netrani Adventures, begin at around INR 2,500. But if you are looking for dives, then it’s INR 5,500. This is a fraction of the cost you’ll be paying at more well-known diving destinations like the Andamans or, even, Goa. For diving, you’ll first have to pick up the basics in a classroom and the instructor will address any niggling doubts you may have since the diving experience here are for novices and for pros. Then, you hop on a boat and head out for a brief training session. Once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s time to get diving!
There are around seven dive sites around here. And the visibility is pretty great. On your dive, you’ll encounter gorgeous sea creatures like Parrot Fish, Sting Ray, Puffer Fish, sharks, turtles, and sea urchins. Colourful corals too are a common sight here. When you are done with your dive, you can nibble on refreshments served on the boat as you head back. Netrani Adventures will also share pictures of your underwater adventure so you can show off back home!
You should also know that operators shut down during the monsoon months as the sea tends to get rough. So if you miss this season, head back in September. That is when they open again.