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Snorkeling

Often one moment is enough to define the eternal joy of life, but why not create innumerable heartfelt moments of contentment and euphoria in life. The waves are synonyms to happiness. Wayland once said,” the ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to heart.” Snorkeling is a sport which offers you an opportunity to stay closest to sea and experience a life transforming adventure.

Snorkelling is a great way to explore the rich biodiversity of ocean and dig deep into the wilderness and mysteries of the darkness of the sea bed. Snorkeling offers a great adventure for even those who are not confident in swimming. There is certain simplicity and freedom about Snorkeling that makes it assessable and attractive to people of all ages and swimming experience. One hour of Snorkeling is enough to make your day.

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INTRODUCTION TO SNORKELING

Snorkeling is a sport to calm your mind and body. This sport gives freedom to people to observe the diverse underwater life for a long duration without much physical effort also with use of minimum equipment. Snorkeling is referred to as the “younger brother” of scuba diving. The oceans are heaven on earth and all you need to do to enjoy the enclave of ocean is to put on a diving mask and don a snorkel along with swim fins. These equipments act as an aid while Snorkeling. The sport of Snorkeling is performed in shallow water. From the surface of the water, the exceptional marine life living above the sea bed is observed while snorkeling.

IDEAL PLACES FOR SNORKELING

Snorkeling being a water adventure sport needs water bodies which are warm, calm and have clear water. The favourite spots for Snorkeling are Coral Reefs because of their richness of seabed and underwater life. India is a wonderful country which offers every landscape on its territory. There are several dream destinations for Snorkeling in India which offer a startling gaze at the sea life.

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Aravind’s Wall, Pondicherry

Take a underwater break at Pondicherry’s Aravind’s wall and have the sheer pleasure of amazing aqua fauna of the exotic location while Snorkeling here. The beach is open throughout the year, but the best months to go for Snorkeling are February, March and October. Whales, lionfish, eels, rays, parrot fish, crustaceans and sea snakes are a common sight here. The beautiful underwater world also has many creatures like bat fish, lion fish, rock fish, scorpion fish, and colourful corals, Manta Ray etc.

Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar

The Andaman Island is a heaven for adrenaline junkies and offers a Snorkelling site so alluring to adore. The gorgeous Havelock Island has crystalline blue waters, pristine beaches and virgin rainforests that lure tourists from across the globe. Snorkeling at Havelock Island is a jaunt to a whole new level of adventure. The place has abundance of aquatic life and is considered a paradise for snorkelers and adventurer. The ideal time to visit this dream destination is between December to April.

Netrani Island, Karnataka

This Island is also known as The Pigeon Island due to large pigeon population living here. This is a coral reef Island making it a hotbed for teeming marine life like butterfly fish, parrot fish, eels, barracudas, sea turtles, mantas, clown fish and other colourful residents. The best time to enjoy the scenic beauty of Netrani while Snorkeling is from October to April.

Kadmat, Lakshadweep

The Island offers breath-taking beauty of Coral Reef and magical fishes. Kadmat Island is the ideal location to spend your holidays and enjoy the bustling sea life. If you desire to experience an unforgettable Snorkeling excursion then pack your bags and head to Kadmat Island. You may get the ecstatic view of vibrant tropical fish as well as other marine life species like sea cucumbers, rays, sea turtles and crabs in shallow waters along with various octopi, hawks, and hawksbill turtles.

Tarkarli, Maharashtra

This is one of the most beautiful Snorkeling destinations to encounter enthralling marine creatures. Tarkali is a seaside village of Konkan coast set against clear blue waters with an impressive shoreline. The pristine clear water of Tarkali are inhibited by Dolphins, sharks and many colorful tropical plants and fishes attracting snorkelers from across the globe. October to March is the best Snorkeling season in Trakali.

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THINGS TO PAY HEED TO WHILE SNORKELING

  • Before swimming or wading through the waters and seeing fishes swim right before your eyes you need to check your equipments. Your masks, snorkels, fins should not be lose or tight and must fit you perfectly, so chose according to your size.
  • Wear a rash guard like a t-shirt to avoid getting burnt. Take a test run using your equipments and then decide to snorkel for longer distances.
  • While swimming with fins do not kick or knock over any corals. Do not touch anything and any creature of sea as this may frighten them.
  • If you are new to Snorkeling do not snorkel alone. Snorkeling is a safe sport but this still makes you vulnerable to currents, sharp reefs, and wildlife of Open Ocean.
  • Before venturing out for longer trips get acquitted with your surrounding and observe the behaviour of sea and wildlife as their maybe danger due to some wild beast or natural events like Tsunami. Remember animals can sense danger better than humans. Knowing your surrounding is very important, you may encounter a sharp rock.
  • Relax and breathe while floating in the sea. Snorkeling being a relaxing activity is all about floating not swimming.

The ocean is a great opportunity to make new friends and seal new everlasting bonds... who says these friends have to be humans ;). Snorkeling on the beaches in India is a treat with hundreds of marine species making their home in the labyrinth network. The mantra of Snorkeling is “relax, be smart and enjoy the experience.” The experience of witnessing the parade of big marine life finning along the edge of a reef is an eye candy. So if you want to enjoy an unforgettable Snorkeling excursion then pack your bags and swim along the fishes. Happy Snorkeling.....