I booked tickets for scuba diving from a nearby counter shown by my cab driver. There are about 3-4 groups who conduct this activity. The guy at ticket counter told me that the water will not be very clear (which is true) due to the the storm 3 days back in October mid . I was disappointed but I have to do it anyhow.
I headed to the Sindhudurg fort in a ferry with a group of 10-12 people to diving spot where my first dive was scheduled. It was almost 2 kilometers from the shore. The ferry transferred us to another ferry, anchored at the diving spot just near the Sindhudurg Fort. Each and every one of us in the group was given training of about 5-15 mins depending on how quickly you adapt and then off you go inside for approx. 20-30 mins dive.
After putting up my gears, I warm-up for my first plunge in the deep-sea of Malvan. I gushed down deep inside the water wearing the oxygen mask, in an excitement to conquer the entire marine in just one dive! You’re bound to get such crazy thoughts when you dive in for the first time. Within 5 feet of the depth of water, my head started feeling the intense pressure; jaws hurting bad to keep the oxygen mask fitted to my mouth for constant supply of oxygen. It takes a while to get used to breathing with the mouth, once that done it so tranquil and an extremely different experience under water.
To be honest, I was very scared initially and refused to take the plunge shouting that “I don’t know swimming!” but the trainer was so patient, encouraging and cooperative, he did not give up till I agree to take the plunge and go deep in water and take video. :D
One of the expert divers will be there with you throughout the dive and another one will go with you down with a camera to shoot a video of yours :p.
The water was not very clear to see things very far, however I could see the diver swimming next to me and not any of the fishes and corals due to unclear water. The equipment are decent and it was safe but only issues was extra pair of cloths! When I booked the tickets, I was told that I will be given diving suits at the boat so no need of extra pair of cloths but when it was time to dive, I was refused for any suits after multiple requests so I have to go into water with whatever I was wearing. I had to go back to hotel for a change before lunch as moving around wet, sand and salted cloths were impossible in hot sun! So do take your suits before getting into the boat!
Does not matter what, it was a “must-try” experience underwater and should do it at least once, even though it’s in Malvan!
After the dive, I headed off to Malvan town for lunch before going back to Sindhudurg fort. The driver took me to Chaitanya hotel which is an excellent restaurant. for malvani cuisines. I chose a rice, chicken curry in malwani style, dal, soul kadi, coconut barfi as dessert. The mildly spiced, subtly sour curry with a generous topping of chopped coriander was to die for.