Not having done my dive in Havelock, we rented a bike (500 a day) and went straight to Dive India. They were not operating, and I did my dive with Scubalov the following morning at 6 AM. It cost me 4500 INR including gear and photos. While I did not see the colourful marine life of nemos, starfish, and seahorses like in Havelock, it was truly a life changing experience. Mine was a boat dive and that moment where you are asked to flip and let go, phew, you've got to do it to believe it, especially if you are a non swimmer. What I did see were underwater lighthouse ruins, octopus, various fish and wait for it, a sea turtle! Yes, I swam with a sea turtle and I think I left a piece of my heart in that spot under the sea. It was exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time! Just listen to your instructor, ask questions if you need, get the technique right, and dive!
While on Neil island, the coral bridge is not to be missed. Apart form the natural bridge, you also get to see marine life by the shore! I am not going to go into details as I would not want to take away from your first hand amazement! You can only see the wonders during low tide so make sure to check before you decide when to go. We happened to be there just in time around 12:30 PM IST. Make sure to hire a guide when you get there, for 400 INR. Ours was Narayandas and I think he was the best among all the others around!(DM me for his number). He is also a very enthusiastic and skilled photographer! Later, head to Lakshamanpur beach sunset point for another glorious sunset and more doggos and beachside chai coffee.
We also wanted to do sunrise at Sitapur beach but couldn't make it and I did my dive at the lighthouse point from Bharatpur beach
We stayed at Coconhuts and loved everything about it: food, rooms, private beach view (psst...they have an adjoining bar). We did lunch and dinner at the resort itself.