Imagine gliding above coral reefs, clearly visible below the waters and watching its denizens go past — bluefin tuna, reef sharks, eels, jellyfish, turtles, rays, both manta, and sting. And as you stroll along the island grounds, you’re wrapped around pristine blue waters and soft white sands making up the ambiance. This tropical paradise is off the coast of Kerala, India, and it’s the off-grid, Lakshadweep Islands.
A government agency—SPORTS, Society for Promotion of Nature, Tourism, and Sports regulates the number of tourists entering the island, a measure to protect the ecology of the place. Indians still require permits to visit the Lakshadweep Islands, and they booked trips to the island through SPORTS.