Scuba diving at Malvan

Tripoto
20th Dec 2013
Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River
Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River
Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River

At the malvan Jetty

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River
Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River

Tondawali remote beaches

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River

Remote beach - Tondawali

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River

On the way to Malvan

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River

Remote beach - Tondawali

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River

Unexplored TOndawali

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River

Where the river meets the sea

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River

Right in front of the Gaaz guest house

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan by The Tropical River

Estuaries has flanked our Western Indian Coastline in numbers and is a breeding ground for a diverse sea life. Travel has always been a passion to me and adventurous travels are like a cherry on the top. Scuba diving are rare in India and we were excited to find it close by from Bangalore. Malvan is famous for its remote beaches and good malvani cuisine. Seafood is prominent in here and it's heaven for fish lovers.

Our journey started from Bangalore to Belgaum, which is the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra. From Belgaun, a close friend arranged for a cab to take us through the western ghat to the cost. The road trip along the western ghat is through Amboli ghat and has many pitstop and viewpoints.

As Malvan is in the radar for many people in Maharashtra /Karnataka, we aimed to look for remote places and got it in the outskirt of malvan (~45 mins drive) in the place called Tondawali. 

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan 1/5 by The Tropical River

This village Tondawali is beautifully located with river on one side and beach on the other. Guest house are few and its quite remote and hence not that commercialized as well. We stayed at the guest house owned by the panchayat head of Tondawali and we were warmly welcomed as well. I have shared the details in the end of GAAZ resort which he owns.

Where the river meets the sea near Tondawali.

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan 2/5 by The Tropical River

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan 3/5 by The Tropical River

Remote beach at Tondawali.

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan 4/5 by The Tropical River

Photo of Scuba diving at Malvan 5/5 by The Tropical River 

The scuba diving is a experience in itself. You need to get an token at the main beach of malvan and you will be finding many agents to help you in that. Snorkeling can be done as well based on your wish. The rates are nominal of 700-800 for Snorkeling and 1500 for Scuba. If you wish to get pictures of you while scuba, you can ask the boat owner itself and make sure you do a good bargain as rates are as per the owner's wish.

The Sindhudurg fort of Shivaji has been a pride of malvan and the corals have started growing right on the edge of the fort walls. On the top you find the water to be not that great like an blue clear water but as you submerge yourself in the world below , you will find quite a clear visibility and rich wild life. The instructions are simple and clear and you are accompanied by at least 2 trained people so it's quite safe as well. Rest assured you can do this even if you don't know swimming and you sync in well if you know swimming.

Gaaz resort : Sanjay: 09420055332 / 09923851742

Scuba diving  : Dheeraj - reference from Sanjay: 09975094907

Enjoy !!!!

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