The World Underneath Ours - Scuba Diving at Netrani Island

Tripoto
22nd Jan 2018

Far off the mainland

Photo of The World Underneath Ours - Scuba Diving at Netrani Island by Offbeat Voyagers

It was 22nd January, a monday and I should have been feeling monday blues but the only blue thing around was the beautiful blue(you won't believe it unless you see it!!) Arabian Sea. Snorkeling in the warm waters, floating away with the currents was a soothing and calming experience.

Adrenaline was pumping through my body when I sat on the edge of the boat with a cylinder strapped to my back ready to plummet into the water and experience the deep blue bliss for the next half an hour.

Note: It is not necessary to know swimming to undertake the dive, so chill!!

Don't think twice

Photo of Netrani Island, Karnataka by Offbeat Voyagers

Snorkeling also lets you see the beauty of the sea

Photo of Netrani Island, Karnataka by Offbeat Voyagers

An attempt at diving without the cylinder

Photo of Netrani Island, Karnataka by Offbeat Voyagers

At least one fish came by to say hi

Photo of Netrani Island, Karnataka by Offbeat Voyagers

Ready to take the plunge

Photo of Netrani Island, Karnataka by Offbeat Voyagers

Booking

You will have to contact an organization(West Coast Adventures in our case) and check for the availability(it depends upon the number of participants on that particular day). It is better to do this before you book your tickets to Murdeshwar. We had to pay some amount(online transfer) beforehand to confirm our reservation along with our shirt and shoe size details. West Coast Adventures charges Rs. 6000 per person, which includes the boat ride to Netrani island, snorkeling gear, 10 photographs and a 30 second video underwater.

http://westcoastadventures.in/beginners/

Note: They only conduct one session a day that starts at 8am which concludes around 4:30pm.

Each person gets a dive instructor

Photo of The World Underneath Ours - Scuba Diving at Netrani Island by Offbeat Voyagers
Photo of The World Underneath Ours - Scuba Diving at Netrani Island by Offbeat Voyagers
Photo of The World Underneath Ours - Scuba Diving at Netrani Island by Offbeat Voyagers
Photo of The World Underneath Ours - Scuba Diving at Netrani Island by Offbeat Voyagers
Photo of The World Underneath Ours - Scuba Diving at Netrani Island by Offbeat Voyagers
Photo of The World Underneath Ours - Scuba Diving at Netrani Island by Offbeat Voyagers
Photo of The World Underneath Ours - Scuba Diving at Netrani Island by Offbeat Voyagers

Just a glimpse of the beauty that lies beneath us

Photo of The World Underneath Ours - Scuba Diving at Netrani Island by Offbeat Voyagers

NOTE: There are public bathrooms at the beach so that you can have a bath on getting back. They charge Rs. 20.

Getting There

The closest station to Murdeshwar beach is Murdeshwar(Ha ha!!). We took an auto rickshaw from the auto stand at the highway which costed us Rs. 50. Alternately, there are buses that cost Rs. 10 per person.

The gate to the beach

Photo of The World Underneath Ours - Scuba Diving at Netrani Island by Offbeat Voyagers

Other Things To Do

There is the famous Murdeshwar Shiva statue that stands 123 feet tall and is the tallest shiva statue in the world. It is the tallest statue of Shiva in the world. The temple also houses a Gopura which is again the tallest gopura in the world. There is a lift that takes you up to the 18th floor for a bird's eye view for Rs. 10.

There are a few water sports available at the beach, such as jetsking, boat ride, banana boat ride and ATV ride.

The Gopura

Photo of Murdeshwar, Karnataka, India by Offbeat Voyagers
Photo of Murdeshwar, Karnataka, India by Offbeat Voyagers

Shiva standing 123ft high

Photo of Murdeshwar, Karnataka, India by Offbeat Voyagers

The closest station to Murdeshwar beach is Murdeshwar(Ha ha!!). We took an auto rickshaw from the auto stand at the highway which costed us Rs. 50. Alternately, there are buses that cost Rs. 10 per person.

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