This was my first SCUBA diving experience and I didn't have the time to go through a 3-4 day PADI certification course so I picked the 1 day 'Discover SCUBA' course.
You're briefed on the basics of SCUBA diving at the office in Murudeshwar and then equipment is loaded on to a boat along with which you travel to Netrani island; 1.5 hours off the coast line. The island is secluded and beautiful and waters are clear (not crystal clear, but clear) . The boat is anchored off the island and you're then given snorkelling gear to snorkel around the waters for a while. This wasn't the greatest cuz the water isn't crystal clear, but is still thrilling being out in the open water.
Then you are equipped with SCUBA gear and dive along with an instructor. The instructor sticks with you the whole time and guides you along at depths up to 12m. A good amount of aquatic life but a gross lack of any corals. Or at least no vibrant coloured corals at all. But definitely a good number of fish around.
Overall, an enjoyable experience but the dive time being only 30 mins is too short IMO. But then again, it's only a discovery course.
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