If there is one premium and world-class diving destination in India, it has to be the mysterious Lakshadweep Islands. A holiday here is indeed a Step Back in Time. Undisturbed reefs, blindingly white and powder soft beaches, coconut kissed islands and people so friendly it’s almost a lost art.
36 coralline islands constitute the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Only 11 are inhabited and almost half of those are open to visitors. Each island has exactly ONE resort to stay at and ONE dive centre to go SCUBA diving with; which means, you will NEVER see another dive boat other than your own. In fact, it will be rare to see more than a fishing boat or two on the horizon.
The Lakshadweep leads to such amazing, clutter-free and amazing diving experiences only because tourism has always been fairly restricted to these islands. The reef sees lesser divers than most diving destinations across the world and as a result divers have wonderful sightings, close encounters of the fish kind and very exclusive diving. It is not uncommon to have a 1:1 ratio between divers and dive leaders in the Lakshadweep.
Averaging at 30 meters easily, the visibility has nothing to complain about and sightings can include large numbers of Rays, Sharks, Turtles and the generic reef fish on almost every dive.
Popular islands open for diving include : Bangaram, Kadmat, Kavaratti and Minicoy. Most are connected via flights to Agatti island and speed boat transfers to the destination island.
Popular dive sites include : The Wall, Shark Alley, Potato Patch, North Cave, Sting Ray City (at Kadmat), Grand Canyon, Manta point, Thinakarra Hill, Shallow Point (at Bangaram), Wall of Wonder, Claire’s reef, Turtle’s Nest and the South Tip (at Kavaratti) plus scores of ship wrecks and fabulous coral at Minicoy.
All diving is supported by the fabulous LAKSHADWEEP DIVING ACADEMY or L.D.A at Kavaratti and falls under the purview of SPORTS – the Tourism body of the Government.
Absolute SCUBA is deeply rooted in these idyllic islands since 2001 and has over 16 years of diving experience in the Lakshadweep islands. We are on first name basis with many of the resident creatures underwater. Our trips are incredibly streamlined, well-planned and always go the extra mile for the Lakshadweep.
Dive Lakshadweep: India’s amazing SCUBA diving heritage on the Western front.
What #Absoluter’s Say
Absolute Lakshadweep 4-9th March, 2016 Best, overwhelming, outstanding and all the superlatives of these is how the trip was! Lakshadweep blues, great dive sites, awesome food, perfect stay, cosy team, Seemant continues to be scintillating and Siddharth continues giving smooth and neatly planned trip experience. We were lucky to do 10 dives this trip including an enchanting night dive. Adventure dives couldn't have been possible for me on this trip if I wasn't Seemant's student. Guys just call up Siddharth/Seemant and book your trip with them. No second thoughts to Absolute. :)
This is hands down, the smoothest operation I have ever seen in terms of bookings for Lakshadweep! Siddharth at Absolute Scuba is the one man army that makes a vacation here incredibly smooth, hassle free and extremely relaxing. All details are provided by email as well as by the telephone. He arranges everything for you, right from the permits, transfers to and from the island, accommodation, diving. You name it and it is taken care of. And all of it is taken care of well in time -so no last minute worries. In fact, the reason Absolute and Siddharth are as awesome as they are is because they give you solutions that almost no one else is able to provide! If anyone is looking to book their vacation at Lakshadweep, don't even bother looking further than Absolute Scuba -they are absolutely the best! Special shout out to Siddharth -who handled my numerous questions and requests without batting an eyelid and with oodles of warmth and charm!
Just back from a diving trip to Lakshwadeep (Kamat and Bangarams) with these guys. They are simply the best in Scuba ... and I am saying this after having dived in Maldives, Bali, Sipadan, LangLyang, Andaman, etc. The detailed attention to safe and eco-friendly diving is spot on. The dive briefs are clear, the do/don'ts are spelt out, dive is done with attention on every diver, post dive briefs are done to help you get better both as an individual diver and as a member of a diving group. Perfecto !! Seemant and Sid are also great fun people ... they make for great trip buddies and constant source of fun and games. Will see you guys again soon :-)