Scuba Diving in Netrani
$1 per person
Netrani islands off Murudeshwara is one of the few popular Scuba diving destinations in Karnataka. Netrani islands is approximately 22kms from the shores of Murudeshwara and takes an hour by boat. There are multiple operators in Murudeshwara who conduct single dives as well as scuba diving courses. Being able to swim like a fish, see them in close view underwater and seeing colourful corals will be an experience to cherish, a perfect adventure for everyone in the family.
Types of Scuba Diving
Single Dive: Single dive can be attempted by any individual with basic fitness and enthusiasm to explore underwater. An instructor will brief students about various hand gestures that need to be used for communication underwater, basic breathing principles and how to use the equipment. Not mistaking hand symbols, learning how to equalize pressure on the ears are essential for a successful dive. Some operators facilitate a quick trial session near the shore or in a swimming pool. In this mode an instructor dives with the student and guides him/her underwater, allowing the student to witness underwater fishes and rocks in close quarters.
PADI/SSI Course: Individuals interested in performing solo diving can undertake a certification course under PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) or SSI (Scuba School International). The course typically lasts 5-7 days and includes 3 modules- classroom sessions, confined dives (in swimming pools) and open water diving. Completing the course enables you to undertake a dive without an instructor and even guide other divers.
Scuba Diving Cost:
A single dive can cost upwards of INR 4000. Depending on group size and season you might be able to negotiate a better rate with the operator available at the island itself.
By Train: Murudeshwara has a railway station on the Konkan Railway line.
By Road: Murudeshwara is 600 kms from Bengaluru. Murudeshwara has an excellent connectivity of public transportation from all parts of Karnataka. Many public and private buses are very much available everyday to take you to Murudeshwara
By Air: Mangaluru is the nearest airport that is 150 kms away.
Murudeshwara is a temple town and offers a wide range of budget and mid range hotel options. A trip to Murudeshwara would be memorable when you hunt for your accommodation after reaching the destination. It is sometimes fun to do something a little quirky and offbeat to add some spice to your trip isn’t it?