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Netrani Island, Murudeshwar, Karnataka

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Netrani Island, Murudeshwar, Karnataka 14.017200, 74.326800

Just off Murdeshwar, famous for its Shiva temple, on the Goa-Mangalore highway along the west coast of India, lies one of best dive sites in this part of the world, Netrani Island. Netrani is a small uninhabited island that would make a perfect setting for an adventure yarn. The last thing you would expect to see here is the submarine wonderland bustling with everything from Angelfish and Turtles to Barracuda and Moray Eels.

With depths ranging from 6 to 40 meters and visibility from 15 to 30 meters, divers from every level can experience the wonder of life beneath the waves. Netrani diving is rated as one of the best dives on the west coast off the mainland. The season is usually between February to June and then between October to December depending on the monsoons.

netrani-beach

THE NURSERY

A shallow dive site with a maximum depth of 10 metres. So named because of the profusion of juveniles of many fish species as well as Nudibranchs found here. Ideal for beginners as well as advanced divers who enjoy looking for all things small and wonderful. Great site for macro photography.

GRAND CENTRAL STATION

High adrenaline action with lots of big fish. Gradual slope going down to 20 metres. This is one place the fish watch you !! Schools of big surgeonfish, parrotfish, red snappers, batfish, barracudas, rabbitfish and many more come cruising by to check YOU out !!

THE ABYSS

Dropping down to 35 metres, this dive site is an ideal one for deep dive fanatics. Large schools of Barracuda, Tuna and cruising pelagics are often sighted. The gravel bottom has a gradual slope heading towards the island where we complete our safety stop in Dini’s Delight.

DINI'S DELIGHT

Shallow dive with a maximum depth of 8 metres. Gigantic coral head are home to an incredible variety of fishlife. Good for beginners and photographers alike, this is a good spot to see lobster, moray eel and several species of angelfish and surgeonfish not commonly found in these waters.

CUL DE SAC

With sheer walls on either side, this dive site is a pretty and gentle dive where one “goes with the flow” !! A gentle surge takes you into a cul de sac teaming with tiny reef fishes. The bottom is made up of sea grass where many species of Goby share their home with the housekeeping shrimp!

ALLADIN'S CAVE

Reported to be the mouth of a tunnel which travels into the core of the island!