Goa is India’s smallest state by area and located on the West India region known as the Konkan. Renowned for it’s sun-kissed, palm fringed beaches, churches and temple, Goa has long been a tourist hub, with a lot of backpackers from Europe and the West. Scuba diving in Goa has also been developing over the years with new dive shops slowly opening up in the many beaches. The underwater life of Goa however, surprises with fascinating creatures and shipwrecks of World War ll. Visibility ranges from 2m to 20m, varying due to weather conditions.
This island offers varying dive sites from calm sandy bays, coral fields with Gorgonian fans, sea whip and table corals to shipwrecks teeming with marine life.
Suzy’s Wreck (SS Rita) – Lying at a depth of 2 – 13 mts, this wreck is encrusted with soft and hard corals providing shelter to blennies, nudibranch, clam and lobsters. Other marine life that comes around the wreck includes giant groupers, barracuda, Indian bannerfish, lionfish, squid, eels, sweetlips, batfish and puffers.
Sail Rock – a rock pinnacle with a depth of 8 – 24 mts, this site offers pelagics that includes Eagle Rays, Giant Snappers and Groupers,and barracuda, sharks, schooling bannerfish, Moorish idols.
Davy Jones Locker – Wreck at approximately 14 mts of water with only the stern and it’s propeller intact. Discover giant groupers, barracuda, schooling jacks, tuna and mullets, banner fish.
Uma Guma Reef – highlights at this dive site of 6 – 12 mts depth includes schooling snappers, collared butterfly fish, groupers, barracuda, jacks, tuna, batfish with the occasional visit by reef sharks.