Tarkarli is a place I’d never heard of. I stumbled across it while I was looking for somewhere to book for next summer and it caught my eye straight away. I love visiting new destinations and India is somewhere I’ve always wanted to. It’s such a change of culture from what I’m used to so I’m really hoping to get there in the next year or two. I’ll tell the family it’s to explore, but I’ll hopefully be sneaking off to see how good the Scuba Diving in Tarkarli really is.
I like great Diving spots, but I’ll only travel far if there’s some interesting things to see on the land too. If you’re like me in that respect, you’ll know how lucky we’ve really got it. I like diving in warm water and I’ve always been more than pleased with the sights, culture and history of each place I’ve gone to.
Tarkarli is a small village in Malvan. It’s in the Indian state of Maharashtra and it’s quickly increasing in popularity as tourist destination. You’ve got the beach which looks great, traditional markets and various different temples such as Mahapurush, Khalcha and Witthal.
The scuba diving in Tarkarli is what brings most people to the town as it’s the only place in Maharashtra that actually offers diving. That doesn’t mean you’ll be limited in what you can see though. With dolphins, sea turtles, exotic fish and beautiful reefs, there’s no chance of a wasted dive.
The visibility isn’t as high as you’ll find elsewhere, but it looks good enough that you’ll still be able to see everything well. There are some nice pictures and videos out there to back that up.
India’s first integrated diving school in located by the beach in Tarkarli. The Indian Institute of Scuba Diving and Aquatic Sports is a PADI affiliated school. For people who aren’t comfortable learning in the sea, they have a 25ft dedicated diving pool to try out instead.
There are a few other places that offer scuba diving services too. Bhadrakali Underwater Services and Tarkarli Scuba Diving both have good reviews and offer everything your going to need.
The usual tourist water activities are offered on the beach, so if you’re with any land-lovers, at least you can stick them on a banana boat for a while, while you get to go and see Tarkarli in a totally different way.
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