Enquiry / Online Booking8:30 am - 03:30 pm Grande Island
- Operational Month : Oct - May
- Pick up and Drop from North Goa Hotels
- Training with Safety Procedures
- Diving With PADI Dive Master
- Max 20 - 25 mins Underwater Scuba Diving
- Diving Equipment and Life Jackets
- Underwater Photos and 2-3 mins Video Clip
from -32% OFF
Would you like to disconnect from the real world? Would you like to escape from technology for a few hours? Would you like to have an accumulation of zen moments? Would you like to experience weightlessness? Would you like to see a different side of life?
If you’ve answered one or more of the above questions with a “yes” then we have a perfect adventure, one that takes you away from the sun and sand right into the deep blue Arabian Sea. Take a plunge into another world where you are truly a tourist.
The other side of Goa
Goa has what one would call “hidden gems” and a few of these secrets lie beneath the sea. Here’s an opportunity to explore Goan aquatic life, coral reefs, and sunken ships around Grand Island, one of India’s top dive sites. One can get to see Murray eels, snappers, groupers, and a variety of brightly coloured fish that have made the wrecks and the coral reefs their home. Some of the wrecks date back to the late 18th century.
About Grand Island
Ilha (ill-ya) Grande as it was known in Portuguese simply means “Grand Island” is famous for its dive sites. Surrounded by coral reefs, it is also great for snorkelling. Just behind Grand Island is Ilha de Sant Jorge or St. George Island in English which looks like it is a part of Grand Island but it is a separate island.
Just behind Grand Island and Saint George Island is another island called Pequeno (Pick-en) which means “small” in Portuguese. However, it is better known as “Bat Island”. The western part of the island is less rocky than the entrance. One can see a dilapidated jetty on the east side of the island.
There’s a small 20-meter beach in the northern part where the boats usually anchor. It is believed that there was a spring on this island where boats would stop to get fresh water.
The waters surrounding these islands are clear from October to May.
The start of your adventure
Your day will begin with a pick up from your hotel in North Goa at 8 a.m. where you will proceed to the jetty and board the boat. What follows is a fun ride across the Arabian Sea towards Grand Island in the South. The island is just off the Marmagoa Harbour.
As you sail along you will get to see dolphins frolicking about in their natural habitat. They travel in pods which means you will see a minimum of seven. If the tide is coming in you will get to see them breaching. The boat will be switched off so you can enjoy watching them swim around. Keep your cameras ready because these would be moments you would want to capture.
Once you reach Grand Island your instructor will help you get your dive equipment ready before you take a plunge into another dimension. For your own safety purposes, kindly follow all the instructions before diving. You will be accompanied by a PADI Master Instructor.
Beginner level or advanced?
If you’re a beginner and you would like to experience Scuba diving then we have a training session in confined water (swimming pool) which is inclusive in the payment. There will be a pre-dive briefing on the boat. Diving equipment will be provided to you. You will also be given life jackets to wear on the boat for added safety.
As an advanced diver, you could request for a dive deeper than 12 mts depending on your certification and availability.
The duration of the dive is 20-25 minutes with a proper time watch.
Visibility, the dive, and what to expect.
Visibility can be anything from 2m-20 mts but don’t worry, there will always be a lot to see in the underwater world. Keep an eye out for barracudas (no they are not vicious), Murray eels, cuttlefish (rare but have been sighted), groupers, snappers, Hawksbill sea turtles (again rare but have been sighted), and the reef fish which one can see swimming around. Beautiful corals lace the ocean bed. There are no sharks in Goan waters and if there are they are extremely rare.
Apart from the aquatic life, there are shipwrecks. Suzy’s wreck starts at 3 meters and goes all the way down to 12 meters. The wreck is 130 meters long. There’s Davy Jones Locker wreck which is a further wreck. Only the stern and propeller which is intact can now be seen along with metal pieces of the boat scattered around.
The end of your deep sea adventure
Your day will end with a boat ride back from Grand Island where you might get to see dolphins again. The trawlers head back to port around that time and there are usually dolphins swimming in the area in hopes of an easy meal. You will also see seagulls flying around and occasionally swooping in for a beak-full of fish. The white bellied sea eagle is also a common sight.
Your day ends at 3:30 p.m. with a drop back to your hotel.
The price, what it includes and the best time to go
The cost of the dive is 3299/- INR. If you are a beginner you will get your first briefing in a swimming pool. The second briefing will be on the boat before your dive. The Scuba diving apparatus is included, however, you can carry your own equipment.
Snacks, along with mineral water, soft drinks or beer will be provided. There will be a veg and non-veg lunch. You will get pics of your underwater dive along with a 2-3 minute video.
The best time to go diving is between October to May. There are no scuba diving trips from June to September due to the monsoons.
What to wear and carry along with you
Considering that the weather during the day is hot it would be advisable to wear light cotton clothes. Shorts and a t-shirt would be best. Sandals/ rubber shoes with a good grip. Carry a cap or a sunhat along to protect your head from the heat. Wear your swimsuit because there will not be a changing room on the boat.
Carry your sunscreen, a towel, an extra set of clothes if you feel you might need a change, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Keep yourself hydrated during your trip.
- Avoid carrying or wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
- Please dispose of your litter responsibly. Carry a bag to gather your litter in. Please don’t throw empty packets and bottles into the sea or on the beach.
- Please refrain from entering the water if you have consumed alcohol.
- If you have a fear of water please inform your PADI Master Instructor.
- Please follow all instructions carefully.
- If you are not comfortable sitting on the sand then you can carry a mat or sheet to sit on when you get to the beach.
Package Details :
- Pick up & Drop will be provided from hotels booked only in North Goa places like Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Nagoa, Candolim, Sinquerim, Nerul Area. For areas like Porvorim, Mapusa, Panjim, Sangolda, Anjuna, Vagator, Arambol, Ashwem, Morjim, Mandrem etc we have designated pick and drop locations.
- We have no services in South Goa. For this trip, the designated pick and drop point by boat is at Miramar Beach, Panjim, North Goa
- If the vehicle is unable to reach at your hotel due to narrow road or due to any construction work, you will be picked up from the nearest location.
- Boat Trip will be of duration 50 - 60 mins approx.
- Dolphin Sighting in their natural habitat is purely based on the luck.
- Temporary tent setup will be done at the Monkey beach. That will be the only source of shaded area.
- Guest will be responsible for their own personal belongings.
- Children above 12 years are only allowed to dive.
- People with heart problems, water phobia, pregnant women are strictly not allowed to participate.
- A gap of min 18 hrs is required for beginners & 12 hrs for experts, before boarding the flight back home.
You will be picked up at 8:00 a.m. from your hotel.
You will get a pick up from anywhere in Nerul, Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Arpora and Nagoa. If the road to your hotel is too narrow for a car to drive through then you are requested to come to the main road.
We have designated pick up areas in Ashvem, Arambol, Morjim, Mandrem, Siolim, Mapusa, Anjuna, Vagator, Sangolda, Porvorim, and Panjim.
Unfortunately, we have no pick up and drop off options for South Goa at the moment.
The amount of time it will take to get to the jetty depends completely on which area you are coming from. The jetty is closer to Sinquerim.
One needs to have basic knowledge of swimming to be able to dive successfully. You will be out at sea and in deep waters. It can be quite overwhelming for someone who has no knowledge of swimming. But we welcome non swimmers too to explore underwater world.
Scuba diving means you will be diving in a minimum of 8 meters (that is approximately 26 feet) deep water. It is advisable that you avoid scuba diving.
If you are suffering from any heart related problems then scuba diving is not a good idea. It will add pressure to your heart.
Definitely not. The fetus is not protected from nitrogen bubbles and will quite likely get affected. Another point to note is that you will be breathing compressed air which means your baby might be deprived of oxygen.
If your child is below 12 then they cannot come scuba diving. The minimum age for diving is 12 years.
The total amount of the Scuba Diving in Goa trip will cost you 3299/- INR per pax.
The Scuba Diving in Goa trip includes a training in a confined waters, briefing before the dive, Scuba diving equipment, life jackets when you’re on the boat, Snacks and mineral water, a soft drink or a beer depending on your choice. A veg or non-non-veg lunch (depending on your choice), underwater diving photographs and a 2-3 minute video clip.
You will have your lunch on the beach of Grand Island.
Yes, you certainly can. You can block your preferred date by booking online via our website.
You will see seagulls, white bellied sea eagles, and dolphins. You will pass by Miramar Beach, Caranzalem beach, the Governor’s palace, Marmagoa Harbour and Marmagoa Fort.
Yes, the water is extremely safe.
Sharks are extremely rare in these waters. It is highly unlikely that you will see one.
You will see shipwrecks, coral reefs, Murray eels, snappers, groupers, and a variety of brightly colored fish.
Yes, we do provide life jackets.
If you choose not to use a life jacket then kindly note that it will be at your own risk.
You will need to carry a change of clothes, a towel, a camera, sunblock, and sunhat or cap in case it is a sunny day. A mat or sheet because there are no chairs to sit on at the beach.
Sandals with a proper grip or rubber shoes.
Your child will get bored sitting on the boat while you go diving. They may want to be with you.
No. You will have a PADI Master Instructor with you.
The dive is 20-25 minutes with a proper time watch.
Of course you can.
Yes, kindly get in touch with us via our website and we will give you all the details.
If the trip is canceled by us then we will give you a full refund of your money within ten working days.
You will get a full refund within ten working days if you cancel it before two weeks. If it is closer to the date then we will charge you a cancellation fee.