There are about seven dive sites around here. Netrani Island: Locally known as Netragudo.The tiny uninhabited Island of Netrani lies 10 nautical miles off the coastal Light House of Bhatkal. However, divers can carry their choice of snacks to eat on the boat between dives. After an eight-month long pandemic-induced hiatus, if you are wondering where to go, head to Netrani Island. You can see a band of silvery barracuda streak across algae-covered rocks. Netrani is one of the Islands off Murudeshwara popular as Scuba diving destinations in Karnataka. The approach is tricky and you have to literally scramble over rocks covered with barnacles, but the effort is worth it. Best season: Depends on water conditions, but diving is ideal between December and May. “In Netrani, one can explore nooks and crevices for sea creatures. With the opening up of tourism in several parts of Karnataka, MN Nandakumar, an advanced certified scuba diver, diehard naturalist and underwater photographer, could not curb his urge to dive. Ocean Adventures offers scuba diving and snorkelling at Netrani Island, located West coast off Murudheswar. For security reasons, casual tourists are not allowed on the island without permission from the coastal police. Toilet facilities: Some dive centres provide toilet facilities on board. It’s fascinating to see moray eels darting in and out of crevices, with their mouths open displaying razor-sharp teeth,” says Nandakumar, who has to his credit more than 750 dives in over 35 destinations, including more than 60 dives in Netrani. Lionfish (Pic by MN Nandakumar) An arduous trek takes you to the top of the hillock, which offers a stunning view of the sea below. After an eight-month long pandemic-induced hiatus, if you are wondering where to go, head to Netrani Island. Dive centres provide divers snacks, fruits and water. This pristine ecosystem needs to be saved and preserved as a protected marine reserve. A tiny, uninhabited island glistening on … Alladin’s Cave is the mouth of a tunnel which leads into the island’s core. Divers among shoals of fish (Pic by MN Nandakumar)The seas are crystal-clear and the vibrant coral reef is a veritable underwater paradise teeming with hundreds of marine species. Diving and fishing must be regulated around the island and regular clean-up drives undertaken. “These dives are exciting for their amazing variety and sheer volume of marine flora and fauna. According to Nandakumar, Jenny’s Aquarium, Nursery, Grand Central Station, Pebble Beach and Dini’s Delight are some of the popular dive sites. With the opening up of tourism in several parts of Karnataka, MN Nandakumar, an advanced certified scuba diver, diehard naturalist and underwater photographer, could not curb his urge to dive. There are opportunities for beginners, seasoned divers as well as underwater photographers. Ocean currents bring in huge shoals of fish like jacks, trevally, tuna, reef sharks, pickhandle barracuda, moray eels and red-toothed triggerfish. Ocean currents bring in huge shoals of fish like jacks, trevally, tuna, reef sharks, pickhandle barracuda, moray eels and red-toothed triggerfish. The Netrani Islands also known as Pigeon Island is off the Murudeshwara coast. At Cul de Sac, a gentle surge takes you into a dead-end teeming with tiny reef fish. It acts as an anchor for corals to grow on. Susheela Nair is an independent food, travel and lifestyle writer, and photographer based in Bengaluru. Divers among shoals of fish (Pic by MN Nandakumar) Accompanied by his family of scuba divers along with a motley group of hardcore scuba divers and underwater photographers, he headed to Netrani Island, which is just a boat ride away from the temple town of Murudeshwar. If you want to explore the hidden treasures of this incredible underwater world, grab your flippers and descend to the depths of this vibrant scuba diving site for an aqua adventure. Accompanied by his family of scuba divers along with a motley group of hardcore scuba divers and underwater photographers, he headed to Netrani Island, which is just a boat ride away from the temple town of Murudeshwar. It is a shallow dive site (10 m), with juveniles of many fish species. Also known as Pigeon Island, situated approximately 10 nautical miles (19 Km) from temple town of Murudeshwar, Netrani appears heart shaped from above and has many varieties of coral reefs and sea life. Dive session for approximately 30 to 40 minutes with our PADI (Professional Association of … Located 10 nautical miles from Murudeshwar, it is called ‘Netraguddo’ or Netra Hill in local parlance. For security reasons, casual tourists are not allowed on the island without permission from the coastal police. A tiny, uninhabited island glistening on the horizon in the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea, the island lies off the coast of Karnataka in Uttara Kannada district.