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Scuba Diving in Pondicherry: A Complete Guide

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Scuba diving in Pondicherry is a beautiful experience with blue waters, colourful marine life, artificial reefs and massive wrecks. As the only diving spot on the eastern coast of India, Pondicherry attracts a large number of tourists every year. Explore the aquatic life and the underwater world, including unique and beautiful reefs, underwater caves, colourful fishes, fascinating aquatic creatures, and various marine flora as you scuba dive in Pondicherry.

Located in the South of India, Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry, is a hidden little gem in India. Located on the border of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry used to be a French Colonial settlement. However, even today you can sense that the city is wrapped in an air of French legacy. The city comprises many colonial buildings, churches, temples and statues which, combined with the town planning and French-style avenues in the old part of town, still preserve much of the colonial ambience.

Still on the fence about whether you should include scuba diving in your Pondicherry tour package?

We have compiled together some of the best spots for scuba diving in Pondicherry for experts,  swimmers and non-swimmers which are sure to coax you: -

Temple Reef 

One of the most popular dive sites located off the coast of Pondicherry is Temple Reef. It is an artificial reef that features four different dive sites and is spread across a distance of 30 metres each. Astonishingly, it is designed with recycled materials like blocks of concrete, iron bars, trees, palm leaves, and rocks! Yes, you can read that again. This colossal diving spot is a residence of various aquatic life. You may spot Bannerfish, Batfish, Stonefish, Lionfish, etc. along with many other marine creatures. 75 species of marine creatures and over 50 species of coral reefs make Temple Reef a scenic diving location that is suitable for both non-swimmers and beginners.

The Temple Reef consists of four diving sites that include Original Temple Reef, Parking Lot, Beer Garden, and Temple 2 aka Wreck City. The parking lot at Temple Reef resembles a small wreck, adding to the uniqueness of this place.

Aravind's Wall 

With a depth of 130 feet, Aravind's Wall is a diving spot that’s suitable only for advanced open water divers. But with the right guidance from a trainer by your side, you can certainly go for this magnificent diving spot. it is also known as the best site for drift diving in India. With a massive rock formation unfolding 2.5 kilometres from South to North, Aravind’s Wall is bound to let you have a splendid diving expertise. This majestic diving spot is spread across a vast expanse that has been divided into various sub-sites. You will get to experience exotic marine life here, 30+ varieties of colourful reefs, and high water currents that make this spot an idyllic diving destination for people with prior underwater experience. Don’t forget to take snaps of the huge Manta Rays along with Fusiliers, Banner Fish, Snappers, Jack Fish, and more.

Four Corners 

Home to a large variety of marine species, Four Corners is among the oldest diving spots in Pondicherry which is ideal for open water divers. It is a spectacular diving spot in Pondicherry that is dotted with palm trees and small rocks all around. Packed with over 70 species of coral reefs, visiting this place is a treat for the eyes. Dolphins, Lionfish, and Torpedoes are the regular inhabitants here, and if you are lucky, you can spot some gigantic marine creatures as well. You’ll also find plenty of options for sightseeing in Pondicherry around this place.

The Hole 

This is a diving spot that was discovered in 2011 and is meant for expert divers. The Hole is a hotspot for endless fish and beautiful hard corals. The darkness increases as you move towards the depth; it is essential to carry a torch along to explore the hidden gems at the sea bed. The centre space of this diving location is what attracts most professional scuba divers across India. The blissful blue life at The Hole will mesmerize you with its aura beyond any doubt. The lucky ones get to meet the huge sea creatures at this diving spot.

Learn Scuba Diving at Temple Adventures - PADI Dive Centre 

The Temple Adventures in Pondicherry has won multiple awards for its diving courses while guaranteeing top-notch safety standards. This diving centre offers a wide variety of PADI courses and is a blessing to scuba lovers. With years of experience, Temple Adventures provide easy to professional level diving courses to amateurs. Experts can choose to dive at deep dive sites, whereas beginners can explore diving at sites less than 18 meters of depth. Numerous pools and interior fresh lakes welcome youngsters aged over 8 for scuba diving. All the courses are designed as per international diving standards and are taught by highly trained multilingual instructors. Some of the most famous courses at Temple Adventures include the Hygienic Diving Course, Open Water Course, Nitrox Course, Rescue & EFR Course, and Advanced Open Water Course.

PADI: Professional Association of Diving Instructors

EFR: Emergency First Response


Ravine is a site featuring rocky reed beds at the bottom that makes it a fantastic diving location for beginners. You can spot the huge Manta Rays at Ravines and find a variety of farm plants growing here. Diverse coral reefs and various fish is an addition to your adventurous diving experience.

Do note that if you are in a more exploratory mode, you can always visit the scenic beaches in Pondicherry to kick back and relax.

Get Acquainted with Scuba Diving Gear 

It’s good to be familiar with your scuba diving gear before you take the plunge: -

Dry Suit or garment

Drysuits or wetsuits are created of synthetic rubber and are designed to protect your skin from the unknown water environment. These suits not only keeps you warm but also, stops the chlorine from absorbing into the skin.

Diving Mask

A high-quality diving mask helps you see the enduring surroundings below water as it is not safe to examine under seawater with naked eyes. It additionally keeps the water out of your nose.

Scuba Gloves

Scuba Gloves are made from sturdy materials to protect your hands against punctures and skin abrasions while discovering underwater life.


Scuba fins assist you to move additional fleetly and simply underwater while not exerting an excessive amount of pressure. Open heel and full foot fin are the 2 most typical varieties of scuba fins obtainable within the market. Open heel fins are worn with thick-soled diving boots whereas full-foot fins can be worn alone.

Scuba Tank

A Scuba tank is additionally referred to as a diving cylinder. It helps in providing air mass respiration gas to the diver.


A regulator is a device that is connected to the diving cylinder and the diversity in their mouth. It converts the hard-hitting air into close pressure, therefore helping in simple and cosy respiration.

Submersible Pressure Gauge

A Submersible Pressure Gauge helps to keep a note of the quantity of gas left in your scuba tank. It is also called a level probe.


A compass helps you navigate through the deep waters, particularly once there's low visibility.

Some Tips to ensure you get the most out of your diving experience:

  • Make sure you select the best diving school with a maximum number of trained instructors.
  • Your all ears should be to the guidelines so that you miss nothing.
  • Never hold your breath and check out to inhale and exhale commonly.
  • Use your diving fins to achieve control over your movement and propel with speed throughout the water.
  • Avoid panicking and keep calm for a stress-free dive.
  • Do not make any fuss or touch something underwater because it might provoke sea creatures to harm you.

What’s the Cost of Scuba Diving Cost in Pondicherry? 

The most important question, eh?! On an approximate basis, scuba diving in Pondicherry costs ₹5,000 onwards per person. But it also varies from location to location.

And The Best Time?  

Except for monsoons, You can scuba dive in Pondicherry at any time of the year except as there are huge waves at that time.

And hey, your scuba diving adventures can always be supplemented with touristy feels by getting these places to visit in Pondicherry added to your itinerary.

Game for it all?! We bet you are. Find the most fabulous Pondicherry tour packages right here.

August 12, 2021


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