The best time to book a trip to Lakshadweep is during October to May as the weather is favorable and waters are calm. Water temperature is warm at 80-82°F (27-28°C) and you can expect excellent visibility which can stretch up to 150ft (45m). There are only a few dive operators to choose from and these can be found on the islands of Bangaram, Kadmat, Kavaratti and Minicoy. The islands have limited accommodation so be sure to book in advance to secure a spot. As waters are quite calm and current is moderate, this is an ideal destination for new divers while more experience divers will not be disappointed with the rich marine biodiversity and unspoilt reefs. The dive sites at Lakshadweep consists of sloping reefs, caves, coral gardens, overhangs, shipwrecks and some drift diving. Bangaram and Kavaratti tend to see more visitors while Kadmat and Minicoy are quiet and remote. Both Bangaram and Minicoy offer wreck dives while there are caves to explore off Kavaratti.
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Lakshadweep Sea Life
The remote location of Lakshadweep and controlled tourism activities has helped preserve its great marine biodiversity. Expect to find a whole range of colorful reef fish during your dives along with small critters like crab, shrimp and also lobsters. Around the reefs, schools of fusilier, bigeye trevally and sweetlips are common as well large groupers and humphead wrasse. Pelagic marine life often hang around the atolls especially sea turtles which have nesting grounds at some of the uninhibited islands. Divers can also expect to see manta rays during October to November as they come to visit cleaning stations. Eagle rays also pass by the islands and reef sharks like whitetip sharks and blacktip sharks patrol the reefs. Larger pelagic fish like barracuda and tuna are often seen at Minicoy.
How To Get There
Fly to Agatti Aerodome, the only airport in Lakshadweep which is on Agatti Island on Air India Regional which departs from Kochi or Bangalore. Alternatively, there are several passenger ships and helicopter services to reach the islands.