Those who know swimming are more confident in trying water adventures. Non-swimmers tend to miss out on many water sports because of their hesitation. Fret not, here is one exciting water sport which is not only unique but also safe for non-swimmers. Yes, that is underwater sea walking! It is nothing but walking on the sea bed while enjoying the vistas of marine life.
Sea walking is unique as you neither need training nor learn swimming. It is completely safe and tried by anyone who is not hydrophobic. Surprisingly, such an interesting sport is just an emerging recreational activity in India. So, it can be only experienced in a few places. In this article, let us make a virtual tour around the splendid underwater sea walking desinations in India.
How does Sea Walking works?
Participants are given a helmet which looks like a space helmet. This helmet is connected with a special apparatus for breathing underwater. Participants are taken in a boat to a particular spot. Instructions and some signs are taught to use under water. Later, the members have to wear this helmet which is also tied to the boat. Sea walking is safe for non-swimmers because guides will accompany through the underwater tour.
So, they will assist in getting inside the water and coming up. Life jackets are also provided as a safety measure. Finally, participants along with guides go inside water and touch the sea bed. Guides will be present through the whole tour. Hence, sea walking is one of the happening activities for non-swimmers.
Sea Walking in India
Sea Walking first began at Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India. Ofcourse, these islands are a bliss to experience both on land and underwater. Tempting blue beaches, crystal white sandy shores, pristine surroundings, vivacious marine life and the coral reefs give an unforgettable experience in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Then sea walking is definitely a must here!
North Bay Island
North Bay Island is known as one of the best water adventure destinations in Andaman Islands. Infact, North Bay Island was the first to come up with underwater sea walking in India. The charismatic beauty of North Bay Island not only serves as a perfect tourist spot but also as a water sports hub. Today, it is one of the top underwater sea walking destinations in India.
North Bay Island
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How to Reach North Bay Island
North Bay Island is accessible through a ferry ride from Port Blair. It takes around one hour to reach the island in a ferry and even less time by a speed boat.
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Elephant Beach is like one of those imaginary worlds in animated movies! It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Havelock Island of Andaman. An array of water sports invite you to explore in Elephant Beach. Among them, sea walking is one of the must-try activities as Elephant beach is known for its coral reefs.
Goa, with unending coastal line, is one of the top water sports destinations in India! How can we not experience the sea walking in Goa? Unfortunately, it is only possible in Baina Beach near Vasco Da Gama in Goa. Although Baina Beach is not a famous one, it is the only place in the Indian mainland where sea walking is done.
Who all can try sea walking?
Sea walking can be experienced by people of any age group. However, it is restricted for asthama and heart patients. And also not advicable for pregnant women.
Beauty of Havelock
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Underwater walking is like watching the underwater world. Watching the colourful fishes moving around, catching a glimpse of peculiar marine plants and the coral reefs is a lifetime experience. We can do all this without having to bother about safety. Interestingly, most of the agencies also shoot your adventure. So you will even have pictures and videos of this activity!
Note: Just keep in mind that this adventure depends on the climatic conditions. So, the agencies might cancel the activity prior to climate changes.
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