So, why is this Netrani dive site for adults called Nursery? In fact, it's because there appears to be millions of small juvenile fishes at this popular spot for introductory scuba programs.
This guide contains information about the unique underwater topography and fish life found in the clear water near the coastline of Karnataka.
Netrani is a heart-shaped coral island. You'll find it situated around ten (10) nautical miles from Murudeshwara.
The location is popular for divers who make the south-westerly journey from the Indian district of Karnataka.
It's also called Pigeon Island by the locals on the mainland - due to the abundant presence of wild grey birds living on the rock.
In all fairness, access to clear water diving is quite limited in this part of the Arabian Sea. Nonetheless, underwater visibility can be around twenty (20) metres in some sheltered spots.
Generally, the Netrani Island diving season begins in October and runs through to May. Even during these months, you should expect to have water temperatures around 27° Celsius (80° Fahrenheit).
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Because of the local hazards, the authorities discourage divers from stepping foot on the rocky island. So, it's best to consider it as being off limits because of the steep cliffs and craggy rocks close to the shoreline.
Netrani Island dive sites have their fair share of coral reefs, rocky pinnacles, and a few shipwrecks. In fact, during the peak season, it's one of the best scuba destinations for beginners to learn how to dive or to become one of the snorkeling bloggers that help to make this area popular.
Being cordiform in shape means the island's fringing coral reef systems create natural habitats in shallow water for all sorts of diverse marine life, including:
Pro Tip: December through to February are the optimum months for diving Netrani. Make sure you get permission before you visit the island by boat. The sea conditions deteriorate from June until October (e.g. for the south-west monsoon season).
Scuba divers, and snorkelers who want to learn how to snorkel, will find quite shallow depths at this spot. In fact, the average drop is about twelve (12) metres.
Plus, you should be somewhat shielded from the strong water movement that tends to plague the other dive sites in the area.
Pro Tip: The main section contains extra information about the top scuba diving spots in India and why it's becoming a hot-spot for undersea explorers.