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Netrani Island, Murdeshwar

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Netrani is a small island of India located in the Arabian Sea. It is off the coast of Karnataka situated approximately 10nmi from the temple town of Murudeshwara in Bhatkal Taluk. Views from above give this island the appearance of being heart-shaped. Besides pigeons, the other inhabitants of the island are wild goats. This island has scuba diving facilities and the place is easily accessible from Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai or Bangalore. There are dive shops at Murdeshwara and Goa, that regularly organize diving tripes to the island.Coral reefNetrani is a coral island which has a coral reef with many varieties of coral, butterfly fish, trigger fish, parrot fish, eels and shrimps can be seen here. Divers have also reported seeing orcas and whale sharks around the island. Normally diving/snorkelling is done from a boat which is anchored close to the island and usually visitors do not climb on to the island because of the sharp rocks and steep cliffs on the island. The Indian government was using this island for target practice for its armed forces. One can still find craters and unexploded bomb shells in the island. Fish eagles are thriving in this island primarily feeding on sea snakes and fish. A species of mongoose was also spotted in the island confirming mammalian inhabitants apart from bats. Whale sharks were also spotted by snorkellers. Eighty nine varieties of coral fish were found in the area during a study. This island offers diving suitable for professionals.
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  • Good organising by Andy the master diver. Must visit for scuba lovers. The best time to visit is during may June  more »
  • I had snorkeled in bintan island near Singapore and felt that this was much better than that. There was more colorful fish. I was told by my organizer that the visibility during that season (last week...  more »
  • I went to this island for scuba diving and it was a great experience being near this secluded island. Must visit for eveyone.  more »