Mangaluru: Visit to the beach is always a delightful experience. The routine beach visit would have in its itinerary the regular activities like a stroll on the beach or building a sand castle or simply having some gala time in the water. However, Mangaluru is all set to offer much more.
Stakeholders have chalked out plans to introduce scuba diving here at Panambur. What is different about this diving project is that it mainly focuses on showing the ship wreckage that remains tucked like a secret in the womb of the sea!
The neighbouring district of Udupi has already started the Ship Wreckage diving about one month ago and has been garnering a good response. The ship wreckage diving at Shiroor, in Udupi has been started by the Karnataka Wreck and Scuba Diving organisation. Here the enthusiasts are taken to the wreckage of a Chinese vessel that sank in 1980 and remains stranded 100 ft deep sea. The vessel is 120 mts long and is now home to several kinds of aquatic species, including Red Snappers, Barracuda and Giant Groupers.
However, in Panamburu, the plan is to take a journey inside MV Ocean Blazing, which sank 20 years ago, about 15 kms off Panumbur shores. However, this enthralling journey is not for the faint hearts at all. It takes a great deal of courage and adventurous streak to put on the diving gears, carry the oxygen cylinder and dive into an unaccustomed space, that too 100 feet under the sea and wait for the mysterious world to unfurl.
Panambur Beach Development Project CEO Yathish Baikampady, speaking to newskarnataka.com said that the project may take wings by December, this year as they are waiting for the undercurrents to settle down and facilitate better visibility. Competent and certified divers will be in place to take the enthusiasts to the wreckage. However, the journey to the wreckage will first begin with a 1.5-hour training that gives them a complete hands-on experience on handling the gears and about the dos and the don'ts. The project is surely going to be a feather on the cap of DK's tourism as it is set to take adventure and beach visits to another level.
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