A new Armour dive boat has been launched at Tarkarli village in Maharashtra. This is the first scuba dive boat in the state and promises adventurers an adrenaline rush. By Eshita Srinivas
Aaditya Thackeray, The Maharashtra Tourism Minister, launched a new dive boat in Tarkarli recently, taking it out for a short spin. The region is known for its white-sand beaches, pristine waters and verdant Suru trees, holding the title of having one of the most picturesque beaches on the Konkan coast. The Tarkarli beach is also a hub of water sports in the state. The new scuba diving boat adds to the adrenaline-pumping options in the region.
The first-of-its-kind scuba dive boat in Maharashtra is slated to boost employment and tourism
Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray today launched the new Armour dive boat at Tarkarli MTDC, Sindhurdurg, making it state’s first scuba dive boat. pic.twitter.com/lMOnJASfN4
— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2022
Besides drawing in tourists, the initiative is set to generate employment in the region. During the launch of the boat, Hindustan Times reports, Aaditya Thackeray was quoted saying, “I was truly amazed to see how the Scuba Diving Centre in Tarkarli, Sindhudurg, is geared to provide an adrenaline rush for the tourists and job opportunities for the locals.” Tarkarli is located at a distance of about 550 kilometres from the capital city of Mumbai.
Thackeray took to Twitter to reflect on his experience on the boat, expressing his delight at being able to experience it first-hand. No further details have been released as of yet regarding the schedule of the boat or how divers can access it.
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) February 21, 2022
A dive boat is used by recreational and professional divers alike to reach a scuba diving site that cannot be accessed by swimming from the shore. While they could be propelled by the wind or muscle power, the most common ones are powered by combustion engines. They’re vital to the sport for easy launching and boarding, stocking up on diving materials, and navigating the ocean.
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