- Water Sports in Andaman Islands
- Scuba Diving in Andaman Islands
Ever wondered how it feels being in zero gravity and surrounded by magnificent Coral Reefs and colourful fishes with a deep blue background- that’s Life after a dive in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Scuba stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. It is an apparatus that allows you to breathe underwater. Scuba Diving is an overwhelming marine experience where you can observe and swim along with jellyfish, sea turtles, and colourful corals.
How to Scuba Dive?
You will use a scuba, carry a tank filled with breathing making you completely independent of surface supply so that you can breathe longer underwater.
You require to have dive certification depending on the type of dive you wish to go. A dive certification from a licensed dive operator before you start scuba diving.
You should undergo a proper medical check up in your home country to ensure that you are fit for diving. You need to sign a medical statement before learning how to dive. Always double-check all your scuba gear to ensure a better experience.
No prior experience is needed and a person ten years and above can dive under the guidance of experts
People having low or high hypertension, pregnant women, heart patients, to avoid scuba diving.
The best time for Scuba Diving in Andaman is from November to December.
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Pristine crystal clear beaches, tropical climate and lush green forest sound like a foolproof plan to get away from the daily hustle-bustle. Andaman the paradise awaits for you. Whether its a family vacation, honeymoon vacation or a rejuvenating vacation with friends, Andaman is the ideal destination which has something for everyone.
Where in Andamans
Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)
70-kilometres away from the capital city, resides the dream place for honeymooners, Havelock. The surroundings of Havelock Island is full of serenity, peace, and love. This gorgeous island is called Swaraj Island with a range of activities like scuba diving, water jets, boat rides, snorkelling, etc. This island has diving sites at every 50-100 meters of distance.
Elephant Beach in Havelock
It is a perfect place to dive in Andaman for both new and experienced divers.The rich marine life and abundant coral population near the place offers an engaging experience, second to none. The divers are often enclosed with vibrant fishes and sea dwellers throughout the dive. The perfect blend of clear waters and low water currents makes sure your dive is stress-free and safe.The beach can be reached via a boat and has an extensive number of experienced PADI certified scuba providers. The abundance of providers gives you a lot of choices so you can compare and get the best package for yourself.The best thing is, every trip and package includes a visit to Havelock Island, so you don't have to worry about additional travel expenses and time.
Mac Point (6-15 Meters All Levels)
You can dive here to explore Dugong, the state animal of the Andaman. Dugongs are tusked animals located in Eastern Africa and Australia, and the highlight of scuba diving in Andaman.
Light House (6-20 All Levels)
This site is famous for night dives. The corals here tend to be beautiful in the shallows of lionfish, octopus and a lot of Fusiliers. If you are lucky enough you can also get to see a gang of Humpback Parrot Fish. Elephant Beach 5-25 Meters All Levels This site lies on Havelock Island where you can experience diving with elephants.
This hilly underwater world is best known for a huge underwater rock surrounded by wide variety of marine life. The water is shallow and has a dense population of hard staghorn corals and large number of it's inhabitants including Napoleons, which makes this spot very unique and perfect for people looking to see something new.
As the name suggests, Turtle Bay has an abundance of sea turtles, and a decent amount of coral population and Rays, which can be spotted in the sand below, which is perfect for people who'd like to see them in their natural habitat. The dive site is decent for inexperienced divers as the depth doesn't exceed 14 meters. Overall, it offers a decent diving experience.
The Wall is an enormous underwater rock that drops down to 56 meters and allows for a very unique view of the underwater world. Covered with soft corals and a highly abundant marine life, the wall is a great place to dive if you are looking for an extraordinary diving experience in Andaman.
Pilot Reef is a long strip of underwater canyon, almost 24 meters deep, which is filled with a decent amount of hard corals inhabited by some unique fishes, including, Leopard and Whitenip Sharks among others. This place is only recommended for experienced divers.
Minvera Bridge can be easily defined as a big block of hard corals in clear waters, with an average amount of sea dwellers, including Sharks. While it is only recommended for experienced divers, the site does offer a pretty unique view of the underwater kingdom and the thrill that comes with it.
Barren Island (8m-30 Meters All Levels)
The barren volcano is the only active volcano in South Asia. The beautiful stone structures, white reef sharks, and purple corals give a great experience to your water sports adventure.
Barracuda City (25-30 Meters All Levels)
It is an unexplored destination for scuba diving in Andaman. You can explore the aquatic wonderland with colourful corals and beautiful fishes. With a depth of 25-30 meters, you can scuba dive with vibrant sea turtles at the Barracuda City.
Aquarium (3-16 Meters All Levels)
If you are a beginner in scuba diving, this site is the best place for you. It resides in the south-west of Havelock Island. The aquarium is a reef spot with a lot of colourful fishes.
Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) (12-23 Meters All Levels)
This island dwells in Ritchie’s Archipelago. Here you can explore scuba diving with Margherita’s Mischief with clear water. You can enjoy your drive with batfish, pufferfish, angelfish and more.
Other Scuba Diving Sites in Havelock Island:
- Jonnys Geroge
- Whitehouse Rock
- Dicksons Pinnacle
- Jacksons Bar
- Broken Ledge
- S.S. Inchkett
- Red Pillar
- The Slope
- MV Mars
- Purple Haze
Diving in North Bay Island:
North Bay is a tiny island located near Ross Island, and is the second best place to dive in Andaman. The island's shoreline offers crystal clear, blue waters throughout and has a rich population of corals that presents a beautiful diving experience.The diving prices here are low compared to any other place in Andaman but the boat and transportation costs may pile up, so it's better to pre-book and plan forward.The island is so small that there is no place for additional sightseeing and exploration, so it's best for people looking for a special diving tour and don't mind spending a complete day for the experience.
We had planned our trip to Andaman Islands in may 2019 , our trip included nine of our family members ,we travelled by air to the island and even before reaching there,we were able to see it’s beauty from the flight itself ,the view of the island from above was a perfect definition of heaven on earth . After reaching port blair’s airport we all were able to feel the ...
“With a belief that traveling has its own way of teaching new lessons, I and my wife explore every place to learn something new and experience something different. And on our third honeymoon, we wanted to a mix of nature, adventure, beach, water sports, and romance, and Andaman struck a perfect balance of all our expectations. This couldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the advance planning ...